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Politics and its Discontents: The World Needs More People Like This

Living in Texas, I doubt this man will have endeared himself to many. All the more reason to laud his courage and integrity in displaying this sign outside of the Islamic Center of Irving, Texas.

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We Pivot: My Canada Does NOT Include Kellie Leitch’s Racism

I am ashamed for Kellie Leitch. Partly because she knows/shows no shame for her racism and xenophobia. Partly because also as a professor at a university I throw up a little bit in my throat imagining how Leitch may have … [Read more]

Politics and its Discontents: A Pill For The Times

Our American cousins and the Conservative Party of Canada (especially Kellie Leitch and Chris Alexander) could benefit from this prescription, but I suspect their response would be, “Just say no to drugs.”Recommend this Post . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: A Pill For The Times

Dented Blue Mercedes: The Problem is Fundamentalism, Not Islam (or Christianity).

When I started my transition, the first troubles I had were with the tenants in my building, though the conflicts weren’t overt. Instead, it seemed as though I’d had the plague: neighbours shunned me. Someone talked loudly in the hall on more than one occasion (probably deliberately) about how they didn’t think I “should be . . . → Read More: Dented Blue Mercedes: The Problem is Fundamentalism, Not Islam (or Christianity).

Politics and its Discontents: Chrystia Freeland Challenges Bill Maher’s Islamophobia

While Bill Maher likes to present his views as reasonable and moderate, he clearly fails to recognize the inflammatory nature of his remarks. Chrystia Freeland tries to point out they are are counter-productive, serving only to demonize Muslims, alien… . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Chrystia Freeland Challenges Bill Maher’s Islamophobia

Politics, Re-Spun: Islamophobia: Donald Trump Reveals His Inner Hitler

Racist. Ignorant. Clueless. Donald Trump has just levelled up. He has acquired his Hitler badge and is proudly displaying it for all to see. You’re fired. Denounce the Donald. Send this to everyone; we all need to denounce him and the Republican horse he rode in on. Donald Trump said tonight he’d implement a database … Continue reading Islamophobia: Donald Trump Reveals His Inner Hitler

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Politics, Re-Spun: Islamophobia: Donald Trump Reveals His Inner Hitler

Racist. Ignorant. Clueless. Donald Trump has just levelled up. He has acquired his Hitler badge and is proudly displaying it for all to see. You’re fired. Denounce the Donald. Send this to everyone; we all need to denounce him and the Republican horse he rode in on. Donald Trump said tonight he’d implement a database … Continue reading Islamophobia: Donald Trump Reveals His Inner Hitler

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Politics and its Discontents: They Shame Us All

Canadians like to regard themselves as fair-minded people. It is for precisely that reason that we need to denounce strongly those who attempt to subvert those values by hateful speech and acts: An unprovoked attack on a Muslim woman near an elementary school in Toronto appeared to be “motivated by hate,” police said Tuesday as . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: They Shame Us All

Alberta Politics: Where are the ‘good Conservatives,’ prepared to speak against their party’s race-baiting tactics?

PHOTOS: Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s tactics have sparked protests, but Conservatives who should know better have been astonishingly quiet. (CommonDreams.org photo.) Below: Former St. Albert MLA Mary O’Neill, Independent MP Brent Rathgeber and Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi. ST. ALBERT, Alberta The single most disheartening thing about this long 2015 federal election campaign has been the . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Where are the ‘good Conservatives,’ prepared to speak against their party’s race-baiting tactics?

Politics and its Discontents: A Unity Of Purpose

In these polarized times, it seems that two age groups are often looked upon by the media in almost absolutist terms. We are told, for example, that people over the age of 65 are the most likely to vote (about 75 per cent did so in the 2011 election), and that their support predominantly . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: A Unity Of Purpose

Politics and its Discontents: Select Refugee?

The Globe and Mail reports the following: Canada is prioritizing some refugees based on characteristics that include their religion, the age of their children and whether they have a business background, using increasingly specific criteria over the past year.

These criteria are used in a complex triage that attempts to put some groups at . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Select Refugee?

Politics and its Discontents: We Aren’t As Good As We Think We Are

If anything, the racism and xenophobia that have become cornerstones of the Harper re-election strategy are showing us something we would prefer not to think about: when provoked, our own darker natures come easily to the surface.

