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Things Are Good: Keystone XL is Done, COP 21 Set to Start

You probably already heard the good news about the end of Keystone XL with Obama killing the proposal. This is a good symbolic step in ending the exploitation of the tar sands in Alberta, plus this comes just a few weeks before COP21.

COP21 is the upcoming United Nations climate change conference which is set to run from Nov. 30 to Dec.11. In the light of Keystone being killed it gives people hope that Obama will actually do something about climate change.

On the Canadian side of the border Prime Minster Trudeau (who loves pipelines, sigh) has cast Catherine (Read more…)

Things Are Good: China Cancelling Debt of Developing World

China has announced that it will provide debt relief to the developing world. President Xi Jinping made the announcement at the UN and anticipates the fund to help the developing world will eventually reach $15 billion. presently the fund is set at $2 billion and will have a positive effect on the poorer nations.

“Looking around the world, the peace and development remain the two major themes of the times,” the Chinese leader said at the summit in New York. “To solve various global challenges, including the recent refugee crisis in Europe, the fundamental solutions lie in seeking peace and (Read more…) Globe and Mail: UN Human Rights Committee raises concerns about C-51

This morning, the UN Human Rights Committee said Bill C-51 could run afoul of the international covenant on civil and political rights. This reckless legislation lacks legitimacy and we need to get it repealed! Speak out at

Article by the Canadian Press published at the Globe and Mail 

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Dead Wild Roses: Noam Chomsky Spoke at the UN in October – I Didn’t Hear About it Either.

Ah, the joy of the free press down in the US. Let’s catch up with Noam as takes us through some possible solutions to the Palestine/Israel conflict.


Filed under: Education, International Affairs, Media Tagged: Israel, Noam Chomsky, Palestine, UN

Things Are Good: Peru Is Using Art to Change the Climate Change Debate

Happening alongside the United Nations Framework Convention of Climate Change is an event in Peru that is connecting locals with artists to make nature inspired work. While politicians at the UN are debating the future of our planet artists will be reframing the debate for others using art in rural Peru. The event will culminate in an exhibition from December 3, 2014 through January 9, 2015 at the Lima Musuem of Contemporary Art.

Over the course of ten days in October, HAWAPI 2014 will take a group of approximately 20 artists, researchers, organizers and local community members 13,000 feet above (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: UN Under Attack

I’ve avoided making many blog posts on Middle East politics because they tend to descend into dogmatic shouting matches on the Internet. I also don’t know every historic, geographic, religious, and political detail so don’t count myself among the experts. One doesn’t have to be an expert to comment on the ghastly situation right now. It’s plain as day.

One of the more outrageous points of Israel and Hamas shooting at each other has been Israel’s shelling of UN sites housing thousands of civilians.

#Israel is the only country who is allowed to attack #UN shelters with the support of (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Politicians Betray Canadian Values in Israel-Gaza Conflict

Rights group says Canadian party leaders’ unequivocal support of Israel a betrayal of Canadian values, demonstrates “no nuance of understanding of the broader situation between Israel, Gaza and the Palestinians.”

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drive-by planet: Israeli war crimes in Gaza – Beit Hanoun attack: US shields Israel from accountability

 Images following the shelling of UN-run school in Beit Hanoun

War crimes committed by Israel in the course of its attack on Gaza are a consequence of an overall strategy rather than isolated incidents due to alleged mistaken targeting or other “accidents.”

The recent Israeli shelling of a UN-run school in Beit Hanoun resulted in 15 deaths and hundreds of wounded – most of the casualties were women and children. The IDF knew  there were hundreds of civilians in the facility seeking shelter from violence but they went ahead and shelled it anyway claiming the target was Hamas, (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: UN special rapporteur calls for inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women in Canada

A long-awaited United Nations report has confirmed that there is a crisis in Canada when it comes to how the Canadian government treats aboriginal peoples.

by: Obert Madondo | May 13, 2014

A new United Nations special rapporteur’s report on the situation of indigenous peoples in Canada is calling for a national inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women.

The report, released Monday by Professor James Anaya, the UN special rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, also confirms that there is a crisis when it comes to the way the Canadian government treats aboriginal peoples.

“The federal Government should (Read more…)

drive-by planet: US corporate media propaganda: NYT’s misleading photo ‘evidence’ of Russian soldiers in east Ukraine

Back in 2003, when Colin Powell presented “evidence” at the UN to back up the White House claim that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction, major US news outlets ran the story believing the Bush administration had the goods. During the UN presentation Russia’s ambassador at the time, Sergei Lavrov,  greeted Powell’s “evidence” with a look of incredulous disbelief or perhaps disdain might be the better term.  As we now know, the Russians were entirely right to cast scorn on Washington’s pack of lies about Saddam’s non-existent WMD.

In the current war of words-and-images on Ukraine, Russian media (Read more…)

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.

In (Read more…)

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…) 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.


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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