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Dead Wild Roses: Middle East Backgrounder – Mission Accomplished…

The chickens of western colonialism are coming home to roost.

Excerpt from “The Guns of August” – by Matthew Stevenson via Counterpunch

 

“Doubts about the sincerity of Americans in Iraq probably began when President Ronald Reagan dispatched his former national security advisor Robert C. “Bud” McFarlane to Tehran in 1986 with a cake and a Bible and proposed swapping arms for American hostages in Lebanon.

 

Until that moment, in the long war between Iran and Iraq, Saddam was our man, a bulwark against Shiite expansion in the Gulf, a non-fundamental (i.e., someone not adverse to girls (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: Noam Chomsky on The Nightmare in Gaza

The following article reproduced in its entirety from Altnet.org.

Noam Chomsky explores the history of repression and violence that stand as precursors to the current conflict. August 7, 2014 |

Amid all the horrors unfolding in the latest Israeli offensive in Gaza, Israel’s goal is simple: quiet-for-quiet, a return to the norm.

For the West Bank, the norm is that Israel continues its illegal construction of settlements and infrastructure so that it can integrate into Israel whatever might be of value, meanwhile consigning Palestinians to unviable cantons and subjecting them to repression and violence.

For Gaza, (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: Palestine – “Mowing the Lawn”…

Some results of the latest Israeli raid :

 

* Destroyed tunnels, most often used to smuggle into Gaza household items that Israel, in violation of international law, prevents from being imported.

* Massacred nearly 2,000 people, including hundreds of children as young as newborns; injured thousands more.

* Destroyed hundreds of homes, leaving thousands of men, women and children homeless.

* Destroyed power plants, leaving hundreds of thousands of people without electricity or running water.

* Destroyed factories that produce such dangerous items as pretzels, cheese and biscuits.

* Targeted and murdered journalists.

Israeli officials have stated that, (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: John Pilger on Ukraine Situation

The US is doing it again.

“In February, the US mounted one of its “colour” coups against the elected government in Ukraine, exploiting genuine protests against corruption in Kiev. Obama’s national security adviser Victoria Nuland personally selected the leader of an “interim government”. She nicknamed him “Yats”. Vice President Joe Biden came to Kiev, as did CIA Director John Brennan. The shock troops of their putsch were Ukrainian fascists.

For the first time since 1945, a neo-Nazi, openly anti-Semitic party controls key areas of state power in a European capital. No Western European leader has condemned this revival of (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: Secure Housing Unit Psychosis – A Window into the World of Torture

Have you ever wondered about some of the shared traits of humanity? One could prosaically think of Love, Compassion and Happiness and one would be correct. If the similarities ended there, I wouldn’t be writing, nor would you be reading about the prevalence of torture across the globe.

“The report titled Torture in 2014 – 30 Years of Broken Promises read: “Although governments have prohibited this dehumanising practice in law and have recognised global disgust at its existence, many of them are carrying out torture or facilitating it in practice.”

“Three decades from the convention and (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: Palestine, Rockets and Reprisals

No one should have to live in fear. Death by airstrike, death by rocket. Same result. I cannot even imagine having to deal with every day life in Gaza, especially if I had children.

“I am used to the bombings, but my children are worried. So I have to keep reassuring them.” Explaining what is happening in the skies to children sometimes proves difficult for some Palestinian parents. “When my child becomes scared I try to pacify her,” said Yasir Fatih. “I tell her the noise is far away and it’s not dangerous. Or sometimes (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: Turkish Canaries – Capitalism Doing What it Does Best

The general capitalist framework sets up people and resources for exploitation. Without a strong social democratic counterweight to capitalist exploitation we necessarily get the tragic results as exemplified by the mine disaster in Soma, Turkey.

“Turkish police are investigating 18 people, including mining company executives and personnel, as part of the probe into the Soma mining disaster, local media had reported.

The arrests on Sunday came after the government promised a thorough investigation into the deaths of 301 miners last week. According to the private Dogan news agency, prosecutors are questioning five of those being held.”

Three hundred (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: John Pilger – A World War is Beckoning

I’m frightened for the wrong reasons.

 

If I listened and believed what I was supposed to believe I would be afraid that the Russians are provoking the West into military conflict in Ukraine. The problem is that I’m more of afraid of what We are doing to destabilize the situation. John Pilger is with me on this one.

