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Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper’s Insane Ukrainian Expedition

You'd think Stephen Harper would know better than to visit Ukraine a few days after Crimea votes to separate, as it almost certainly will on Sunday.And the last thing the world needs is some foreign leader inflaming what will almost certainly be a dangerous situation.But no, he's going.Read more »

Montreal Simon: The Mother, the Soldier, and the Con Suicide Scandal

I'm glad the mother of Cpl. Justin Stark decided to speak out about the one-cent cheque the government sent her dead son.And that the Cons were forced to apologize, for the pain that was caused.The mother of a dead Hamilton, Ont., soldier who received a cheque for one cent from the federal government has accepted an apology from Defence Minister Rob Nicholson but said the incident has reopened wounds.So hopefully it doesn't happen again, because it has happened before.Read more »

Montreal Simon: Justin Stark and the Con War On Our Veterans

This is the story of two cheques.This big fat one…

The one Nigel Wright sent to Mike Duffy.

To cover up a sordid scandal.And this one, in the miserable amount of one cent…

That went to Justin Stark who killed himself after serving his country. Read more »

ParliamANT Hill: Security gaps found in destruction of top-secret military data

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Mauling of the Military

He did so love to play soldier. For years he posed as a Great Warrior Leader. He ordered our troops into the most dangerous part of Afghanistan without the proper equipment. He spent $20 billion dollars, cost us and the Afghans so many lives. He covered up torture, but still lost the war.Then when he realized it wasn't winning him votes, he cut and run like he said he never would. He betrayed our wounded soldiers, cheated older veterans out of their pensions.And now there will be no new armoured cars for the troops.And no parkas for the (Read more…)

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Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Revolt of the Veterans

There couldn't be a more powerful protest. Or a greater slap in the face. For years he posed as a patriot, for years he strutted around boasting he was the best friend the Canadian military ever had. For years he could count on the support of most veterans.But not anymore. Read more »

Blevkog: The Door’s Over There. It’s The One Under The Green Bus

If Mike Duffy can hang on for a little over one more year he’ll qualify for a senate pension. He may well have to resign before he’s charged with fraud but if he times it right a monthly cheque from the government will be secure and he can reacquaint himself with that place he’s supposed […]

Politics, Re-Spun: PTSD Update!

Updates from Kate and Robin and Stewart are below, as they approach the end of their campaigns! Kate’s Long Way Home has passed 1,000 kilometres on her way to Ottawa.

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Post by The Long Way Home. Robin and Stewart’s Marathon for Veterans is closing in on its fundraising target.

There is still time to donate.

1. During WWI more than 300 British soldiers, many suffering from “Shell Shock”, were executed for cowardice.

2. The Canadian government does not measure the suicide rates of its veterans. The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs does and a report released early this (Read more…)

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The Cracked Crystal Ball II: Remember Harper Muzzling Scientists? He’s Doing It To Veterans Too

Under the Harper Government, we have been fed enormous amounts of propaganda pablum in the name of “Support the War in Afghanistan Troops”.  The “highway of heroes” when our troops were being returned in pine boxes on a weekly basis; goodness knows how many photo-ops of Harper and Mackay on the tarmac in Afghanistan, and Harper wearing partial uniforms at various times.

You would think that the troops are some kind of privileged class under Harper.  Not so much, it seems.  In fact, if you manage to get yourself injured in the line of duty, the big old roll of (Read more…)

Politics, Re-Spun: PTSD: Transitions Are Weighty

Kate MacEachern and The Long Way Home

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Post by The Long Way Home.

There is a kind of trauma when people leave chapters in their life: graduating, retiring, marriage, childbirth, death. It takes lots of time to adjust. And it takes a toll on one’s people.

And if someone does not have enough people in their support network, or they need extra support because of the nature of the transition or trauma, they can truly suffer.

The sign that you are walking on a good path is the sheer number of people who come out of nowhere to cover (Read more…)

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The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Nano UAVs #nlpoli

Let’s take a break from politics and have a look at the amazing way that technology has developed in the past decade.

All those small radio controlled helicopters you see in the stores these days?  Yeah well, they  – or ones very similar  – are already in use for  keeping an eye on things in the military.

Here’s a brief video about one such very small remotely piloted vehicle in use by the British Army in Afghanistan.  Tough out the fusilier’s thick Geordie accent.  What he is says is that he and a section of a soldiers (about eight) can use these tiny Black Hornet cameras to scout just a few metres around their location to spot any problems. 

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Bill Longstaff: Stephen Harper’s private army

It is known as the Canadian Special Forces Command, or CANSOFCOM. It commands a secret army, comprised of four units: the Joint Task Force-2 (JTF2), the Canadian Special Operations Regiment (CSOR), the Canadian Joint Incident Response Unit—Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CJIRU-CBRN), and the 427 Special Operations Aviation Squadron (427 SOAS) which provides support to the other

Montreal Simon: The Harper Regime’s War on the Maple Leaf

I have no idea why Stephen Harper and his Con minions have such a love affair with royalty.I have no idea why they want to turn us into a colony again. Or make us more British than the British.But I do know that Peter MacKay is an absolute idiot, whether he wears a crown or not.And that this is outrageous. Read more »

The Canadian Progressive: Harper’s Defence Minister Peter MacKay Dreams Of An “NDP Government” (VIDEO)

By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive: During Question Period in the House of Commons last week, NDP House Leader Nathan Cullen questioned Defence Minister Peter MacKay’s voting record on defence spending when the Conservatives…

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Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and Our New and Armed Forces

Ever since he came to power Stephen Harper has tried to use the military for crass political purposes.First he tried to use it to change his image from a nerdy policy wonk, to a Great Warrior Leader.And when that failed miserably, for obvious reasons, he set out to change the military's image.

