Propaganda, hysteria, ultra-violence and imperialism, as usual “A people unaware of its myths is likely to continue living by them.” – Richard Slotkin I have been too horrified by the predictably violent and insane reaction of the Western pow… . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: The Paris Attacks In Contex
The Conservative party of Canada is clearly playing into fear, xenophobia and racism as a way to win votes, as its “War on Terror” narrative, its racial baiting and its new snitch line show. This is sickening. Mind you, the Liberals and NDP have eerily similar agendas to the Conservatives on key issues of the . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: Conservatives in Canada swing further to the far right – the other two major parties are little better
“The responsibility of intellectuals is to speak the truth and expose lies.” – Noam Chomsky “In times of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” – George Orwell According to a February 2015 Gallup poll, Americans consider the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant — abbreviated as ISIS or ISIL — and . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: ISIS and Terrorism – A Reality Check
Prime Minister Harper’s current political “divert the public’s attention” strategy is to beat on the war drums over ISIS.
Yes, ISIS is a brutal lot, and they are doing a lot of horrible things. Should they be held accountable for their actions? Absolutely. Are the western powers the right people to “hold them accountable”? . . . → Read More: The Cracked Crystal Ball II: Why The "Fight Against ISIS" Is A Farce
Prime Minister Harper’s current political “divert the public’s attention” strategy is to beat on the war drums over ISIS. Yes, ISIS is a brutal lot, and they are doing a lot of horrible things. Should they be held accountable for their actions? &… . . . → Read More: The Cracked Crystal Ball II: Why The "Fight Against ISIS" Is A Farce
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The War on Ideas is losing ground. This was clearly demonstrated through two clashing films recently. American Sniper and Citizen Four.
They could not be more opposite and yet they were both declared Oscar winners
The War on Ideas is winning over public support in spite of the . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Edward Snowden and His Ideological Allies Are Winning
Pretty much every time I hear Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper or one of his Conservative minions speak, I think of this song: “Propaganda” by the defunct punk/Oi! band Blitz. The same goes for when I hear Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne or one of her provincial Liberal hacks spew BS talking points. Even though . . . → Read More: The Ranting Canadian: Pretty much every time I hear Canadian Prime Minister Stephen…
The book opens with this mea culpa:
“I am a United States Army general, and I lost the Global War on Terrorism,” Lieutenant-General Daniel Bolger begins his history of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. “It’s like Alcoholics Anonymous; step one is admitting you have a problem. Well, I have a problem. So do . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Caution. This May Make Your Jaw Drop.
When it comes to Iraq, or the rest of the Middle East for that matter, America is operating on a number of assumptions rooted in fantasy. These false assumptions ensure that America will keep getting itself trapped in quagmire.
Andrew Bacevich, former US Army commander turned academic, knows a good deal about Iraq. . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Washington’s Quagmire Mentality
As I had expected, the first steps in the Harper Government’s overreaching reaction to this week’s events in Ottawa are starting to surface.
Introducing Harper’s Thought Police:
Sources suggest the government is likely to bring in new hate speech legislation that would make it illegal to claim terrorist acts are justified online.
The . . . → Read More: The Cracked Crystal Ball II: No. Just No.
Contrary to what governments want their citizens to do, that is precisely what the following Star letter-writers are engaging in as they ask the right questions and point out what should be obvious about the war on ISIS terrorism:
Chantal Hébert overlooked the sanest voice in Parliament when she analyzed the stands of the . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Some Critical Thinking About The War Against ISIS
Harper got caught in a lie important enough that the US Secretary of Defence’s office took the somewhat rare move of embarrassing Harper by telling everyone it was indeed a lie.
Namely, as reported by Global News, Harper made something of a big show that the US was asking for Canadian help in the newest . . . → Read More: Progressive Proselytizing: Harper’s small but important lie on Iraq
Harper got caught in a lie important enough that the US Secretary of Defence’s office took the somewhat rare move of embarrassing Harper by telling everyone it was indeed a lie. Namely, as reported by Global News, Harper made something of a … . . . → Read More: Progressive Proselytizing: Harper’s small but important lie on Iraq
After the way Omar Khadr has been persecuted by both the American government and ours, I wouldn’t have thought any more outrageous news of this sordid affair could emerge. But it has. After a hard-fought freedom of information case by the New York Times and the American Civil Liberties Union, a court has ordered the . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: Omar Khadr’s trial lacked legal basis
A group of lawyers has asked Canada to arrest former US Vice President Dick Cheney for torture and war crimes when he visits Toronto later this week.
The post Canada must arrest Dick Cheney for torture, war crimes: Lawyers appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.
There is a deeper reason for the war on drugs, which is the central reason for the policy, even outweighing profits from private prisons and seizure of property by law enforcement officers, both of which no doubt are also significant and strong motivations for keeping the “war on drugs” going. Nearly thirty years ago, Chomsky . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: The deeper reasons for the “war on drugs”
(that the mass media won’t tell you about) 1. The Middle East holds 60% of the world’s remaining energy reserves: therefore, the entire region is critical to control – for anyone with an empire fetish, that is. And if you’re serious about controlling the Middle Eastern oil reserves, then you must control, not just the . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: The real reasons for threats of war against Syria
This post follows up on earlier posts of Lowkey‘s Obama Nation… here is part 3.
Obama Nation includes input from M1, 2Pac, Lupe Fiasco and others. Also includes footage from a speech by Malcolm X. Syria comes up in the lyrics: “Drones over Pakistan, Yemen and Libya… is Obama the bomber getting ready for . . . → Read More: drive-by planet: Lowkey ‘Obama Nation:part 3’: featuring Malcolm X footage, M1, Lupe Fiasco, 2Pac
Definitions of terrorism:
“The systematic use of terror especially as a means of coercion.” – Merriam Webster
“Systematic use of violence and intimidation to achieve some goal.“ – Free Dictionary
“The use of violence and threats to intimidate or coerce, especially for political purposes.” – Dictionary.com
Noam Chomsky clarifies the definition with . . . → Read More: drive-by planet: Who is the real terrorist?: LowKey – Terrorist video
Am I the only Canadian who is extremely disturbed by Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s cowboy mentality and the whole shoot first, ask questions later approach to terrorism?
Some child casualties of covert US drone war
The Pakistan government has released its figures for civilian casualties of American drone strikes. The Pakistani Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that CIA drones have killed at least 2,200 people in the country, including at least 400 civilians. Around 600 have received serious injuries. . . . → Read More: drive-by planet: ‘Bugsplats’: civilian death count from U.S. drone strikes
Roger Annis at the Feb. 24, 2013 annual meeting of Peace Alliance Winnipeg. Photo: Paul S. Graham
Is the military intervention in Mali by France, with the assistance of the United States, Canada and others an example of a humanitarian intervention launched to protect a fragile democracy from the incursion of Muslim terrorists? . . . → Read More: Paul S. Graham: Behind the invasion of Mali