Hillary Rodham Clinton was in Calgary last week to give the keynote address at a breakfast meeting of 2500 Calgarians who paid about $500 to hear her speak. Luckily my friend, the Zen Banker, invited me to attend as her guest.
Hillary is like the Chloe Diamond—brilliant, mesmerizing, multifaceted and years in the making. Agree with her or not, it’s critical that Canadians understand how the woman who may become the 45th president of the United States views the world and our little part in it.
Here are the highlights:
Energy is the key: Energy is at (Read more…)
This week US president Obama raised concerns about Russian involvement in Crimea. He said he is “deeply disturbed” by the Russian move and that “Any violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity would be deeply destabilizing.” He made reference to “costs” facing Russia for its “military intervention” – adding to warnings coming from other quarters.
It’s unsettling to listen as Obama piously evokes “sovereignty” and “territorial integrity” given the American hand in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya.
The US is in a class of its own when it comes riding roughshod over other nation’s sovereignty and territorial integrity… US (Read more…)
If the United States cannot come up with one scenario in which it would return American troops to Afghanistan in large numbers, it should fold its tent and leave by the end of the year. Put another way, what does the U.S. think it can achieve in Afghanistan with a meagre force of 3,000 soldiers when it accomplished next to nothing over more than a decade with 112,000 ISAF troops and another 60,000 American soldiers?
Karzai, even though he’s on his way out, isn’t playing ball with the Americans, refusing to conclude a new bilateral security agreement (BSA). (Read more…)
“He Didn’t Hear a Word I Said.”
After their private tete-a-tete in Mexico, the president of the United States and the prime minister of Canada each released summaries of their discussion. When it comes to climate change you might, on reading the summaries, think they weren’t even in the same room.
Let’s begin with the more credible of the two, Barack Obama. The president reports that he discussed climate change with Canada’s prime minister and urged Canada to get on the same page with America to slash greenhouse gas emissions.
“I said previously that how Keystone impacted (Read more…)
Well I think it's safe to say that Stephen Harper's Great Tiny Tour of Mexico is shaping up to be the most pathetic foreign trip ever by a Canadian Prime Minister.For one thing the Three Amigos aren't the Three Amigos anymore, not when the two others hate him.And he has so little to offer or receive, that he has been forced to resort to desperate measures to occupy his time.Like hastily organizing his own mini summit with Big Oil.Read more »
The president’s gone, Mr. Harper. You can come out now.
Give the man his due, Stephen Harper towers over every other prime minister before him in how he has managed to embarrass himself, the office of prime minister and the country he supposedly represents on the world stage.
He was told, well in advance, not to push his luck by pressing Obama over the Keystone XL pipeline at the North American leaders’ summit in Mexico. American officials were crystal clear on that, a plain warning to Harper not to make an ass of himself.
Undeterred by those warnings, (Read more…)
Stephen Harper apparently didn’t get the message that Obama doesn’t want to be pestered about the Keystone XL pipeline. U.S. officials in advance of the North American leaders summit in Mexico went out of their way to make it clear that Harper should back off.
So, what did Stevie do? He attended a meeting with officials of TransCanada to get briefed on what they expect him to tell and ask Obama about Keystone XL.
Well as you know he's been putting pressure on the Obama administration to approve his Keystone XL pipeline.And so have his Republican buddies. Republican leaders in Congress are planning a legislative offensive to force the White House’s hand on the Keystone XL pipeline decision if the Obama administration does not declare its support for the project in the coming weeks. Eric Cantor, the House Majority Leader, said Republicans are considering attaching a Keystone decision to a new law to raise the debt ceiling, which may be needed by the end of February for the U.S. to (Read more…)
I’d wondered why the USA wasn’t chasing after draft dodgers still.
On this day in 1977, U.S. President Jimmy Carter granted an unconditional pardon to hundreds of thousands of men… fb.me/2Zrr46qpA— Christina Cherneskey (@ccherneskey) January 21, 2014
My respect for Carter went up when I learned this.
Obama could redeem some of his failing popularity if he stood up to the NSA spy machine and pardoned Chelsea Manning, Edward Snowden, among other whistle blowers of illegal American spying programs aimed at American citizens.
Over 125,000 people – including tens of thousands of Canadians – have now spoken out about the damaging Internet censorship proposals in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). We know from leaked drafts all about how the TPP would make your Internet more expensive, censored, and policed.
Now, our friends in Australia are sounding the alarm about how the TPP could wreak havoc on Canada’s economy. Australians know well the economic damage that unbalanced and extreme Internet censorship rules can cause. Australia was forced to adopt extreme copyright rules as part of the Australia-U.S. Free Trade Agreement (AUSFTA) – rules which (Read more…)
German leader flat out states that Obama’s government is little better than the East German Stasi.
“In an angry exchange with Barack Obama, Angela Merkel has compared the snooping practices of the US with those of the Stasi, the ubiquitous and all-powerful secret police of the communist dictatorship in East Germany, where she grew up.
The German chancellor also told the US president that America’s National Security Agency cannot be trusted because of the volume of material it had allowed to leak to the whistleblower Edward Snowden, according to the New York Times.
