Northern Reflections: Justice For Omar Khadr

The Trudeau government recently announced that it would not pursue the appeal of Omar Khadr’s release on bail. That’s a good first step, Gerry Caplan writes. But there’s more that needs to be done. Consider the history: The Afghan firefight in which an American soldier was killed was actually his first and only battle. Mr. ...

Montreal Simon: The Day the Harper Legacy Got Hit By a Double Whammy

Well what a difference a day makes. Yesterday I was worried that Justin Trudeau was being too nice to the Cons.And warned him it would get him nowhere.But today Justin and his government more than made up for that momentary lapse.By delivering two more crushing blows to Stephen Harper's foul legacy.Read more »

Montreal Simon: Omar Khadr: The Last Post and the Happy Ending

In the last nine years I wrote more than 100 posts about the case of Omar Khadr, because I considered it one of the most shameful episodes in modern Canadian history.And could never accept that a Canadian child soldier could be tortured and jailed in a place like Guantanamo. And abandoned by his own government.But this will ...

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Torture of Omar Khadr

In a country full of Stephen Harper's victims, Omar Khadr is without a doubt the one who suffered the most.The one he went after like a bully in heat, or a rabid animal. The one he allowed to be tortured in a place like Guantanamo, even though he was a child soldier.The one he demonized ...

Northern Reflections: It’s About Obsessions

Stephen Harper is a man obsessed. He’s obsessed by Alberta bitumen. He’s obsessed by the Liberal Party — particularly the name Trudeau. And he’s obsessed with punishment — most particularly, the punishment of Omar Khadr. Gerry Caplan writes: Under the Geneva Conventions, which govern the rules of war, soldiers who kill other soldiers in battle ...

Montreal Simon: Did the RCMP Release the Zehaf-Bibeau Tape for Political Reasons?

I'm not big on conspiracy theories, although I do believe that when living in Harperland paranoia can be a higher state of consciousness.But here's one for you: Why did the RCMP choose yesterday to release the unseen video of the crazed gunman who stormed Parliament Hill? Read more »

Politics and its Discontents: Omar Khadr: A Powerful Refutation Of The Harper Narrative

If you saw last night’s documentary on Omar Khadr, like me, perhaps you came away feeling some awe at the remarkable resilience of the human spirit. Unless you believe Khadr is a master actor manipulating all of us, you could not have seen the film without a resulting deep respect for his maturity, intelligence, and ...

Montreal Simon: Omar Khadr and the Monster Stephen Harper

Of all the Canadians Stephen Harper has muzzled during his reign of terror nobody was muzzled more than Omar Khadr.For years Harper prevented the media from meeting with him, hearing about his ordeal, or even taking his picture. So he could portray Khadr as a monster.And since I have never defended anyone as long and as strongly ...

Politics and its Discontents: Omar Khadr: Out Of The Shadows

The above is the title of a documentary to be broadcast tonight at 9 p.m. on the CBC’s main network. Here is a brief excerpt: Given all of the taxpayer money it has spent challenging Khadr’s repatriation, his bail, and his access to the media, I am certain that the enemy of critical thinking, the ...

Scott's DiaTribes: Supreme Court Smackdown of Harper.. again

One would almost think the Supreme Court is getting tired of the Conservative government’s vendetta against Omar Khadr: The country’s top court swiftly dismissed the Conservative government’s latest attempt to see former Guantanamo Bay prisoner Omar Khadr dealt with as a hardened offender deserving of more time in an adult federal penitentiary. It was a ...

Montreal Simon: Omar Khadr: The Supreme Court Gives Stephen Harper Another Slap in the Face

It's the third time the Supreme Court of Canada has been asked to rule on the case of Omar Khadr.Twice before it has ruled in his favour, and today it did so again.And the way it did couldn't have been more of a slap in the face, or a kick in the head, to the ...

Politics and its Discontents: Breaking News On Omar Khadr

T The Harper vendetta against Omar Khadr has suffered another defeat: The Supreme Court of Canada ruled Thursday that Omar Khadr, the former teenage al-Qaeda member freed on bail last week in Alberta, should be treated as if he were sentenced as a juvenile. The federal government had argued that he deserved to be treated ...