“Washington’s role in Ukraine is ­different only in its implications for the rest of us. For the first time since the Reagan years, the US is ­threatening to take the world to war. With eastern Europe and the Balkans (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: Tabacco Farming – Child Labour in the USA

The news: If you’re a 7-year-old in the U.S., you are by law too young to buy a cigarette at the counter — but you are old enough to work in the tobacco fields as a day laborer.

Human Rights Watched released a disturbing report Wednesday on child labor in America’s tobacco farms. The four states that grow 90% of U.S. tobacco — North Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Virginia — allow children as young as 7 to work in these farms for minimum wage. And it’s completely legal.

That’s right: Elementary school-age children are harvesting tobacco (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: When Insanity Becomes Normal – Venezuela

We are not hearing much about Venezuela at the moment, here is a brief snippet of what life is currently like in parts of that country. Many thanks to Minute Physics for posting this news.

 

Filed under: International Affairs Tagged: Minute Physics, News, Update, Venezuela

Dead Wild Roses: When Insanity Becomes Normal – Venezuela

We are not hearing much about Venezuela at the moment, here is a brief snippet of what life is currently like in parts of that country. Many thanks to Minute Physics for posting this news.

 

Filed under: International Affairs Tagged: Minute Physics, News, Update, Venezuela

Dead Wild Roses: Ukraine – What the hell is going on?

The situation in the Ukraine has me puzzled. The violence and protests leading up to the deposing of the Ukrainian president were not given much coverage in the media that I follow/ or I just plain missed it. Whatever the case may be, I’m getting a couple of nearly diametrically opposed narratives of what is going on in the Ukraine and for my edification and yours we’ll go through them together.

For clarity, and the fact I like using coloured text, the article for Al Jazeera will be in green, and the articles from Counterpunch in the usual (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: Our Mendacious Media – The Conflict in Venezuela

This article from counterpunch nails whats is wrong with how news is reported here in North America and also give a much different picture of what is going on in Venezuela. A big thanks to Mark Weisbrot for getting the down and dirty on events happening in South America.

The Class Conflict in Venezuela by MARK WEISBROT

The current protests in Venezuela are reminiscent of another historical moment when street protests were used by right-wing politicians as a tactic to overthrow the elected government. It was December of 2002, and I was struck by the images on U.S. (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: Ukraine – The Renters’ Curse

What is so not-awesome about our news media is its propensity to relay to us news and events without the background context necessary have said news event make sense. Go take a look at the CBC’s reporting on what is happening in the Ukraine. I’ll reproduce the headlines here for sake of argument.

Parliament votes to oust President Viktor Yanukovych Security forces now declining to take part in conflict Jailed opposition figure Yulia Tymoshenko may be released soon President and opposition sign deal meant to end crisis President Yanukovych leaves capital for pro-Russian eastern Ukraine Yanukoych accuses opposition (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: Tuesday Craft Corner

In honour(?) of the Olympic Spirit(TM), my current crochet project is a pair of Salute to Putin gloves. I’ll be able to finish them when the rainbow yarn I ordered arrives.

And, below the fold, a Fiona photobomb because I know you want more Fiona.

Filed under: Cute, International Affairs

Dead Wild Roses: CATSA – On the Cutting Edge of Airport Stupidity (errr..Security)

***TW – Extreme Incompetence ***

 

The Canadian Air Transport Security Authority are on eternally vigilant for dread items such as this:

or this:

Obviously items depicted above are a clear and present danger to yourself, your fellow passengers, the airplane, and Western Civilization(!). Trying to get either types of these items past airport security gets you this:

YOU SHALL NOT PASS !!!

Recently though, at the Edmonton International Airport someone decided to bring another item in carry on luggage. It looked like this:

 

This is the security photo from the Edmonton Airport. Observe cylindrical object on (Read more…)

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Dead Wild Roses: Arbourist Casts Skeptical Eye Toward EU/Canada FTA.

Harper turns kitten eating grin to 11.

