Congratulations, Toronto Blue Jays on another exciting season!
Let’s hope that before the Atlanta B****s or Cleveland I*****s come back to Toronto they will have changed their name. And as I’ve argued in the past, the process of fixing racist team names can itself be a reconciliation moment.
A moment that you can help bring . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: Fixing the Cleveland I*****s Racist Team Name
I so hope you had a wonderful Indigenous Peoples’ Day yesterday!
In “America” there is a movement to replace the systemically racist Columbus Day. It’s spreading briskly; soon it may reach the 100th Monkey and spread across Turtle Island.
In Canada, we had Thanksgiving Day, for all the cornucopia reasons you can think of.
But . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: Happy Indigenous Peoples’ Day!
In Canada, we celebrate Thanksgiving Day today, a slight improvement on Columbus day, which institutionalizes systemic racism.
Columbus Day celebrates white supremacy. It’s time to stop that now. If you need some elaboration, read this.
Seattle did it 2 years ago. Now Vermont has figured out a first step in a solution: turning Columbus Day . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: Columbus Day is Institutionalized Racism
If you’re wondering about what kind of spin cycle Trudeau [#TheNewHarper] put the Royals through to smooth over First Nations discontent with the 21st century version of settler imperialism?
Justin Trudeau’s relationship with indigenous people and the politics of William and Kate’s Canadian Royal tour
A cynic might question if the prime minister . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: Trudeau Spins the Royals
Which was the most important news story on Tuesday this week? And which news story was overshadowed by corporate media coverage of the other 3? Donald Trump was officially nominated and elected as the Republican candidate for president, despite attempts to derail that surreal event. Donald Trump’s wife plagiarized Michelle Obama in her speech. There … Continue reading On Tuesday, Corporate Media Played You. Did You Catch It? →
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Released by PM Press in collaboration with Kersplebedeb in 2014, Turning Money into Rebellion: The Unlikely Story of Denmark’s Revolutionary Bank Robbers recalls the exploits of the so-called Blekingegade Gang, a group of Marxist revolutionaries who, during the 1970s and ‘80s, robbed cash-in-transit trucks, warehouses, and post offices around Copenhagen in order to provide national liberation movements in the Third World with much-needed material support. Now one of the group’s former members, Torkil Lauesen, has written a book titled Det globale perspektiv, “The Global Perspective”, released by the Danish press Nemo in May 2016.
When the Blekingegade Group members ………..READ MORE
. . . → Read More: Kersplebedeb | Kersplebedeb: Torkil Lauesen’s “The Global Perspective” (reviewed by Gabriel Kuhn)
No one wants to say unpleasant things about their friends. But what do you do if your friends are engaged in serial misbehaviour and you are getting dragged into it? Do you end your friendships, do you tell your friends to behave themselves, or do you … . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: Is our policy on ISIS predestined?
There are days when it is difficult to see any long-term future for the human race. Stories abound of both our collective and individual acts of brutality that attest to the fact that purely animal urges prevail within us far too frequently. The scinti… . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: A Good Question
U.S. President Barack Obama has referred to the atrocities in Paris as attacks “on all of humanity.” He is wrong, of course. The attacks were specifically directed at France, an ex-imperialist European nation that has a long history of colonizing, oppressing and exploiting the Muslim peoples of North Africa and the Middle East, and that . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: Paris—the blowback of imperialism
I’m almost done with Sorrows of Empire so I will stop deluging the blog with quotes, but I cannot forgo Johnson’s explanation of the mutating monster that Neo-liberalism is. I’d like to reproduce the entire chapter because it is that good, but instead we’ll look at how insidious neo-liberalism is when it comes to . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: On Neo-Liberalism/Globalization – Chalmers Johnson
Great mysteries of empire are always shrouded in mystery. One idea that I have lifted from terrible military fiction is the concept of the 6P’s.
Proper Planning Prevents Piss Poor Performance.
Can you guess which imperialistic nation didn’t do their homework?
“Sky said the United States led the invasion of Iraq in . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Iraq in State of Higgledy-Piggledy – United States Perplexed as to Why.
He says he’s awesome, but he’s so bad, that on the economy he’s the worst prime minister since WWII.
