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Progressive Proselytizing: Bev Oda’s luxurious, tax payer funded life

Bev Oda, the Minister of International Development, has done it again. In 2006 she was forced to return $2200 to taxpayers for a $5500 dollar limo bill. In 2008 she was accused of hiding a whopping $17,000 in limo expenses. Now she has had to return money to tax payers after she upgraded from . . . → Read More: Progressive Proselytizing: Bev Oda’s luxurious, tax payer funded life

Progressive Proselytizing: My NDP leadership ballot rankings

Let’s just get it over with:

 Nathan Cullen  Brian Topp  Peggy Nash  Paul Dewar  Niki Ashton  Thomas Mulcair  Martin Singh

These rankings are not necessarily who I think is best as the leader, but are for a variety of strategic reasons as written below. The major choices involved where I am showing a distinct . . . → Read More: Progressive Proselytizing: My NDP leadership ballot rankings

Progressive Proselytizing: John Baird’s response to the Israel/Iran conflict

Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird

Right now, we have one sovereign United Nations member making explicit overtures about launching a unilateral military attack on another sovereign United Nations member. It isn’t just rhetoric, there is a nontrivial possibility that this might actually occur and they have both the motive and the means to pull . . . → Read More: Progressive Proselytizing: John Baird’s response to the Israel/Iran conflict

Progressive Proselytizing: US, Israel and Canada’s response to Palestine’s UNESCO membership

When Palestine overwhelmingly got approved to be a member state in UNESCO, a long standing congressional trigger was activated which entirely defunds the US contribution to UNESCO (about a fifth of its total contributions). This comes on the back of f… . . . → Read More: Progressive Proselytizing: US, Israel and Canada’s response to Palestine’s UNESCO membership

Progressive Proselytizing: The US Congress’s punitive actions against Palestine

In response to the Palestinian bid for statehood, the US House, against the wishes of the White House, has frozen some $200 million dollars worth aid to Palestine. The funds were targeted towards food aid, healthcare and infrastructure devel… . . . → Read More: Progressive Proselytizing: The US Congress’s punitive actions against Palestine

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Where Canadians Stand On Palestian State Vote

More results here.  I count myself among the 46 per cent.  Not that my opinion, or the opinion of a plurality of Canadians, matters much.Oh, and this, in itself, is harmless, for reasons I’ve given here.  As long as no new legislation fo… . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: Where Canadians Stand On Palestian State Vote

Progressive Proselytizing: Israel/Palestine Overview

The Israel/Palestine issue is a particularly difficult topic to talk and write about simply because it is such a poignant, polarizing and established issue. Within a few sentences, western commentators on the issue quickly get lumped as either “pro-Isr… . . . → Read More: Progressive Proselytizing: Israel/Palestine Overview

Progressive Proselytizing: Canada supports 1967 borders after all despite blocking this position at G8

Faced with significant pressure, Harper’s Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird has affirmed that Canada does, in fact, support Obama’s position of using the 1967 borders with land swaps as a basis for a peace settlement between Israel and Palestine. In … . . . → Read More: Progressive Proselytizing: Canada supports 1967 borders after all despite blocking this position at G8

Progressive Proselytizing: Right to Exist: An Inflated Conflict

If one follows the negotiation process over the years between Israel and Palestine, one finds an asymmetry between the issues raised and argued for in the negotiation process and the the political and media rhetoric. One of the issues that is largely a… . . . → Read More: Progressive Proselytizing: Right to Exist: An Inflated Conflict