The Palestinians need a Canadian champion, specifically a political champion. None of our three main political parties will stand up for them. It would normally be the responsibility of the NDP to demand justice for these beleaguered people—after a… . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: The inevitability of the BDS movement
Late last week, the Conservatives made a motion in the House of Commons that was unworthy of the place. The motion was to "reject the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which promotes the demonization and delegitimization of the State of Israel, and call upon the government to condemn any and all attempts by Canadian organizations, groups or individuals to promote the BDS movement. . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: The Conservatives’ shameful motion
Which film or TV show scared you most as a child? Jekyll and Hyde’s writer Charlie Higson said ‘I’ve always maintained it is good to scare children.’ Photograph: ITV plc
Tuesday 27 October 2015 13.14 GMT
The funny thing is, I loved what were considered ‘scary’ pictures when I was a kid..not until the movie “The Exorcist” was I freaked out by a movie..well, that and “Night of the Living Dead” I guess..but I was an adult for both of those.. Frankenstein, Dracula, The Wolfman, the Blob..etc..those were my childhood (Read more…)
Most of us come with a pretty good “BD” or Bullshit Detector as standard equipment. People lie, so we need it. Not that it always works but it’s still pretty good. The more obvious the lie the better our BD works. White lies sometimes get past us but whoppers rarely do.
Why have we spent decades listening to Israeli leaders tell us how they support the “Two State” solution only to then authorize new Israeli settlements on land that plainly belongs to the Palestinians? Look at it this way – there are now more than 600,000 lies illegally (Read more…)
Benjamin Netanyahu may have won the Israeli election, by using fear and racism to get people to vote for him.Like his good buddy Stephen Harper is trying to do in Canada.But it is tuning out to be a pyrrhic victory.For while he may deny he is a racist. Read more »
Maybe some day Benjamin Netanyahu will be known as the founder of the state of Palestine. Strange things are happening. From the Sydney Morning Herald:Already the US is hinting that it might support a United Nations Security Council resolution that recognises Palestine along pre-1967 borders.
Until now it has repeatedly refused to endorse the resolution and Israel has always been opposed to it, insisting that only negotiations can bring about a lasting peace and agreed borders, but a US official has told The New York Times that Washington is “in a reality where the Israeli government no longer (Read more…)
How much will the Americans put up with from this yahoo? He is the most arrogant leader in the international community, making even Vladimir Putin look modest by comparison. He has the most powerful nation in the world as his country’s best friend and benefactor, so what does he do? First, he humiliates its president, then he disdainfully dismisses its most important policy for his region.
With Israelis heading to the polls, Benjamin Netanyahu is running scared. He’s seen Likud’s numbers and all the polls show he’s in trouble. He’s in deep enough that he’s pulling out all the stops and scrambling for the hardliner vote.Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyhau said Monday that if he were to be reelected, a Palestinian state would not be created, in a definite disavowal of his 2009 speech, in which he had voiced support for the principle of two states for two peoples.
Netanyahu’s remarks in an interview with the NRG website – which is owned by casino mogul (Read more…)
No one expected Benjamin Netanyahu to win the gushing approval of the editorial board of Israel’s liberal newspaper Haaretz but they were decidedly unimpressed by their prime minister’s speech to part of the US Congress yesterday. Their view is that Netanyahu deliberately avoided any mention of the real existential threat to Israel as a Jewish and democratic state – the ever expanding occupation of the Palestinian territories.
Israel’s insistence on ruling over millions of Palestinians in the West Bank who lack civil rights, expanding the settlements and keeping residents of the Gaza Strip under siege is the danger that threatens (Read more…)
Whenever one of Stephen Harper's Con clowns leaves the country I shudder, reach for a paper bag to put over my head, and prepare for the worst.Because I know they will make fools out of themselves, and shame us once again in the eyes of the world.And in that regard John Baird's just concluded tour of the Middle East couldn't be a better example.For it was, in descending chronological order, pathetic, humiliating, and shameful.Read more »
What is it about the International Criminal Court that has so inflamed Israel and the United States? It’s a court of law and a pretty good one at that. It’s a venue to prosecute those who commit war crimes and crimes against humanity. Who would be bothered by that – except perhaps war criminals and those who commit crimes against humanity? Oh, I get it.
Israel is afraid that its war crimes in Gaza will come before the ICC where Israel won’t be able to control the narrative and manipulate the press and public opinion. The United States fears for (Read more…)
He has always been his master's voice, Stephen Harper's most faithful stooge.A yapping Con pitbull, the absurd Minister of Religious Freedom, a gay Thatcherite in a government full of filthy homophobes.But these days nothing is more obscene than the way John Baird is pandering to the brutish settler regime of Benjamin Netanyahu, while attacking their long suffering victims the Palestinians. Read more »
France’s Socialist-led parliament has passed a symbolic vote to recognize Palestinian statehood, despite staunch objections from Israel. MPs in Britain and Spain have already passed similar motions.
The proposal was passed with 339 votes in favor and 151 against, meaning that it was supported by more than two-thirds of French lawmakers.
Israel immediately responded, saying that the motion would “harm the peace process,” AFP reported.
