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 a ...

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 preference ...

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 off ...

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 freezing various aid money to Palestine as a punitive reaction to applying for statehood in ...

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 development. One of the central claims about the Palestinian statehood bid – in addition to fear mongering about a ...

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 follows. 

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-Israel” or “anti-Israel”. It becomes necessary to make explicit a somewhat long list of background qualifiers on ...

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 fact, he says it is “obvious” that Canada does. Forgive me, sir, but that was ...

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 absent from the negotiation process but is overwhelmingly discussed by the political and ...