Blevkog: Omar Khadr Update

The Supremes have just ruled that Omar Khadr should be tried as a juvenile for crimes he may have committed in Afghanistan. This is no surprise as Omar Khadr clearly  was under 18 years of age at the time of his arrest and he conforms with the UN definition of “child soldier”, but the ruling ...

Politics and its Discontents: Continuing With A Theme

Well, as a new week dawns I find that I am not quite ready to turn to new topics, as Omar Khadr is still very much in the news. For a good roundup of the implications of his release on bail and his short media scrum, be sure to check out Montreal Simon’s post today. ...

Montreal Simon: Elizabeth May and Stephen Harper’s Big Omar Problem

I'm very sorry to see that Elizabeth May is very sorry about livening up the deadly dull Press Gallery Dinner, with a choice comment about Stephen Harper and his cabinet. Green party Leader Elizabeth May says she is "very apologetic" about remarks she made on the weekend that included profanity and insulted the federal cabinet about how ...

Blevkog: Omar Khadr is a rescued child soldier and should be treated as such

The release of Omar Khadr, on strict conditions, has reignited the debate over his capture and imprisonment in Guantanamo Bay. The Conservative Party, ever in campaign mode, is always looking for a political issue to use to charge up their base, and his release, which they opposed and continue to appeal, is their cause du ...

Politics and its Discontents: Oh, And Another Thing

Without doubt, some readers will be wearying of my seeming obsession with Omar Khadr. A good part of my interest in him over the past few years stems from the injustice with which he has been treated, given the flouting by both Canada and the U.S. of International human rights law as it pertains to ...

Politics and its Discontents: A Very Good Week

H/t The Toronto Star For progressives, it has been a very good week. For Stephen Harper and his adherents, not so much. First, there was the resounding and iconic defeat of the Progressive Conservative dynasty in Alberta. The message to the broader population: change is possible, a message not likely to be forgotten as we ...

Montreal Simon: The Monster Stephen Harper Goes After Omar Khadr

Oh dear. It looks like Stephen Harper is not too happy to see Omar Khadr go free.He wants him back in his dark dungeon so he can torture him some more.And his barely repressed desire to inflict pain on others, or jail them, is making him sound like a crazy man. Read more »

Politics and its Discontents: The Sweet Taste Of Freedom

Watching Omar Khadr’s media scrum last night, it became obvious why the Harper regime fought so hard, first, to deny media access to him while he was in prison, and second, why it so vigorously opposed his release on bail: when you control the narrative, you have free rein, as the regime had, to demonize ...

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Desperate Days of Total Disaster

I have no idea where Stephen Harper is or what he's doing. He hasn't tweeted a word for 48 hours. His squawking Twitter site has suddenly gone silentBut I bet that cartoon is a pretty good representation of his state of mind.Because he must be absolutely desperate.  After rolling along for months like Cinderella in ...

Montreal Simon: The Freedom of Omar Khadr and the Shame of the Con Regime

I wrote my first post on Omar Khadr eight years ago, and called it The Guantanamo Kid and Canada's Shame.And nothing that has happened since has ever changed my view. For what was done to that child soldier has been one of the most shameful episodes in modern Canadian history, and an absolute travesty of justice.So ...

Politics and its Discontents: Omar Khadr’s Lawyer: "Mr. Harper Is A Bigot. Mr. Harper Does Not Like Muslims."

Denis Edney’s stinging rebuke of Stephen Harper and his regime’s contemptuous treatment of Omar Khadr over the years will resonate with all fair-mined Canadians. Recommend this Post

Scott's DiaTribes: Some justice finally for Omar Khadr

Nice to see some long-delayed fairness and justice taking place this morning: “Mr. Khadr you’re free to go.” With those words, Alberta Court of Appeal Justice Myra Bielby turned down the federal government’s last-ditch effort Thursday to keep the 28-year-old detained. Khadr and his supporters in the courtroom erupted in cheers when the decision was ...

Left Over: Harper, You’ve Been Served…

“Woke up this mornin’ feelin’ fine…” Despite every contrary  act of the Harperoids, have to say that today is a good day..yes, C-51 passed, and, notably, with the self-destructive Junior Trudeau’s tacit approval…Omar Khadr may  get bail, and, realizing how mean-tempered and petty Harper can be, I’m sure he’s doing everything he can, legitimate and ...