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The Disaffected Lib: Is China Ready to Make Its Move? Will Beijing Tear Up the Trans-Pacific Partnership?

Most Canadians, and most Americans for that matter, don’t appreciate the lengths the United States has been going to in order to contain China and slow its ascendancy – politically, economically, militarily and technologically.

China’s space programme has been targeted by the United States using its ITAR trade regulation to prevent the transfer of American technology to the Peoples Republic. A recent assessment in Aviation Week concluded Washington’s efforts have been in vain and may even have backfired on the U.S.  The Chinese have managed to easily source a lot of what they need elsewhere and the restrictions have (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Cornel West Is Upset Obama Was Sworn In On Martin Luther King’s Bible

Dr. Cornel West, America’s most provocative public intellectual, progressive and champion for racial justice, explains why he’s upset that President Barack Obama was sworn in on Martin Luther King’s bible. He questions the first black president’s commitment to the values the slain anti-war civil rights leader stood for, including: peace, truth and justice. “You don’t play with READ MORE

The Canadian Progressive: President Barack Obama’s 2nd Inaugural Address: VIDEO

Barack Obama took the ceremonial oath of office on Monday for his second term as President of the Unites States. Throughout his historic Inaugural Address, Obama repudiated the right-wing agenda. He urged Americans to cooperate on immigration reform, poverty, climate change, gay rights, economic inequality & other progressive issues. To emphasize this call collective action, Obama used the phrase “We, READ MORE

The Canadian Progressive: President Barack Obama’s 2nd Inaugural Address: Full Text

Barack Obama took the ceremonial oath of office on Monday for his second term as President of the Unites States. Throughout his historic Inaugural Address, Obama repudiated the right-wing agenda. He urged Americans to cooperate on immigration reform, climate change, gay rights, economic inequality & other progressive issues. To emphasize this call collective action, Obama used the phrase “We, the READ MORE

The Canadian Progressive: Official statement from Aaron Swartz’s family and partner

The official statement from the family and partner of Aaron Swartz, the Reddit co-founder, Internet activist , programmer and extraordinary hacker, who committed suicide Friday night: Our beloved brother, son, friend, and partner Aaron Swartz hanged himself on Friday in his Brooklyn apartment. We are in shock, and have not yet come to terms with his passing. Aaron’s READ MORE

The Canadian Progressive: Justice Delayed For Bradley Manning (VIDEO)

Via RTAmerica: “On Wednesday, Army Private First Class Bradley Manning was in Fort Meade, MD where his pre-trial hearings continued. Manning’s court-martial was originally scheduled to begin in March, but now justice for PFC Manning will have to wait longer. A military judge has pushed back the start date to June 3, at which point READ MORE

The Canadian Progressive: No Sting: Feds Won’t Go Undercover to Prove Housing Discrimination

by Nikole Hannah-Jones | ProPublica: The four-bedroom house advertised on Craigslist sounded like just what Claire Rembis and her husband had been looking for. It sat on two verdant acres with plenty of room for their seven home-schooled children to run and play. And the $850 monthly rent was much cheaper than the prices for other homes READ MORE

The Canadian Progressive: U.S.: Cutting through the indefinite detention and NDAA controversy

by Cora Currier | ProPublica: Last Tuesday, the Senate passed the National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA, a yearly military spending bill. Last year, the bill affirmed the U.S.’s authority to hold suspected terrorists indefinitely and without charges. The provision had generated plenty of controversy, particularly about whether U.S. citizens could be detained indefinitely. This year, the Senate bill says that citizens can’t be detained in the READ MORE

Canadian Progressive: No Kidding, Exxon Hates Your Children

Finally, a TV ad that tells it like it is: Exxon hates your children! That’s according to: Exxon Hates Your Children: “From As Congress debates what actions to take to avoid the so-called “fiscal cliff” perhaps no programs are less worthy of government support than those which subsidize Big Oil, Gas, and Coal. Read on to [...]

Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: Why the U.S. Won’t Allow Dying Iranian Sociologist to Join His Family

by Cora Currier | ProPublica Dr. Rahmatollah Sedigh Sarvestani is dying. The Iranian sociologist, recently retired from a long teaching career at the University of Tehran, suffers from prostate cancer and a pelvic tumor. With his kidneys failin… . . . → Read More: Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: Why the U.S. Won’t Allow Dying Iranian Sociologist to Join His Family

Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: Racist Threatens Obama, Doesn’t ‘Understand What She Did Wrong’ [VIDEO]

Denise Helms is one of the worst people on the planet. Correction: the worst person in the world. Seriously. After President Obama won re-election on Tuesday, the 22-year-old California woman took to the social media to express her anger and frustrat… . . . → Read More: Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: Racist Threatens Obama, Doesn’t ‘Understand What She Did Wrong’ [VIDEO]

Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: U.S. Election 2012: There Was a War on Women, and the Women Won

If you think the big winners of Tuesday night’s election were Barack Obama and the Democrats, you’re wrong. Journalist, opinion writer, and author of two books on progressive politics, Amanda Marcotte, argues, convincingly, that the big … . . . → Read More: Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: U.S. Election 2012: There Was a War on Women, and the Women Won

Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: Pat Robertson Can’t Understand Why Women Would Watch Porn (VIDEO)

Pat Robertson, the antiquated host of the 700 Club is shocked—shocked to discover that women do watch and enjoy porn. And masturbate. Apparently, he “always thought this was a male thing, a boy thing, a guy thing.” Meaning: masturbation a… . . . → Read More: Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: Pat Robertson Can’t Understand Why Women Would Watch Porn (VIDEO)

Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: Canada and U.S. news headlines on November 9 2012

These are the Canadian Progressive’s Canada and U.S. news headlines November 9, 2012. CANADA: The ugly truth about Stephen Harper’s foreign policy – Rabble.ca Disabled vets, ‘struggling’ widows line up to vent frustrations… . . . → Read More: Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: Canada and U.S. news headlines on November 9 2012

Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: U.S. election 2012: Rachel Maddow unloads on delusional Republicans

Rachel Maddow is my favorite American television host, political commentator and progressive. She’s the best. In this video, she unloads on Republicans and conservatives for their delusional reaction to the re-election of Barack Obama as the pre… . . . → Read More: Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: U.S. election 2012: Rachel Maddow unloads on delusional Republicans

Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: Globally, Obama Overwhelmingly Preferred to Romney: Poll

by GlobScan A new 21-nation poll for BBC World Service indicates that citizens around the world would strongly prefer to see Barack Obama re-elected as US President rather than his Republican challenger Mitt Romney. The poll of 21,797 people, conducted… . . . → Read More: Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: Globally, Obama Overwhelmingly Preferred to Romney: Poll

Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: The Psychology of Liberals and Conservatives

Wired: It’s election season in the U.S., and the campaigning between the Democrats and Republicans is fiercer than ever. Now, here at GeekDad, we prefer to steer clear of partisan politics, so this posting is not going to tap-dance into that minefield; instead, we’re going to take a look at the more interesting subject of [...]

Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: How an Accused Guatemalan War Criminal Won U.S., Canadian Citizenship

by Sebastian Rotella | ProPublica In May 1985, a Guatemalan Army lieutenant named Jorge Vinicio Sosa Orantes deserted, flew to San Francisco and requested political asylum, asserting that leftist guerrillas in his war-torn homeland were gunning for him. The 27-year-old officer described his combat exploits in his application for asylum. He said he had served as an instructor [...]

Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: The Invisible War: Rape, Sexual Assault Epidemic in U.S. Military (VIDEO)

Democracy Now’s Amy Goodman unpacks ”The Invisible War” a new documentary that examines the epidemic of rape of soldiers within the U.S. military. She speaks to Trina McDonald and Kori Cioca, two subjects of the film, and the film’s Academy Award-nominated director, Kirby Dick. A recent military survey shows that “the number of reported violent [...]

punditman: The New Face of Revolution: After Tunisia and Egypt, the World

Ted Rall thinks there is hope for a revolution in the U.S.A. And every where else in the world. Peacenik thinks there is too. Peacenik was just reading about the normalization of tent cities in the U.S.A., and about how there are 11 million empty homes in the U.S.A., and how food inflation costs were up over 3% in the last month alone, and how the payrolls on Wall Street set a new all-time record. But it is hard to visualize a protest in the U.S.A. on the scale of (Read more…)