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The Disaffected Lib: Oh Yeah, About that "Post-National" Business

Justin Trudeau has proclaimed Canada the “first post-national state.” In fact, we’re not the first country to be smeared with that label. In fact we may be the last. Justin’s world view is hopelessly outdated.

…one of the paradoxes of globalization has been that, as cross-border travel, migration, and trade have increased, attachment to national . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Oh Yeah, About that "Post-National" Business

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Three for Thursday #nlpoli

Quebec opposes more federal cash for Muskrat Falls

The Government of Quebec has always opposed federal loan guarantees for Muskrat Falls on the grounds that it skews the hydro playing field.  This week, they just renewed their objections as the provincial government tries to score a second $5.0 billion guarantee.

Speaking of Ottawa and the . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Three for Thursday #nlpoli

Left Over: O, Can We Not Just Do This?

ANALYSIS Changing O Canada: Is God next?: Terry Milewski Christians warn that changing O Canada is a slippery slope to removing God and the Holy Cross By Terry Milewski, CBC News Posted: Jun 11, 2016 5:00 AM ET Last Updated: Jun … Continue reading . . . → Read More: Left Over: O, Can We Not Just Do This?

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Townies and Baymen #nlpoli

Last week’s post on the political narrative war currently under way was a combination of two separate, but related ideas. The incoming Liberal administration – like all political parties – is faced with the challenge of identifying itself or def… . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Townies and Baymen #nlpoli

wmtc: 11.11: honour the dead by committing to peace

Robert Fisk, in The Independent: But as the years passed, old Bill Fisk became very ruminative about the Great War. He learned that Haig had lied, that he himself had fought for a world that betrayed him, that 20,000 British dead on the first day of the Somme – which he mercifully avoided because his . . . → Read More: wmtc: 11.11: honour the dead by committing to peace

The Disaffected Lib: And a Happy Labour Day Weekend to You, Mr. Harper

The Times Colonist got the Labour Day weekend off to an early start with two op-eds this morning.  Both of them concerned our prime minister, Stephen J. Harper.

Mike Robinson provided a piece exploring Harper’s performance as Canada’s CEO.  Robinson, who has spent 28-years as CEO of various science and cultural NGOs, concludes that Harper’s executive . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: And a Happy Labour Day Weekend to You, Mr. Harper

The Canadian Progressive: Inside Vancouver’s Sanctuary City Movement (VIDEO)

In Vancouver, human rights groups and immigration advocates are fighting to make the city a “sanctuary city” for undocumented immigrants.

The post Inside Vancouver’s Sanctuary City Movement (VIDEO) appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

drive-by planet: Comments by communist leader Symonenko spark mayhem and fistfights in Ukrainian parliament: video

A free-for-all push-and-punch fest broke out in the Ukrainian parliament this week when a communist leader, Pyotr Symonenko, blamed the nationalists for dividing the nation and aggravating tensions in the south-east. He said the seizure of buildings in Donetsk, Kharkov and Lugansk follows a precedent set when government buildings were seized during the Maidan . . . → Read More: drive-by planet: Comments by communist leader Symonenko spark mayhem and fistfights in Ukrainian parliament: video

drive-by planet: Ultra-nationalists and fascist thugs – tools of imperialist designs in Ukraine

The protests in the Ukraine that began last November in Kiev’s Independence Square – the Maidan – were staged to protest president Viktor Yanukovych’s decision to back out of a plan to join a trade agreement with the EU, in preference for joining the Eurasian Customs Union.

As with most political protests on . . . → Read More: drive-by planet: Ultra-nationalists and fascist thugs – tools of imperialist designs in Ukraine

wmtc: government destruction of environmental archives: the harper govt’s war on facts marches on

At year’s end, The Tyee reported that a memo – marked “secret” and first reported on OCanada.com – cast grave doubts on the Harper Government’s claim that environmental archives were destroyed only after they had been preserved digitally. In other words, the memo proves what progressive and concerned Canadians have long known and suspected to be . . . → Read More: wmtc: government destruction of environmental archives: the harper govt’s war on facts marches on

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: How not to promote immigration #nlpoli

The provincial Conservatives currently running the place have finally discovered what pretty well everyone else in government knew 20 years ago.

The population is getting older, on average.   That’s not good for a whole bunch of reasons.

They decided to create something called a population growth strategy, which is supposed to do exactly what it . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: How not to promote immigration #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The Imaginary Nation #nlpoli

Look at the shelves in any bookstore around town these days and you will likely see endless copies of Greg Malone’s book Don’t tell the Newfoundlanders. 

The piles of books show that few people are actually interested in Malone’s malarkey.   Well, very few people beyond the crowd who – like Malone and open line . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The Imaginary Nation #nlpoli

wmtc: rtod

Revolutionary thought of the day: This war is murder, this conquest is robbery… If this war be called patriotism then blessed be treason.