Livid after learning from Der Spiegel magazine (Read more…)
Raúl Castro at Mandela memorial service / Nelson Mandela with Fidel in Cuba
At the memorial service for Nelson Mandela, the media seized on the handshake between Barack Obama and the president of Cuba, Raúl Castro, as possible evidence of something more significant afoot in the relations between the two countries. The handshake has taken on symbolic overtones and given rise to far-fetched speculation. There have been predictable denunciations. U.S. Republican rep lleana Ros-Lehtinen criticized Obama for shaking the hand of “a ruthless dictator.” Yet another case of an American politician failing to look in the mirror (Read more…)
Canadian Banks To Be Compelled To Share Clients’ Info With U.S.
CBC | Posted: 11/25/2013 5:00 am EST
As a happily ex-Yank who gladly and gratefully accepted citizenship in this far superior (in every way) country, Canada, many decades ago, I would personally like to point out to the Yanks that Canada can’t even seem to chase after it’s own tax dodgers in the Caribbean, etc, never mind worry about those who you deem responsible for this act. Although I will never be accused of being rich enough to get chased down by anyone, threatening your biggest trading partner with (Read more…)
It’s very important to Canada’s economy that we send a resource (we can’t use without killing the planet) to Communist China so their economy can continue to pollute at record pace as they ship unneeded goods to the United States and Canada so we can bury them in our landfills when we aren’t burning them to create electricity to power our other throw-away devices.
I’ve predicted for a year or so that the power brokers in Ottawa will soon sense that Harper isn’t their meal ticket any longer and jump bandwagons to Trudeau because they are not (Read more…)
There may be nothing that conveys the degree to which the United States has debased itself in the supposed War on Terror more than the now infamous “Double Tap”. It’s a term coined by professional assassins to describe the insurance shot.
In modern drone warfare, the Double Tap has been elevated to truly diabolical status. It works like this. A target is located. This normally comprises two or more apparent suspects. A drone is brought on target and fires a missile at the suspected bad guys. Once the targets are wiped out the exercise ramps up a bit. The (Read more…)
Reportedly, Americans are blaming the Republicans for the government shutdown, which most of them do not like. This plays well for the Obama government and the Democratic Party. It has been a successful PR campaign so far, it would appear. The Democrats are looking good in the eyes of the people, in comparison to the […]
Last night, the US Government shut down all ‘non-essential’ services. The reason? Because a group of Republicans in the House of Representatives had a hissy fit over funding health care and tried to slam riders onto the budget legislation which would defund it, and the Senate refused to pass the amended legislation.
The end result? A stalemate, and the wheels of government brought to an abrupt halt.
Republicans have been trying to block “Obamacare” since day one. At the end of the day, they have lost at every turn. It has been passed in both houses, their court challenges against (Read more…)
Well yank my doodle dandy. One more good reason why right-wingers should never be allowed anywhere near a democracy. In Canada they've closed down Parliament, in the United States they've closed down the government. Read more »
I’m not sure what to make of the hoopla going on in the US right now. I’m inclined to think it’s all just political theatre, as Gerald Celente calls it, designed to distract the people from the real issues – the central one being, who controls the government and the nation? Wall Street, the big […]
What a great display of striking, positive leadership for the good in the last 24 hours. First, this news of the Obama administration’s announcement today on limiting emissions from new power plants: A year after a plan by President Obama to limit greenhouse gas emissions from new power plants set off angry opposition, the administration will announce on Friday that it is not backing down from a confrontation with the coal industry and will press ahead with enacting the first federal carbon limits on the nation’s power companies.
This is executive action that does not require approval by Congress. (Read more…)
Is the United States poised to repeat the same mistakes in Syria that it made in Iraq after 1991? Chatham House, Associate Fellow, Nadim Shehadi, warns that is exactly what might happen.
Some of the statements on Iraq from that period are eerily echoed today on Syria. Dick Cheney, then secretary of defence, declared when the 1991 uprisings happened that he was ‘not sure whose side you’d want to be on.’ Colin Powell, then chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, wrote later that the US’s intention was to leave the regime in Baghdad enough power to (Read more…)
In this talk hosted by Democracy Now, Noam Chomsky raises a number of key points with respect to the U.S. government’s approach to Syria and Iran. He also addresses the self-serving attitude of the U.S. with respect to international law.
The spectacle of Barack Obama, a president known for his predator drone “kill list” that has targeted U.S. citizens for extrajudicial murder, evoking international law with respect to Syria isn’t without its ironies.
Obama said the red line wasn’t his and has referred to “international obligations” with respect to Syria. If in fact international law is to (Read more…)
Harper offers Obama climate plan to win Keystone approval Sources say PM willing to accept emissions reduction targets proposed by the U.S. By Chris Hall, National Editor, CBC News Posted: Sep 6, 2013 2:15 PM ET Last Updated: Sep 6, 2013 10:08 PM ET
First he pontificates (through his rough stuff, Baird, Harper’s own personal beard) about how ‘necessary’ it is to bomb Syria, and now this forelock-tugging re environmental levels being magically changed to favour the US ’vision’…whereas until five minutes ago, climate change was still being questioned by the Cons..then, miracle of miracles, Harper (Read more…)
Steve Harper is so desperate to win Obama’s support for the Keystone XL bitumen pipeline that he’s willing to accept America’s demands for greenhouse gas emissions reductions in the oil and gas sector. The thing is – Harper capitulated to Obama without even knowing what the White House will stipulate or how in hell Ottawa will comply.
Sources told CBC News the prime minister is willing to accept targets proposed by the United States for reducing the climate-changing emissions and is prepared to work in concert with Obama to provide whatever political cover he needs to approve the project. (Read more…)