Prog Blog’s Flickr Photostream

The Canadian Progressive: Harper must clarify ‘zero tolerance’ for Israel boycotters: Church

The United Church of Canada wants “clear reassurance” that Prime minister Stephen Harper does not intend to criminalize Canadians critical of Israel.

The post Harper must clarify ‘zero tolerance’ for Israel boycotters: Church appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Montreal Simon: Robert Fisk: Why Harper’s Blind Support of Israel is Dangerous

Last week I wrote that Stephen Harper's threat to use hate laws against Canadians who peacefully protest the actions of Israel's brutish Netanyahu regime, was the first shadow of a police state. Now Robert Fisk, the distinguished Middle East correspondent, has taken that criticism a step further.By calling Harper's blind support of Israel both crazy AND dangerous.Read more »

The Canadian Progressive: Harper’s effort to criminalize legitimate Canadian criticism of Israel is diabolical

Canadians have a moral obligation to revolt against Stephen Harper’s efforts to criminalize both legitimate criticism of Israel and support for Palestinians.

The post Harper’s effort to criminalize legitimate Canadian criticism of Israel is diabolical appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Montreal Simon: The Con Regime and the First Shadows of a Police State

When I saw this photo during the hearings into Bill C-51 it sent a chill down my spine.Because that posse is a horrible combination of stupidity and brute force, it looks like something out of a police state, or Pinochet's Chile.And I knew those three amigos would lead us to a bad place.And sure enough, now that their totalitarian bill has cleared parliament, they're smiling like cats who just ate a bucket of mice.And threatening those who would peacefully protest against the policies of Benjamin Netanyahu's racist settler regime. Read more »

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: Harper The Fascist Part MMXVIII

Remember in 2013, I wrote a rather lengthy post explaining the parallels between the Harper Government and fascism?

Yeah, that.

In the last week or so, the Harper Government has passed Bill C-51, which more or less turns the entire RCMP-CSIS-CSEC establishment into the PMO’s private police force.  It grants the state extraordinary powers of surveillance, arrest and detention with virtually no oversight except for that of the Minister responsible for national security.  There is so much wrong with Bill C-51 and the structures it creates that I could rant about it all day.  If Harper creating a politically (Read more…)

Left Over: The Thought Police: Alive and Well and Ruling in Canada

Ottawa considering hate charges against those who boycott Israel Blaney’s office cites ‘comprehensive’ hate laws for new zero tolerance plans

By Neil Macdonald, CBC News Posted: May 11, 2015 5:00 AM ET Last Updated: May 11, 2015 5:00 AM ET

”ll bet Junior Trudeau is so happy he signed off on C-51…right now, my instinct is to declare that I have in fact been boycotting any Israeli products for years, as have many others. If the Cons want to come after me in any way, shape or form I’m happy to oblige them. I’mm betting that lawyers will be lining up (Read more…)

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Is CBC Hate Speech Story Bullshit?

WK thinks its bullshit, and he’s mostly right.  It would be really, really difficult to use CDN hate-speech laws to go after the BDS movement, for reasons he cites.  And there is a long chain of inferences leading from the actual facts as stated in the CBC story to the writer’s conclusions.  But on the other hand, why would a minister explain what “zero tolerance” of the BDS movement meant by referencing “a detailed list of Canada’s updated hate laws”?  That is rather odd.

PS.  I had similar concerns as those expressed in the story a few years (Read more…)

Accidental Deliberations: The oppressive market

Shorter Cons: Talking about not buying goods is officially a punishable offence.

The Disaffected Lib: Shoot to Kill – Anyone, Everyone

Israeli soldiers willfully targeted civilians in last year’s war on Gaza.

Testimonies provided by more than 60 Israeli soldiers who fought in last summer’s war in Gaza have raised serious questions over whether Israel’s tactics breached its obligations under international law to distinguish and protect civilians.

The claims – collected by the human rights group Breaking the Silence – are contained in dozens of interviews with Israeli combatants, as well as with soldiers who served in command centres and attack rooms, a quarter of them officers up to the rank of major.

They include allegations that Israeli ground troops were (Read more…)

The Disaffected Lib: Don’t Eat That, Charlie, It’s Bullshit.

Most of us come with a pretty good “BD” or Bullshit Detector as standard equipment.  People lie, so we need it.  Not that it always works but it’s still pretty good.  The more obvious the lie the better our BD works.  White lies sometimes get past us but whoppers rarely do.

