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Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Wasteful Destruction in Gaza

The destruction of this apartment tower is ridiculous. How is it in any way acceptable for a state to destroy an obvious civilian complex with weapons of war?

We’re supposed to believe that the hundreds of occupants were all enemy combatants, and Israel is safer having made them homeless?

The Canadian Progressive: Gazonto: Imagining Toronto Being Bombed Like Gaza (Video)

With short film, Gazonto, Canadian filmmaker and activist John Greyson reimagines Toronto as Gaza being bombed by Israel during the ongoing Gaza conflict.

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Accidental Deliberations: On broken connections

The CP reported here on Sana Hassainia’s resignation from the NDP caucus and the immediate aftermath. And it’s worth taking a look at both the narrow view that seems to have led Hassainia (among others) to choose to be isolated from party politics, and the unfortunate response from the NDP.

I haven’t commented much personally on the Gaza crisis, so I’ll quickly summarize my take on the NDP’s official position. Initially, Mulcair did seem all too eager to take the same line as the other federal leaders: the NDP’s position included no questioning whatsoever of Israel’s incursion into Gaza, and (Read more…)

drive-by planet: Chomsky on Israel’s Gaza assault – ‘hideous atrocity, sadistic, murderous’: video interview

In this edited Democracy Now interview Noam Chomsky graphically describes the vicious cycle of violence Israel visits time and again on Gaza… with particular reference to the most recent Israeli military assault dubbed Operation Protective Edge.

It’s a hideous atrocity, sadistic, vicious, murderous – totally without any credible pretext. It’s another one of the periodic Israeli exercises in what they delicately call “mowing the lawn.” That means shooting fish in the pond to make sure the animals stay quiet in the cage you have constructed for them. After which you go to a period of what’s called ceasefire which (Read more…)

The Disaffected Lib: The Shooting May Have Stopped But, For Civilians, Gaza’s Suffering Deepens.

For good and obvious reasons, destruction of essential civilian infrastructure such as water supply and sewage systems is prohibited by the laws of war.  Attacking such targets is a war crime.

For Israel, it’s not just a war crime.  It’s a strategy and it’s called Dahiyeh. It’s the deliberate targeting of civilians; their homes, schools and hospitals; and the water plants and sewage systems essential for public health and safety.

When Israel began waging Dahiyeh against Gaza Palestinians in July, it sent warplanes in to take down the water station and sewage plants.  Now a group of 30-humanitarian agencies banded (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Mounting Evidence of Deliberate Attacks on Gaza Health Workers by Israeli Army

Amnesty International releases disturbing testimonies revealing evidence of deliberate attacks on Gaza health workers by the Israel Defense Forces.

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Bill Longstaff: Israel vs. Hamas or Likud vs. Gaza—framing the issue

A major goal in a propaganda war is to frame the issue on your terms. For example, in labour disputes, businesses (and their political and media allies) often claim the argument is not with the workers but with the “union bosses.” The objective is to convince the public and perhaps even union members that management has no quarrel with their decent, hard-working employees, it’s all the fault of

The Canadian Progressive: Noam Chomsky on media’s “shameful moment” in Gaza

by: Democracy Now! | Posted Mon. Aug 11, 2014

As a new 72-hour ceasefire takes hold in Gaza, we turn to part two of our interview with world-renowned dissident and linguist,MIT Professor Noam Chomsky. Criticizing U.S. media coverage of the Israeli assault on Gaza, Chomsky says: “It’s a shameful moment for U.S. media when it insists on being subservient to the grotesque propaganda agencies of a violent, aggressive state.” Chomsky also discusses his long-standing view that popular pressure at home is critical to ending the U.S. government’s backing for Israel’s occupation of the (Read more…)

Politics and its Discontents: Chris Hedges, Gaza Rally in NYC: God’s Covenant in the Promised Land

Here is the note written by Leigha Cohen as an introduction to the following video on You Tube featuring Chris Hedges:

On August 9th, 2014 a rally supporting the people in Gaza took place at Columbus Circle in NYC. The rally lasted for 2 hours which was followed by a march to the United Nations.

