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Pushed to the Left and Loving It: One of the most Powerful Countries in the World Can no Longer be Trusted

There is a Public Relations firm operating in both the United States and Canada, Ketchum Inc., that has for the past several years, been working with Vladimir Putin, to sell Russian influence in the United States.

They run an English language website, ThinkRussia.com and when tensions first began to rise in the Ukraine, postings included ‘a look back at the Sochi Olympics, a feature on international women’s day in Russia, and a piece detailing a crackdown on bitcoin.’ Nothing on Ukraine. Indeed, if you visit the site today, you get no sense of the turmoil currently taking (Read more…)

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: Will Harper’s Red Scare Become the Pink Blush of Embarrassment?

“The development of mutually advantageous and constructive relations with Israel in the political, economic, humanitarian and other fields was and will remain the priority of Russia’s foreign policy.” — President Vladimir Putin

Journalist Jered Feldschreiber wrote recently of the friendly relationship between Russia and Israel, despite the fact that Putin was selling arms to nations that were hostile toward The Jewish state.

In fact, Israel has maintained neutrality in the Russia-Ukraine conflict, and was absent for the March 27, UN vote, that called on members not to recognize Russia’s annexation of Crimea.

Cautious of the new Ukranian government, that (Read more…)

Politics and its Discontents: Harper’s Flock of Admirers

No doubt due to his hawkish support of all things Israeli, Stephen Harper is set to receive a singular honour from his Jewish admirers:

The Jewish National Fund’s arm in Canada is raising money to build the “Stephen J. Harper Hula Valley Bird Sanctuary Visitor and Education Centre” in a nature park in a northern valley bordered by the Golan Heights to the east and the Naphtali Range of mountains to the west.

Always insightful, Star letter writers are chirping up with their opinions:

Re: Bird centre in Israel to be named after Harper, Sept. 18

The Star reported that (Read more…)

drive-by planet: South Africa’s ANC makes support for BDS part of official policy: ‘Roadmap to Apartheid’ released

At its 53rd National Conference, South Africa’s ruling ANC affirmed support for the Palestinian call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel. It is now part of official ANC policy.

Mbuyiseni Ndlozi of BDS South Africa welcomed the ANC move:

“This reaffirmation by the ANC’s National Conference, its highest decision making body, is by far the most authoritative endorsement of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel campaign. The ANC has now taken its international conference resolutions, and officially made it the policy of the ANC. We look forward to working with the ANC and

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Politics and its Discontents: Harper’s Debasement Of Canadian Foreign Policy

That Canada once enjoyed a sterling reputation in the international arena is something beyond dispute. That its standing has fallen precipitately under the misguided direction of the Harper regime is a truth that I suspect only the most rabidly ideological would disagree with.

Perhaps the most egregious departure from norms that most would consider reasonable is found in its Mid-East policy, which can be summed up in four words: unqualified support for Israel. Despite its disproportionate response to aggression from Hamas, Israel, it seems, can do no wrong in the eyes of our political ‘leaders.’

In his Star column

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RedBedHead: Israel Blind To Its Own Isolation

I wrote less than two weeks ago that Israel was in an accelerating decline as a result of changed geopolitical realities in the Middle East, most recently and acutely the Arab Spring. That Arab Spring is now in the throes of a 2.0 reawakening and reconstitution of last year’s settlements, as events in Egypt in the last two weeks have made clear, not to mention the momentum of Syrian rebels,

RedBedHead: Gaza & The Not So Slow Decline Of Israel

Not alone any more: Egyptian protestors in Tahrir last year

In some ways what just went down in Gaza was business as usual. Israel provoked a mini-war with Gaza killing a leading Hamas politician (who was, in fact, the chief negotiator for a long term ceasefire with Israel) after engaging in its “normal” policies of drone flights, missile strikes and, of course, economy-crippling embargoes. In

LeDaro: It is great that Queen’s University is honouring Jimmy Carter

Jimmy Carter is a great man and deserves such an honour. I am a Queen’s graduate and proud of it.H/T: sol chrom . . . → Read More: LeDaro: It is great that Queen’s University is honouring Jimmy Carter

Bill Longstaff: Israelis endorse apartheid

For those supporters of Israel who gamely continue to insist that Israel is not an apartheid state, a recent poll published in the Haaretz newspaper should offer second thoughts.