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Canada’s position on the world stage continues to embarrass and disturb.
On Nov. 4, Canada, along with Ukraine and United States, voted against a draft resolution entitled “Combating glorification of Nazism and other practices that contribute to fuelling contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance.”
It’s a lengthy document, but worth the time it takes to read. As you read through the resolution, ask yourself why any decent human being would oppose it. Surely, only racists, bigots and nazis could find this resolution offensive.
In this instance, it seems likely that the US and Canada chose (Read more…)
Ah, the joy of the free press down in the US. Let’s catch up with Noam as takes us through some possible solutions to the Palestine/Israel conflict.
Filed under: Education, International Affairs, Media Tagged: Israel, Noam Chomsky, Palestine, UN
From the video “Dancing Tragedies and Dreams.” Photo: Paul S. Graham
Art, culture, dance and politics blended seamlessly in Winnipeg on September 21, 2014, with the performance of Dancing Tragedy and Dreams, a production of the Canadian Palestinian Association of Manitoba, at Prairie Theatre Exchange.
Dancing Tragedies and Dreams featured dances from Palestine, Lebanon, Syria and Egypt as well as an exciting performance of Poi dance from New Zealand, propelled by the music of El Funon Popular Dance Troupe of Palestine. Talk about fusion!
Eleven months in the making, Dancing Tragedies and Dreams was the brain child (Read more…)
Let’s keep this in perspective. That takes us back to 2010 when an Israeli court acquitted an army captain of all charges related to his slaughter of a 13-year old Palestinian school girl. It’s too obscene to recite. You can follow the link to get the details.
So consider, in the context of that atrocity, a new Israeli law intended to crack down on Palestinian kids who are in the habit of throwing stones at Israeli forces and settlers.
There would be two major sentences for stone throwers – those who endanger the safety of someone inside a vehicle could (Read more…)
Yesterday we discussed the modern trend of policy divorced from reality. One ugly example of that is the policy of Canada’s government, and Trudeau’s Conservative-Lites, lavishing absolute support on Israel in its persecution of the Palestinians. Not to say that the NDP is much better.If you’re a Liberal, consider your party’s policy against Noam Chomsky’s summary of the cat and mouse game Israel is playing with the Palestinians.
It is critically important to recognize that a pattern was established almost a decade ago and has been followed regularly since: A ceasefire agreement is reached, Israel makes it clear that (Read more…)
It was overwhelming. British MPs voted 274 to 12 this week in support of a motion to recognize Palestine as a state. The vote was only symbolic, as it isn’t binding on the government, nonetheless it sends a clear message on how sentiment is going in the UK and elsewhere on the Palestine issue.
MPs from both sides of the House supported the motion, some making it very clear why. Conservative
Gaza and the Threat of World War
“There is a taboo,” said the visionary Edward Said, “on telling the truth about Palestine and the great destructive force behind Israel. Only when this truth is out can any of us be free.”
For many people, the truth is out now. At last, they know. Those once intimidated into silence can’t look away now. Staring at them from their TV, laptop, phone, is proof of the barbarism of the Israeli state and the great destructive force of its mentor and provider, the United States, the cowardice of European governments, and the (Read more…)
TweetIt is pennies compared to the $1.8 million raised by Jim Prentice during the Progressive Conservative leadership race, but in the world of the Alberta NDP leadership contest, the money is flowing. The NDP’s monthly contributions report from its leadership candidates shows Edmonton-Strathcona MLA and front-runner Rachel Notley has raised $82,826.99, Edmonton-Calder MLA David Eggen has […]
With short film, Gazonto, Canadian filmmaker and activist John Greyson reimagines Toronto as Gaza being bombed by Israel during the ongoing Gaza conflict.
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Quebec NDP MP Sana Hassainia defects over Mideast position
By Susana Mas, CBC News Posted: Aug 20, 2014 1:48 PM ET Last Updated: Aug 20, 2014 7:16 PM ET
Sad to say, the NDP has always waffled on this issue, and it’s one of many reasons I refuse to join the party or do any more volunteer work for campaigns…I will, also unfortunately, have to keep voting for them as there is no progressive alternative around…if the Greens ever cease kowtowing to the Tories, I might have to go there.May is the only ones with the guts (Read more…)
Some results of the latest Israeli raid :
* Destroyed tunnels, most often used to smuggle into Gaza household items that Israel, in violation of international law, prevents from being imported.
* Massacred nearly 2,000 people, including hundreds of children as young as newborns; injured thousands more.
* Destroyed hundreds of homes, leaving thousands of men, women and children homeless.
* Destroyed power plants, leaving hundreds of thousands of people without electricity or running water.
* Destroyed factories that produce such dangerous items as pretzels, cheese and biscuits.
* Targeted and murdered journalists.
Israeli officials have stated that, (Read more…)
A major goal in a propaganda war is to frame the issue on your terms. For example, in labour disputes, businesses (and their political and media allies) often claim the argument is not with the workers but with the “union bosses.” The objective is to convince the public and perhaps even union members that management has no quarrel with their decent, hard-working employees, it’s all the fault of