So, why?

Why have we spent decades listening to Israeli leaders tell us how they support the “Two State” solution only to then authorize new Israeli settlements on land that plainly belongs to the Palestinians?  Look at it this way – there are now more than 600,000 lies illegally (Read more…)

The Disaffected Lib: Did Bibi Spy on Barack? Easy Answer? Of Course.

Israel has never been reluctant to spy on its global benefactor, the United States. Now Washington is accusing Israel of having spied on American negotiations with Iran for a nuclear enrichment treaty.

The apparent decision by the White House to leak the allegations is the latest symptom of the growing gulf between Barack Obama’s administration and Binyamin Netanyahu’s government over the Iran talks, in which the Israeli leader suspects US officials of being ready to make too many concessions at the expense of Israeli security. Intelligence analysts suggested that the leak reflects the degree of anger in Washington at Netanyahu’s (Read more…)

The Disaffected Lib: Coming Clean, It’s Good for the Soul.

After half a century of persistent fudging the Pentagon has officially admitted the undeniable – Israel has an arsenal of nuclear weapons and all the high tech gear to best use them.

That revelation might not matter much to most of us but, to the US government, it has serious military and foreign policy ramifications.

…the confirmation of this poorly kept secret opens a troublesome can of worms for both the US government and our closest ally in the Middle East. Official acknowledgement poses questions and contradictions that cry out for closer inspection. For many years, the United States collaborated (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: Benjamin Netanyahu and the Apartheid State

Benjamin Netanyahu may have won the Israeli election, by using fear and racism to get people to vote for him.Like his good buddy Stephen Harper is trying to do in Canada.But it is tuning out to be a pyrrhic victory.For while he may deny he is a racist. Read more »

The Disaffected Lib: Whacking Iran – Maybe Sooner Than You Might Think – The Warmonger Digest, vol. 2

It’s reported that the Saudis have given Israel a green light to overfly Saudi Arabia should Netanyahu decide to launch an attack on Iran.

Jerusalem and Riyadh do not have diplomatic ties, but unconfirmed reports have swirled for years of coordination between them against the common enemy of Iran, a partnership that may ramp up should the world powers reach a reportedly emerging deal that would allow Tehran to continue enriching some uranium.There’s some suggestion that NATO tacitly approves of an Israeli air war on Iran.Saudi Arabia and Israel may be given the green light to attack Iran (Read more…)

. . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Whacking Iran – Maybe Sooner Than You Might Think – The Warmonger Digest, vol. 2

The Disaffected Lib: Netanyahu’s "Dog Whistle" Might Have Fetched the Hounds

Maybe some day Benjamin Netanyahu will be known as the founder of the state of Palestine.  Strange things are happening.  From the Sydney Morning Herald:Already the US is hinting that it might support a United Nations Security Council resolution that recognises Palestine along pre-1967 borders.

Until now it has repeatedly refused to endorse the resolution and Israel has always been opposed to it, insisting that only negotiations can bring about a lasting peace and agreed borders, but a US official has told The New York Times that Washington is “in a reality where the Israeli government no longer (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: Maroc–We Just Moved Several Meters Closer to the Edge of a Cosmic Abyss

Don Maroc

We just moved several meters closer to the edge of a cosmic abyss and no one is calling for a time out.

Last year the BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China) quietly established the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) as a counterweight to the US/UK controlled International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank.

With the US and Britain slowly sinking into a financial bog of their own design it meant Wall Street (US) and The City (London) could lose control of their stranglehold on the world’s money, and their hegemony over universal debt. Both their embassies around (Read more…)

Bill Longstaff: Netanyahu sabotages U.S. Palestine policy … a good thing?

How much will the Americans put up with from this yahoo? He is the most arrogant leader in the international community, making even Vladimir Putin look modest by comparison. He has the most powerful nation in the world as his country’s best friend and benefactor, so what does he do? First, he humiliates its president, then he disdainfully dismisses its most important policy for his region.

The

The Disaffected Lib: Netanuyahu’s Win Could Be Israel’s Greatest Defeat

Tossing ideas around yesterday I came to a “What If” moment.  What if, I wondered, Israeli prime minister re-elect, Benjamin Netanyahu, has destroyed Israel’s lifeline – the backing of the president of the United States of America.

