Cowichan Conversations: Why Is the West Spoiling for a Fight with Russia?

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 ...

Cowichan Conversations: Opposites Attract: The New Conservative Love Affair With Canada

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger 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 ...

Politics and its Discontents: Syria: Iraq Redux

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Politics and its Discontents: The War Crimes of Our Political Leaders

Recently I wrote a brief post directing readers to a story written by Chris Hedges. Hedge’s piece, entitled The Crucifixion of Tomas Young, conveyed the very sad story, one that has probably been lived out many times, of a young man, paralyzed in Iraq in 2004, who has made the decision to die by refusing ...

Art Threat: Blown Up: Gaming and War

Let’s face it: shooting stuff is fun – in video, that is; but it can also be ethically complicated. Gallery 101’s current exhibition Blown Up: Gaming and War, brings to the conventions of video gaming the complexities of art, activism and critical commentary.  I am not exactly a typical gamer (don’t own a console), but ...

Eclectic Lip: Wynne-win for Canada! And, is America ready for another white male President?

I welcomed Kathleen Wynne‘s victory in the leadership race for the ruling Ontario Liberal Party this past Saturday, even though I live in faraway British Columbia.   And I do mean far away — seriously, the International Space Station is ten times closer to the surface of the earth, than Vancouver is to Toronto.  (Though that ...

LeDaro: Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld -the liars

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.

What George Bush hath wrought: 90 Iraqi youths stoned to death for ’emo’ haircuts

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. Iraqi activists sounded the bell over the killing of dozens of teenagers by religious police for having ...

DeSmogBlog: Climate Denier Marc Morano Praises "George W. Obama" at COP17

marc-morano.jpg 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. Morano jubilantly referred to the President as "George W. Obama" in an interview with Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman at COP17, stating:  They [the Obama administration] have kept the exact ...

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: Why Does the Right Hold the Left to a Higher Moral Standard?

Despite the allegations of sexual misconduct, Herman Cain continues to poll high with Republicans. And yet they wasted millions of tax dollars in an attempt to impeach President Bill Clinton, because of a sex scandal.  Clinton’s was consensual.  Cain’s appear to have been uninvited assaults. When it was discovered that “family values” czar, Vic Toews, had fathered ...

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: Should We Be Concerned With Those Harper is Passing the Pipe With?

In 1911, the United States Supreme Court broke up Standard Oil, then the largest multinational corporation, because it was simply becoming too big and powerful.  The company’s battles with former president Teddy Roosevelt were legendary, as depicted in this 1906 Punch cartoon. Standard Oil New Jersey has since grown to become Exxon, so unfortunately the ...

Fox News whines that George Bush isn’t getting credit for assassination of Anwar al-Awlaki

This is one time Fox News can keep the credit for George Bush. After all, they tried this with the capture of Saddam. Right wingers cannot handle anyone getting credit except for themselves. They hate when any progressive gets media attention. They want to obliterate every last breath of any non-con media pundit or outlet. ...

Politics and its Discontents: Fair Game – The Things Politicians Do While We Sleep

I rarely watch films today, preferring some of the edgier fare offered by cable television series such as Justified, Nurse Jackie, Trueblood and Breaking Bad. Nonetheless, with my son visiting last evening, we sat down to watch Fair Game, a 2010 film starring Naomi Watts and Sean Penn playing Valierie Plame and Joe Wilson respectively. ...

Bush Toronto speech ‘abruptly canceled’. The power of the populace.

Tea Partiers and the right wing love to think they are populists. Bullshit. Real populism comes from the grass roots – people – doing it for themselves, not from billionaire brothers. Such is the case at an ‘evangelical university’ where students stood up to the school officials and demanded that war criminal George Bush’s speech be ...

Red Tory v.3.0.3: Enough of 9/11 Already!

Arrrrgh. Another maudlin 9/11 commemorative is drawing closer – this time with even more dramatic intensity, being the 10th anniversary of the completely avoidable attacks on the American “homeland” that supposedly “changed everything” (i.e., provided a convenient excuse for the previous U.S. administration to launch two ruinous conflicts on the other side of the world ...

Battle of lightweights: Bush vs. Perry

Well, not Bush personally. He’s too busy sitting back in his La-Z-boy or clearing brush from his porch. But Karl Rove, Bruce Bartlett et al. are waging a battle royale against pipsqueak Rick Perry, a fellow Texan for whom the Bushies hold great animus. From what I can gather, the Bush people think Rick Perry makes ...

Death By Trolley: Why Obama and Democrats are Less Trustworthy than Bush and Republicans

It might seem hyperbolic or facetious that a left-leaning blogger would argue that Obama and the Democrats are less trustworthy than Bush and the Republicans. Part of this impression can be done away by me immediately disabusing you of what your first impression may quite reasonably be: I am not saying that Bush or Republicans ...

A. Picazo: Chevron – Because BP Wasn’t Drilling Deep Enough

Fifty miles off the coast of Louisiana, upwards of 100,000 barrels per day of oil are gushing from BP’s Deepwater Horizon well into the Gulf of Mexico. With the equivalent of one Exxon-Valdez seeping into the Gulf every three days, mass devastation of the wetlands, wildlife, and marshes surrounding the area is a forgone conclusion. ...