Alberta Politics: I come to bury Castro, not to praise him: unpacking conservative fury at PM Justin Trudeau’s condolences

PHOTOS: Fidel Castrol in his heyday. Mr. Castro died Friday at 90. Below: An affectionate Havana scene … “Viva Fidel por siempre;” Margaret Trudeau, Mr. Castro and Pierre Trudeau in 1976; King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, who died at 90 last year; Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Before I start, let’s just make one thing perfectly ...

Alberta Politics: Brad Wall’s call to block refugees from Syria is just more of the same old conservative wedge politics

PHOTOS: Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall (CBC Photo). Below: Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, Texas Gov. Gregg Abbott and B.C. Premier Christy Clark. Bottom: Russian President Vladimir Putin, who is either demonized or ignored by Western mainstream media. In light of the inevitably angry and emotional response to the Paris terror attacks on Friday the 13th, for ...

Cowichan Conversations: Once And For All

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger Like so many of you I am reading and observing the Palestinian onslaught from afar. The positions seem to be so absolute, so tightly held that it is a challenge to grasp the sense of it sometimes. This Uri Avnery piece was sent to me recently and makes as much sense as ...

CuriosityCat: Israel & Gaza: Is Kerry a Nebish?

John Nebbish Kerry? This question has been raised, given Kerry’s missteps in recent weeks: Nonetheless, one can’t deny Kerry’s almost inexplicable series of mishaps, faux pas and unfortunate events: on Friday it was the press conference in Cairo with the UN Secretary General and the Egyptian foreign minister that was not only upstaged by the ...

drive-by planet: In-depth interview with Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov [video - English]: ‘If we’re attacked, we’ll certainly respond’

Given the American MSM angle on Ukraine that paints more or less the same picture with minor variations, I thought it would be interesting to get the Russian perspective courtesy of foreign minister Sergei Lavrov in this recent interview on RT’s Sophie and Co.  Lavrov comes across as a no-nonsense straight shooter. He is candid ...

CuriosityCat: Ukraine: One possible Russian-driven solution

Bill Clinton: Ukraine Saviour? Ukraine is in turmoil, with positions apparently hardening on all sides, since the Geneva Agreement outlining a method of resolution was agreed upon a short while ago. The level of support for the anti-Kiev position in eastern Ukraine is unclear at the moment: Armed men have seized public buildings in a ...

drive-by planet: John Kerry steps up

drive-by planet: ‘Revolt of the rich’ – the privileged face of US-backed Venezuelan opposition: Bolivarian achievements

When reading corporate media coverage of the wave of protests that have roiled Venezuela you could be excused for thinking  a massively popular revolution is sweeping that nation. This version of events is more about political spin than reality. The protests have in fact been limited in scope and mostly specific to affluent areas… for ...

drive-by planet: Double standards, threats and false claims in run-up to March 16 referendum in Crimea

The referendum in Crimea scheduled for March 16 has been declared invalid by US secretary of state John Kerry who also issued warnings of serious consequences if Russia “annexes” Crimea.  He promised that sanctions against Russia would “get ugly fast.” This was echoed by Germany’s Angela Merkel who has made dark references to “massive political ...

drive-by planet: The Syrian nightmare Washington is helping to create

Many progressives and leftists find themselves in a conflicted position over the war in Syria. They don’t support western interventionism but by the same token are unwilling to give support to the Assad regime. A third way approach is support for the Syrian people and their legitimate demands – as opposed to the “solutions” coming ...

drive-by planet: MIT report contests US intelligence on sarin attack: Lloyd – "The Syrian rebels most definitely have the ability to make these weapons"

Top: Fighters from the Free Syrian Army’s Saif al-Umayyad brigade  prepare to launch a rocket towards regime forces in Ghouta, east of Damascus January 1, 2014.  Bottom: Spent rockets from August 21 sarin attack A recently published MIT report titled Possible Implications of Faulty U.S. Technical Intelligence calls into question the accuracy of U.S. claims ...

