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…)
“The one thing we should learn is you can’t get a little bit pregnant. If you do a one-and-done (a few days’ punitive air strikes with Tomahawk cruise missiles) and say you’re going to repeat it if unacceptable things happen, you might find these people keep doing unacceptable things. It will suck you in.” – Gen. Anthony Zinni.
Obama’s secretary of state, John Kerry, and defence secretary, Chuck Hagel, are arguing the case for a U.S. attack on Syria even as it remains unclear that is what Obama really wants. But, as Gwynne Dyer notes, (Read more…)
After Prime Minister David Cameron’s failure to bring along with him a majority of the MPs in the British Parliament, America has been reduced to vocal support from Germany (but no fighting Germans) and vocal and forceful support from France, in his attempts to put together a coalition to punish Syria for what the US claims is a breach of an international treaty on the use of weapons of mass destruction. And now President Obama has stunned the chattering classes in the USA by stating today that he has the power as President to unilaterally decide to take limited steps (Read more…)
I see it's going to be an apocalyptic weekend. The unofficial end of the northern summer that is never long enough. The sound of fighter jets flying low over my tree house.And of course this ghastly nightmare. Read more »
Anyone skeptical about the wisdom of an American attack on Syria should consider the options sketched out by former Obama deputy assistant secretary of state, Suzanne Nossel. Seriously, this sounds like war waged by playground rules. It begins with a show of force, a cruise missile strike.
What happens afterwards, though, is anybody’s guess. “They don’t want to do something that could look like an empty gesture,” says Suzanne Nossel, who served as a deputy assistant secretary of state during Obama’s first term. “They’ll wait for a reaction. Does Assad step it up with the rhetoric – ‘you (Read more…)
(that the mass media won’t tell you about) 1. The Middle East holds 60% of the world’s remaining energy reserves: therefore, the entire region is critical to control – for anyone with an empire fetish, that is. And if you’re serious about controlling the Middle Eastern oil reserves, then you must control, not just the […]
I’ve generally stayed quiet on the subject of Keystone XL. Not because I don’t have opinions about the pipeline, or questions about it, but because the entire proposition has struck me as rather ridiculous from the outset.
Think about it for a moment. Here we are, investing billions of dollars to extract bitumen from the oil sands projects in northern Alberta, and then we are just going to ship it off to refineries elsewhere to turn into usable products – refineries who will sell the final product back to Canada at very high prices, no doubt.
I’m sure that the (Read more…)
Obama puts Egypt on notice after clashes kill 525 U.S. president urges Egypt to end state of emergency day after clashes with police-Morsi supporters The Associated Press Posted: Aug 15, 2013 3:28 AM ET Last Updated: Aug 15, 2013 11:17 AM ET
If Obama and the rest of the West would just stay out of it, quit supporting the status quo, and let the Egyptians work it out for themselves, the world would be a better place.. What will Obama do, send in some drones to arbitrarily kill a few hundred civilians and then act as if US security (Read more…)
Obama’s bunny ears. Basketball players got it all wrong.
This is how they should have done.
President Obama acknowledges that the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline’s ability to create jobs is exaggerated, but won’t publicly acknowledge the pipeline’s climate impact.
The post Obama Teases on Keystone XL, But Continues to Dodge Climate Peril appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.
The courageous journalist Abdulelah Haider Shaye who was imprisoned in Yemen following a request from the Obama administration, has been released after serving 3 years in lock-up. Shaye’s ‘crime’ was exposing a U.S. cruise missile attack on the Bedouin village of al-Majalah in December 2009. Forty one villagers were killed – a toll that included 14 women and 21 children.
In 2011, the former Yemeni president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, said he intended to release Shaye but had a change of mind after receiving a phone call from Obama. Following a sham trial that was condemned by many human rights (Read more…)
In the aftermath of another fossil-fuel-related disaster, TV host and political commentator, Rachel Maddow, says House Republicans are sacrificing the environment and resisting President Obama’s clean energy alternatives.
The post Republicans sacrifice environment to spite Obama, says Rachel Maddow [VIDEO] appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.
Well we all know he's an oil pimp. We all know he says he's an economist.We all know he's been claiming that the Keystone XL pipeline would create tens of thousands of jobs in the United States. Prime Minister Stephen Harper told an American audience today that the Keystone XL pipeline "absolutely needs to go ahead." Harper said the project will create 40,000 jobs south of the Canadian border and that can't be ignored.And trying to embarrass Obama into approving the Keystone XL pipeline.But unfortunately for Great Oily Leader you can't fool all the people all the time. (Read more…)
On July 20, Venezuelan president, Nicolás Maduro, announced that rapprochement talks with the U.S. that began in June were at an end. The announcement followed controversial human rights-related remarks by Samantha Power – Obama’s nominee for UN ambassador – who expressed “concern” over Caracas’ management of human rights issues.
When testifying at the U.S. Committe on Foreign Relations, Power stated that if elected she would fight against a “crackdown on civil society being carried out in countries like Cuba, Iran, Russia, and Venezuela.” Power clearly is unbothered by any perceptions of hypocrisy. The nation that runs (Read more…)