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The Scott Ross: Why Russia’s Crimea is different from America’s Iraq

Today President Obama said America’s invasion of Iraq is nothing compared to Russia’s annexation of Crimea. Coffin makers agree.

In 2003 the United States invaded Iraq, a stable country, claiming Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. The UN Secretary General Kofi Annan said the US invasion was illegal and it was soon determined that Iraq had no such weapons. In 2005 Iraq held elections while the war was still being waged and American troops occupied the country. By 2013 the Iraq war had killed over 100,000 people, with at least 60,000 (lowest estimate) of those being innocent civilians.

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drive-by planet: Report: Canada ranks last out of 27 developed countries on environmental protection: Canada’s COP 19 ‘irrelevance’

 Top: Canada environment minister, Leona Aglukkaq

Canada’s climate policy – rated as the worst in the developed world – makes environment minister Leona Aglukkaq’s presence at COP 19 in Warsaw seem more of a formality than anything else. Christian Holz head of Climate Action Network Canada is quoted by CBC saying that he regards the presence of the Canadian delegation in Warsaw as “largely irrelevant” given Canada’s reputation for inaction on the climate change front.

A European report released to coincide with the Warsaw summit places Canada 55th out of 58 countries when it comes to dealing with greenhouse gas (Read more…)

wRanter.com: A clear message to the world

FB.Event.subscribe(‘edge.create’, function(response) { _gaq.push(['_trackEvent','SocialSharing','Facebook - like button',unescape(String(response).replace(/\+/g, " "))]); }); Share this: Regardless of one’s political predilections, one’s attitude toward the policies of Israel’s current government, or one’s view of Benjamin Netanyahu’s strengths and weaknesses as a retail politician, one has to admire the Israeli prime minister’s ability to make his point. His speech before the United Nations General Assembly in 2012 will long be […]

Things Are Good: Building Better Homes for Refugees

Ikea’s charitable arm has used the expertise of the cheap furniture manufacturer to design a better housing unit for refugees with the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR). Hopefully these designs will help people around the world who are living in poor conditions.

The Refugee Housing Unit started working on a project to develop emergency shelters in 2008. Johan Karlsson, Project Manager at the Refugee Housing Unit, recalls: “The Indian Ocean tsunami was still a fresh memory, and ‘Building back better’ was the motto among our humanitarian partners—meaning that humanitarian aid should not only contribute to saving lives, but also to creating (Read more…)

The Scott Ross: Why US Narrative On Syria’s Chemical Weapons Stinks

The thing about chemical weapons is that an odor usually follows their use, what is odd about Syria is that it is the United States’ decision to arm the rebels that stinks.

The US, despite its poor track record of linking weapons to nations, has recently announced that because it now believes the Syrian government did use chemical weapons, arming the rebels is now a moral imperative. However the often under-reported and plainly ignored facts strongly suggest it was not the Syrian government that used chemical weapons, but the rebels.

Besides of course that a significant amount of rebels belong (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Canada blocking UN efforts to address sexual violence against women

By: Action Canada for Population and Development | Press Release

OTTAWA/GENEVA, June 7, 2013 – Governments and civil society are calling into question the leadership of the Canadian government on the theme of Violence Against Women at the 23rd session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC).

In previous years, the Canadian government, which chairs the negotiations of the annual HRC resolution on violence against women, has played a leadership role in helping to create advances seeking to protect women from violence. Yet this year, a number of concerns have been raised regarding Canada’s approach to the new resolution (Read more…)

Trashy's World: Canada’s refusal to sign the UN arms trade treaty…

…is nothing short of bizarre! And Pit bill Baird’s contention that the Grit and Dipper support for the treaty is somehow related to reintroducing the Gun Registry is stuff from a freaking alternate universe! Seriously? Has the moral compass of the CPC gone that wacky??? (2) Trashy, Ottawa, Ontario

The Canadian Progressive: UN must challenge Canada’s complicity in mining’s human rights abuses

Canada is due for review at the UN human rights council – abuses by its mining companies must not be overlooked By: Meera Karunananthan | The Guardian (UK), Published on Wed Apr 24, 2013: Canada is scheduled for its universal periodic review (UPR) at the UN human rights council on 26 April. The UPR is [...]

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Peace, order and good government, eh?: Abstaining above our weight

Canada won’t run for UN Security Council seat in 2014

Canada will focus on other priorities rather than mount a fresh campaign for a spot on the United Nations Security Council, says Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird.

Baird’s disclosure that there’s no new campaign in the works comes after Canada’s failed 2010 campaign to win one of the two temporary two-year, non-veto-wielding seats on the UN’s top body that were available at the time.

That loss in 2010 was the first time Canada had ever lost a bid for a seat on the council. I guess Baird doesn’t handle rejection (Read more…)

Trashy's World: The socialists at the International Monetary Fund…

DARE to say that the Harperland economy is WEAK! They DARE!   Canada’s economic growth will be the slowest among Group of 20 countries outside Europe as it grapples with a cooling housing market and as policy makers rein in deficits, according to the International Monetary Fund.   The Washington-based lender cut its 2013 Canadian [...]

The Canadian Progressive: Canada ranks 17th of 29 for children’s well-being, says UNICEF report

By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive: Canada ranks 17th out of 29 wealthy countries when it comes to tackling child poverty, obesity and related well-being issues, says a new report by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the UN children’s agency. The Innocenti Report Card 11 by UNICEF’s Research Office also reveals that the Canada [...]