It’s been the American president, who alone controls his country’s veto at the United Nations Security Council, who has intervened dozens of times over the years to prevent the U.N. from responding to Israel’s excesses, particularly its half-century of mauling of the captive Palestinian people.

What if?  Could it possibly happen.  Then, this morning, Boris from The Galloping Beaver left a comment (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: Benjamin Netanyahu and Stephen Harper’s Netanyahu Moment

Benjamin Netanyahu is as any decent person knows, a brutish right-wing demagogue, a racist, and a war criminal.And his victory in yesterday's Israeli election couldn't be more tragic. Or have left the Middle East and his own country more deeply wounded. Read more »

The Disaffected Lib: Bye, Bye Bibi – Bye, Bye

Israeli Arabs are reported to be turning out in unusually large numbers to vote but, overall, voting is lighter than normal in the Israeli elections.  This, according to Israeli newspaper, Haaretz, is a bad omen for prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s desperate hopes to cling to power.

Bibi, sensing disaster in the offing, has been pulling out all the stops.  He courted the redneck Right (wait a second, is “redneck” and “Right” redundant?) vote by promising there’ll be no Palestinian state on his watch.  And today he warned all good and loyal Israelis to be on guard because those (Read more…)

The Disaffected Lib: Netanyahu Promises Israeli Voters – There’ll Be No Palestinian State On My Watch.

With Israelis heading to the polls, Benjamin Netanyahu is running scared.  He’s seen Likud’s numbers and all the polls show he’s in trouble.  He’s in deep enough that he’s pulling out all the stops and scrambling for the hardliner vote.Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyhau said Monday that if he were to be reelected, a Palestinian state would not be created, in a definite disavowal of his 2009 speech, in which he had voiced support for the principle of two states for two peoples.

Netanyahu’s remarks in an interview with the NRG website – which is owned by casino mogul (Read more…)

The Disaffected Lib: Meanwhile, Today In ISIS News….

These guys are really getting around.  They’re in Syria and Iraq.  They’re in Libya and environs.  They’re becoming established in Afghanistan.  Now they’re engaging Egypt and Israel.  Yes, that’s right, Israel.  This ISIS outfit is on the move.

The Israeli newspaper, Haaretz, reports that the Israeli Defence Force is preparing for an ISIS attack out of the Sinai peninsula.  The Sinai branch of ISIS has announced on Twitter (naturally) plans to launch a barrage of 150-rockets into Israel.  This is the same bunch that’s been attacking Egyptian forces with some success.

The threat of the Islamic State on Israel’s (Read more…)

The Disaffected Lib: Israel’s Real Demographic Nightmare

Israel holds the Palestinian people captive because it believes it has no choice. While no Israeli leader will come right out and say it, there’s no way the country will restore the Occupied Territories to the Palestinians.  No Israeli government is prepared to see their country withdrawn to its pre-1967 borders.

There is an alternative, a one state solution, that would make Israeli and Palestinian equal citizens.  The problem there is demographic.  The Palestinians are a good deal more reproductive, meaning Arabs would fairly quickly outnumber Jews and they might take their revenge for the past half-century at the ballot (Read more…)

The Disaffected Lib: Remind me. Why Are We So Obsessed with Iran’s Phantom Nuclear Weapons Programme?

Pretty much any country with a reasonable industrial base is capable of producing nuclear warheads.  It’s not that hard once you figure out how to produce weapons-grade uranium or plutonium.

Contrary to the dark fantasies rattling around in Benjamin Netanyahu’s mind, even the Mossad knows that Iran has no weapons-grade nuclear refining underway.

It makes you wonder why Netanyahu didn’t spare some time in his recent address to the US Congress to mention a nation that presents a real nuclear threat to Israel, Pakistan.  Not only does Pakistan sport a dandy arsenal of nuclear warheads, it has the delivery systems (Read more…)

The Disaffected Lib: What Are We Doing Flooding this Place With Arms?

Saudi Arabia has now displaced India to become the largest armaments importer in the world.  Saudi imports are reported to have shot up an alarming 54% over just the past year.

Among the beneficiaries of the House of Saud’s largesse is Canada, having inked a contract to sell nearly $15-billion worth of light armoured fighting vehicles to the fanatical Sunni Muslim kingdom.

Saudi Arabia overtook India to become the world’s biggest weapons importer in 2014, a year when global defence trade rose for the sixth straight year to a record $64.4 billion, research company IHS said on Sunday.

The (Read more…)