In his column today, Edward Keenan reveals a few things we should ponder: … if you . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: We Aren’t As Good As We Think We Are

Politics and its Discontents: He Sounds, On The Surface, So Reasonable

As I lamented in yesterday’s post, the issue of the niqab at citizenship ceremonies is apparently responsible for a resurgence of support for the Harper regime, whose leader has ruthlessly exploited the issue to his political advantage. Playing upon people’s prejudices against ‘the other,’ Harper is appealing the court ruling against a ban on its . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: He Sounds, On The Surface, So Reasonable

Kersplebedeb | Kersplebedeb: Montreal Against PEGIDA this Saturday / Montréal Contre PEGIDA ce samedi

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SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 26 AT 1PM PLACE EMILIE GAMELIN

This Saturday, the fascist scum from PEGIDA are going to try for a second time to march in the streets of Montreal to promote their xenophobic and racist ideas. (https://www.facebook.com/events/1484657618497883/).

There is reason to believe that PEGIDA will join the Silent March Against . . . → Read More: Kersplebedeb | Kersplebedeb: Montreal Against PEGIDA this Saturday / Montréal Contre PEGIDA ce samedi

Politics and its Discontents: The Muslim Threat To Stephen Harper

Were I of the Muslim faith, I suspect I would have a deep and abiding contempt for Stephen Harper and his cabal. After all, he is the prime minister who has made Islamophobia a centrepiece of his re-election hopes and, unlike other groups that he has vilified for political gain, has persistently portrayed the . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: The Muslim Threat To Stephen Harper

The Canadian Progressive: Conservatives ask Liberals to “apologize for decades of racism”

The Harper Conservatives accuse the Liberals of “decades of racism” dating back to Liberal PM Mackenzie King, who served from 1921 to 1930 and 1935 to 1948.

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Politics and its Discontents: Omar Khadr: A Powerful Refutation Of The Harper Narrative

If you saw last night’s documentary on Omar Khadr, like me, perhaps you came away feeling some awe at the remarkable resilience of the human spirit. Unless you believe Khadr is a master actor manipulating all of us, you could not have seen the film without a resulting deep respect for his maturity, intelligence, and . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Omar Khadr: A Powerful Refutation Of The Harper Narrative

Politics and its Discontents: Breaking News On Omar Khadr

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The Harper vendetta against Omar Khadr has suffered another defeat: The Supreme Court of Canada ruled Thursday that Omar Khadr, the former teenage al-Qaeda member freed on bail last week in Alberta, should be treated as if he were sentenced as a juvenile. The federal government had argued that he deserved to be treated . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Breaking News On Omar Khadr

Politics and its Discontents: A Very Good Week

H/t The Toronto Star

For progressives, it has been a very good week. For Stephen Harper and his adherents, not so much.

First, there was the resounding and iconic defeat of the Progressive Conservative dynasty in Alberta. The message to the broader population: change is possible, a message not likely to be forgotten as we . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: A Very Good Week

Politics and its Discontents: The Sweet Taste Of Freedom

Watching Omar Khadr’s media scrum last night, it became obvious why the Harper regime fought so hard, first, to deny media access to him while he was in prison, and second, why it so vigorously opposed his release on bail: when you control the narrative, you have free rein, as the regime had, to demonize . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: The Sweet Taste Of Freedom

Politics and its Discontents: Seeing Above The Clouds

One of the consequences of being a longtime follower of politics is the development of a cynical perspective on life, one that recognizes the avarice, self-interest and self-promotion that all too frequently masquerade as service for the greater good. It seems that those we elect regularly abandon any semblance of service to their constituents, . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Seeing Above The Clouds

Politics and its Discontents: Harper’s Jihad Part 3

Dear Leader’s jihad against Muslims continues apace. As you probably know, his regime is going to court today to request an “emergency” stay of Omar Khadr’s release on bail, their arguments appearing increasingly desperate. Previous claims that his release would do irreparable harm to Canada’s relationship with the U.S. have proven to be unfounded. . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Harper’s Jihad Part 3

Politics and its Discontents: Harper’s Jihad – Part Two

As I have written elsewhere on this blog, I am convinced that humans (along with other primates) have an innate sense of fairness, one that is regularly violated in so many ways by the Harper regime. Yesterday I wrote a post about the bald and unsavoury political motivations behind Dear Leader’s crusade against Muslims . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Harper’s Jihad – Part Two

Politics and its Discontents: Harper’s Jihad

The closer we come to an election, the more strident and McCarthyesque the Harper regime is becoming over ‘radical Islam.’ There is, of course, the political opportunism of Bill C-51, a piece of legislation designed not only to keep us in a constant state of suspicion but also to quash dissent against the overlords . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Harper’s Jihad

Politics and its Discontents: Why Do I Mock Pat Robertson And His Kindred Brethren?

This is why. I have to say, I’ve never seen the old fella go on such a protracted tear before:

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