News that songwriter Bob Dylan won the Nobel Prize for literature shook the literati worldwide. Here was a pop icon sitting in the august company of Alice Munro, Mario Vargas Llosa, Doris Lessing, Harold Pinter, V.S. Naipaul, Gabriel García Márquez, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Yasunari Kawabata, Ernest Hemingway, T.S. Eliot, Bernard Shaw, W. B. Yeats, Rudyard Kipling . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Leonard Cohen deserves the Nobel Prize, too
I’m not sure why they fascinate me, but I’ve been reading about demagogues and dictators for many decades now and still can’t seem to get enough of them. Of course, it’s in part because I like to read about politics in all its… . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Demagogues and dictators
CNBC GOP Debate: The Sh*tshow Version Last night’s debate was a total sh*tshow. Posted by The Huffington Post on Thursday, October 29, 2015 I realized only after watching this edited video that the activity of the so-called Republican candidates’ debate was not simply the circus it seemed from the outset; it was actually a conspiracy. . . . → Read More: Scripturient: The Republican Conspiracy
Almost every week you read in the news about another taxi driver protest against Uber and its drivers. Taxi drivers go on strike, some rage against Uber and attack the drivers or damage their cars. Similar protests – albeit not yet as violent or large – have been made against Airbnb for its effects on . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Apps are making us criminals
I don’t pay as much attention to American politics as I suppose I should, in part because despite the entertaining craziness of some of their politicians, the internal politics seldom affect Canadians, and also in part because the craziness not only baffles me – it scares me. But this week I paid attention when I . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Written by God?
“The bourgeoisie has through its exploitation of the world market given a cosmopolitan character to production and consumption in every country,” wrote Karl Marx and Fredrich Engels, in 1848, in the Communist Manifesto. I came across this paragraph in Prof. David Harvey‘s book, A Companion to Marx’s Capital, recently and the quote from the Communist . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: How Marx Presaged Today’s Canada
When it gets as cold as it has this winter (and last), you often see message boards yelling, “How about that global warming!” … as if these winters prove to those who are climate change skeptics (or climate change deniers, as I call them) that global warming or climate change is just one big government . . . → Read More: Scott’s DiaTribes: How 2 cold winters in Eastern North America doesn’t disprove climate change/global warming.
I was reminded by an article on Slate that the (to me) iconic film of the Cold War, Fail Safe, was released fifty years ago this week. And as the article records, more people remember the satirical film, Dr. Strangelove than the more chilling drama, Fail Safe. Perhaps they have forgotten it, as they have . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: The Cold War
Putting aside the vote to authorize CF-18’s to fly combat missions to Iraq to try and stop ISIS (which has utterly failed to slow them or stop them so far by the way), I’ve seen the Conservative Party and some media try to claim you can’t say you support the troops but reject authorizing the . . . → Read More: Scott’s DiaTribes: You can support the troops, but oppose sending them off to combat.
In the introduction to Anne Applebaum’s Pulitzer-prize-winning book, Gulag: A History, she ponders why the “crimes of Stalin do not inspire the same visceral reaction to the crimes of Hitler.” Yet Stalin’s actions and policies killed millions more than the Nazis. Maybe it’s because the USSR wrapped itself in as much secrecy as it could . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: The Forgotten Gulag
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 . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Palestine – “Mowing the Lawn”…
A friend on Facebook posts an interesting question/quandary about what they feel regarding the Sochi Olympics:
With a month to #Sochi I feel very torn about it. I love the spirit of the Olympics (despite the IOC) and athletes give up a childhood to participate for the love of sport. Then there’s Russia and people . . . → Read More: Scott’s DiaTribes: The Dilemma of Sochi
I’d be remiss if I didn’t say something about the passing of Nelson Mandela, who passed away last Thursday and whose memorial service is being held now as I type this.