Clarence Darrow, 1898, on the Spanish-American war

wmtc: boston, pakistan, terrorism, and perspective

From “A Tale of Two Terrorisms“

In the midst of tragedy, it’s hard to talk about perspective.

My niece lives in Boston, a short walking distance from where the bombs went off. She was on the spot less than an hour before the explosions.

And, having lived in New York City before, during, . . . → Read More: wmtc: boston, pakistan, terrorism, and perspective

The Disaffected Lib: America’s Dangerous Hyper-Nationalism

We’re Number One, We’re Number One!

No you’re bloody well not, no you’re bloody well not!

The United States is many things but it’s not the greatest country in the world.  It has a chequered past and a chequered present.   Yet from mainstreet Hicksville, Arkansas to Capital Hill, Washington, you’ll find Americans ordinary . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: America’s Dangerous Hyper-Nationalism

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Some Thoughts on Politics, Myth, and Identity #nlpoli

Your humble e-scribbler saw a couple of comments last week that said the NDP town hall on Muskrat Falls was a good argument against having a referendum on the megaproject.  Some people were quite badly misinformed, so the commentary went, not just… . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Some Thoughts on Politics, Myth, and Identity #nlpoli

wmtc: remembrance day: all the victims of war, not just the ones who did the killing

Richard Jackson:I would wear a red poppy if it was a symbol of remembrance for all the victims of war, and not just the ones who did the killing. By excluding the non-military victims of war from remembrance, the red poppy upholds a moral hierarchy of … . . . → Read More: wmtc: remembrance day: all the victims of war, not just the ones who did the killing

cmkl: Museum of Civilization rebranding. Nope. Don’t like this one bit

Now it’s to be called the Canadian Museum of History. And the Harper government dangled $24 million in front of the museum management to make the change and they went for it. Don’t like it one bit. Nope.

Five of Five: Karaoke Nationalism

Lips Karaoke Calgary, on 10th St SW made the news by putting up a sign which translates as: "Diaoyu Island belongs to China. Japanese are not welcome." I’ve been there a couple of times. What they probably don’t realize is that the average Calgarian won’t want to go there if they are displaying this kind of hostility to their fellow Canadians. It’s really a bad business move. The thing . . . → Read More: Five of Five: Karaoke Nationalism

Trashy's World: Rona and Lowes

I’m more than a little worried about Rona being taken over by the American retail giant, Lowes. I deliberately shop at Rona for my building and repair supplies- after my local Home Hardware default shop – Because. It. Is. Canadian. Laugh all you want. Tell me that I’m a dinosaur economic nationalist. Say that in . . . → Read More: Trashy’s World: Rona and Lowes

Canadian Progressive World: Harper Determined to Erase Pierre Trudeau From Public Consciousness

No doubt, Stephen Harper and the Conservatives are determined to create a Canadian nationalism that is both socially conservative and loyal to the British Empire. Their key strategy is to radically revise history and suppress certain moments that do not identify with past Conservative leaders. This penchant for naked revisionism has led to a molestation . . . → Read More: Canadian Progressive World: Harper Determined to Erase Pierre Trudeau From Public Consciousness

wmtc: olympics. not.

The 2012 London Olympics and Paralympics kick off today, with Opening Ceremonies that are supposed to be completely over-the-top. With a £27 million price tag ($42.5 million Canadian) for those three hours alone, they ought to be. We’re told that one billion people worldwide will watch the Opening Ceremonies. I won’t be one of . . . → Read More: wmtc: olympics. not.

wmtc: hedges: what happened to canada? (corporations have no borders)

Chris Hedges: What happened to Canada? It used to be the country we would flee to if life in the United States became unpalatable. No nuclear weapons. No huge military-industrial complex. Universal health care. Funding for the arts. A good record on the environment.

But that was the old Canada. I was in Montreal on . . . → Read More: wmtc: hedges: what happened to canada? (corporations have no borders)

wmtc: the iron lady was an enemy of the people and should not be celebrated as a hero

This week, the movie “The Iron Lady” opens, a big-budget biopic starring Meryl Streep as former UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. No technical or directorial skills, nor the inevitable genius of Streep’s performance, could justify my seeing this movie. Its very existence as a myth-making celebration of a dangerous, war-mongering, ideologue is anathema to me.

. . . → Read More: wmtc: the iron lady was an enemy of the people and should not be celebrated as a hero

wmtc: chris hedges: we are what we loathe

Although the big 9/11 anniversary was weeks ago, Chris Hedges’ observations are relevant every day. This is a truly excellent piece. This excerpt is not the lede. The beginning of this essay may be triggering for some, as Hedges was at the World Trade … . . . → Read More: wmtc: chris hedges: we are what we loathe