And his campaign is “don’t change horses in mid-stream, I’m a great economist, we aren’t in a recession, we have a balanced budget and only I can protect you from the terrorist onslaught that wants to . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: Stephen Harper Is Such a Bad Economist!
Recently one of those issues that arises constantly to tangle up leftists and liberals reared its head in my little world. Some folks (all of European decent) in a band I know were in the studio and someone proposed using an aburukuwa, a Ghanian drum, I am told, to get just the right sound. . . . → Read More: Sketchy Thoughts: Losing My Religion (by André Moncourt)
Recently one of those issues that arises constantly to tangle up leftists and liberals reared its head in my little world. Some folks (all of European decent) in a band I know were in the studio and someone proposed using an aburukuwa, a Ghanian drum, I am told, to get just the right sound. . . . → Read More: Kersplebedeb | Kersplebedeb: Losing My Religion (by André Moncourt)
Inspired by Nora Loreto [again], I am starting to frame my vision for what Canada should be after C-51, the TRC report and the October 19, 2015 federal election.
Here are my initial thoughts:
I’d love it for the very foundation upon which Canada [sic] is built, to crumble! We can start a national dialogue . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: My Canada Includes…The Future!
I’ve been watching The Book of Negroes this week. I have no words. I only recognize justice, integrity, brutality, acknowledgement, witnessing, story telling and a myriad of other foggy responses.
It’s easy to also ponder qualities of heroes.
Then I read this from earlier this week, and nodded. Do you get it?
Anishinabe . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: Looking for Heroes?
A brief note. I think that this essay should be required reading for all those who consider joining the armed forces and participating in the cycle of terrorism and destruction that currently dominates our foreign policy and geo-political goals here in the West. Many thanks to Tom’s Dispatch for hosting the essay.
“Why The War . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Excerpts from “Letter to a Young Army Ranger” – Rory Fanning
The federal government tells CBC News that 84 First Nations have until Wednesday to post their audited financial statements for the last fiscal year, including the salaries and expenses of their chiefs and councillors.
Pam Palmater is one of the most important voices in Canada in this young century so far. Here’s another reason . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: More of Harper’s First Nations Racism
Sixteen million people died as a result of Word War One. Of these, as many as 64,990 were Canadian. One of them, a Manitoban named Sidney Halliday, was recently identified as being among the remains of five dead Canadians located in Hallu, France in 2006-07.
One suspects the efforts of our Department of National Defence . . . → Read More: Paul S. Graham: Lest we forget
I’m not going to argue that using an Intersectionality lens in the municipal election in 2 weeks will make your voting choices perfectly easy.
But I will say that your white male entitlements have likely contributed to worse choices in the past. Including not voting.
When you read this entire article you will see the . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: Are Your White Male Entitlements Maiming Your Vote this Month?
Politics, Re-Spun hereby bestows honourary Canadian and Politics, Re-Spun citizenship upon Russell Brand for his precise and effective re-spinning of Steve Harper and his soft fascist, neo-conservative manipulation of most of last week.
And we all need to think more carefully about “convenient murders.”
His new passport is in the mail.
Ottawa Killings: Who Wins? . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: Russell Brand Re-Spins Stephen Harper, Expertly
For Harper, 6 CF-18s in Kuwait, all war all the time, phoning up the Pentagon asking where we can become more militarily engaged…all these things lead to a war posture, including a soldier being killed at home.
A war posture is good for Harper’s base and makes Canadians more scared so that we more more . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: Harper, the Dog of War
Our imperial conquests in the Middle East are, of course, busily blowing up in our face. The new normal is a murderous state of higgledy-piggledy brought on by us wiping out the quasi-stable societies that had kept the peace (of sorts). Because nothing says we love peace like bombing the shit of a country we . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice – Religious Child Abuse
In April 2014, the government that had come into power two months earlier in Ukraine launched what it termed an “anti-terrorist operation” against the people of Eastern Ukraine.
The easterners were opposed to the government’s plans for economic association with Western Europe and were demanding a greater voice in central government decisions.
That political conflict, . . . → Read More: Paul S. Graham: Video: The war in Eastern Ukraine and the New Cold War