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Alberta Politics: News Satire: U.S. will not tolerate foreigners acting like Americans, officials say

ILLUSTRATIONS: A map showing some of the countries in which the United States has interfered in the political process (grabbed from Geology.com). Below: U.S. CIA Director John O. Brennan, Democratic Party candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican candid… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: News Satire: U.S. will not tolerate foreigners acting like Americans, officials say

Bill Longstaff: Returning to Libya

My position on ISIS is that it was a product of the American-led coalition’s invasion of Iraq, therefore it is up to the coalition members to deal with it. As my dear mother taught me, if you make a mess, you clean it up. Fortunately, we wisely chose n… . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: Returning to Libya

Accidental Deliberations: On permanent campaigns

Luke Savage is right to point out that Canada’s permanent campaign has merely taken on a different dynamic under the Trudeau Libs, rather than actually coming to an end with the Harper Cons losing power:Again, branding is the key here. As a part of its… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: On permanent campaigns

Alberta Politics: The refugee crisis: Harper Conservatives just can’t spin it both ways

PHOTOS: Refugees from the Syrian civil war clog a road near the Syria-Iraq border. (UNHCR photo.) Below: Saskatchewan Conservative MP Kelly Block’s constituency leaflet; Ms. Block herself; Immigration Minister Chris Alexander. For several years, the government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper has played to the worst instincts of a significant portion of its political base . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: The refugee crisis: Harper Conservatives just can’t spin it both ways

The Disaffected Lib: You’ll Need More Than a Six-Pack for That Job.

Well, that was the idea anyway.

Brace yourselves.  In a move that could send chills down the spine of every member of ISIS, it’s been revealed that Canada is ‘considering’ expanding its war effort to Syria and, gasp, Libya too.

Libya?  That’s that place that Gaddafi guy used to run.  We bombed the hell . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: You’ll Need More Than a Six-Pack for That Job.

The Disaffected Lib: Harper’s Experiment to Wrap Canadians in "Protective Stupidity" Mission Accomplished?

The Tyee’s Murray Dobbins laments the success Stephen Harper has had, with the powerful support of a shamelessly collaborative media, at manipulating the Canadian public.

Harper’s amoral political calculations about who and when to bomb people has little to do with any genuine consideration of the geopolitical situation or what role Canada might usefully . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Harper’s Experiment to Wrap Canadians in "Protective Stupidity" Mission Accomplished?

The Canadian Progressive: Elizabeth May Responds To Harper’s Iraq War Motion

Green Party Leader Elizabeth May agrees with Harper that “Canada cannot stand on the sidelines,” but warns that “bombings have never ended an Islamic or any religious extremist terrorist threat.”

The post Elizabeth May Responds To Harper’s Iraq War Motion appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Bill Longstaff: Libya—another dictator replaced with chaos

Political use of the term “blowback” first appeared in the CIA’s internal history of the 1953 Iranian coup. Orchestrated by Britain and the U.S., the coup replaced the democratically-elected Mosaddegh government with the Shah. The term proved most appropriate as the big power mischief ultimately led to the Iranian Revolution and alienation of Iran from . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: Libya—another dictator replaced with chaos

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: More Government Propaganda While Canada Once Again Stands Alone

A very strange Oped piece appeared in the Globe and Mail on the weekend, written by none other than Stephen Harper. It was a follow up to a government announcement that we would be giving the Ukrainian military another 220 million dollars, on top of the 300 million already provided, to assist in their . . . → Read More: Pushed to the Left and Loving It: More Government Propaganda While Canada Once Again Stands Alone

Politics and its Discontents: A Mound Of Sound Guest Post: Libya – We Screwed Up Good, Real Good

Libya, remember that place? That’s where NATO waged a bombing campaign against the forces of the late dictator, Muamar Gaddafi. When Gaddafi was ousted we figured we’d done real good.

If you judge our warfighting prowess by the outcomes, Libya ranks right up there with Afghanistan. The country has become ungovernable, plagued by . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: A Mound Of Sound Guest Post: Libya – We Screwed Up Good, Real Good

Art Threat: Sheen and gloss, personal and political: A Review of We are the Giant

We Are the Giant, a powerful portrait of five human rights activists in Syria, Libya, and Bahrain, personalizes the multiple, simultaneous, and in many ways ongoing struggles often monolithically referred to as the Arab Spring.

Through first-person interviews as well as archival, news, and cell phone footage, director Greg Barker goes beyond Western media’s surface . . . → Read More: Art Threat: Sheen and gloss, personal and political: A Review of We are the Giant

drive-by planet: Do as I say… not as I do

drive-by planet: Vijay Prashad on anti-imperialism [video]: the ‘third way’ on Syria

I concur with most of what Vijay Prashad is arguing in this video talk except to say that there is a lot more at stake in Syria than for example Libya, in terms of the power balance in the Middle East.

