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Politics and its Discontents: Free Speech Is Fine

…. except when it is used to criticize Israel, as Mississauga, Ont. teacher Nadia Shoufani is learning. She addressed a downtown Toronto rally on 2 July, marking al-Quds Day, an annual event held around the world to support Palestinian rights and to … . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Free Speech Is Fine

Politics and its Discontents: Another Nail In The Coffin Of Canada’s International Reputation

Ever the uncritical and obsequious friend of Israel and wooer of domestic Jewish votes, the Harper regime has once again shamed and blackened Canada’s international reputation: Israel has expressed its gratitude to Canada for helping to block a major international plan towards ridding the world of nuclear weapons.

Elsewhere, however, there was widespread international . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Another Nail In The Coffin Of Canada’s International Reputation

Politics and its Discontents: Harper’s Flock of Admirers

No doubt due to his hawkish support of all things Israeli, Stephen Harper is set to receive a singular honour from his Jewish admirers:

The Jewish National Fund’s arm in Canada is raising money to build the “Stephen J. Harper Hula Valley Bird Sanctuary Visitor and Education Centre” in a nature park in a . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Harper’s Flock of Admirers

Politics and its Discontents: Harper’s Debasement Of Canadian Foreign Policy

That Canada once enjoyed a sterling reputation in the international arena is something beyond dispute. That its standing has fallen precipitately under the misguided direction of the Harper regime is a truth that I suspect only the most rabidly ideological would disagree with.

Perhaps the most egregious departure from norms that most . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Harper’s Debasement Of Canadian Foreign Policy

Politics and its Discontents: Stephen Harper’s Worldview

For those seeking insight into how Stephen Harper and his regime views the world, The Star’s Tim Harper offers some interesting insights.

In New York snubbing the U.N. while accepting his reward award as World Statesman of the Year from the Appeal of Conscience Appeal, the Prime Minister offered the following justification, . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Stephen Harper’s Worldview

Politics and its Discontents: Two Recommendations For Monday Morning

Since I have a bit of a busy day ahead, I will be brief and recommend two sources for some Monday morning edification. The first comes from a link provided by the redoubtable Dr. Dawg, who continues to go where angels and the mainstream media fear to tread.

The second, which I am taking . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Two Recommendations For Monday Morning

Politics and its Discontents: Thomas Mulcair’s Stance On Israel

Thomas Mulcair, who has just been endorsed by The Star as the best candidate to lead the NDP to power, is an MP I became familiar with during the lead-up to the last federal election. A frequent guest on Evan Solomon’s Power and Politics, the member from Outremount impressed me with his fierce intelligence and . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Thomas Mulcair’s Stance On Israel