Alberta Diary: Yikes! U.S. program with remarkable knack for spotting future foreign leaders picks … Danielle Smith

Wildrose Party Leader Danielle Smith prepares to set off on her 19-day American tour. Future America-friendly leaders may not be exactly as illustrated. Below: Ms. Smith for real. With tout le monde political Alberta focusing on the province’s final farewell to Peter Lougheed, founder of the 41-year Conservative dynasty who passed on last Thursday, Alberta ...

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: Today’s anniversary of a year of Tory rule in Ottawa: it just doesn’t get any better than this!

Contemplating the thought of three more years of Stephen Harper. Below: Mr. Harper himself. Tory times, as the old saying goes, are terrible times. So it should surprise no one that as we mark the first anniversary of Stephen Harper’s majority victory today, the country is increasingly polarized, students are in the streets of Quebec ...

RedBedHead: Pakistan: When Thieves Fall Out

As Neil Sedaka once crooned “breaking up is hard to do”, especially when you’re a superpower who needs the help of an unstable and corrupt government to have any chance of defeating an insurgency. It looks like the USA is just beginning to figure out what an ugly break-up between a couple of nuclear powers ...

RedBedHead: Afghanistan: USA Busted Trying To "Cut & Run"

Remember all that macho b.s. that G W Bush (and Stephen Harper) said about not “cutting and running” in Afghanistan? We were gonna fight to the end – for truth, justice and the American Way. And remember how Harper and his cronies took the piss out of Jack Layton when he suggested that peace would ...

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: The secret to Western success in Afghanistan: NATO must train the Taliban!

Completely untrained Afghan Mujahideen troops, the same people who later became the Taliban, stand atop a Soviet helicopter they downed in 1979. Below, Leonid Brezhnev. I’ve got it! The way to move toward peace and progress in Afghanistan, that is. Starting immediately, NATO needs to arm and train the Taliban! This may sound crazy, as ...

RedBedHead: Taliban Makes Itself Popular By Killing NATO-Backed Crooks

I’m sure there will be paeans of praise for the now late mayor of Kandahar, particularly in the North American median. The Globe & Mail, for instance, suggests that Mayor Ghulam Haidar Hamidi was a reformer who was trying to root out corruption. However, it seems that local Afghans didn’t feel the same, and saw ...

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: Canadian media’s narrative of the Afghan war suspiciously like a fairy tale

The Intercontinental Hotel, Kabul, as it’s supposed to look: About as real as Canadian reporting on Afghanistan. Below: Helicopters hovering, above the Intercontinental, as shot by Reuters News Service; in another hasty Western exit, not so long ago and not so far away. The narrative of Canada’s role in the Afghan civil war as told ...

RedBedHead: The Disaster That Is Afghanistan

This week’s slaying of Ahmad Wali Karzai, brother of Afghan President Hamid Karzai and a warlord/mobster with extensive power in Southern Afghanistan is a reminder that NATO and the Americans haven’t got the situation in Afghanistan under control. Not by half. That they needed to rely upon a man with money in drugs, corruption, influence ...

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: Afghanistan "Mafia" Boss Killed by Bodyguard

Ahmad Wali Karzai, brother of the Afghan President Hamid Karzai has been assassinated. A known drug trafficker and underworld boss, he was also the man given a $50 million contract to provide “protection” for SNC Lavalin as they fulfill another military contract. Part of the quagmire that Stephen Harper has created. Ahmad Wali played a ...

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: Having a majority means never having to say you’re sorry – even about the ‘Taliban Jack’ slur

Above: Afghan fighters against the British occupation in the late 19th Century. Not much has changed but the rifles. Below: Peter MacKay, Jack Layton. We’re still waiting for that apology to Opposition Leader Jack Layton from the Harper Conservatives. You know, the one they owe him for getting their on-line Tory Rage Machine ™ and ...