PHOTOS: Alberta Premier Rachel Notley and Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne at yesterday’s press conference in Toronto. Below: Ms. Notley, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, British Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn and U.S. Democratic Presidential candidat… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: A good day for Rachel Notley – but you’d never know it with media and opposition in full-scale, unrestrained meltdown
Assorted content to end your week.- Edgardo Sepulveda writes about the role of the federal government in combating inequality – while noting that Canada has gone in the wrong direction over the past few decades. And Michal Rozworski points out that we’… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links
We are facing a new crisis and the war for who can frame the most effective strategy is on steroids. The Corporate MSM, even the CBC, is fomenting division, suspicion and fear. Bunching ISIS up Read more… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Glenn Greenwald on “Submissive” Media’s Drumbeat for War and “Despicable” Anti-Muslim Scapegoating
Assorted content to end your week.
– Matthew Yglesias points out that a particular income level may have radically different implications depending on an individual’s place in life, and that we can only address inequality by formulating policy accordingly: The median household income in the United States is about $52,000. So go ahead and picture . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links
Richard Hughes- Political Blogger
The War on Ideas is losing ground. This was clearly demonstrated through two clashing films recently. American Sniper and Citizen Four.
They could not be more opposite and yet they were both declared Oscar winners
The War on Ideas is winning over public support in spite of the . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Edward Snowden and His Ideological Allies Are Winning
But will anyone listen?
Edward Snowden, the man wanted for leaking U.S. security documents in 2013 says Canadians should be “extraordinarily cautious” in reference to an anti-terror bill proposed by the Harper government. Snowden and journalist Glenn Greenwald spoke to a group of Toronto students Monday evening.
Recommend this Post . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: A Timely Warning From Edward Snowden
This and that for your Sunday reading.
– Will Hutton rightly slams David Cameron for his antisocial view of taxes and public institutions – which should of course sound all too familiar in Canada: Believe the prime minister and it is morality, rather than economics, which requires him to cut taxes. In an important article . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links
Journalist and author Glenn Greenwald suggests how we can protect ourselves from government snooping, and defend our civil liberties in the digital age.
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Richard ‘Hub’ HughesPolitical Blogger
We can hardly log on these days without hearing new reports of surveillance and interference in our ability to read and hear independent journalism. Take a look at ‘The Intercept.’
It is a recent entry in the independent and alternate media community. Their stable of journalists will . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Welcome to The Intercept
Editors of a number of northern European newspapers have written an open letter to British PM David Cameron stating their concerns arising from the detention of David Miranda – partner of Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald. The writers express concern about the “harassment” of “the paper and individuals associated with it.”
Glenn Greenwald has . . . → Read More: drive-by planet: Open letter to Cameron from European editors: Miranda’s detention threat to freedom of the press
Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading.
– Glenn Greenwald, David Atkins and Simon Jenkins all discuss the U.K.’s detention of David Miranda – with heavy emphasis on the Cameron government’s apparent belief journalism and terrorism are synonymous. And Ian Welsh points out the need to fight back against a pervasive surveillance state before it’s too . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links
Yesterday was not a good day for me. First, I awoke to read about the government raid on the Guardian office resulting in the destruction of computers containing some of the material leaked by Edward Snowden on illegal state surveillance. Eerily reminiscent of the U.S. Department of Justice raid on the Associated Press back . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: On Bad Days And Defiance
For anyone still under the illusion that our rights and freedoms are sacred trusts protected by our democracies, you might want to read this little item, the beginning of what I suspect will be a very long period of payback for Glenn Greenwald’s act of bringing Edward Snowden’s inconvenient truths to the world’s attention.
. . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Freedoms? What Freedoms?
Lavabit, an encrypted email service with some 350,000 customers is no more. The company has decided to shut down rather than comply with a U.S. government court order that would have implicated Lavabit in spying on its customers. In a courageous move the company has opted to essentially wipe out assets in order . . . → Read More: drive-by planet: Lavabit encrypted email service shuts down rather than become ‘complicit in crimes against the American people’
When it comes to leaks stateside there is no such thing as a level playing field. Double standards abound. Establishment “insider” journalists such as Bob Woodward publish leaked classified material that makes some of Bradley Manning’s leaks seem innocuous by comparison.
Woodward, who has been described as “a stenographer to the rich . . . → Read More: drive-by planet: Washington double-standard on leaks: ‘if you’re rich, powerful and well-connected the laws don’t apply to you’
Watch this video of an interview with Glenn Greenwald for part of the answer:
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There is little doubt in my mind that the economic chaos defining the lives of millions of people is intentional, not just so their labour can be exploited as cheaply as possible, but also because desperate citizens make for compliant and disciplined drones. Historically, it has usually been thus, with the elites calling the . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Heroes and Villains