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The Disaffected Lib: The Final Chapter for Bashar Assad

Things are not looking up for Syrian strongman, Bashar Assad.

His first problem is the Sunni Muslim coalition of Turkey, Qatar and Saudi Arabia (ordinarily not the best of friends) that has materialized for the sole purpose of running Assad out of Damascus.

The advances are not only a sign of the Assad regime’s . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: The Final Chapter for Bashar Assad

The Disaffected Lib: Justin, Tommy – Here’s Your Talking Points

Look, if you can’t nail Harper on this ISIS business, you’re not fit to govern anything much less our country.

What you need to do is pry the lid off ISIS.  Show Canadians what lies beneath, who stands behind.

Start with the notion that this seemingly well-organized, well-trained, well-equipped and obviously well-funded ISIS . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Justin, Tommy – Here’s Your Talking Points

Bill Longstaff: The brutal costs of the World Cup

As the scandal over Vladimir Putin’s $50-billion Olympics begins to fade, equally sordid scandals about the World Cup come to the fore.

Brazil, which has won more World Cups than any other country. is holding the Cup this year. To date, things are not going well. Five stadiums scheduled for completion by the end of . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: The brutal costs of the World Cup

Bill Longstaff: Wealth gap—the greatest ever?

A couple of items I encountered recently demonstrated perfectly the extremes of the now much talked about wealth gap. First, was a report by Oxfam entitled “Working for the Few” which revealed that the world’s richest 85 people own as much wealth as the poorest 3.5-billion, a staggering statistic.

At the other end of the . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: Wealth gap—the greatest ever?

Art Threat: Qatari poet jailed for life for poem celebrating Arab Spring

Qatar is home to the international news network Al Jazeera, including Al Jazeera English whose coverage of the middle-east and international news in general has garnered increasing respect from Western audiences. It is a cruel irony indeed that the government that funds such journalistic integrity also restricts freedom of speech in such a violent and reactionary manner. . . . → Read More: Art Threat: Qatari poet jailed for life for poem celebrating Arab Spring