Canadian Dimension: Syria and the Antiwar Movement

Syrian refugee children at a half-built apartment block near Reyfoun in Lebanon, close to the border with Syria, give the peace sign. • Photo by Trocaire The enormity, complexity and fall-out of the Syrian war calls for urgent attention. Current events in Aleppo bring to the fore the unreliability of information and dichotomous political positions ...

Canadian Dimension: ‘Tyrants across the world know now they can maintain power through mass slaughter’

Photo by Thierry Ehrmann Leila al-Shami, co-author of Burning Country, a writer who has worked with human rights movements in Syria and elsewhere in the Middle East, gave this interview to Ilya Matveev and Gabriel Levy on 29 November for OpenLeft (before the fall of Aleppo to the government forces). It sheds some light on ...

Canadian Dimension: The making of Lia Tarachansky’s “On the Side of the Road”

Photo by Cindy Boyce Winnipeg, Nov. 9, 2016: Israeli filmmaker and correspondent for the Real News Network Lia Tarachansky screened and discussed the motivation for and the making of her documentary film On the Side of the Road. The former West Bank settler examines Israelis’ unwillingness and/or inability to look at the impact of the ...

Canadian Dimension: Anti-Palestine Media Bias Remains Untouchable Even to Canada’s Media Critics

Photo by Montecruz Foto Media coverage of world affairs mostly focuses on Ottawa/Washington’s perspective. While the dominant media is blatant in its subservience to Canadian/Western power, even independent media is often afraid to challenge the foreign policy status quo. A recent Canadaland podcast simultaneously highlighted anti-Palestinian media bias and the fear liberal journalists’ face in ...

Canadian Dimension: Israel’s Bogus Civil War

Photo by Kristoffer Trolle Nazareth. Is Israel on the verge of civil war, as a growing number of Israeli commentators suggest, with its Jewish population deeply riven over the future of the occupation? On one side is a new peace movement, Decision at 50, stuffed with former political and security leaders. Ehud Barak, a previous ...

Canadian Dimension: How Israel aims to redefine “ethnic cleansing”

Photo by Harry Pockets On one level, an incendiary video posted by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over the weekend looked suspiciously like an own goal. In it, Netanyahu argues that a Palestinian demand to dismantle Jewish settlements amounts to the “ethnic cleansing” of some 650,000 Jews living in the occupied territories in violation of ...

Canadian Dimension: The View from Madinah

Photo by Adhi Rachdian In early spring, with snow still clotted thick on the ground, my grandmother dies in my parents’ home. We wash her naked body the next day in the basement morgue of the local Scarborough mosque, my hands closer to her skin than they’d ever been in life. There is a gaping ...

Song of the Watermelon: An Open Letter to Elizabeth May Regarding BDS

Dear Elizabeth May, Please don’t resign over Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions. Far from being “polarizing, ineffective and unhelpful,” the BDS movement seeks to employ moderate, non-violent means (i.e. boycotts and other economic measures) to pressure Israel to end its decades-long occupation of Palestinian land. Originating in 2005 with a call to action by 170 grassroots ...

Canadian Dimension: Turkey: After Failed Coup, Erdoğan Cracks Down

Photo by Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Dominique A. Pineiro Faced with an attempt to overthrow his government, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan described the coup as “a gift from God” – and wasted no time in exploiting it to further entrench his authoritarian regime. Turkish government broadcaster TRT was seized by a group of military ...

The Canadian Progressive: Green Party of Canada asks CRA to revoke Jewish National Fund’s charity status

The Green Party of Canada is calling on the Canada Revenue Agency to revoke the charity status of the Jewish National Fund on the grounds that the organization discriminates against Palestinians and non-Jews in Israel. Also, Israel’s “failure to comply with international human rights law.” The post Green Party of Canada asks CRA to revoke ...

Canadian Dimension: Defending Democracy to the Last Drop of Oil

Photo from Nick Taylor Poor President Barack Obama flew to Saudi Arabia this past week but its ruler, King Salman, was too busy to greet him at Riyadh’s airport. This snub was seen across the Arab world as a huge insult and violation of traditional desert hospitality. Obama should have refused to deplane and flown ...

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning LInks

Assorted content for your Sunday reading. – Peter Moskowitz highlights why we shouldn’t be counting on crowdfunding or other private sources to address social needs. And Lana Payne calls out the attitude of entitlement on the part of the wealthy which has bled our public sector dry. – Meanwhile, Rob Gillezeau points out the Libs’ ...

