Alberta Politics: If Donald Trump won’t knuckle under, could he face an American ‘Colour Revolution’?

PHOTOS: One of many anti-Trump rallies in the United States in the past few days (from Facebook). Below: U.S. President Elect Donald Trump, Russian President Vladimir V. Putin, U.S. Senator John McCain and Julius Caesar. It would be an irony if the troubles the United States has visited on much of the earth were now ...

We Pivot: Stop Giving Trump Chances To Be Civil

He won’t. We already gave him two. His whole campaign: many of us wrote him off as a lark. I imagined only 30-35 million people would vote for such a clown. Until I realized that we can’t underestimate clowns. But … [Read more]

Things Are Good: Former Nuclear Disaster Site Could Become Solar Plant

One of the worst energy disaster in human history was the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster. It has left a giant chunk of land around Pripyat uninhabitable to humans (although the rest of nature has been thriving because humans aren’t there), now the Ukrainian government wants to reuse the land for a new source of electricity. ...

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, ...

Cowichan Conversations: Major Cheerleading For Obama By Our Star Struck and Obedient MP’s

There has been much hype about the Obama visit and his great speech to our parliament. Wild clapping and chanting ‘Four More Years’ from our MP’s and others and not one utterance of concern over Read more…

Alberta Politics: Ottawa won’t say if former Ukrainian prime minister is now a Canadian citizen, as Russian media report

PHOTOS: Former Ukrainian prime minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk and former Canadian PM Stephen Harper in their July 13, 2015, news conference announcing a Canada-Ukraine free trade agreement. (Screen shot of CBC broadcast.) Below: Former Conservative immigration minister Chris Alexander speaking to the Ukrainian Canadian Congress in Toronto on Feb. 22, 2015 (screen shot of UCC Youtube ...

Alberta Politics: A timely reminder on this historic day: The hammer of D-Day crushed Hitler on the anvil of Russia

PHOTOS: Canadians soldiers storm ashore at Juno Beach on June 6, 1944, 72 years ago today. Below: The late University of Victoria Professor Reginald H. Roy, author of 1944: The Canadians in Normandy. It’s now been two years since I wrote this piece on the intersection of Canadian politics and the history of World War ...

Alberta Politics: Keeping things in in the Right perspective: Wildrose says NDP’s carbon levy is much like killing 10 million people

PHOTOS: Wildrose Agriculture Critic Rick Strankman thinks the NDP Government’s carbon levy is just murder. (Photo grabbed from his Facebook page.) Below: NDP Economic Development Minister Deron Bilous, Wildrose MLA Drew Barnes, another member of the nutty nine, and former Wildrose leader and would-be Conservative candidate Paul Hinman. A sensible person could easily reach the ...

Mind Bending Politics: China Defends Its Woody Which Could Kick Off WW3

(Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin) It takes 3 continents at war to declare another global war, and with recent developments over the past week it looks as though we may be heading in that direction.  Europe is fighting a proxy war in Ukraine against Russia, NATO is fighting in the middle ...

The Canadian Progressive: Canada gave U.S. Republicans $8 million to strengthen democracy… in Ukraine

While implementing draconian cuts to essential social services through the 2014 federal budget, the Harper government contributed $8 million to the Republican Party-linked International Republican Institute to fund projects in Ukraine. The post Canada gave U.S. Republicans $8 million to strengthen democracy… in Ukraine appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Alberta Politics: What’s next? F-35 boondoggle to land on the deck of a Canadian Mistral carrier?

PHOTOS: The F-35, possibly the worst military aircraft ever made, dollar for dollar or pound for pound, photographed to make it look less like a brick. A hovering version of the same plane. A not-quite-finished Mistral-class helicopter carrier. SANTA FE, N.M. I suppose a hotel in the desert, just down the block from the address ...

Alberta Politics: Will Wildrose Leader Brian Jean repudiate his Calgary-Foothills candidate’s ‘communist’ characterization of the NDP?

PHOTOS: Part of the Wildrose Chinese-language brochure that compared the NDP to communists. Below: Wildrose Calgary-Foothills candidate Prasad Panda, former Tory education minister Thomas Lukaszuk, NDP candidate Bob Hawkesworth, former Wildrose House leader Rob Anderson and former Wildrose leader Paul Hinman. What words should we use to describe the Chinese-language brochure the Wildrose Party wrote ...

Alberta Politics: Will Canadian troops in Ukraine have to train radical Islamist volunteers said to be tied to ISIS?

PHOTOS: Defence Minister Jason Kenney explains who Canadian troops will train in Ukraine last fall. Below: Prime Minister Stephen Harper in Ukraine in 2010. Photos are from the CBC and the Prime Minister’s Office’s Flickr account. It’s been evident for several months now Ukraine has a problem with neo-Nazis, in particular battalions of “volunteers” who ...