When the NATO attack on Libya got underway some on the left took the . . . → Read More: drive-by planet: Vijay Prashad on anti-imperialism [video]: the ‘third way’ on Syria

RedBedHead: Massacre in Egypt: Is Revolution Worth The Price?

As I sat down to write this post the news of a tragic massacre of at least 32 Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated protestors, and the injury of 300 more was plastered all over the internet. That much is clear, the rest is yet to be disentangled (if ever) from two completely opposing stories by the Egyptian military . . . → Read More: RedBedHead: Massacre in Egypt: Is Revolution Worth The Price?

RedBedHead: Massacre in Egypt: Is Revolution Worth The Price?

As I sat down to write this post the news of a tragic massacre of at least 32 Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated protestors, and the injury of 300 more was plastered all over the internet. That much is clear, the rest is yet to be disentangled (if ever) fro… . . . → Read More: RedBedHead: Massacre in Egypt: Is Revolution Worth The Price?

Peace, order and good government, eh?: And this is where we juxtapose: Libya edition

March, 2011:

The Harper government rallied opposition parties to “war” Monday, casting Canada’s military intervention in the Libyan crisis as a moral imperative.

“This government along with the international community cannot stand idly by,” said [Defence Minister Peter] MacKay who opened debate on a motion to approve the deployment of military forces.

Gadhafi, . . . → Read More: Peace, order and good government, eh?: And this is where we juxtapose: Libya edition

The Canadian Progressive: Human Rights Watch: Challenges for Rights After Arab Spring

The willingness of new governments to respect rights will determine whether those uprisings give birth to genuine democracy or simply spawn authoritarianism in new forms.

The Disaffected Lib: Murky Mali Mayhem

Afghanistan could be characterized as a perpetual civil war waged by people who range from bad to worse.   Leaders change sides effortlessly, ally with and betray each other routinely.

But Africa’s Afghanistan, Mali, and the rest of the war in the Sahara is far more complex, far more confusing.   If Afghanistan is code for . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Murky Mali Mayhem

Politics and Entertainment: The Unintended Consequences of Military Intervention:

The Roots of Mali and Algeria Crisis in Libya. And let’s not forget Canada’s gung-ho involvement in Libya – which might partially explain the interest in Mali now. what was unleashed in Libya is coming home to roost. . . . → Read More: Politics and Entertainment: The Unintended Consequences of Military Intervention:

Politics and Entertainment: The Unintended Consequences of Military Intervention:

The Roots of Mali and Algeria Crisis in Libya. And let’s not forget Canada’s gung-ho involvement in Libya – which might partially explain the interest in Mali now. what was unleashed in Libya is coming home to roost.

RedBedHead: Arab Revolutions Put Iran Attack On Back Foot

There can be little doubt that the Arab revolutions have already transformed the Middle East and look set to continue and deepen that transformation. Dictators in Tunisia, Yemen and, most spectacularly thus far, Egypt have gotten the boot. In Tunisia and Egypt the working class played a sizeable role in their ouster and this has . . . → Read More: RedBedHead: Arab Revolutions Put Iran Attack On Back Foot

The Scott Ross: Rights And Religion Make Us All Fundamentalists

“How dare Islamic fundamentalists kill to protect their religion from such a small and meaningless movie. And though I oppose the hate-filled and misguided film, I would die fighting to protect the studio’s right to release it.” – The irony of fundamentalism.

The recent violence in the Middle East over the release of an . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Rights And Religion Make Us All Fundamentalists

Canadian Progressive: Innocence of Muslims: Pathetic Movie Responsible For Ambassador Stevens’ Assassination

Here’s an extended trailer of the ”Innocence Of Muslims”, the shitty anti-Islam movie that unleashed riots in the Muslim world, leading to the assassination of the U.S. Ambassador to Libya, J. Christopher Stevens. Earlier today, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton distance the U.S. government from the movie, and labeled it “disgusting and reprehensible”.

Dead Wild Roses: So, Tell me again about Islam being the Religion of Peace – Innocence of Muslims

Islam, religion of Peace burns down American Embassy illustrating dedication to rational non-violent ways of resolving disputes.

This just in the from insano-delusional land (credit CBC.ca):

“Many Muslims find it offensive to depict the Prophet Muhammad in any fashion, much less in an insulting way.

This week’s attacks on U.S. diplomatic outposts in . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: So, Tell me again about Islam being the Religion of Peace – Innocence of Muslims

Drive-by Planet: ‘The Innocence of Muslims’: Bacile film all about insult and provocation

Sam Bacile, an alleged California property developer is reportedly behind the film The Innocence of Muslims that sparked recent attacks on US missions in Libya and Egypt. Bacile – a self-described Israeli Jew – claims the movie cost $5 million to make. It was allegedly financed by 100 mysterious donors. 

There are questions . . . → Read More: Drive-by Planet: ‘The Innocence of Muslims’: Bacile film all about insult and provocation