Back in the day, I majored in political science in University, as well as taking a lot of history courses, and I must . . . → Read More: Scott’s DiaTribes: Thank you, Nelson Mandela
(..if they could get away with it):
International Development Minister Christian Paradis says the government will not fund overseas projects that allow war rape victims and child brides to obtain an abortion…Paradis says the government’s policy would follow the same logic as that behind Canada’s $3-billion G8 funding commitment for maternal and child health — . . . → Read More: Scott’s DiaTribes: What our Conservative government would do here on abortion..
A slightly different post from me on this long weekend. I want to highlight an organization that a good friend of mine has co-founded to help children in Kenya.
My friend’s name is Michelle Oliel. I met her initially through politics – specifically through her political blogging she did when we all started blogging . . . → Read More: Scott’s DiaTribes: Helping Kids In Kenya – Stahili Foundation
I’ve been on the fence over whether or not a boycott of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi is the right thing to be doing to protest Russia’s new rather draconian anti-LGBT laws. I figured athletes could symbolically protest it at the Games, and that might be the best way to go about it.
. . . → Read More: Scott’s DiaTribes: Leaning Towards Supporting A Winter Olympics Sochi Boycott
…better known as Prince William and Kate Middleton, on their new arrival (still unnamed, they let it be known in their brief chat with the press they hadn’t decided on a name yet; for now he is a Prince of Cambridge):
Best picture I’ve seen of the new Prince is from ITVNews.
If they need . . . → Read More: Scott’s DiaTribes: Congrats to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
Canada sure has been in the news a lot of late. Unfortunately, it’s about the wrong reasons. The Senate expenses scandal and the subsequent resignation of Nigel Wright made the NY Times billboard in Times Square. We subsequently then have a Peruvian reporter out of the blue asking Harper on his trip to Peru during . . . → Read More: Scott’s DiaTribes: Not exactly the spotlight we want in Canada
I don’t normally blog this late, or on a Friday night.. but I couldn’t pass this up.
Tonight, the police managed to capture the 2nd suspect in the Boston Marathon Bombing, which is important to find out what in the world caused these 2 to do what they did.
You may remember Harper and . . . → Read More: Scott’s DiaTribes: Dumb move on Harper’s part: manages to equate JT and President Obama together as wimps on terror
I wondered about that question as I read Ric Salutin’s op-ed on the United Church resolution to encourage their members not to buy goods produced from Israeli settlements in the occupied territories.
I was interested in the column, but I was struck by this part that Salutin said:
United churchpeople may find more encouragement in . . . → Read More: Scott’s DiaTribes: Should the religious left be as active as the religious right has been?
A column in the Star today about how the Canadian government has been doing nothing to live up to its agreement it made with the US and Omar Khadr’s lawyers to bring Khadr home and out of the Guantanamo gulag:
Various United States officials have complained that Canada’s insolence is harming not only Omar, but . . . → Read More: Scott’s DiaTribes: No shock here on the Conservative foot-dragging on Omar Khadr
You might have caught this story last week:
For a moment at least, it was a United Nations-basher’s dream come true. The UN had once again hugely discredited itself, this time by appointing Zimbabwe’s pariah President Robert Mugabe to be its tourism ambassador, of all things. An indignant Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird fairly leapt . . . → Read More: Scott’s DiaTribes: More foreign policy antagonism
THE KING IS DEAD; LONG LIVE THE KING:
The news tonight is that the North Korean dictator Kim Jong–Il has gone to join his unlamented father in apotheosis. The Korean regime has in fact gone well beyond the bizarre mutation of a Marxist hereditary monarchy. It has become a modern . . . → Read More: Molly’sBlog: Molly’sBlog 2011-12-18 22:54:00
INTERNATIONAL POLITICS: 2011: A YEAR OF REVOLUTION: 2011 was a remarkable year. As revolutions sparked throughout the Arab world the “lower” classes of many other countries also rose up as evidenced in Europe, North America and South America and now even in Russia. In sum there hasn’t been so much opposition to power for . . . → Read More: Molly’sBlog: Molly’sBlog 2011-12-12 21:57:00