Prior to the rally starting, I was approached by Chris Hedges who mentioned that he had written a 8 minute speech that he wanted to deliver to the thousands of people attending the rally. However, he was told that all of the speakers were being (Read more…)

The Disaffected Lib: Hedges Invokes "God’s Covenant" on Gaza

Chris Hedges spoke at a rally and march in support of Gaza in New York on Saturday.  A Harvard divinity school grad, he invoked God’s Covenant.   Here are excerpts from his speech:

God’s covenant in the Promised Land was not made, finally, with any race or religion. It was not made with the Jews. It was not made with the Muslims. It was not made with the Christians. God’s covenant—in the Bible and the Koran—was made with the righteous. When Ibrahim asked in the holy Koran if the covenant could be inherited, he was told bluntly: “My covenant (Read more…)

Politics, Re-Spun: Welcome to the 1,000th Politics, Re-Spun Editorial!

Steve Harper, the greatest threat to Canadian security in the modern era.

Happy August! Happy Day!

I have a few comments about this, the 1,000th editorial at Politics, Re-Spun. But you can read them below, about my sabbatical plan, new visions for this almost 12-year-old website, and other things.

But at the top of this post, I have something slightly more urgent to delve into before I check out for a break.

That great sick freak, Donald Rumsfeld is generally credited with popularizing the concept of unknown unknowns to our modern/post-modern era. Being a sick freak, he spun that bafflement (Read more…)

Bill Longstaff: Why a lifelong Dipper is disappointed with Thomas Mulcair

Born and raised in Saskatchewan, I’ve been a supporter of the CCF/NDP since before Thomas Mulcair was born. The major reason is simply that Canada’s social democratic party has always been the voice of the vulnerable and the oppressed. And that is also the major reason I am uncomfortable with its current leader, specifically with his failure to speak out strongly about the atrocities being

Politics and its Discontents: Our Politicians Serve Nothing But Their Own Ambitions

Given the ongoing Israeli assault on Gaza, many in Canada have been dismayed, not by the predictable and uncritical enthusiasm for all things Israeli from the Harper regime, but by the relative silence or complicity demonstrated by the two major opposition leaders, Justin Trudeau and Thomas Mulcair; both have amply demonstrated that political expedience trumps principle in their cribbed set of values. By contrast, Green Party leader Elizabeth May has once more demonstrated that rareness of all qualities, integrity:

May denounced the three main federal parties for “parroting” Benjamin Netanyahu’s positions:

“It should be possible for all other political (Read more…)

drive-by planet: Global Day of Rage calls for sanctions against Israel – photos: Barnaby Raine speech – "Jewish Bloc Against Zionism"

August 9 saw Day of Rage demos around the world protesting Israeli actions in Gaza and calling for sanctions. Behind the fold I’ve posted a selection of photos.

I’ve also posted a video from the London Day of Rage featuring a speech by a nineteen-year-old British activist named Barnaby Raine who has been involved in organizing a “Jewish Bloc against Zionism.” His impassioned appeal underscores the importance of solidarity of all people in the face of the inhumanity of Israeli occupation and aggression.

Click “read more” for videos and photos.

Day of Rage demos around the world:

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The Canadian Progressive: #DayofRage: For Gaza, Palestinians, History and Humanity

by: Obert Madondo Follow @Obiemad | Published Sat. Aug 9, 2014

“Die-In” protest in front of NDP Leader Tom Mulcair’s office in Montreal, held on Aug 5, 2014. (Photo: Darren Ell/FACEBOOK)

Gaza, Palestine and you, freedom lovers everywhere, you’ve educated me.

Now I know why they didn’t support indigenous Zimbabweans’ justified armed struggle against British colonial rule. Why I spend the first precious 8 years of my life in Rhodesia. In the midst of a vicious war, fear, uncertainty and fragility.

You have reminded me why they took their time to condemn apartheid South Africa. Why far too (Read more…)

LeDaro: John Baird thinks that it is Palestinians’ fault that they are being butchered by Israel

John Baird, Minister of Foreign Affairs, blames Palestinians that they are being butchered by Israel. He is a bigger jackass than his boss Stephen Harper who holds similar views.

Tories Release Pro-Israel Ad Amid War In Gaza, But They Don’t Want Everyone To See It

Other parties don’t have much different views including Justin Trudeau.

Read more here.

