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Alberta Politics: News Satire: U.S. will not tolerate foreigners acting like Americans, officials say

ILLUSTRATIONS: A map showing some of the countries in which the United States has interfered in the political process (grabbed from Geology.com). Below: U.S. CIA Director John O. Brennan, Democratic Party candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican candid… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: News Satire: U.S. will not tolerate foreigners acting like Americans, officials say

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading.- Andrew Jackson discusses the challenge of ensuring that stable jobs are available in Canada:Good jobs are a central mechanism in the creation of shared prosperity.What matters for workers is not just b… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: On permanent campaigns

Luke Savage is right to point out that Canada’s permanent campaign has merely taken on a different dynamic under the Trudeau Libs, rather than actually coming to an end with the Harper Cons losing power:Again, branding is the key here. As a part of its… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: On permanent campaigns

Alberta Politics: Short-term jobs and profits notwithstanding, Canada’s interests are not served by Saudi armoured vehicle sale

PHOTOS: A Canadian LAV III similar to the armoured vehicles to be sold by General Dynamics Land Systems (Canada) of London, Ont., to the Saudi National Guard. Below: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Foreign Minister Stéphane Dion, former MI6 head Sir Ri… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Short-term jobs and profits notwithstanding, Canada’s interests are not served by Saudi armoured vehicle sale

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading.- Paul Mason weighs in on how income and wealth inequality spill over into every corner of a person’s life:It is very possible to be poor in the 21st-century welfare state. One in five children lives in poverty, … . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

Alberta Politics: Brad Wall’s call to block refugees from Syria is just more of the same old conservative wedge politics

PHOTOS: Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall (CBC Photo). Below: Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, Texas Gov. Gregg Abbott and B.C. Premier Christy Clark. Bottom: Russian President Vladimir Putin, who is either demonized or ignored by Western mainstream media. In light of the inevitably angry and emotional response to the Paris terror attacks on Friday the 13th, for . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Brad Wall’s call to block refugees from Syria is just more of the same old conservative wedge politics

The Disaffected Lib: How’s This For a Script? Warning – It’s a Tough Read.

Young men and women, conscripts, manning the ramparts at Festung (fortress) Europa as legions of desperate migrants approach seeking safety. As the steely commander shouts the order the young defenders reluctantly open fire on the horde knowing they have no other choice – the migrants carry among them a highly infectious strain of cholera.

Sounds . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: How’s This For a Script? Warning – It’s a Tough Read.

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Harper Can’t Grasp the Solution to ISIS

Fisk puts his finger on the failing pulse of Canadian leadership the last decade.

“We had a chance to do something at the end of the First World War [when Sykes-Picot was signed], but we didn’t. Nobody reads history books anymore. One of the first things ISIS did was to put up a badly filmed . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Harper Can’t Grasp the Solution to ISIS

Alberta Politics: The refugee crisis: Harper Conservatives just can’t spin it both ways

PHOTOS: Refugees from the Syrian civil war clog a road near the Syria-Iraq border. (UNHCR photo.) Below: Saskatchewan Conservative MP Kelly Block’s constituency leaflet; Ms. Block herself; Immigration Minister Chris Alexander. For several years, the government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper has played to the worst instincts of a significant portion of its political base . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: The refugee crisis: Harper Conservatives just can’t spin it both ways

Dead Wild Roses: Iraq in State of Higgledy-Piggledy – United States Perplexed as to Why.

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.

They are:

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.

Alberta Politics: Jason Kenney sails close to the wind on Anti-Terrorism Act at picnic visit

PHOTOS: Liberal candidate Adam Vaughan’s photo of the Kurdish Peace and Cultural Festival in Toronto Saturday, with an image of PKK founder Abdullah Ocalan visible in the background. (Grabbed from Twitter.) Below: Defence Minister Jason Kenney, who bragged about being at the event, and Mr. Vaughan. Jason Kenney, who notwithstanding the dissolution of the House . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Jason Kenney sails close to the wind on Anti-Terrorism Act at picnic visit

Alberta Politics: That Conservative foreign policy election plank: shaky, incoherent and quite possibly dangerous

PHOTOS: A screen grab from the Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s notorious electioneering video showing the himself and Defence Minister Jason Kenney in Iraqi Kurdistan, with the face of a Canadian special forces soldier blocked out by the CBC – unlike the version that appeared on the PMO’s website. Note the Kurdish flag in the upper . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: That Conservative foreign policy election plank: shaky, incoherent and quite possibly dangerous

