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Alberta Politics: ‘I had an abortion and I thank God I was able to,’ says MLA, pointedly asking Jason Kenney: ‘Pro-choice or not?’

PHOTOS: St. Albert MLA Marie Renaud. Below: A young Jason Kenney in a 1990 TV interview, Archbishop Emeritus John R. Quinn of the Archdiocese of San Francisco, and British MP George Galloway. Marie Renaud, the New Democrat MLA for St. Albert, is a brav… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: ‘I had an abortion and I thank God I was able to,’ says MLA, pointedly asking Jason Kenney: ‘Pro-choice or not?’

Alberta Politics: Was the Senate report on ‘countering’ the threat of terrorism intended to incite hatred for political gain?

PHOTOS: Conservative members of the Senate of Canada answer questions about their “interim report” on countering terrorist threats to Canada. Actual Conservative Senators may not appear exactly as illustrated – but close enough, unfortunately. Below: Liberal senator Grant Mitchell of Alberta, who dissented from the report; former British MP George Galloway, banned from Canada after . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Was the Senate report on ‘countering’ the threat of terrorism intended to incite hatred for political gain?

drive-by planet: Israeli propaganda and spin seeks to justify Gaza attack: yet another civilian bloodbath

Top: Wounded Palestinian girl following strike in northern Gaza strip  Below: Israeli strike on buildings in Khan Younis / Palestinian boy with  younger wounded sibling upon learning family was killed in strike

Yet another bloodbath in Gaza. One of the most powerful militaries on the planet is once again turning its US-supplied weaponry on . . . → Read More: drive-by planet: Israeli propaganda and spin seeks to justify Gaza attack: yet another civilian bloodbath

drive-by planet: Crimea votes: ‘CrossTalk’ discussion with George Galloway, Michael Hughes and Dmitry Babich

drive-by planet: Ultra-nationalists and fascist thugs – tools of imperialist designs in Ukraine

The protests in the Ukraine that began last November in Kiev’s Independence Square – the Maidan – were staged to protest president Viktor Yanukovych’s decision to back out of a plan to join a trade agreement with the EU, in preference for joining the Eurasian Customs Union.

As with most political protests on . . . → Read More: drive-by planet: Ultra-nationalists and fascist thugs – tools of imperialist designs in Ukraine

drive-by planet: RT’s Breaking the Set: George Galloway on ‘Killing of Tony Blair’, Yemen drone attack and the death of Abbas Khan

In this RT interview British Respect Party MP, George Galloway, talks about his upcoming documentary film The Killing of Tony Blair. He also gives his views on the harassment of The Guardian by British authorities and the strange death of Dr Abbas Khan in a Syria prison. British citizen Khan died mere days before . . . → Read More: drive-by planet: RT’s Breaking the Set: George Galloway on ‘Killing of Tony Blair’, Yemen drone attack and the death of Abbas Khan

drive-by planet: Video: George Galloway’s impassioned speech opposing attack on Syria: UK parliament votes NO to military action

One of the highlights of the British parliamentary debate on Syria was the rousing speech delivered by Respect Party MP for Bradford West, George Galloway. He delivered with trademark conviction and elan, stating his opposition to any British involvement in an attack on Syria.

This is part of what Galloway had to say: . . . → Read More: drive-by planet: Video: George Galloway’s impassioned speech opposing attack on Syria: UK parliament votes NO to military action

drive-by planet: George Galloway warns against western intervention in Syria: speech on video

In this speech George Galloway is in top rhetorical form.

He takes a few well aimed shots at western hypocrisy, pointing out that while the U.S. et al are allied with some of the most reactionary and undemocratic regimes in the region they nevertheless talk about bringing democracy to Syria. He also takes a . . . → Read More: drive-by planet: George Galloway warns against western intervention in Syria: speech on video

Alberta Diary: Wicked Witch war of words: ‘Has Thatcher bashing crossed a line?’ Well, er… no!

The Wicked Witch of the West from the Wizard of Oz. Below, Ezra Levant in an orange wig with a can of Orange Crush mocks Jack Layton’s funeral. RIP or give it a rest?

Oh my – quelle horreur! – naughty Britons still appalled by the depredations visited upon their country by Margaret . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Wicked Witch war of words: ‘Has Thatcher bashing crossed a line?’ Well, er… no!

drive-by planet: Kenney wants extra power to bar people from Canada for ‘public policy’ reasons

Harper government immigration minister, Jason Kenney, is pushing for additional ministerial powers that would allow him to bar people from Canada for “public policy considerations.” Considerations that aren’t clearly spelled out in Bill-C43 – otherwise known as the Faster Removal of Foreign Criminals Act.

If the changes go through it would certainly hand . . . → Read More: drive-by planet: Kenney wants extra power to bar people from Canada for ‘public policy’ reasons

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading.

– Annie Lowrey reports on the evidence showing that the perpetually-increasing inequality pitched by the right as an economic plan actually serves to damage economic development: The yawning gap between the haves and the have-nots — and the political questions that gap has raised about the plight of . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: About Conrad Black’s return: surely Canadians deserve honest answers

Lord Black gesticulates at Communications Energy and Paperworkers Local 115A President Andy Marshall in 1999. Below: Omar Khadr, Jason Kenney, George Galloway, Farouk Adatia.

Let’s mark this international day of the worker by having a grown-up discussion about the readmission to Canada of Conrad Black, the former Canadian citizen and newspaper tycoon, now that . . . → Read More: David Climenhaga’s Alberta Diary: About Conrad Black’s return: surely Canadians deserve honest answers

Politics, Re-Spun: Social Justice and Democracy Activists Fool their Foes on April Fools

Long time social justice and democracy activists fooled their foes on April Fools this year giving the world a double victory with Aung San Suu Kyi and George Galloway winning by-elections to restore voices for reason in the world.

Suu Kyi, a long time political prisoner, won her first election after being freed by the . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: Social Justice and Democracy Activists Fool their Foes on April Fools

Drive-by Planet: George Galloway: stunning landslide victory in Bradford West

George Galloway, the British MP banned in 2009 from entry into Canada has achieved a stunning electoral victory in the UK. Standing for the Respect Party, Galloway pulled off an historic victory in Bradford West. Not too shabby for a guy humiliated by Canada – dubbed “an infandous street corner Cromwell” by former Jason . . . → Read More: Drive-by Planet: George Galloway: stunning landslide victory in Bradford West

"Bradford Spring": George Galloway rises again

This guy must have nine lives.

BRADFORD – Britain’s mainstream parties were reeling Friday after firebrand George Galloway, a fierce critic of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, won a sensational return to parliament.

The Scottish politician becomes his Respect party’s only lawmaker after crushing his former party, Labour, in Thursday’s by-election in . . . → Read More: "Bradford Spring": George Galloway rises again

World Headlines Review: Tunisia’s Deposed Ben Ali Family: Canadian Immigration’s political statement

Yesterday reports appeared in the Canadian press, TV and radio, about the arrival in Montreal of family members of the deposed Tunisian dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and his wife, Leila, nee Trabelsis.  The expatriate Tunisian community in Montreal had already been watching the situation closely as unidentified Tunisian officials had arrived there as . . . → Read More: World Headlines Review: Tunisia’s Deposed Ben Ali Family: Canadian Immigration’s political statement