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Montreal Simon: Saudi Arabia and the Shameless Con Clowns

The situation couldn't be more dire or more dangerous.Saudi Arabia's execution of 47 prisoners, including the well known Shia cleric Nimr al-Nimr, has set off a firestorm in the region.It's threatening to lead to an all-out confrontation b… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Saudi Arabia and the Shameless Con Clowns

wRanter.com: A national icon takes his leave

One of the questions I posed in this space a few weeks ago was: who will be the next big-name Jewish MP? With apologies to Joe Oliver, Canada’s first Jewish federal finance minister, what I may subconsciously have been asking is who will be the next Irwin Cotler, now that the 75-year-old Mount Royal Liberal . . . → Read More: wRanter.com: A national icon takes his leave

The Canadian Progressive: Anonymous threatens to reveal “real reason” John Baird jumped the Conservatives’ sinking ship

The hacktivist collective Anonymous is threatening to release decrypted text messages revealing the “real reason” former Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird abruptly resigned as both a senior government minister and elected MP earlier this year.

The post Anonymous threatens to reveal “real reason” John Baird jumped the Conservatives’ sinking ship appeared first on The Canadian . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Anonymous threatens to reveal “real reason” John Baird jumped the Conservatives’ sinking ship

The Disaffected Lib: Casting Bones and Reading Entrails

John Baird has resigned from the Harper cabinet and from his seat in Parliament. It seems no one knew about it much more than 24-hours before the public announcement.

The punditry allowed that it was a natural move, one of Baird’s choosing.  He’d done as much as he could in politics.  20-years is a lifetime. . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Casting Bones and Reading Entrails

Montreal Simon: The Absurd and Obscene Canonization of John Baird

I honestly thought that I would never have to write another word about the Con clown John Baird. And it was such a great feeling.I thought I had said all I needed to say about his shabby political career in this post. But unfortunately I'm going to have to write another post to register . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Absurd and Obscene Canonization of John Baird

The Canadian Progressive: John Baird was tossed overboard by Harper’s dictatorship-style PMO

Stephen Harper’s dictatorship-style PMO forced John Baird to resign as Canada’s foreign affairs minister and chicken out of the 2015 federal election.

The post John Baird was tossed overboard by Harper’s dictatorship-style PMO appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Politics and its Discontents: An Explanation For Baird’s Departure?

Ed Tanas has perhaps hit upon the reason for the pitbull’s pending egress from federal politics:

John Baird resigning due to PTED (Post Traumatic Egging Disorder)?

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Montreal Simon: The Astonishing Departure of the Con Clown John Baird

I can never forget the night John Baird tweeted that Thatcher was dead. And how disappointed I was to find out, after consuming half a bottle of very expensive champagne, that it wasn't Margaret Thatcher, it was Thatcher his CAT !#@!!!.But now I just wish I had saved what was left in the bottle . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Astonishing Departure of the Con Clown John Baird

Politics and its Discontents: John Baird to Resign?

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Montreal Simon: John Baird’s Con Clown Tour of the Middle East

Whenever one of Stephen Harper's Con clowns leaves the country I shudder, reach for a paper bag to put over my head, and prepare for the worst.Because I know they will make fools out of themselves, and shame us once again in the eyes of the world.And in that regard John Baird's just concluded . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: John Baird’s Con Clown Tour of the Middle East

Politics and its Discontents: Egg On His Car

… but not on his face. Yes, our peripatetic and staunch, uncritical supporter of all things Israeli, Foreign Minister John baird, was spared the ultimate humiliation during a visit to the West Bank city of Ramallah today to meet with Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad Malki.

The protesters, who were waiting as Baird left Malki’s . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Egg On His Car

Montreal Simon: Raif Badawi, Saudi Arabia, and the Hypocrisy of the Harper Regime

A few days ago I wrote a post pointing out that our ghastly regime had failed to say a word about Saudi Arabia's savage flogging of the blogger Raif Badawi.After signing a deal with that reactionary kingdom to sell it $10 billion worth of armoured cars.Well now Harper's faithful stooge John Baird has finally . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Raif Badawi, Saudi Arabia, and the Hypocrisy of the Harper Regime

Montreal Simon: The Con Stooge John Baird Goes After the Palestinians. Again.

He has always been his master's voice, Stephen Harper's most faithful stooge.A yapping Con pitbull, the absurd Minister of Religious Freedom, a gay Thatcherite in a government full of filthy homophobes.But these days nothing is more obscene than the way John Baird is pandering to the brutish settler regime of Benjamin Netanyahu, while attacking . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Con Stooge John Baird Goes After the Palestinians. Again.

