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Alberta Politics: News Satire: U.S. will not tolerate foreigners acting like Americans, officials say

ILLUSTRATIONS: A map showing some of the countries in which the United States has interfered in the political process (grabbed from Geology.com). Below: U.S. CIA Director John O. Brennan, Democratic Party candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican candid… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: News Satire: U.S. will not tolerate foreigners acting like Americans, officials say

Politics, Re-Spun: The Harlem Renaissance is “Coming Back Again”

Vari-Colored Songs: A Tribute to Langston Hughes dropped earlier this month.

My esteem for Langston Hughes, his insight and vision, and the too-often ignored human/cultural catalyst that was the Harlem Renaissance came back again last night for me when I found Leyla McCalla on the internet.

Merging Haiti, Hughes and the cello, she . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: The Harlem Renaissance is “Coming Back Again”

Politics, Re-Spun: Cheap T-Shirts Keep Harper in Power

Whenever I read stories about corporations wanting to do the right thing, I never hold my breath. Clothing corporations, the sector where “sweatshops” originates, want us to believe they care. They don’t.

Read what nonsense they are trying to peddle to get us off their back for exploiting people so we can have cheap t-shirts. . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: Cheap T-Shirts Keep Harper in Power

Politics, Re-Spun: Minimum Wage: Not Just for Kids Anymore!

The 1% and their media apologists and think tank lackeys would have us all believe that minimum wage is for kids. It’s for unskilled labour in entry level jobs.And it’s ok. We shouldn’t worry. They’re just kids after all: no families or mortgages. They don’t have much training or life experience and honestly, they should . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: Minimum Wage: Not Just for Kids Anymore!

Politics, Re-Spun: MexAmeriCanada? We Are Not Thinking Creatively Enough

MexAmeriCanada doesn’t have to be our future.

I think I’m guilty of being a bit slow and uncreative. The bogeyman of deep integration, North American Union, the United States-ification of Canada, the United States OF Canada, and Canada becoming states #51-60 plus three more protectorates is just too simplistic.

We just have an . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: MexAmeriCanada? We Are Not Thinking Creatively Enough

Alberta Diary: Message to Gary Doer: Now might be a good time to place a call to Ottawa, before you have to cross a picket line!

Canadian diplomats, as seen in the public’s imagination and doubtless as they will soon be portrayed by the Harper Government. Actual Canadian diplomats abroad do not appear quite as illustrated, even when dressed casually for picket line duty. Below: Gary Doer, Canada’s Ambassador to the United States; Treasury Board President Tony Clement.

The . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Message to Gary Doer: Now might be a good time to place a call to Ottawa, before you have to cross a picket line!

Politics, Re-Spun: GroupThink ReSpun: The Death of Hugo Chavez

Hugo Chavez died of cancer on March 5, 2013. He represented an ideological pushback against neoliberal globalization. He pursued a progressive hemispheric trade agenda. He raised oil royalties dramatically to improve the social capacity of people in and around Venezuela. He revolutionized and democratized Venezuela’s constitution. He attracted the ire of American imperialists who supported . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: GroupThink ReSpun: The Death of Hugo Chavez

Politics, Re-Spun: What If We Treated Harper Like We Treated Haiti’s Aristide?

Supporters of former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide chant and display signs outside the courthouse in Port au Prince on Wednesday, Jan. 9. When they learned that the prosecutor, Lucmane Delille, had gone to Aristide’s home to question him, a river of tens if not hundreds of thousands of people marched to his home, . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: What If We Treated Harper Like We Treated Haiti’s Aristide?

Montreal Simon: Why is Stephen Harper Promoting Christian Values?

It was a bizarre sight. Stephen Harper standing in front of a giant poster for Dragon's Den, appearing to be deep in prayer.Although he was only at a newser in Montreal, trying to figure out what to say, after being asked an embarrassing question:Why is your government promoting Christian values?Read more »

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Trashy's World: Canada’s number one buffoon…

… is angling for a Senate seat, it appears. Although I don’t think he has the intelligence to engage in such strategic thinking. Regardless of whether his views are on or off-base, he-of-no-taste should stick to hockey and should shut up about the country’s foreign aid policies. He knows next to nothing about this issue. . . . → Read More: Trashy’s World: Canada’s number one buffoon…

The Disaffected Lib: Fantino’s Foot-In-Mouthitis Flares Again

Harper loose cannon Julian Fantino is at it again.   Now safely distanced from the F-35 fiasco, Fantino has been unleashed on the International Cooperation portfolio.

His diplomatic prowess was demonstrated in La Presse where Fantino announced Canadian aid to Haiti was being frozen.  It turns out that nobody notified the Haitians or, for that matter, . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Fantino’s Foot-In-Mouthitis Flares Again

Politics and its Discontents: What A Man Must Be

“What a man can be, he must be.” – Abraham Maslow

Whenever I taught Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, I also taught my students about Abraham Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, his theory of developmental psychology which posits that the final stage of development, self-actualization (the realization of our full potential), can be achieved only . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: What A Man Must Be

Politics, Re-Spun: GlobalTV Mocks Hurricane Deaths

Frankenstorm Promo

How would you feel about a news organization that treats a hurricane as a campy Halloween ratings booster? I’m appalled. Watch the above clip from GlobalTV last Thursday night.