LeDaro: John Kerry: After concluding a deal with Russia over Syria, he headed for Israel

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, shakes hands with Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after speaking to the media at the prime minister’s office in Jerusalem, Israel, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013. Kerry on Sunday sent a strong warning to Syria, saying ‘the threat of force is real’ if it does not carry out an ...

drive-by planet: Al Qaeda linked rebels in Syria: Putin accuses Kerry of lying: Syrian rebel atrocities – NYT video footage

Islamist fighters in Syria: Beneath – al-Nusra Front fighters execute Syrian soldiers Given the military excesses the Assad regime has directed against its own people, genuine representatives of the Syrian people would seem like the force to back in the increasingly vicious civil conflict. But maybe not. A rebel force fighting for a future inclusive ...

LeDaro: For John McCain and John Kerry Syrian conflict is a laughing matter

Senator John McCain and Secretary of State John Kerry were having fun during Senate hearings on Syrian conflict and U.S. intervention. Also John McCain was caught on camera playing poker on his cell phone during the hearings. So much for the concern about the use of nerve gas in Syria and death of many civilians. ...

drive-by planet: John Kerry’s speech: U.S. hypocrisy in preparing conditions for an illegal attack on Syria

In the course of his speech to prep public opinion for the likely US-NATO attack on Syria, U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, said: “President Obama believes there must be accountability for those who would use the world’s most heinous weapons against the world’s most vulnerable people.” The killing of civilians in the course of ...

drive-by planet: OK when we do it: U.S. hypocrisy on ‘heinous weapons’

Song of the Watermelon: An Open Letter to Barack Obama and John Kerry

Dear President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry: As a concerned Canadian, I am writing to urge you to reject TransCanada’s application to build the Keystone XL pipeline for purposes of transporting dirty oil from Alberta’s tar sands to refineries in the United States. I assure you that not all Canadians are quite ...

Earthgauge Radio: Will John Kerry reject Keystone XL?

A very interesting post today by Joe Romm at ThinkProgress.org. Based on the recent comments of the new U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, Romm is speculating that Kerry “shows no sign whatsoever of backing down from the moral urgency that has made him a true climate champion.” Click the video link above to see ...

Impolitical: Missing Hillary already

A little too jokey for my taste. When Hillary met with these Conservatives, you always had a sense that she knew exactly where they were coming from and treated them accordingly. There seems to be a bit of a shift with the new guy. Come back…

The Canadian Progressive: 60 Groups urge Kerry to continue strong leadership on climate change

New Secretary of State positioned to advance American climate leadership, should deny the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline By 350.org | Feb. 6, 2013: WASHINGTON – Sixty leading environmental, conservation, development, faith-based, and social justice organizations are congratulating Secretary of State John Kerry for his commitment to fight climate change and urging him to “spur bold ...

Eclectic Lip: Wynne-win for Canada! And, is America ready for another white male President?

I welcomed Kathleen Wynne‘s victory in the leadership race for the ruling Ontario Liberal Party this past Saturday, even though I live in faraway British Columbia.   And I do mean far away — seriously, the International Space Station is ten times closer to the surface of the earth, than Vancouver is to Toronto.  (Though that ...

Trashy's World: Friday miscellany…

… colder than Vic Toews at a homeless shelter edition. Robbie’s Follies… Will he stay or will he go? We’ll know this morning. ================================================================================== As I am apt to do once in a while, I lamented the absence of a party leader, outside the GPO, with the balls to start the process of abolishing Ontario’s ...

DeSmogBlog: Senator John Kerry Speaks the Scary, Ugly Truth on Climate Change

Screen shot 2012-06-19 at 4.37.47 PM.png There are precious few voices in the U.S. capital these days that are speaking the truth about climate change. Which is what makes Senator John Kerry's speech on the Senate floor today so powerful, and so necessary.  In his speech, which clocked in at nearly 55 minutes, Senator Kerry attacked ...