Politics and its Discontents: A Good Start

Posted by MoS, the Disaffected Lib:

Major European countries are proposing a UN mission to Gaza aimed at lifting the siege of Gaza while dismantling Hamas’ tunnel network and rocket arsenals. From Foreign Policy:

It remains unclear whether the European plan has the support of Hamas, Israel, or the United States. It does, however, include several elements the Obama administration believes are essential, including the need to ease Gazans’ plight, strengthen the role of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, and ensure the demilitarization of the Gaza Strip.

The plan — described in a so-called non-paper titled “Gaza: Supporting a (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: Noon to 1PM Stand In Vigil-Demonstration Saturday Near the Duncan Train Station

This message is from Harry Berbrayer of Duncan

I’m a Canadian Jew, and lived and studied in Jerusalem for almost three years. My last visit was for most of December 2008, during which time I was in East (which is Palestinian) Jerusalem and in cities and towns in the Israel-occupied West Bank.

I try to work for justice and genuine peace, and for Palestinian self-determination, which requires an end to Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands and domination and oppression of Palestinians.

We are against the Israeli attacks on Gaza, and call for an end to the Israeli blockade of the (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Gaza conflict: NDP urged to stop apologizing for war crimes, human rights abuses

Various concerned Canadian citizens and residents urge the NDP to stop apologizing for Israel’s alleged war crimes and breaches of human rights in the ongoing Gaza conflict.

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Pushed to the Left and Loving It: Jesus Was Not a Real Estate Agent Nor Did he Invent the Bomb

There was a very interesting segment on the documentary program Vice recently, called Armageddon Now. In it they discussed Evangelical Christians and their strange devotion to Israel.

Vice’s Thomas Morton travelled with a group of Born Again Christian tourists, as they visited the “Holy Land”; and spoke with End Times minister Irvin Baxter.

Baxter stood at the spot where Armageddon is supposed to take place, and described a rapturous scene of bloody horror. First; Russia, Iran, Iraq et al will attack Israel killing two-thirds of the Jewish population. Jesus will then appear for a final showdown with the Anti-Christ, after (Read more…)

Politics and its Discontents: Power Of The Press?

Recently, I wrote a post about Salma Abuzaiter, the eight-year-old girl whose family moved to Canada from Gaza and became Canadian citizens five years ago. Having accompanied her father, a physician, back to Gaza this summer so he could render medical assistance while she visited with her cousins and grandparents, Salma became trapped there after the latest outbreak of hostilities with Israel. Despite requests for some small logistical assistance from the Canadian government, her mother, in Brantford, initially received no response, later being told by Canadian officials in Ramallah that they were too busy to help.

As reported in (Read more…)

Politics and its Discontents: John Oakley Hosts Harper Clone

Many thanks to The Salamander, who, in his response to a post from last evening, sent along this link to the John Oakley Show. On the show, the Reverend Charles McVetey, as unhinged and extreme an evangelical you are ever likely to encounter, explains the evangelical Christian validation for Stephen Harper’s need to support Israel.

While the clip is long, even listening to five or ten minutes of it will offer great insight not only into the mentality of Dear Leader, but also the trait of absolutist thinking both he and people like McVeety share. And at about the (Read more…)

Politics and its Discontents: Part 2- "They Didn’t Get Back To Me"

Yesterday I wrote about the plight of Salma Abuelaish, the eight-year-old girl whose family moved to Canada from Gaza and became Canadian citizens five years ago. Having accompanied her father, a physician, back to Gaza this summer so he could render medical assistance and she could visit with her cousins and grandparents, she became trapped there after the latest outbreak of hostilities with Israel. The Canadian government has thus far ignored a plea for some slight assistance from Salma’s mother, who resides in Brantford. This reaction seems wholly consistent with its apparent aversion to those of Arabic descent, and (Read more…)

drive-by planet: Knesset deputy speaker Moshe Feiglin calls for concentration camps… conquest of ‘entire Gaza strip’

Moshe Feiglin – deputy speaker of the Knesset and a member of Netanyahu’s ruling Likud Party – published a statement on his Facebook page on August 1 calling for the “conquest of the entire Gaza Strip, and annihilation of all fighting forces and their supporters.” He has also proposed what amounts to concentration camps on the Sinai border.

Feiglin’s Facebook page links from his official page on the Knesset website. As of the date of the screenshot below, his incendiary Facebook post had received over 8,000 likes and been shared over two thousand times.

His plan proposes stripping populated (Read more…)

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Cowichan Conversations: The Ballad of Rivka and Mohammed