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The Disaffected Lib: The Three Eras of Canada’s Democracy or How We Got to Where We Are Today.

I first voted in the 60s and I’ve watched Canadian democracy evolve, not always in a good way, ever since.

I’ve witnessed three political eras in my lifetime.

There was an era of rights and freedoms, the years of Diefenbaker, Pearson and Trudeau.  Some might not realize it but Diefenbaker was a true champion of human rights.  Pearson brought Canada to the world stage as honest broker and peacekeeper.  Trudeau, of course, patriated the constitution and left us with perhaps the most important legislative enactment in our country’s history, the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.  That was the zenith of (Read more…)

The Disaffected Lib: How Did We Become a Land of Cowards?

Bill C-51 speaks to the cowardice that has taken hold of Canadian society at the instance of the fear-mongering federal government.  Conservatives and Liberals and, for that matter, a solid majority of the Canadian public support it.

What, some nutjob shoots somebody and so we need to turn the thumbscrews on the already dwindling rights and freedoms of all Canadians?  We’re following in the jackboot steps of the United States.  We’re becoming a land of cowards.

American pundit Ted Rall has a column in The Japan Times that should speak to all of us.

For a country that used to (Read more…)

The Disaffected Lib: Even Conrad Black Can’t Stomach Bill C-51

He knows a thing or two about law enforcement, the judicial process and essential liberties.  All that has Conrad Black incensed at Bill C-51 which he sees as a threat to the freedom of the Canadian people.  He doesn’t like the place into which he believes Stephen Harper plans to lead the country.

As presented, Bill C-51 makes a Swiss cheese out of due process, and the three national political parties have approached the problem from distinctly different angles. The government have swaddled themselves in Stephen Harper’s default-toga of protecting the public, aspersing civil liberties concerns, and uttering tired pieties (Read more…)

drive-by planet: Open letter to Cameron from European editors: Miranda’s detention threat to freedom of the press

Editors of a number of northern European newspapers have written an open letter to British PM David Cameron stating their concerns arising from the detention of David Miranda – partner of Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald. The writers express concern about the “harassment” of “the paper and individuals associated with it.”

Glenn Greenwald has broken a number of important stories in the Guardian based on documents leaked by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.

The editors of Aftenposten (Norway), Helsingin Sanomat (Finland), Dagens Nyheter (Sweden) and Politiken (Denmark) make a number of points worth repeating:

We are surprised by the recent acts (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: America’s Shame – Guantanamo Bay

We have not written on America’s imperial adventures for awhile here at DWR. Constant examination of the antithesis of our civilization lays bare the soul, to touch the carefully crafted web we ensconce ourselves in and shake it till the dirty bitter truths rupture forth wearies the heart and mind. To see things as they are, as Buchan does, empties the carefully nurtured vessels of hope and replaces it with despair and bitterness:

“You think that a wall as solid as the earth separates civilization from barbarism. I tell you the division is a thread, a sheet

. . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: America’s Shame – Guantanamo Bay

Canadian Progressive World: Obert Madondo’s Bill C-10 Hunger Strike: Day 11 Update

This journal entry covers days 10 and 11 (March 23 and 24) my indefinite hunger strike against Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Conservatives’ draconian Safe Streets and Communities Act (Bill C-10). I think I’m approaching a crucial turning point … Continue reading →

Canadian Progressive World: Obert Madondo’s Indefinited Bill C-10 Hunger Strike: Day 9 Update

This journal entry covers days 8 and 9 (March 21 and 22) my indefinite hunger strike against Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Conservatives’ draconian Safe Streets and Communities Act (Bill C-10). I started the peaceful protest at 12:01am on … Continue reading →

Canadian Progressive World: Obert Madondo’s Bill C-10 Hunger Strike: Day 7 Update

This journal entry covers days 6 and 7 (March 19 & 20) of my indefinite hunger strike against Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Conservatives’ draconian Safe Streets and Communities Act (Bill C-10). I started the peaceful protest at 12:01am … Continue reading →

Canadian Progressive World: Obert Madondo’s Bill C-10 Hunger Strike: Day 5 Update

This journal entry covers days 3, 4 and 5 (March 16, 17 & 18) of my indefinite hunger strike against Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Conservatives’ draconian Safe Streets and Communities Act (Bill C-10). I started the peaceful protest … Continue reading →

Canadian Progressive World: Obert Madondo’s Indefinite Crime Bill C-10 Hunger Strike

At 12:01am on Wednesday, March 14, I started an indefinite hunger strike to demand that the Parliament of Canada immediately repeal the new Safe Streets and Communities Act (formerly omnibus crime Bill C-10). The Act …Read More

Canadian Progressive World: Obert Madondo’s Bill C-10 Hunger Strike: Day 2 Update

It’s Day 2 of my indefinite hunger strike to demand the repeal of Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Conservatives’ draconian Safe Streets and Communities Act (Bill C-10). I started the peaceful protest at 12:01am …Read More

Canadian Progressive World: Obert Madondo’s indefinite hunger strike against crime Bill C-10: Letter to the Governor Genera of Canada

Starting at 12:01am today, I embarked on an indefinite hunger strike to demand that Canada’s new Safe Streets and Communities Act (omnibus crime Bill C-10) be immediately repealed. Earlier, I had appealed to the Governor …Read More