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Alberta Politics: News Satire: U.S. will not tolerate foreigners acting like Americans, officials say

ILLUSTRATIONS: A map showing some of the countries in which the United States has interfered in the political process (grabbed from Geology.com). Below: U.S. CIA Director John O. Brennan, Democratic Party candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican candid… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: News Satire: U.S. will not tolerate foreigners acting like Americans, officials say

Dead Wild Roses: Patriarchy in Action – The Honour Killing of Qandeel Baloch

Well the grinding millstone of female misery that is Patriarchy claimed another victim as the CBC reports: “Qandeel Baloch, a social media star whose exploits divided opinion in conservative Pakistan, was strangled, allegedly by her brother, in what appears to be a so-called “honour killing,” police and her family said on Saturday. Baloch’s racy social media photos challenged social […] . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Patriarchy in Action – The Honour Killing of Qandeel Baloch

Dead Wild Roses: The Most Dangerous Place on Earth – Dilip Hiro on India and Pakistan

Getting stuck on the US election race? Tired of hearing about how the authoritarian left is, yet again, stifling free speech? How about some Nuclear Armageddon to cleanse the palate? Dilip Hiro takes us to South East Asia and the conflict between India and Pakistan. “Undoubtedly, for nearly two decades, the most dangerous place on […] . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: The Most Dangerous Place on Earth – Dilip Hiro on India and Pakistan

The Disaffected Lib: A Seismic Jolt That Most Won’t Even Notice

Just consider it the 21st century version of the “Great Game,”  the superpower struggle to wrest control of South Asia.  While it used to be a contest between Russia and Britain, today the players are Washington and Beijing.  The latest round goes to China and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, which seems to be evolving . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: A Seismic Jolt That Most Won’t Even Notice

The Disaffected Lib: Canada Advances to Top Tier Warmongering. Congratulations All.

Did you hear the news?  Pakistan has inked a deal to buy eight modern Chinese submarines.  Pakistan, yeah.  And the Pakistan navy is looking at developing nuclear warheads for the torpedoes and cruise missiles those subs carry.  What do you think of that?  Does it evoke any sort of visceral reaction in you? I . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Canada Advances to Top Tier Warmongering. Congratulations All.

The Disaffected Lib: Forget Iran, This Is What We Should Worry About.

What if ISIS, the Islamic State, Daesh – call it what you will – becomes a serious presence in Pakistan?

Why should anyone worry about that?  Because, first, ISIS is already making inroads in Afghanistan and, second, a senior Pakistan army general says there’s nothing to worry about, ISIS does not present a threat to . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Forget Iran, This Is What We Should Worry About.

The Disaffected Lib: Remind me. Why Are We So Obsessed with Iran’s Phantom Nuclear Weapons Programme?

Pretty much any country with a reasonable industrial base is capable of producing nuclear warheads.  It’s not that hard once you figure out how to produce weapons-grade uranium or plutonium.

Contrary to the dark fantasies rattling around in Benjamin Netanyahu’s mind, even the Mossad knows that Iran has no weapons-grade nuclear refining underway.

. . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Remind me. Why Are We So Obsessed with Iran’s Phantom Nuclear Weapons Programme?

drive-by planet: New US-led Middle East war repeats old mistakes: fuels the cycle of violence

Airstrikes and rockets targeting sites in Syria and Iraq this week marks an escalation in the early stages of a war stamped with the trademark Made-in-the-USA. This misguided war is a continuation of earlier interventions and strategic errors that have fanned the flames of jihadist resistance around the globe.

The American hand is . . . → Read More: drive-by planet: New US-led Middle East war repeats old mistakes: fuels the cycle of violence

The Disaffected Lib: The Tibetan Plateau – Asia’s Armageddon?

To Asia’s three nuclear powers, the Tibetan plateau represents life or death. China, India and Pakistan are all dependent on the headwaters of rivers that are fed by the glaciers in Tibet.  The geo-political enormity of these rivers drove China to invade and occupy Tibet in 1950.

What happens in the Himalayas powerfully impacts . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: The Tibetan Plateau – Asia’s Armageddon?

drive-by planet: Hashtag hypocrisy: #on the other hand my husband orders drone strikes that have killed hundreds of kids

The kidnapping of the Nigerian schoolgirls by Jama’atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda’awati Wal-Jihad, also known by the Hausa name Boko Haram, happened over a month ago. By now a percentage of these girls are likely dispersed… transported across the porous Nigerian border into Chad, Cameroon and Niger where Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau and other . . . → Read More: drive-by planet: Hashtag hypocrisy: #on the other hand my husband orders drone strikes that have killed hundreds of kids

Cowichan Conversations: US Drone Attacks-Demand Silence No More!

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

The Americans death drone strikes are an abomination that until recently seemed to have few public opponents and little accurate exposure. That is fast changing.

Robert Greenwald has stepped up and made a film revealing the atrocities of US Drones raining down on Pakistan civilians.

While little has been admitted . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: US Drone Attacks-Demand Silence No More!

drive-by planet: Naming the Dead: a new project by Bureau of Investigative Journalism identifies people killed in drone strikes

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The Bureau of Investigative Journalism has launched a new project – Naming the Dead – that aims to identify those killed in drone strikes.