Alberta Diary: Six things we all need to think about when Canadians volunteer to fight for the Kurds

The Kurds: They should have had a country of their own, but since they don’t, and since Canada is allied by treaty to one of their principal enemies, letting Canadians join their fight isn’t a simple matter. We need clarity on just what Canada’s position is from the Canadian government. Below: Dillon Hillier . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Six things we all need to think about when Canadians volunteer to fight for the Kurds

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Great North Pole Farce

Who can forget how Stephen Harper shocked the world a few months ago by suddenly and loudly declaring that the North Pole belonged to Canada?Even though it actually belongs to Denmark.But who knew the stunning proclamation also sent shockwaves through the cowed ranks of his own civil servants?New documents suggest that Canada's last-minute decision . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Great North Pole Farce

Alberta Diary: Ten Questions about the Harper Government’s embrace of war with ISIS-ISIL-IS

Ready, Aye, Ready! Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird whips up the War Party in the House of Commons. Below: Stephen Harper, the prime minister, and Edmonton Centre MP Laurie Hawn.

Stephen Harper, John Baird, Laurie Hawn and the rest of the boys yesterday finally got the war in Iraq they’ve been pining for . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Ten Questions about the Harper Government’s embrace of war with ISIS-ISIL-IS

Montreal Simon: The Con Clown John Baird and the Dangerous Ukrainian Crisis

The situation in Ukraine couldn't be more ominous, with reports that some Russian troops have crossed into that country.World leaders like Obama are calling for calm, refusing to call it an invasion, and ruling out military action. The need for cooler heads to prevail has never been more urgent.So what is our ghastly Con . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Con Clown John Baird and the Dangerous Ukrainian Crisis

Montreal Simon: The Con War on the Wounded Children of Gaza (Continued)

The ceasefire is holding. The kids are playing again on the beach where four of their friends were killed while playing soccer, by shells from an Israeli gunboat.But thousands of Palestinian children have been wounded…

The situation in the hospitals is so desperate they can't treat them in Gaza.“Palestinian health authorities are planning . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Con War on the Wounded Children of Gaza (Continued)

Montreal Simon: The Harper Regime’s War on the Wounded Children of Gaza

The other day I told you about a tiny candle of decency in the darkness that is Gaza.Ontario's plan to bring wounded children to be treated in the province's hospitals. The Ontario government is willing to provide medical care to 100 injured children from Gaza, it said Tuesday – several days after a Palestinian-Canadian . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Harper Regime’s War on the Wounded Children of Gaza

Montreal Simon: The Con Clown John Baird and the Destruction of Gaza

As if the situation in Gaza wasn't bad enough. As if the need for serious diplomacy to end the slaughter couldn't be greater.As if Canada wasn't enough of a rogue nation in the eyes of the world.And the last thing anyone needed was the Con clown John Baird pouring more oil on the flames. . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Con Clown John Baird and the Destruction of Gaza

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading.

– Linda McQuaig criticizes the Cons’ use of the tax system to try to silence charities who don’t match their political message: PEN now joins Amnesty International, the David Suzuki Foundation, Canada Without Poverty, the United Church and other groups that, having criticized an array of Harper policies, . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

Politics and its Discontents: Holding Our ‘Leaders’ To Account

It is almost impossible, I think, to feel anything but a dark impotence when it comes to world events today. Wherever we look, be it the Ukraine, Africa, the Middle East or our own backyards, death, despoliation and injustice prevail. At times, it seems assuming the fetal position is the only reasonable response to . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Holding Our ‘Leaders’ To Account

Cowichan Conversations: Elizabeth May backs Green Party motion condemning ‘illegal’ Israeli settlements

Convention motion could attract support from disgruntled New Democrats, author suggests

By Kady O’Malley, CBC News

Green Party Leader Elizabeth May has co-sponsored a policy resolution condemning Israeli settlements that is expected to come up for debate during the party’s policy convention in Fredericton this weekend. (Sean Kilpatrick/Canadian Press)

 

The proposed resolution . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Elizabeth May backs Green Party motion condemning ‘illegal’ Israeli settlements

Montreal Simon: The Horror of Gaza and the Shame of the Harper Regime

It's taken me a few days to summon up the strength to write something, anything, about the horror in Gaza.I just couldn't bring myself to look at the images of this latest war. As rockets from Palestinian militants in Gaza continue to fly into Israel and Israel continues to strike hard at Gaza, the . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Horror of Gaza and the Shame of the Harper Regime

Alberta Diary: Advice to Canadian politicians and media: Proceed with caution on your support for Ukraine’s rebels

Anti-Government Ukrainians prepare to fight police in Kiev. Below: Rioters throw gasoline bombs at police in Ukraine; Alberta Labour Minister Thomas Lukaszuk. (Wikimedia photos.)

You can bet money that when trouble is brewing abroad things are always far more complicated than local enthusiasts for one side or the other make them out to . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Advice to Canadian politicians and media: Proceed with caution on your support for Ukraine’s rebels