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daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Good riddance, Rob Anders

TweetIt finally happened. The man who called Nelson Mandela a terrorist, insulted Canada’s veterans, and called for war against Russia, has suffered his first major defeat since he was first elected in 1997. After a campaign filled with accusations of dirty tricks and political mischief, arch conservative Member of Parliament Rob Anders lost the Conservative Party nomination in the new […]

The Scott Ross: Why The Syrian Rebels Are Wrong

The Syrian Civil War has been raging for so long that nobody remembers why the rebels are wrong.

The rebels are wrong of course because the Syrian Civil War started, not because Assad was overzealous in repressing protesters, but because Assad was overzealous in repressing terrorists.

Today it is admitted by the United States that a significant portion of the Syrian rebels now fighting Assad belong to Jabhat Al-Nusra, an organization that has close ties to Al-Qaeda and is classified by the US and the UN as a terrorist organization.

However back in 2011, when the Assad regime was complaining (Read more…)

The Scott Ross: Boston & Why Women Are Police Officers

Women are too soft and fragile to be police officers. With their hair and makeup they certainly can’t fight in military combat. Nothing showed those sentiments to be more unfounded than the iconic picture of the chaos that erupted after the detonation of two bombs at the Boston Marathon, where it is a female officer with gun drawn already in mid-sprint who embodies everything a police officer should be.

Just seconds after explosives ripped through that Sunday, without knowing if there would be more bombs and more killing, police scrambled through crowds to face this unknown threat and to safeguard (Read more…)

The Scott Ross: The Tragedy of Sept.11 Only Gets Worse

Every September 11 since 2001 has been a day to remember the victims of the terrorist attacks, but it should also be a day to remember the wars. Because just as we should never forget the men and women who died that day, we should never forget the mistakes we made in the days that followed.

In emotional impact 9/11 is often compared to Pearl Harbour, but there is an important difference, where the memory of the Japanese attack on a US navy base is inextricably linked to the second World War, the memory of the Twin Towers being destroyed

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DeSmogBlog: Terror is in the Eye of the Beholder: Alberta’s Counterterrorism Unit to Protect Oil and Gas Industry

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In January, during the week before Canada’s federal hearing on the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline, the Harper government and Ethical Oil Institute launched an unprecedented attack on environmental organizations opposed to the pipeline and accelerated expansion of the tar sands. Resurrecting Cold War-style ‘terrorist’ rhetoric, conservative politicians like Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver referred to prominent environmental organizations as “radical groups” threatening “to hijack our regulatory system to achieve their radical ideological agenda” while using “funding from foreign special interests groups to undermine Canada’s national economic interest.”

The government and Ethical Oil singled out environmental organizations like . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Terror is in the Eye of the Beholder: Alberta’s Counterterrorism Unit to Protect Oil and Gas Industry

DeSmogBlog: Rendell and Ridge: From "Militant" Labelers to Terrorist Enablers

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A new chapter has been added to the shale gas industry's eco-terrorism, counterinsurgency and psychological operations saga.

In March, NBC News investigative reporter Michael Isikoff revealed that many prominent U.S. public officials are on the payroll of the People's Mujahedin of Iran (MEK), a group labeled by the U.S. State Department as a terrorist organization. These U.S. officials are lobbying hard to remove the MEK from the list.

Under U.S. Supreme Court precedent, after the recent Holder v. Humanitarian Law Project decision — a controversial decision itself — it is a federal

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