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The Canadian Progressive: Proverbial Royal Cold Shoulder: Justin Trudeau Snubbed By Prince George

Prince George snubbed Justin Trudeau after the Canadian prime minister tried to high five him upon the three-year-old future king’s arrival in Canada in the company of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and Princess Charlotte. The post Proverbial Roya… . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Proverbial Royal Cold Shoulder: Justin Trudeau Snubbed By Prince George

The Canadian Progressive: President Barack Obama’s address to the Canadian Parliament

U.S. President Barack Obama visited Ottawa this week for “The Three Amigos Summit” and addressed the Canadian Parliament. A pleasurable speech that had our legislators applauding again and again, it was. The post President Barack Obama’s addres… . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: President Barack Obama’s address to the Canadian Parliament

Akaash Maharaj - Practical Idealism: Huffington Post: An Open Letter from the World’s MPs to David Cameron

The Panama Papers starkly revealed that Britain’s Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies have become the venues of choice for the anonymous corporations that facilitate tax evasion, organised crime, and terrorist financing. Indeed, more than half … . . . → Read More: Akaash Maharaj – Practical Idealism: Huffington Post: An Open Letter from the World’s MPs to David Cameron

Akaash Maharaj - Practical Idealism: An Open Letter from the World’s MPs to David Cameron

The Panama Papers starkly revealed that Britain’s Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies have become the venues of choice for the anonymous corporations that facilitate tax evasion, organised crime, and terrorist financing. Indeed, more than ha… . . . → Read More: Akaash Maharaj – Practical Idealism: An Open Letter from the World’s MPs to David Cameron

Akaash Maharaj - Practical Idealism: National Post: NATO and the Judgement of Paris

The lessons of Afghanistan were purchased at a bitter cost: the war claimed more lives, more years, and more money than any other campaign in NATO’s history. Unless the alliance takes those lessons to heart, a war in Syria and Iraq to extinguish D… . . . → Read More: Akaash Maharaj – Practical Idealism: National Post: NATO and the Judgement of Paris

Akaash Maharaj - Practical Idealism: Fellowship of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society

My high school geography teachers would be baffled, but I am deeply honoured to have been elected a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. The Fellowship includes many of Canada’s most intrepid explorers, who have sledded across arctic t… . . . → Read More: Akaash Maharaj – Practical Idealism: Fellowship of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society

Akaash Maharaj - Practical Idealism: Addressing the NATO Parliamentary Assembly

Being at the table during deliberations on war, peace, and the fate of nations was an extraordinary experience. I remember seeing the Berlin Wall fall, and hoping that the age of global warfare might be over. That moment now feels far away. We are clearly facing terrible risks, and it will take great statesmanship . . . → Read More: Akaash Maharaj – Practical Idealism: Addressing the NATO Parliamentary Assembly

The Canadian Progressive: Thompson: Cuba-U.S. détente preceded by major diplomatic milestones

Freelance journalist Glen Malcolm Thompson explains the major diplomatic milestones that preceded the normalization of Cuba-U.S. relations.

The post Thompson: Cuba-U.S. détente preceded by major diplomatic milestones appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Akaash Maharaj - Practical Idealism: Addressing the United Nations – Akaash Maharaj Podcast

Addressing the United Nations was one of the more intimidating experiences of my life. I spoke on behalf of GOPAC’s global alliance of parliamentarians, on our work to bring kleptocrats to justice.

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Akaash Maharaj - Practical Idealism: Akaash Maharaj: Addressing the United Nations

Political corruption kills more people than war and famine combined. I addressed the United Nations on how the international community can and must act to bring kleptocrats to justice.

The Canadian Progressive: Speech by Cuban President Raul Castro on normalization of U.S.-Cuba relations

In speech, Cuban President Raul Castro thanks Canada for facilitating the high-level dialogue which resulted in the normalization of U.S.-Cuba relations, maintains that Cuba will not not renounce socialism.

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The Disaffected Lib: When Confidence Fails

Few who lived through the Cold War with its constant threat of nuclear annihilation realize the role confidence played in preventing an outbreak of apocalyptic hostilities.  Even at times when we thought the “other side” might be nearing the point of pre-emptive attack, we had a sufficient degree of confidence that they would do . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: When Confidence Fails

mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: Ask General Kang: If my foreign policy is a failure, do I have to admit it?

Hell no! If you can’t blame the failures of your policy on some flunky (or opposition party, if you’re unlucky enough to be ruling in a “democracy”) then what kind of leader are you? The best option is to say … Continue reading →

The Canadian Progressive: Ukraine Crisis: The Harper Conservatives Are NOT Canada

by: Obert Madondo

Last week’s “Canadian delegation” to Ukraine wasn’t a Canadian delegation. It was an all-Conservative outfit. The opposition was completely shut out.