Hurricane Sandy has killed dozens already and will likely kill more as it runs aground today in the northeast where tens of millions live.

. . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: GlobalTV Mocks Hurricane Deaths

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: RoboCon – The Waiting Game Is Rigged To Lose

The full exchange is on my Black Knight post. D.I.D. writes:

If we revert to mob mentality and, like the French Jacobins, call for the King’s head, then we are no better than Harper and his political mafia.

I think we have to start shaking some trees already, to see what nuts fall out. . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: RoboCon – The Waiting Game Is Rigged To Lose

Art Threat: Blackitude by Vox Sambou evokes the power of resistance

Today we bring you Blackitude, a new music video from Montreal hip-hop artist Vox Sambou, filmed in Batey San Luis in the Dominican Republic by Ariel Mota.

This latest video builds on a trajectory of socially conscious, contemporary hip-hop that has established Sambou as a key figure on the progressive front of the . . . → Read More: Art Threat: Blackitude by Vox Sambou evokes the power of resistance

Paul S. Graham: Two years after the quake, Haiti festers

Decem­ber 9, 2011: Angered by the UN-caused cholera epidemic that has claimed thousands, Haitians rallied at the UN Sta­bi­liza­tion Mis­sion in Haiti (MINUSTAH) Base at St. Marc. Photo: from a video produced by Nick Strat­ton, Bureau des Avo­cats Inter­na­tionaux. Watch it at http://ijdh.org/archives/24340.

Two years after an earthquake killed 158,000, the majority of . . . → Read More: Paul S. Graham: Two years after the quake, Haiti festers

350 or bust: Canadians Ignore the Warning Lesson of Haiti’s Environmental Destruction At Our Peril

Today marks two years since the catastrophic earthquake in Haiti where more than 200,000 died and an estimated 1 million were left homeless. We are used to hearing that Haiti is a very poor country, yet rarely do we hear that at one point in its history, Haiti was the wealthiest colony in the New . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: Canadians Ignore the Warning Lesson of Haiti’s Environmental Destruction At Our Peril

Politics, Re-Spun: A Happy Birthday for Haiti

So I’ve just turned 45. What a sweet age!

Instead of asking people to only bring a quirky 45rpm record to my party next month, I’d rather give people an opportunity to donate money to the Canadian Red Cross for Haitian earthquake relief.

As many of you know, the case study in my master’s thesis . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: A Happy Birthday for Haiti

Paul S. Graham: The Curious Case of Canada’s Missing Cholera Treatment Camp

Cholera kills. Since the UN brought the disease to Haiti last year, 6,000 have died. Because this disease thrives in countries that lack potable water and sewage treatment infrastructure, it is unlikely to be eradicated soon in that country. Cholera treatment facilities are likely to be an ongoing need in Haiti for some time to […] . . . → Read More: Paul S. Graham: The Curious Case of Canada’s Missing Cholera Treatment Camp

The Dominion blogs: The Return of Former Haiti’s Democratically Elected President Jean-Bertrand Aristide Is Crucial for his Health

People_return_of_Titid.jpg by Wadner Pierre “The return is indispensable, too, for medical reasons: It is strongly recommended that I not spend the coming winter in South Africa’s because in 6 … . . . → Read More: The Dominion blogs: The Return of Former Haiti’s Democratically Elected President Jean-Bertrand Aristide Is Crucial for his Health

The Dominion blogs: Human Rights Groups Call for Immediate Arrest of Jean-Claude Duvalier Jan­u­ary 17, 2011-Port-au-Prince and Boston- Today

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACTS: Mario Joseph, Av., Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (Port-au-Prince, Haiti), mario@ijdh.org, 509-3701-9879 Brian Concannon Jr., Esq., Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (Boston, MA), brian@ijdh.org, 541-263-… . . . → Read More: The Dominion blogs: Human Rights Groups Call for Immediate Arrest of Jean-Claude Duvalier Jan­u­ary 17, 2011-Port-au-Prince and Boston- Today

The Dominion blogs: HAITI: Hold New, Open, Fair Elections

DSC_0418.JPG BY NICOLE PHILLIPS and NICOLAS ALBERTO PASCAL www.HaitiJustice.org Photo by Wadner Pierre As a special team from the Organization of American States tries to resolve the country’s el… . . . → Read More: The Dominion blogs: HAITI: Hold New, Open, Fair Elections

JimBobby Sez: Harper’s Haiti Trip – Please, MSM, Don’t Go. Don’t Take Photos

Whooee! Well, friends an’ foes, Pryminister Harper is off to Haiti today. The official announcements say he’s going there to assess the relief effort. Over at Steve V’s Far and Wide, there’s a lot of skepticism and at least one commenter who says Harpe… . . . → Read More: JimBobby Sez: Harper’s Haiti Trip – Please, MSM, Don’t Go. Don’t Take Photos