The European Union/Canadian Free Trade agreement was unexpectedly foisted onto the Canadian public – like driving over a deep pothole at night, the consequences of this agreement require the public to pull over and carefully examine the damage done to our society and economy. Strangely enough, our benevolent leadership has arranged for little to no public consultation and thus no debate as to what the consequences are for Canadian society. We just have to trust our leaders when they say that this is a “good thing” for Canada. In light (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: Why Bother with the Stupid Nobel Prize?

This from the Raw Story:

“Yet in the peace-giving west, the award remains significantly venerated – a testament, surely, to being a dynamite idea in principle (if you’ll forgive the cliched reference to Alfred Nobel’s other gift to the world) but a mostly damp squib in practice. Understandably, it is less revered in the sort of countries to which peace tends to be done.

As for Malala, shot not in the line of duty, but in the line of living her 15-year-old life – that ordeal and the thing of wonder she has turned it into were perhaps (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: Russia: The Westboro Baptist of Nations

Ms.Betty Bowers thoughts on the 2014 Olympics.

Filed under: Ethics, Gender Issues, International Affairs Tagged: bigotry, discrimination, Olympics, Russia

Dead Wild Roses: Chris Hedges’ 2003 Rockford College Commencement Address – Speaking Truth to Power

Let us take a good look at how free speech and competing idea’s are treated at a American College. You wonder why so many people just roll their eyes when the words American and enlightened are mentioned in the same sentence.

What gets me is that these are the supposed emerging ‘educated class’… the new leaders of American society. Such inanity, such ignorance such dedication to american exceptionalism. This is really a chilling video.

Speaking the truth, as always, is never well received.

[Full Text of Speech]

I want to speak to you today about (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: The Beautiful Bridge of Life

A couple nights ago I was wading about the web, waiting for sleepiness to find me when I came across this video. It exhibits the most beautiful project I’ve seen to in a very long time.

On the surface, it is a colossal exercise of empathy and caring for those in desperate need of support. On top of that, and I think much more important, is the awareness it must spread to the community. The bridge highlights a problem and inspires people to think about it, identify with sufferers, and help in preventative measures. It’s a wonderful thing.

Filed under: (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: Spot the Problem?

Of course, it could just be me…

Filed under: International Affairs, Social Science Tagged: Helpful Infographics, Public Sector, USA

Dead Wild Roses: Avez-Vous Des Bigots? Je Pense, ‘Oui’

The last week or so my view of humanity world over has been severely soured. I’ve often expressed an attitude that Alberta is the ‘Texas of Canada’ when it comes to issues of equality and progressive society. Hidden in that stance is the inference that other places aren’t as backward, that in other civilized areas these issues are all but resolved. This inference, it turns out, is ill-founded. Hillbilly homophobia is running rampant even in “high culture” nations.

The French government in pushing through a bill that will legalize same sex marriage and allow same sex couples to adopt. It (Read more…)

TaylorOwen.com: The OpenGlobal Show #1

This week, in partnership with Google, we launched a new feature on OpenCanada.org called the OpenGlobal Show. Each episode, I will connect with a panel of friends/colleagues/experts on international affairs through Google Hangout.

For the first episode, the panelists were:

Ivan Sigal, Executive Director, Global Voices Joshua Foust, International affairs writer, analyst, and columnist for PBS Katherine Maher, Director of strategy and engagement at the digital rights organization Access

Given the weeks events, I wanted to dive into three moments in the days following the Boston bombing that I think represent changes in the way the public engages with breaking events:

(Read more…) Was the Reddit community manhunt a positive use of the released photo? Last night: Is this our first post-cable national news story? This morning: What do we know about the suspects’ backgrounds, and can we process these assumptions usefully in real time? Next week: What will be . . . → Read More: TaylorOwen.com: The OpenGlobal Show #1

eaves.ca: How Hackers Will Blow Up The World: China, Cyber-Warfare and the Cuban Missile Crisis

I have a piece on TechPresident I really enjoyed writing about how certain technologies – as they become weaponized – can in turn become highly destabilizing to global stability. The current rash of Cyber-Warfare, or Cyber-Spying or Cyber-crime (depending on the seriousness and intent with which you rate it) could be one such destabilizing technology.

Here’s a long excerpt:

This would certainly not be the first time technology altered a balance of military power and destabilized global political orders everyone thought was robust. One reason the world plunged into global war in 1914 after a relatively minor terrorist attack —

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