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drive-by planet: Harper government ‘an embarrassment’ with bailout on U.N. drought convention "talkfest"

Another first for the UN-phobic Harper government. After earning the distinction of being first to bail out of Kyoto, they are now the first to jump ship from the UN’s convention on drought. Why? Less to do with the needed work the convention is actually doing and more because in the eyes of the government it’s a bureaucratic “talkfest” and not deploying Canadian funds in a fashion the government deems acceptable.

The move prompted leader of the Greens, Elizabeth May, to tweet that “Canada is the North Korea of environmental law” – a remark she stands by – here.

Course

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The Canadian Progressive: Sitsabaiesan, NDP MPs urge Conservatives to take principled stance on Sri Lanka

By Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive In Parliament earlier this week, New Democrat MP for Scarborough-Rouge River Rathika Sitsabaiesan and fellow NDP MPs urged the Harper government to take a principled stance on Sri Lanka. They called on the Conservatives to support international calls for an independent investigation into allegations of war crimes [...]

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The Canadian Progressive: Vatican Summoned Before UN Committee on Rights of the Child

Groups Submit Report on Worldwide Sex Abuse Crisis By: Center for Constitutional Rights (Press Release) | Feb. 28, 2013: NEW YORK and ROME – Today, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) and the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) filed an alternate report to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child READ MORE

drive-by planet: COP 18 Doha: Appadurai ban lifted but youth, civil society voices marginalized

According to recent reports from the UN Climate Conference in Doha the activities of youth delegates, the press and civil society representatives have been significantly curtailed.

A Common Dreams article quotes an IPS reporter named Stephen Leahy:

For no obvious reason, security at the meeting known as COP 18 is very strict. Worse, the much smaller than usual contingent of participants from civil society is under a number of restrictions. No posters. No flyers. No demonstrations except in designated locations well away from the negotiations. When allowed to speak at official sessions, civil society organizations’ (CSO) speaking time has been

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Politics and Entertainment: A short quiz on the US, Israel, and ‘rogue nation’ status | Glenn Greenwald | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk

A short quiz on the US, Israel, and ‘rogue nation’ status | Glenn Greenwald | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk

“…So essentially, it’s the entire planet on one side, versus the US, its new right-wing poodle to the north, Israel, and three tiny, bribed islands on the other side. If you’re a member in good standing of the Washington-based US foreign policy community, then the way you describe these matters is as follows: “the international community stands by Israel and supports its position” – because, in that warped, self-affirming world, “international community” is a synonym for “US (Read more…)

Trashy's World: Stay classy, my home and native land…

…stay classy. Canada was one of only 6 nations to vote yesterday against a UN resolution calling for Israel to open up its nuclear facilities for inspection. The others were the US, Israel, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia and Palau. What lo… . . . → Read More: Trashy’s World: Stay classy, my home and native land…

Politics and Entertainment: Palestine: Harper Regime’s Utter Stupidity

For Palestine it’s one thing to vote against its elevation to statehood. That remains a respectable decision. It’s quite another to campaign aggressively against admission to statehood as the Harper Regime has done in one of its darkest moments of utte… . . . → Read More: Politics and Entertainment: Palestine: Harper Regime’s Utter Stupidity

drive-by planet: Palestine UN ‘observer state’ vote: Harper government lines up with Palau and Nauru

 Bottom: Palestinians in Ramallah protest Harper’s remarks  about the Palestinian UN bid This week the UN resolution A/67/L28 granting Palestine non-member observer state status passed in resounding style – 138 “yes” votes to 9 “no” with … . . . → Read More: drive-by planet: Palestine UN ‘observer state’ vote: Harper government lines up with Palau and Nauru

drive-by planet: Baird at the UN

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Politics and Entertainment: Given how many countries it has alienated through this ridiculous demonstration of bad judgement, Canada is really the one risking retaliation, not Palestine

“Baird’s intervention [student union schoolboy bullying] is notable. . . because only two other foreign ministers — those of Indonesia and Turkey [both supported Palestine] — spoke on the issue before the vote.” (Primer on Canada’s… . . . → Read More: Politics and Entertainment: Given how many countries it has alienated through this ridiculous demonstration of bad judgement, Canada is really the one risking retaliation, not Palestine

350 or bust: Fossils In Harper Government Recognized In Doha

Yes, it’s the annual UN Climate negotiations, which means that it’s time for Canada to start receiving its Fossil awards. This comes as no surprise to any Canadians who pay attention to what our current federal government is up to in Otta… . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: Fossils In Harper Government Recognized In Doha

The Liberal Scarf: Follow the Young Liberals of Canada ground team at the COP 18 UN Climate Change Conference!

http://ylcatcop18.wordpress.com/I was a member of the first YLC team to go to a COP meeting, attending the COP 15 in Copenhagen. I’m very happy to see the YLC continue to be committed to sending delegates as part of the International Federation of Libe… . . . → Read More: The Liberal Scarf: Follow the Young Liberals of Canada ground team at the COP 18 UN Climate Change Conference!

Cowichan Conversations: Should The UN Have Been Monitoring The US Election?

I often thought that the UN should be here to monitor the election. Go Obama! R . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Should The UN Have Been Monitoring The US Election?