Alberta Politics: The effort to engineer regime change in Greece could lead to a much bigger disaster

PHOTOS: Leaders of the Greek military government of 1967 to 1974. Is something similar waiting in the wings if the eurozone leadership’s effort to terrorize the Greeks into voting Yes to never-ending austerity fails today? Below: Greek Prime Minister Alex Tsipras, former Canadian prime minister Jean Chretien and Nobel-Prize-winning American economist Paul Krugman. Recent Western ...

The Disaffected Lib: Austerity’s Silver Lining – Arms Race Update

A couple of headlines this morning got me thinking that the West’s embrace of austerity might not be all bad.  Of course it’s probably just wishful thinking. The first article concerns a refreshingly nuanced and balanced lecture delivered by former US ambassador to Russia, Jack Matlock. In a lecture at King’s College London, Jack Matlock ...

Bill Longstaff: Chrétien, Putin and Harper—opportunity lost?

Former prime minister Jean Chrétien’s recent chat with Vladimir Putin in Moscow presents an opportunity to our government. Since Mr. Harper has, unlike all the other G7 leaders, refused to talk to the Russian leader, a debriefing of Mr. Chrétien would offer him a possibility of learning what motivates Putin’s actions in Ukraine—his sentiments, his ...

The Disaffected Lib: You’ll Never See Vlad Putin the Same Way Again

If there’s one guy who doesn’t get any slack from the Western media, it’s Russian strongman, Vlad Putin.  We vilify Putin at every turn and, while he certainly brings some of it down on himself, we make sure to depict ourselves as the guys in the white hats while we heap scorn on him. It’s ...

The Canadian Progressive: Toronto Symphony Orchestra Silences Ukrainian-born Pianist Valentina Lisitsa

A violation of free speech on Canadian soil as the Toronto Symphony Orchestra drops Ukrainian-born pianist Valentina Lisitsa for her political views. The post Toronto Symphony Orchestra Silences Ukrainian-born Pianist Valentina Lisitsa appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Disaffected Lib: Germany Alarmed at NATO’s (and America’s) Ginned Up Claims on Ukraine

A Warmonger and a Fearmonger Angela Merkel thinks that Germany (and the rest of the West) is being conned by NATO and the U.S. inflating the Russian threat to the Ukraine. General Philip Breedlove, the top NATO commander in Europe, stepped before the press in Washington. Putin, the 59-year-old said, had once again “upped the ...

daveberta.ca - Alberta Politics: Bizarre MP Peter Goldring admits to wearing a secret video camera pen to work

Edmonton-East Member of Parliament Peter Goldring has spent much of his Ottawa career in pursuit of odd-ball political issues. A holdover from the loony days of the Reform Party of Canada, Mr. Goldring has already announced his plans to retire… Continue Reading →

The Disaffected Lib: Deadlier Than Putin’s Missiles. The IMF Pays Ukraine a Visit.

The International Monetary Fund has worked its magic on Ukraine.  The carrot is about $17-billion in bailout funding.  The stick is the market price of natural gas. Soon the democracy-loving Ukrainians will see their gas bills soar nearly threefold. While Kiev will have to help poorer families pay for pricier gas, the cost of that ...

The Disaffected Lib: China Tells U.S. to Back Off over Ukraine

The message was delivered by China’s ambassador to Belgium, Qu Xing, but it pretty obviously came straight from Beijing – back off Obama.  Ambassador Qu went on to blame the conflict between Russia and Ukraine on ‘games’ played by the West, especially the United States. He said the “nature and root cause” of the crisis ...

Cowichan Conversations: Pilger: Why the Rise of Fascism is Again the Issue

Richard Hughes- Political Blogger John Pilger’s thorough examination of fascism from the German Nazis Holocaust through to the US led attacks on Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Kosovo,Vietnam, and the sorry list goes on. Read about President Obama’s Tuesday ‘CIA’ kill list, the tie in with the evolution of US backed radical groups culminating in todays murderous ...

CuriosityCat: Ukraine: Minsk deal includes de facto federation

Three powerful leaders and one powerless one gathered around a table in Minsk, negotiating a ceasefire agreement for war-torn Ukraine. The negotiations took a surprising turn when the four leaders met alone, without their advisors – it is not yet clear who suggested this, but my bet would be Putin. Fuel for the negotiators: For ...

The Disaffected Lib: A Big Deal With Low Confidence – Ukraine

Angela Merkel and Francoise Hollande seem to have pulled it off – a peace deal to end the civil war in Ukraine.  What no one is even asking is if there’s a chance it will hold. The shooting stops at 5 p.m. ET Saturday.  Like all ceasefires the warring parties are free to go at ...