At a time where the commercial media, or much of it, serves to whip up hysteria over challenges from ISIS, the so called aggressive actions of Putin and other US/Nato driven issues we can be grateful for the internet, bloggers and social media.
Murray Dobbin’s articles would get short shrift today by most media outlets but through ‘the Tyee, we have access to alternate voices that disassemble the unquestioning prattle that fills our tv newscasts.
Here is Murray’s latest.
A conflict over Ukraine would be catastrophic.
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Canada and the US share the world’s longest undefended border, speak the same language approximately, and as is engraved on the ‘Peace Arch’ in Blaine Washington we are ‘Children of a Common Mother’.
We have a great deal in common and yet there are social and cultural differences that remind us that we are not quite the same, not yet anyway.
This article by Josh Barro appeared in the New York Times and is worth a look to see how we are now seen from an American perspective.
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Rachel Maddow is hated by the right and all who peddle propaganda as truth. The following video illustrates why:
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These bastards are responsible for the killing of over one million Iraqis – majority of them women and children. No one has the courage to make them accountable including softy Obama. We live in a horrible world. Lest we forget.
So this is what George Bush’s invasion of Iraq has come to. Gotta love the democracy of this bit of theological murder. Just think, prior to 2001 Iraq was a secular enemy of al Queda. Now it’s knee-deep in fundamentalist terror.
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If the jury was still out on President Barack Obama's climate policy accolades (a huge "if"), consider the verdict now in, and from a surprising character at that: Marc Morano.
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