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The Disaffected Lib: The A, B, C’s of Dictatorship

Harvard prof and Foreign Policy columnist, Steven Walt, has a thoughtful essay, “10 Ways to Tell if Your President is a Dictator.“

My fears about Trump’s foreign policy have always been two-fold: that he might pursue a more sensible grand strategy but do it incompetently, thereby weakening America’s international position, or that he will eventually get . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: The A, B, C’s of Dictatorship

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

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading.- Ed Broadbent, Michal Hay and Emilie Nicolas theorize that Canada’s left is on the rise. Matt Karp takes a look at the policy preferences of younger American voters, including a strong willingness to fund far … . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

The Canadian Progressive: Remarks by President Obama and Prime Minister Trudeau during Canadian leader’s first official White House visit

US President Barack Obama welcomed Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for his first official visit to the White House on Thursday. Here are the remarks issued by the two leaders during a joint press conference. The post Remarks by President Obama … . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Remarks by President Obama and Prime Minister Trudeau during Canadian leader’s first official White House visit

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Justin Trudeau and the Continuing Saga of Canadian Apathy

A recent poll shows strong support for the Trudeau government in Canada, and I have to think, once again, that it is surprising to see that Canadians can be so uncritical and unquestioning of their government. Yes, Harper was defeated, and yes, that wa… . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: Justin Trudeau and the Continuing Saga of Canadian Apathy

Bill Longstaff: Making Canada a leader in the world again

Canada has a distinguished record of contributing to the use of hard power in the world, as our performance in two world wars and Korea attests. As a third-rate power militarily, however, we are always a follower, never a leader. In the realm of soft power, things are rather different. Here we have often been . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: Making Canada a leader in the world again

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading.

– Mike Barber highlights how Canada’s federal election campaign was dominated by messages pushed from the top down rather than citizens’ concerns. Erna Paris recognizes that we can’t afford to be complacent about the place of outright bigotry in shaping voters’ decisions. And Christopher Flavelle writes that the . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

The Canadian Progressive: Canada gave U.S. Republicans $8 million to strengthen democracy… in Ukraine

While implementing draconian cuts to essential social services through the 2014 federal budget, the Harper government contributed $8 million to the Republican Party-linked International Republican Institute to fund projects in Ukraine.

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Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material to start your week.

– Joseph Heath discusses how the Volkswagen emission cheating scandal fits into a particular type of corporate culture: (W)hen the Deepwater Horizon tragedy occurred, or now the VW scandal, it was hardly surprising to people who follow these things. Certain industries essentially harbour and reproducing deviant subcultures. This is one . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Democracy Under Fire: Special Forces for National ‘Emergency’s’

Call me paranoid, perhaps I have been following Harpers attacks upon our democracy too long, but I fail to understand why we need to expand our ‘Special Forces’ (at an annual cost of $50 million) “to respond to varied, and sometimes multiple, national and international emergencies.” We do have almost 2000 of these specially . . . → Read More: Democracy Under Fire: Special Forces for National ‘Emergency’s’

Alberta Politics: The refugee crisis: Harper Conservatives just can’t spin it both ways

PHOTOS: Refugees from the Syrian civil war clog a road near the Syria-Iraq border. (UNHCR photo.) Below: Saskatchewan Conservative MP Kelly Block’s constituency leaflet; Ms. Block herself; Immigration Minister Chris Alexander. For several years, the government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper has played to the worst instincts of a significant portion of its political base . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: The refugee crisis: Harper Conservatives just can’t spin it both ways

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

This and that for your Sunday reading.

– Richard Nisbett comments on the situational determinants of behaviour which are far too often mistaken for merit or accomplishment. Libby Kane points out how increasing inequality and the predictable social segregation which follows makes it harder for the lucky few to see the deprivation that develops around . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

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.

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The Canadian Progressive: Harper must clarify ‘zero tolerance’ for Israel boycotters: Church

The United Church of Canada wants “clear reassurance” that Prime minister Stephen Harper does not intend to criminalize Canadians critical of Israel.

The post Harper must clarify ‘zero tolerance’ for Israel boycotters: Church appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: Harper’s effort to criminalize legitimate Canadian criticism of Israel is diabolical

Canadians have a moral obligation to revolt against Stephen Harper’s efforts to criminalize both legitimate criticism of Israel and support for Palestinians.

The post Harper’s effort to criminalize legitimate Canadian criticism of Israel is diabolical appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Disaffected Lib: To See Ourselves as Others See Us

Ask anyone in the Third World where, if they had their druthers, they would choose to live and their top choice, hands down, would be the United States. Ask those same people which nation is the greatest threat to world peace and they say, you guessed it, the United States.

That may sound contradictory . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: To See Ourselves as Others See Us

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading.

– Robert Reich offers a long-form look at the relationship between inequality and policies designed to extract riches for the wealthy at everybody else’s expense: The underlying problem, then, is not that most Americans are “worth” less in the market than they had been, or that they have . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

The Canadian Progressive: Trudeau To Support Harper’ Imminent Iraq War Extension

Liberal leader open to supporting Stephen Harper’s imminent extension of Canada’s combat mission against Islamic State terrorist group in Iraq.

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Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading.

– Jacob Hacker and Paul Pierson link inequality and climate change as massive problems which are generated by political choices (and thus amenable to correction through the political system): Rising inequality is no more natural than global warming. And just as with global warming, our biggest fear should . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

The Disaffected Lib: The Top Ten Wars of 2015

And a Happy New Year to you too.

The new president of the International Crisis Group, Jean-Marie Guehenno, has issued his own New Year greetings in an article on the ten wars to watch in 2015 in Foreign Policy magazine.

For the most part they’re the old familiars that continue to plague Africa, the Middle . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: The Top Ten Wars of 2015

The Canadian Progressive: Assata Shakur: “I am a 20th century escaped slave”

Cuba-based black revolutionary Assata Shakur says she fled “from the political repression, racism and violence that dominate the US government’s policy towards people of color.”

The post Assata Shakur: “I am a 20th century escaped slave” appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: Canadian mining interests in Guatemala challenged by indigenous direct democracy

In Guatemala, indigenous Mayan communities’ participation in community consulta, or consultation, helps to engage the government, and push back against Canadian and multinational mining companies accused of human rights abuses.

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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.

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

The Canadian Progressive: Susan Bibeau: Ottawa shooter’s mother speaks

Susan Bibeau, the mother of Ottawa shooter Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, says her son was not a terrorist but “felt cornered” and “acted in despair.”

The post Susan Bibeau: Ottawa shooter’s mother speaks appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Disaffected Lib: Our Most Worrisome Endangered, Perhaps Already Extinct, Species. World Leaders.

You know it.  I know it.  Even if you haven’t really thought about it, you’ve probably sensed it.  As our world sails into an ever worsening storm, there’s nobody at the helm.  Just when we need them most we find ourselves without real leaders.

Foreign Policy’s Aaron David Miller contends that the leadership void reaches right . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Our Most Worrisome Endangered, Perhaps Already Extinct, Species. World Leaders.