The Disaffected Lib: A Seismic Jolt That Most Won’t Even Notice

Just consider it the 21st century version of the “Great Game,”  the superpower struggle to wrest control of South Asia.  While it used to be a contest between Russia and Britain, today the players are Washington and Beijing.  The latest round goes to China and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, which seems to be evolving . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: A Seismic Jolt That Most Won’t Even Notice

Bill Longstaff: Why Britain is culpable for the slaughter of its citizens

British Prime Minister David Cameron is enraged at the massacre on a beach at the Sousse resort in Tunisia last week. And well he should be: thirty of his countrymen and women were slaughtered. He has pledged a “full spectrum” response, whatever that means. But while Mr. Cameron is engaging in his full spectrum response, . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: Why Britain is culpable for the slaughter of its citizens

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Difficult To Talk About, Important To Try

This is a difficult subject to talk about, because highlighting it could easily be viewed as hypocritical. In my defense, I’m not defending Trudeau because I want him elected, and I’m not attacking the Conservatives over this because I think they’re unfit to govern. I just think that using propaganda videos created by ISIS is . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Difficult To Talk About, Important To Try

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: Unearthed Job Application Stephen Harper 2005

The latest Conservative attack ad to discredit Justin Trudeau is childish at best with a strong scent of desperation.

It’s a mock meeting discussing Trudeau’s resume as he applies for the job of Prime Minister.

However, going back to 2005, when Stephen Harper himself was applying for the job, what were his credentials?

He . . . → Read More: Pushed to the Left and Loving It: Unearthed Job Application Stephen Harper 2005

Bill Longstaff: The Boston bombers and the cycle of vengeancce

The bombing of the Boston Marathon in April 2013 was a heinous crime. Three people died, hundreds were injured, and a policeman was killed in a shootout with the perpetrators. One of the two brothers responsible for the attack died from the shootout. The other, 21-year old immigrant Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, has been convicted of all . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: The Boston bombers and the cycle of vengeancce

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Great Failing Con War on Terror

I don't know if you've noticed, but Stephen Harper has suddenly stopped talking about the Great War on Terror, and the Great Terrorist Menace.These days he wants to project a kinder gentler image as a Great Friend of Children Leader.So now almost every photo-op features a group of bored kids in the background…

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LeDaro: His Highness Emperor Stephen Harper

Harper is putting Canadian troops on the frontlines in Iraq, when even the United States would not, and then sending Canadian troops to Syria. He’s taking our country deeper into war and putting our Canadian soldiers at risk. Who does Harper think he is? Is he trying to be a macho superpower wannabe? Is . . . → Read More: LeDaro: His Highness Emperor Stephen Harper

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Evening Links

Miscellaneous material for your Monday reading.

– Sara Mojtehedzadeh highlights how Ontario employers are exploiting temporary workers rather than making any effort to offer jobs which can support a life: Under Ontario’s antiquated Employment Standards Act, which is currently under review, there is no limit on how long a company can employ a worker as . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Monday Evening Links

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and Jason Kenney’s Con Clown Tour of Iraq

It looked like a scene out of one of those On the Road movies with Bing Crosby and Bob Hope.Except that this movie is not a comedy it's a horror show.It's Stephen Harper and Jason Kenney on the road in Iraq,Giving themselves another big, fat, juicy photo-op with OUR money. Read more »

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Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading.

– Alison picks up on Armine Yalnizyan’s important question as to whether the Cons have a Plan B other than hoping for factors beyond our control to boost oil prices. And Brad Delong argues that based on the foreseeable direction of our economy, we need a stronger public . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

The Disaffected Lib: "Whack a Mole" is No Reason to Go to War.

We spent a decade in Afghanistan playing whack-a-mole, essentially achieving nothing.  We had no coherent vision of what ‘victory’ might even look like much less how it could be achieved.  In the result we never committed anything remotely like the size force that would have been necessary to keep the insurgents at bay in . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: "Whack a Mole" is No Reason to Go to War.

The Disaffected Lib: Want Canada to Make a Difference? Let’s Back Tunisia.

Face it.  There’s not much hope that we’re really going to achieve anything significant from our air war in Iraq, regardless of whether we get stuck into Syria also.

All ISIS needs to survive is a nation in chaos.  They weren’t in on the ground floor in Syria.  ISIS moved in after the civil . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Want Canada to Make a Difference? Let’s Back Tunisia.

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

This and that for your Sunday reading.

– Simon Wren-Lewis connects the UK’s counterproductive austerity program to the lack of any wage growth. And Gary Lamphier observes that Alberta is serving as a case in point that jobs generated through public policy rigged in favour of the wealthy are no less precarious than any other . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links