He swapped his helmet for a crown, and declared that our boys and girls in uniform must be ROYAL !!! And that they must be ARMED !!!! Read more »

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper’s Great Arctic Betrayal

From the moment he came to power, he announced that he would like to be known as Great Arctic Leader and Lord Protector of the North.He decreed that henceforth everything from government stationery, to the nose of his plane, should be embossed with the words "The True North Strong and Free."He warned us the Russians were coming. But that his warrior government would stop them if we bought those fancy jets. His propaganda machine hummed heroically. But that was then, and this is now.Read more »

The Canadian Progressive: ‘Why I Did It’: Whistleblower Bradley Manning Tells US Military Court

Whistleblower reads prepared statement of explanation after pleading guilty to some, but not all, charges By: Common Dreams | Feb. 28, 2013: US Army Private Bradley Manning read a prepared statement on Thursday, revealing before a packed military courtroom exactly what government and military information he leaked to the whistleblower media outlet Wikileaks, and why he chose to do READ MORE

Dead Wild Roses: The US Military – Fumbling Toward Accountablitly

The military, like any defined group in society, has a distinct set of extrinsic and intrinsic operational guidelines. Misogyny is still rather prevalent in the system as an article from points out:

“The Pentagon has talked a lot about putting a stop to sexual abuse and harassment in the military, including abuse carried out by general officers. Yet a new report from the investigative arm of Congress finds it’s mostly that — talk. It catalogs how the military still hasn’t fixed a host of systemic obstacles that contribute to sexual assault and make it less

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Montreal Simon: When the Cons Try to Cover Up Murder

His name was Maj. Paeta Hess-von Kruedener. He was a Canadian peacekeeper who was killed murdered by the Israeli military in 2006.Now the Canadian military, and the Harper government, are trying to cover-up how he died.The Defence Department has quietly removed from the Internet a report into the killing of a Canadian military officer by Israeli forces, a move the soldier’s widow says is linked to the Conservative government’s reluctance to criticize Israel for any wrongdoing.Read more »

The Canadian Progressive: The Ugly Canadian in the Canada-Israel relationship (VIDEO)

Canadian writer and commentator Yves Engler discusses the Harper Conservative government’s pro-Israel policy with The Real News. Yves’ new book, The Ugly Canadian, Stephen Harper’s Foreign Policy, “sets out to provide “a small spark in lighting a fire of interest in Canadian foreign policy.” This video is available on YouTube RELATED: “Israel is demolishing hope” READ MORE

Trashy's World: KPMG reports on fighter jet cost over runs…

…are due out as early as today. And they might be embarrassing for the CPC government as the real costs may come in as much as three times higher than the Harperites have claimed and vigourously defended. All to which I say “BAH”! EVERYONE knows that KPMG is part of the left-wing conspiracy that, along [...]

The Canadian Progressive: U.S.: Cutting through the indefinite detention and NDAA controversy

by Cora Currier | ProPublica: Last Tuesday, the Senate passed the National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA, a yearly military spending bill. Last year, the bill affirmed the U.S.’s authority to hold suspected terrorists indefinitely and without charges. The provision had generated plenty of controversy, particularly about whether U.S. citizens could be detained indefinitely. This year, the Senate bill says that citizens can’t be detained in the READ MORE

Canadian Progressive: “Israel is demolishing hope”

Israel’s Haaretz newspaper is one of my favorite global publications. That’s because, on both domestic and global issues, it’s editorial policy is centre-left and refreshingly progressive. Haaretz is the place to go for an Israeli voice that’s against the apartheid-style occupation of Palestinian land and inhuman treatment of Arab citizens. Consider this title for an [...] . . . → Read More: Canadian Progressive: “Israel is demolishing hope”

Trashy's World: I know I’m not big on the current trend to glorify the military…

… but this is downright insulting! A final slap in the face! A vet has to be under the income threshold of 12K per annum to qualify for financial assistance to offset costs of their final interment? $12,000??? Really? Meanwhile, Harper’s government spends $28 million to glorify the War of 1812! None of whose vets [...]

Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: How an Accused Guatemalan War Criminal Won U.S., Canadian Citizenship

by Sebastian Rotella | ProPublica In May 1985, a Guatemalan Army lieutenant named Jorge Vinicio Sosa Orantes deserted, flew to San Francisco and requested political asylum, asserting that leftist guerrillas in his war-torn homeland were gunning for him. The 27-year-old officer described his combat exploits in his application for asylum. He said he had served as an instructor [...]