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 candidate Donald Trump. The United States will not tolerate the countries of the world acting like the United States, ...

The Disaffected Lib: Security for Oil

“Nice country ya got here.  It’d be a real shame if something happened to it.” Britain is hot to trot for Somalia or, to be specific, Somalia’s oil.   And, it’s trying to get a leg up on the competition by offering the country humanitarian aid and security assistance.  In particular the Brits are offering Somalia ...

Progressive Proselytizing: The myopic terrorism lens

One of the main failures of western understanding of the Middle East and South Asia, and the subsequent failures of actions taken by the west in these regions, stems from viewing these regions through the lens of terrorism. This terrorism-centric view pervades both military and political elites as well as media pundits and the general ...

LeDaro: Life in Mogadishu: The world’s most dangerous city

It is an interesting and many times dangerous world we live in. The West has destroyed Somalia by dumping radioactive waste near the beaches and hence has more less ended fishing there. It is one of the most failed states in the world. Now some survive on piracy which started out of necessity and now ...

Progressive Proselytizing: Externalizing the costs of war in Somalia

Perhaps the epitome of a war that externalizes costs out of sight of the average voter is one where the voter is unaware a war is even going on. Such is the case in Somalia, where most Americans might list Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya as wars the US is involved in but not Somalia. Despite ...

Progressive Proselytizing: The left’s opinion change on Pakistan and the drone war

The issue of the drone war and the public reception to it, particularly among progressives, demonstrates both the strength and failings of that movement. The hallmark test of legitimacy for any body that espouses political opinion is and must be consistency. If we change our tone and criticism based on the zeitgeist of the times ...

DeSmogBlog - Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: East Africa Food Crisis: 48 Hour Fundraiser This Weekend To Combat Famine and Drought

Somalia Drought 2011.jpg Please join DeSmogBlog and a network of environmental organizations, websites, nonprofits, and social media mavens this weekend in a 48-hour fundraiser to benefit the 12 million people fighting to survive the worst drought to impact East Africa in over sixty years. On the weekend of August 6 and 7, this network is ...

LeDaro: Grand Falls, New Brunswick – Jesus Appears Through a Cloud

In Grand Falls, NB people saw Jesus Christ in a cloud. This seems as bad as samosas being banned in Somalia because crazy fanatic clergy thinks it signifies the Christain trinity. To me it looks like a picture of Colonel Sanders advertising his Kentucky Fried Chicken. Click here for the story.

The food insecure amongst us

Every year the UN-OCHA (Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs) says that 3-4 million (always different) subsistence farmers and pastoralists in a variety of different regions in Ethiopia are food insecure, and thus in need of food aid (out … Continue reading →

LeDaro: Samosas Banned in Somalia

Samosas have been banned in much of Somalia because they have three corners, supposedly hinting at the Christian Trinity. Will fundamentalists get any more ridiculous and stupid? Especially when there’s such a serious famine in Somalia. I understand samosas originated in the Indian subcontinent, it will look that all the Muslims there are violating Islamic ...

350 or bust: Big Oil-Funded Meeting of Canadian Energy Ministers Ends: Did They Get What They Paid For?

From CBC.ca: Canada’s energy ministers ended two days of annual talks Tuesday in the Kananaskis resort in the Alberta Rockies announcing they have agreed to work together on opening up new markets to Canadian crude oil. They also agreed to work on streamlining the process for approving energy projects. In a communiqué, the ministers said ...