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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 tour of the Middle East couldn't be a better example.For it was, in descending chronological order, pathetic, humiliating, and shameful.Read more »

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 office, were kept well back and Baird was not hit, authorities say. One media report says only one of the eggs landed on the roof of his car.

Protesters held signs reading: “Baird you are not welcome in Palestine.”

Here is some raw footage of the (Read more…)

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 said something.

Canada is deeply concerned by flogging of @raif_badawi – it is a violation of human dignity and freedom of expression— John Baird (@Baird) January 15, 2015

But only after it was revealed that he is planning a high-level meeting with one (Read more…)

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 their long suffering victims the Palestinians. Read more »

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 is shown with a Kurdish fighter in this photo from the National Post – what’s the badge on his arm say? Canada? Lord Palmerston; a map of Turkey showing its majority Kurdish-speaking regions.

While a couple of officials of the Harper Government have now half-heartedly warned Canadians (Read more…)

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 to stretch its claim to the Arctic seabed all the way to the North Pole took federal bureaucrats just as off-guard as it did the rest of the world.

Or that this last minute Con production was such an absolute FARCE.Read more »

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 since 2003.

“We should have been there shoulder to shoulder with our allies,” Prime Minister Harper, who was still the leader of the opposition, complained back in April 2003. At the time, the United States had just invaded Iraq to punish it for having nothing to do (Read more…)

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 Foreign Minister John Baird doing?Answer: blowing hot air out of every orifice, and fanning the flames of war.Read more »

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 to refer more patients to hospitals outside of Gaza to access life-saving treatment as well as to reduce the case load in the hospitals to a more manageable level.And I still want to know why the Harper regime is STILL preventing 100 wounded (Read more…)

. . . → 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 doctor made a public plea to bring kids to Canada for treatment.And I said that was MY Canada.But sadly my Canada isn't Harperland, and the Cons are no better than beasts. Read more »

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 »

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, have been obliged to devote precious resources to defending themselves from a special probe of charities ordered by the Harper government.

This beefing-up of tax audits of charities is particularly striking when compared to Harper’s laid-back approach to auditing the real bad guys: corporations and (Read more…)

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 a world out of control.

Yet, even when there seems little we can do to ameliorate the world’s suffering, there is something all of us can do – refuse to be silent and passive in the face of atrocity – refuse to make (Read more…)

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 is on the list of policy proposals slated to come up for debate during the party’s weekend convention in Fredericton.

The Federal NDP Thomas Mulcair said:

“Since the start of the most recent tensions, the NDP has been in contact with Israeli and Palestinian representatives in Ottawa. (Read more…)

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 options for each side are hardening. Both sides are employing brinksmanship, carrying out their biggest raids yet this weekend and threatening much more to come.Not when I'm still recovering from the images of the last one…Read more »

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 be.

Here in Canada we have many citizens, including a number of prominent politicians who ought to know better, proclaiming noisy support for the violent protests in western Ukraine, demonizing Russia and demanding Canada play an active role in in ensuring the success of the rebels’ (Read more…)

LeDaro: Harper’s Conservatives Further Damaging Canada

 Are Harper’s CONs completely out of touch? Don’t they realize this is a multicultural country? Harper’s CONs seem to have no use for Muslims, given statements by Harper’s Chief of Communications towards a leading Canadian Muslim group, the National Council of Canadian Muslims, deriding them as a group with “terrorist” ties. This derisive statement reinforces negative stereotypes against Muslims, and is unbefitting for someone speaking on behalf of the Prime Minister. The flippant attitude of the Conservatives is appalling, especially in light of a libel action by the Muslim group against the Prime Minister’s Office. The response of Foreign Affairs (Read more…)

Politics, Re-Spun: The Real Reason We Need to Get Rid of Corporate Media


While I’m also sad that the Kamloops Daily News is closing, I think Warren Kinsella is over-simplifying a few things [see below] with respect to how the media climate will be affected by the closing of this for-profit business, earning shareholder value by producing mass media content, while sometimes allowing its corporate revenue-generating employees to produce some adequate-to-good journalism.

Let’s explore all this:

“Idiot bloggers, and idiot politicians, will continue to be happy about this sort of thing. The former will say the disappearance of the so-called MSM means more audience for them.” [read the rest of his (Read more…)

Calgary Grit: Quotes of the Year

Scroll to the bottom to vote on your favourite quote…

“I am Conservative. I am a traditionalist. I wish I left Cabinet in the traditional way – with a sex scandal!” -Stephen Fletcher, after being removed from Cabinet

“When I stand back and look at the cast of candidates, even I would pick me. I have to be plain about that.” -Sandra Pupatello

“You know, there’s a level of of admiration I actually have for China because their basic dictatorship is allowing them to actually turn their economy around on a dime and say ‘we (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: John Baird and the Con’s New Foreign Policy

OK. Let me be clear, as we say in Harperland. I ALWAYS thought it was a bad idea to make John Baird Foreign Minister.I couldn't help but feel that he lacked the necessary diplomatic skills. I never believed him when he declared that the Cons were human rights champions.Not after the way the Cons are muzzling them in Canada. And not after he declared that human rights were good, as long as they were good for business.And sure enough I was right eh?Read more »

LeDaro: Canada Stands Alone – John Baird on Iran

Is John Baird trying to out-Netanyahu the Israeli Prime Minister? Canada used to be seen as a force for peace on the world stage, but Baird is opposing a widely supported deal that would see Iran eliminate its nuclear weapons program. President Obama and other world leaders played a key role in spearheading this deal, Secretary of State John Kerry is also to be commended for his efforts on this.

John Baird and Stephen Harper are an embarrassment to our country on the world stage, they are standing for war and belligerence rather than peace and diplomacy. This is not (Read more…)

Politics and its Discontents: In His Master’s Voice?

I didn’t realize that John Baird and Benjamin Netanyahu were so close:

The 2:20 mark especially shows their affinity:

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LeDaro: John Baird is unhappy about the Iran nuclear deal and very skeptical

John Baird is not happy with the Iran nuclear deal. The deal with Iran is signed by six nations which are the United States, France, Germany, Britain, Russia and China -and Iran. I believe it is a foot in the door for future negotiations and stopping nuclear proliferation in the Middle East. I don’t understand Baird’s point of view. Baird’s view is:

He said that because of previous Iranian leaders had made hostile comments toward Israel, “we’re deeply skeptical of the deal and the work that’s brought us to this stage.”Read more here. A clear message to the world

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LeDaro: John Baird in his Santa’s lap

“I am concerned that there is a little bit too much enthusiasm as a result of the different tone. And what we hope is, the world won’t take the pressure off the regime (Iran) to make the substantive changes that are needed.”

“The stakes are so high, we have to stay focused on what actions they take,” Baird said.I believe that Iran must not develop nuclear weapons. But by the same token Israel must hand over its nuclear and chemical weapons to U.N. to be destroyed. U.S. must demand the same from Israel what it is (Read more…)