Canadian Dimension: The Canadian Jewish Establishment Favours Anything But Debate

Image from Public Domain Being brought up in the mainstream Jewish community, I went through nine years of Jewish day school, five years of Jewish sleep-away camp and countless hours of Israel advocacy training. I know first-hand the pressures that exist to conform to groupthink around Israel and its centrality to conventional Jewish life in ...

Bill Longstaff: Is our policy on ISIS predestined?

No one wants to say unpleasant things about their friends. But what do you do if your friends are engaged in serial misbehaviour and you are getting dragged into it? Do you end your friendships, do you tell your friends to behave themselves, or do you just allow yourself to be dragged in? This is ...

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: On Syria and Western Involvement

In response to the following editorial on the mess that is Syria: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/by-giving-up-on-syria-us-hands-kingmaker-role-to-putin/article28747502/ I wrote the following: I will politely disagree with a couple of points at the end: the U.S. is also undermining its own role and influence, not to mention the reputation of all those associated with its ramshackle coalition against IS. US ...

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: On Syria and Western Involvement

In response to the following editorial on the mess that is Syria: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/by-giving-up-on-syria-us-hands-kingmaker-role-to-putin/article28747502/ I wrote the following: I will politely disagree with a couple of points at the end: the U.S. is also undermining its own role and influence, not to mention the reputation of all those associated with its ramshackle coalition against IS. US ...

Canadian Dimension: Behind Turkey’s war on the Kurds

Photo by quapan Turkey is rapidly descending into civil war as the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan deepens its offensive against the Kurdish population, left-wing opposition parties, journalists and academics. The Turkish government says it is fighting the armed forces of the left-wing Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), with which the government terminated peace talks ...

Canadian Dimension: Israel Key Link in Exporting ISIS Oil

PAUL JAY, SENIOR EDITOR, TRNN: Welcome to the Real News Network. I’m Paul Jay. Thirty thousand barrels of oil a day. $19 million a month. That’s apparently the revenues that are flowing to the Islamic State. Its oil exports flowing through Turkey. And now and investigative report accuses Israel of being one of the principal ...

Cowichan Conversations: Thinking about Paris

By Murray Dobbin The next time any of us go out to a restaurant, to a sports event or to a music venue will be imagining what it would be like to be suddenly Read more…

Canadian Dimension: Seeds of ISIS terror sown by Western hegemony

Photo by Thierry Ehrmann Syria is a global powder keg. Putin’s intervention in Syria in September led to ISIS blowing up a Russian airliner over the Sinai in November, killing hundreds of passengers. Two weeks later came the Paris massacre, where French intervention in Syria was cited as reason for killing at least 129 people ...

Bill Longstaff: Paris—the blowback of imperialism

U.S. President Barack Obama has referred to the atrocities in Paris as attacks “on all of humanity.” He is wrong, of course. The attacks were specifically directed at France, an ex-imperialist European nation that has a long history of colonizing, oppressing and exploiting the Muslim peoples of North Africa and the Middle East, and that ...

LeDaro: Are we headed for a third world war?

What is going on in the Middle East has reached a very dangerous cross-road.

The Disaffected Lib: How’s This For a Script? Warning – It’s a Tough Read.

Young men and women, conscripts, manning the ramparts at Festung (fortress) Europa as legions of desperate migrants approach seeking safety. As the steely commander shouts the order the young defenders reluctantly open fire on the horde knowing they have no other choice – the migrants carry among them a highly infectious strain of cholera. Sounds ...

wRanter.com: What does the Liberal win mean for Jewish groups?

The longest election campaign in modern Canadian history delivered more than a surprise Liberal majority – it yielded six new Jewish MPs for the winning party: Michael Levitt in Toronto’s York Centre; Anthony Housefather in Mount Royal, and Jim Carr in Winnipeg South Centre – all ridings with large Jewish populations – as well as ...

Canadian Dimension: Uri Avnery on Israeli Racism

Photo by cyrillelala Editor’s Note: The sad reality of racism in Israel has been known to many of us for decades–a tragedy for a people which has suffered so much from the racism directed against us. Its first manifestation was in the scorn and discrimination with which Sepahrdic/Mizrachi Jews escaping from Arab countries were treated ...