The shut out reminds me of how Third World tyrants do politics. How they exploit global crises to score cheap domestic political points. The shut out makes a mockery of our . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Ukraine Crisis: The Harper Conservatives Are NOT Canada

LeDaro: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani: Iran has no plans to build nuclear weapons

Ann Curry of NBC interviewed Hassan Rouhani.

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“We have never pursued or sought a nuclear bomb, and we are not going to do so,” he said. “We solely are looking for peaceful nuclear technology.” Asked whether he thought Obama looked weak when . . . → Read More: LeDaro: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani: Iran has no plans to build nuclear weapons

LeDaro: Syrian civil war and the plight of children

THREE’S COMPANY: Girls looked from behind a curtain at their family’s home at al-Shati refugee camp in Gaza City on Thursday. (Ashraf Amra/APA Images/Zuma Press)WSJ.

It is very sad to see these children. What kind of life is awaiting them? However, bombing Syria is not the answer. U.S and other countries should find a . . . → Read More: LeDaro: Syrian civil war and the plight of children

The Canadian Progressive: Canadian Diplomacy Supported Deadly Blackfire Mining Project: Report

By: United Steelworkers (USW) | Press Release: OTTAWA and SAN CRISTOBAL DE LAS CASAS – Documents released from the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT) in response to a request under the access to information act reveal that Canadian authorities put public resources at the service of Calgary-based Blackfire […]

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Alberta Diary: Message to Gary Doer: Now might be a good time to place a call to Ottawa, before you have to cross a picket line!

Canadian diplomats, as seen in the public’s imagination and doubtless as they will soon be portrayed by the Harper Government. Actual Canadian diplomats abroad do not appear quite as illustrated, even when dressed casually for picket line duty. Below: Gary Doer, Canada’s Ambassador to the United States; Treasury Board President Tony Clement.

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The Canadian Progressive: The Ugly Canadian in the Canada-Israel relationship (VIDEO)

Canadian writer and commentator Yves Engler discusses the Harper Conservative government’s pro-Israel policy with The Real News. Yves’ new book, The Ugly Canadian, Stephen Harper’s Foreign Policy, “sets out to provide “a small spark in lighting a fire of interest in Canadian foreign policy.” This video is available on YouTube RELATED: “Israel is demolishing hope” . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: The Ugly Canadian in the Canada-Israel relationship (VIDEO)

Five of Five: John Bolton + Brian Lilley

via Facebook ads: Ambassador John Bolton’s is one of America’s leading minds in foreign relations. His experience has earned him numerous accolades. President George W. Bush called Bolton "a stalwart defender of freedom and peace." Senator Jesse Helms (then chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee) referred to Bolton as "the kind of man with whom I would want to stand at Armageddon." We . . . → Read More: Five of Five: John Bolton + Brian Lilley

Canadian Progressive: Photo Tells Us Why Canada Severed Diplomatic Ties With Iran

Last Friday, the right-wing Conservative government of Stephen Harper closed the Canadian embassy in Tehran, and kicked Iranian diplomats out of Canada. Since than, Canadians have struggled to figure out Harper’s motive for this hotile and undepolomatic move. This picture partly answers the question. The picture was taken during Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu three-day . . . → Read More: Canadian Progressive: Photo Tells Us Why Canada Severed Diplomatic Ties With Iran

Alberta Diary: Harper’s wish for war with Iran: an ill Tory wind that blows no good for Canada

Unlike Prime Minister Stephen Harper, the Doge of the Most Serene Republic of Venice was prepared to receive the ambassadors of Persia. Below: Igor Gouzenko, Dr. Samuel Johnson and Winston Churchill.

When Igor Gouzenko came in from the cold 67 years ago last Wednesday, Canada had an extremely serious and completely legitimate complaint . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Harper’s wish for war with Iran: an ill Tory wind that blows no good for Canada

Progressive Proselytizing: A domestic foreign policy: Iran, Israel, and the US

Foreign policy is ostensibly something to do with other countries. However, when politicians talk about it they are largely doing so for their own domestic interests. Discussions of foreign policy are constantly evolving in the ideas, rhetoric, policies and details; the discussion of Iran today is very different than it was in 2008, for . . . → Read More: Progressive Proselytizing: A domestic foreign policy: Iran, Israel, and the US

bastard.logic: Gary Don’t. Please, Just Don’t.

by matttbastard I have no clue who I’m going to endorse for the NDP leadership — but I sure as shit know which potential candidate will never, ever receive a vote from yours truly: sellout 3rd way posterchild Gary Doer, who has … Continue reading . . . → Read More: bastard.logic: Gary Don’t. Please, Just Don’t.

Canadian Progressive World: Jack Layton: A Funeral Befitting A Great Canadian

It’s one of those solemn Canadian moments: A casket draped in the flag of Canada. A body lying in state on Parliament Hill. Canadian flag on the Peace Tower and public buildings across the country flying half-mast. Canadians, in their thousan… . . . → Read More: Canadian Progressive World: Jack Layton: A Funeral Befitting A Great Canadian