The poll was relentless: If the West Bank were annexed by Israel, over two-thirds of Israeli Jews say that the 2.5 million Palestinians living there should be denied the right to vote. Furthermore, a third want Arab

Paul S. Graham: Video: Freedom Waves to Gaza

What is your course? Our course is the conscience of humanity.

What is your final destination? Our final destination is the betterment of mankind.

Nov. 4, 2011: David Heap, in the wheel house of The Tahrir, in radio contact with Israeli commandos who were preparing to forcibly board the boat.

On November 4, 2011, the Canadian boat, The Tahrir, en route to Gaza bearing medical supplies and solidarity, was boarded on the high seas by the Israeli Navy, as was the Irish vessel, the MV Saoirse. The crews were taken to Ashdod, held in prison for six days, and deported.

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RedBedHead: Nobody Says "F*** You" Like Israel

As vile and racist as the regime is, you have to give them points for sheer chutzpah. Having denounced the Palestinians at the UN for not being serious about peace, Israeli PM Netanyahu has agreed two days later to build another 1,100 illegal buildings… . . . → Read More: RedBedHead: Nobody Says "F*** You" Like Israel

RedBedHead: The Palestinians Would Be Foolish To Trust Obama or Netanyahu

There’s an old saying that goes “fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me”. I’m not sure what the appropriate riposte is when you’ve been scammed by the same dishonest brokers a hundred times over. That sadly describes the behaviour of th… . . . → Read More: RedBedHead: The Palestinians Would Be Foolish To Trust Obama or Netanyahu

RedBedHead: Rupert Murdoch, Friend Of Israel

Well this article is an interesting addition to the swirl of debate and exposé that’s happening around Rupert Murdoch. The attached article is from J-Wire and is written by Isi Leibler. As all this scandal and humiliation was unfolding, I hadn’t consi… . . . → Read More: RedBedHead: Rupert Murdoch, Friend Of Israel

Paul S. Graham: Israel and Palestine: What is going on and what can we do?

On June 8, 2011, Project Peacemakers Forum panelists Loraine MacKenzie Shepherd and Howard Davidson discussed “Israel and Palestine: What is going on and what can we do?” Did they succeed in answering these questions? Yes and no. No, because this is a huge, complex topic and considerably more time would be required to present it [...] . . . → Read More: Paul S. Graham: Israel and Palestine: What is going on and what can we do?

RedBedHead: Israel Attacks Free Speech To Defend Democracy

When is an attack on democracy not an attack on democracy? When the government says that they are defending democracy, of course. That seems to be the thinking in Israel’s higher circles in any case as a bill moves towards becoming law that will ban Is… . . . → Read More: RedBedHead: Israel Attacks Free Speech To Defend Democracy

And so it goes: Yahoos on the prairies.

I suppose some folks think that the regina mom is a yahoo cuz she’s shooting off her mouth all the time. Really, she hasn’t had a lot of time for that cuz she has spent the past year and a bit marketing her book of poetry, This hot place from B.C. to Ontario. (And she [...] . . . → Read More: And so it goes: Yahoos on the prairies.

Politics and its Discontents: The Right – Rarely Gracious, Even When In Power

One thing that I have noticed about the far right, and I think this applies both to those in the United States and in Canada, is that they have a winner-take-all attitude that rarely permits them a moment of serenity or grace. For example, even though… . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: The Right – Rarely Gracious, Even When In Power

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: The Flotilla to Gaza Has Fox News North in a Flap

Fox News North is in a right flap over Canada’s participation in the Flotilla to Gaza, to deliver badly needed humanitarian aid.Conservative columnist John Robson claims they are acting like children, and Brian Lilley says that because there is an obes… . . . → Read More: Pushed to the Left and Loving It: The Flotilla to Gaza Has Fox News North in a Flap