As part of its investigative work the Bureau has been tracking and recording drone . . . → Read More: drive-by planet: Naming the Dead: a new project by Bureau of Investigative Journalism identifies people killed in drone strikes

The Canadian Progressive: Amnesty International calls US drone strikes in Pakistan “war crimes”

Human rights watchdog Amnesty International says some of the unlawful killings executed by US drone strikes in Pakistan “could even amount to war crimes”.

The post Amnesty International calls US drone strikes in Pakistan “war crimes” appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

LeDaro: Pakistan: Attack on Christians

George W. Bush spread ‘democracy’ in Afghanistan. Now Obama is spreading ‘democracy’ in Afghanistan. Some of that ‘democracy’ has spilled over into Pakistan. Violence has become norm in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Now Taliban are targeting Christians. Christians are already poor and underprivileged in Pakistan/India. And now their lives are in danger.

There are about 70,000 Christians in the city . . . → Read More: LeDaro: Pakistan: Attack on Christians

The Canadian Progressive: Malala Yousafzai addresses United Nations Youth Assembly [VIDEO]

by: Obert Madondo | Twitter: @Obiemad:

Malala Yousafzai (Photo credit: Malala Yousafzai’s Blog)

United Nations, New York, 12 July 2013 – Education activist Malala Yousafzai marks her 16th birthday, on Friday, 12 July 2013 at the United Nations by giving her first high-level public appearance and statement on the importance of education.

Malala became . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Malala Yousafzai addresses United Nations Youth Assembly [VIDEO]

Alberta Diary: Message to Gary Doer: Now might be a good time to place a call to Ottawa, before you have to cross a picket line!

Canadian diplomats, as seen in the public’s imagination and doubtless as they will soon be portrayed by the Harper Government. Actual Canadian diplomats abroad do not appear quite as illustrated, even when dressed casually for picket line duty. Below: Gary Doer, Canada’s Ambassador to the United States; Treasury Board President Tony Clement.

The . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Message to Gary Doer: Now might be a good time to place a call to Ottawa, before you have to cross a picket line!

drive-by planet: Who is the real terrorist?: LowKey – Terrorist video

Definitions of terrorism:

“The systematic use of terror especially as a means of coercion.”  – Merriam Webster

“Systematic use of violence and intimidation to achieve some goal.“  – Free Dictionary

“The use of violence and threats to intimidate or coerce, especially for political purposes.”  – Dictionary.com

Noam Chomsky clarifies the definition with . . . → Read More: drive-by planet: Who is the real terrorist?: LowKey – Terrorist video

The Canadian Progressive: Boston Terror: Facebook Post Ponders Lethal Drone Strike On Watertown

By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive: An American woman has created a viral monster! On Saturday, San Francisco-based Micah Daigle created a Facebook post commenting on the recent Boston Marathon bombing. She imagine an alternative narrative during the hunt for suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. A drone strike! That’s how we hunt and kill terrorists in . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Boston Terror: Facebook Post Ponders Lethal Drone Strike On Watertown

drive-by planet: ‘Bugsplats’: civilian death count from U.S. drone strikes

Some child casualties of covert US drone war

The Pakistan government has  released its figures for civilian casualties of American drone strikes. The Pakistani Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that CIA drones have killed at least 2,200 people in the country, including at least 400 civilians. Around 600 have received serious injuries. . . . → Read More: drive-by planet: ‘Bugsplats’: civilian death count from U.S. drone strikes

drive-by planet: Goddamn criminals!

The Disaffected Lib: A First for Pakistan

For the first time since its founding in 1947, Pakistan has seen a civilian government complete a full term in office.

Since Pakistan was founded in 1947, government were often overthrown in coups, toppled by political infighting or end in assassinations or murders.

But overhanging the democratic transition is the continuing militancy and growing sectarian . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: A First for Pakistan

The Disaffected Lib: Arms Race Update – India Warns Kashmiris to Prepare for Nuclear War

Indian officials are warning residents in their part of Kashmir to dig bomb shelters and gather a two week supply of food and water in preparation for a possible nuclear exchange.

The notice, published Monday by the Kashmir police in the Greater Kashmir newspaper, advised people to build toilet-equipped basements large enough to house . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Arms Race Update – India Warns Kashmiris to Prepare for Nuclear War

drive-by planet: Obama sheds tears for Sandy Hook victims: silent on child victims of drone strikes

The US has an estimated 310 million guns (2009 figure) in circulation and second amendment rights that codify the right to bear arms. Gun ownership is part of the American way… even though back in 1791 the law makers who ratified the Bill of Rights didn’t have the Bushmaster AR-15 in mind, much less . . . → Read More: drive-by planet: Obama sheds tears for Sandy Hook victims: silent on child victims of drone strikes

Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: Malala Yousafzai Honoured With Global Day Of Action

A Taliban gunman shot her as she made her way home from school in Pakistan. She survived the assassination attempt and is now recovering at Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital hospital in the UK. Today, Malala Yousafzai has become the symbol … . . . → Read More: Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: Malala Yousafzai Honoured With Global Day Of Action

Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: Shame: 61 million children not in school worldwide

Globally, 61 million children, most of them girls, are denied their birthright to education. They’re discriminated against, marginalized and exploited. Please click here to add your voice to millions around the world calling on governments and… . . . → Read More: Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: Shame: 61 million children not in school worldwide