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Akaash Maharaj - Practical Idealism: Addressing the NATO Parliamentary Assembly

Being at the table during deliberations on war, peace, and the fate of nations was an extraordinary experience. I remember seeing the Berlin Wall fall, and hoping that the age of global warfare might be over. That moment now feels far away. We are clearly facing terrible risks, and it will take great statesmanship . . . → Read More: Akaash Maharaj – Practical Idealism: Addressing the NATO Parliamentary Assembly

Akaash Maharaj - Practical Idealism: Akaash Maharaj – Huffington Post: Addressing the United Nations

Political corruption kills more people than war and famine combined. I addressed the United Nations on how the international community can and must act to bring kleptocrats to justice.

Akaash Maharaj - Practical Idealism: Addressing the United Nations – Akaash Maharaj Podcast

Addressing the United Nations was one of the more intimidating experiences of my life. I spoke on behalf of GOPAC’s global alliance of parliamentarians, on our work to bring kleptocrats to justice.

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Akaash Maharaj - Practical Idealism: Akaash Maharaj: Addressing the United Nations

Political corruption kills more people than war and famine combined. I addressed the United Nations on how the international community can and must act to bring kleptocrats to justice.

The Canadian Progressive: “Clear evidence” of war crimes committed by Israel

Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad al-Malki has informed the International Criminal Court that there was “clear evidence” of war crimes committed by Israel during the Gaza conflict.

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The Canadian Progressive: Canadian party leaders’ “callous devaluation of Palestinian life” condemned

In open letter, 690 academics, community leaders decry the “callous devaluation of Palestinian life” by the Canadian government and federal party leaders, urge condemnation of the continuing violation of international law in Gaza.

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The Canadian Progressive: Gaza Conflict: Canadian man wants Harper charged with inciting genocide

A Newfoundland man says PM Harper and Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird should be charged under Canada’s Criminal Code for inciting “genocide” in Gaza.

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Akaash Maharaj - Practical Idealism: Akaash Maharaj – News: Corruption Declared a Crime Against Humanity

Reuters reports on our efforts at the United Nations: There are some forms of corruption so grave, whose effects on human life, human rights, and human welfare are so catastrophic, that they should shock the conscience of the international community and mobilise the will of nations to act across borders. They are Crimes Against Humanity, . . . → Read More: Akaash Maharaj – Practical Idealism: Akaash Maharaj – News: Corruption Declared a Crime Against Humanity

Akaash Maharaj - Practical Idealism: Akaash Maharaj – Huffington Post: The True Cost of Political Corruption

Every year, political corruption kills 140 000 children across the world, by depriving them of food, water, and medical care. My GOPAC parliamentary colleagues and I are at the United Nations UNCAC to bring the worst offenders before the bar of international law.

Akaash Maharaj - Practical Idealism: Akaash Maharaj: The Summit of Caribbean Parliamentarians

My address to the Summit of Caribbean Parliamentarians in Trinidad: Apartheid gave us some of colonialism’s worst crimes, yet the choice of people of conscience to stand against Apartheid gave us both Nelson Mandela and the African National Congress, and Mahatma Gandhi and the Indian National Congress…All of us are shaped by history, but . . . → Read More: Akaash Maharaj – Practical Idealism: Akaash Maharaj: The Summit of Caribbean Parliamentarians

Akaash Maharaj - Practical Idealism: Akaash Maharaj: Fighting a Crime Against Humanity

My Huffington Post article: Political corruption kills 140 000 children annually, by depriving them of medical care, food, and water. Yet, far too often, the perpetrators of the most outrageous acts of corruption are able to use their illicit wealth and power to pervert the very laws and institutions that should call them to . . . → Read More: Akaash Maharaj – Practical Idealism: Akaash Maharaj: Fighting a Crime Against Humanity

The Canadian Progressive: Manning case shows that US government’s priorities are ‘upside down’

The Bradley Manning verdict is about sending the message that “the US government will come after you”, says Amnesty International’s Senior Director of International Law and Policy Widney Brown.

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drive-by planet: Snowden manhunt and the targeting of Morales’ plane: Latin American leaders back Bolivia

Bolivia says Washington put pressure on European allies to deny overflight approval to a plane transporting Bolivian president Evo Morales. The interception of the flight plan of the Bolivian head of state on unfounded suspicions that NSA truth-teller, Edward Snowden, might be onboard amounts to air piracy. It raises questions about who the . . . → Read More: drive-by planet: Snowden manhunt and the targeting of Morales’ plane: Latin American leaders back Bolivia

The Canadian Progressive | News & Analysis: Sunday Roundup: Harper Picked Chinese Pandas Over Journey of Nishiyuu Aboriginal Youth

By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive: This week six courageous “Journey of Nishiyuu” Aboriginal youth arrived in Ottawa after walking 1 600 kilometres from Whapmagoostui on Hudson Bay in northern Quebec. They’d hoped to meet with Prime Minister Stephen Harper. In a gesture like to further galvanize the popular view that Harper […]

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The Canadian Progressive: Sitsabaiesan, NDP MPs urge Conservatives to take principled stance on Sri Lanka

By Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive In Parliament earlier this week, New Democrat MP for Scarborough-Rouge River Rathika Sitsabaiesan and fellow NDP MPs urged the Harper government to take a principled stance on Sri Lanka. They called on the Conservatives to support international calls for an independent investigation into allegations of war crimes […]

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The Canadian Progressive: Federal Court of Canada rules in favour of US war deserter Jules Tindungan

Refugee Protection Division ignored evidence that U.S. military justice system fails to meet basic fairness standards by War Resisters Support Campaign | Feb. 6, 2013: TORONTO – On Friday, February 1, the Federal Court of Canada released a decision granting United Stated (US) war resister Jules Tindungan a new hearing before the Immigration and Refugee . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Federal Court of Canada rules in favour of US war deserter Jules Tindungan

The Canadian Progressive: Human Rights Watch World Report 2013 (VIDEO)

Video available on YouTube The Canadian Progressive recommends: Human Rights Watch: Challenges for Rights After Arab Spring Canada’s Human Rights Reputation is Fast Becoming a Myth Cornel West Is Upset Obama Was Sworn In On Martin Luther King’s Bible U.S. pressuring Bradley Manning to implicate Julian Assange (VIDEO) The Young Turks’ Cenk Uygur On Obama’s . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Human Rights Watch World Report 2013 (VIDEO)

The Canadian Progressive: Human Rights Watch: Challenges for Rights After Arab Spring

The willingness of new governments to respect rights will determine whether those uprisings give birth to genuine democracy or simply spawn authoritarianism in new forms.

The Canadian Progressive: Canada’s new refugee system unfair to refugees

by Canadian Council for Refugees AND Amnesty International Canada: On the eve of the introduction of important changes to Canada’s refugee determination system, the Canadian Council for Refugees and Amnesty International expressed fear that the system will fail some refugees, violate their rights in Canada, and send them back to persecution. “The whole purpose of . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Canada’s new refugee system unfair to refugees

The Canadian Progressive: The Ugly Canadian in the Canada-Israel relationship (VIDEO)

Canadian writer and commentator Yves Engler discusses the Harper Conservative government’s pro-Israel policy with The Real News. Yves’ new book, The Ugly Canadian, Stephen Harper’s Foreign Policy, “sets out to provide “a small spark in lighting a fire of interest in Canadian foreign policy.” This video is available on YouTube RELATED: “Israel is demolishing hope” . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: The Ugly Canadian in the Canada-Israel relationship (VIDEO)

Law is Cool: Living Under Drones: New Study Finds Drones Miss their Mark

A new study out of New York University and Stanford University has questioned the efficacy of military drone strikes. The authors make 3 main points:

First, while civilian casualties are rarely acknowledged by the US government, there is significant evidence that US drone strikes have injured and killed civilians. Second, US drone . . . → Read More: Law is Cool: Living Under Drones: New Study Finds Drones Miss their Mark

Canadian Progressive World: Confirmed again: “Canada may use information obtained through torture”

Last February, we learned that Public Safety Minister Vic Toews had quietly authorized the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) to use information gleaned from terror suspects through torture. Today, Toews’ spokesperson, Mike Mueller, confirmed that the Canadian government is open to using information gleaned under dubious circumstances abroad.

Mueller was responding to new revelations . . . → Read More: Canadian Progressive World: Confirmed again: “Canada may use information obtained through torture”

Canadian Progressive World: Nazanin Afshin-Jam MacKay Said Canada Should Bring Omar Khadr Home

Surely this has got to be the ultimate Tale of Two Nazanins. Better still, Of Denial And The Tale of Two Nazanin Afshin-Jam MacKays.

The brand new wife of Conservative Defence Minister Peter MacKay is fuming. She accuses a journalist baiting her to criticize the Harper Government on the Omar Khadr issue.

She even says . . . → Read More: Canadian Progressive World: Nazanin Afshin-Jam MacKay Said Canada Should Bring Omar Khadr Home

Law is Cool: On Invisible Children’s Kony 2012 Campaign

If there was a prize for the NGO who best commodifies white man’s burden on the African continent, and more specifically in Uganda, Invisible Children would win.They recently struck again with a new video and campaign titled “Kony 2012.” I was surprised to see it popping up everywhere on my Facebook feedback yesterday: clearly, their . . . → Read More: Law is Cool: On Invisible Children’s Kony 2012 Campaign

Canadian Progressive World: China to quiz Stephen Harper on human rights?

  As Prime Minister Stephen Harper leads a high-powered Team Corporate Canada to China, there’s justifiable speculation that the PM will not question China’s appalling human rights record. At least not publicly. Once, powerful western …Read More