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Writings of J. Todd Ring: The Paris Attacks In Contex

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

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Conservatives in Canada swing further to the far right – the other two major parties are little better

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 […]

Writings of J. Todd Ring: ISIS and Terrorism – A Reality Check

“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 […]

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?  Absolutely.  Are the western powers the right people to “hold them accountable”?  No.  Not in the slightest.

Way back in 2002 (before I started this blog), Bush the Lesser decided to invade Iraq, turning one foolhardy war in Afghanistan into two wars.  Invading Afghanistan was foolish enough, invading Iraq was ludicrously stupid.  Both of these were essentially colonial (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: Edward Snowden and His Ideological Allies Are Winning

Richard Hughes- Political Blogger

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 immense efforts made to demonize heroes like Julian Assange and Edward Snowden.

Julian Assange

While polarization is increasing much of that is because citizens are recognizing the dangerous lurch to the extreme right, especially here in Canada.

Canada’s Prime Minister Steve Harper with his extreme dominionist religious views has driven (Read more…)

The Ranting Canadian: Pretty much every time I hear Canadian Prime Minister Stephen…

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 the crooked politicians and partisan bureaucrats are obviously lying and spinning the facts, I realize that a large percentage of the population takes what they say at face value. It is scary and demoralizing to contemplate.

Here’s my suggestion for an updated version of one of (Read more…)

The Disaffected Lib: Caution. This May Make Your Jaw Drop.

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 my peers. And thanks to our problem, now all of America has a problem, to wit: two lost campaigns and a war gone awry.“By placing the blame on the military, Bolger portrays presidents George W Bush and Barack Obama as woefully (Read more…)

The Disaffected Lib: Washington’s Quagmire Mentality

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.  The Columbia professor commanded US troops in Operation Desert Storm and his son was lost to an IED during Operation Enduring Freedom.

Inside the Beltway, policymakers, politicians, and pundits take Iraq’s existence for granted.  Many can even locate it on a map.  They also take (Read more…)

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: No. Just No.

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 Prime Minister told the House of Commons on Thursday that Canada’s law and policing powers need to be strengthened in the areas of surveillance, detention and arrest. He said work is already under way to provide law enforcement agencies with “additional tools” and that (Read more…)

Politics and its Discontents: Some Critical Thinking About The War Against ISIS

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 three main parties on the war against Islamic State. She accused Stephen Harper, Thomas Mulcair and Justin Trudeau of electioneering rather than clear thinking. Too bad she didn’t mention Elizabeth May’s brilliant speech on the issue. While agreeing with Harper that Canadians support the need to (Read more…)

Politics and its Discontents: Sounds About Right To Me

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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 big show that the US was asking for Canadian help in the newest war in Iraq. Turns out, it was the other way around, where Harper asked the Americans if Canada could help out and the document Harper was referring to was a response to this.

Now, does it really matter who asked whom first? At the end (Read more…)

Bill Longstaff: Omar Khadr’s trial lacked legal basis

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 release of a U.S. Department of Justice memo that rejects any legal foundation

The Canadian Progressive: Canada must arrest Dick Cheney for torture, war crimes: Lawyers

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.

Writings of J. Todd Ring: The deeper reasons for the “war on drugs”

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 […]

Writings of J. Todd Ring: The real reasons for threats of war against Syria

(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 […]

drive-by planet: Lowkey ‘Obama Nation:part 3′: featuring Malcolm X footage, M1, Lupe Fiasco, 2Pac

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 Syria?”

Tip of the hat to GlobalFaction and DJRoc.

drive-by planet: Who is the real terrorist?: LowKey – Terrorist video

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.”  -

Noam Chomsky clarifies the definition with recourse to law:

I took the official definitions of terrorism, which were very good, I took the definition that is given in US and British law, which is a fine definition but has a flaw; If you apply it, it turns out the United (Read more…)

drive-by planet: Real face of terrorism: meet the ‘good guys’

somecanuckchick dot com: Shoot first, ask questions later…

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?

drive-by planet: ‘Bugsplats’: civilian death count from U.S. drone strikes

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. In addition Islamabad believes that some 200 of the total of those killed are likely to be civilians also.

As the Bureau of Investigative Journalism notes this figure is close to their own “low range estimate” of 411 civilians killed.

Pakistani officials met with Ben Emmerson QC, UN (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Bradley Manning Tried New York Times, Washington Post Before WikiLeaks

By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive | March 3, 2013: Turns out Bradley Manning tried to leak to New York Times and the Washington Post before WikiLeaks. But he couldn’t breach the thick armor of the America’s mainstream media. Manning made the revelation in a 35-page statement he read to the military court on Thursday. Via the Guardian: Bradley Manning has READ MORE

Paul S. Graham: Behind the invasion of Mali

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? Or is France meddling in the affairs of its former colony to protect its business interests and further the political and economic interests of its NATO partners?

Roger Annis, coordinator of the Canada-Haiti Action Network and longtime political activist, explored these questions at the Annual General Meeting

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350 or bust: A Fresh Look At The War On Terra

I don’t know about you, but I’m having a crappy Friday. Not much to be done about it now but hang in there, I know it will get better. In the meantime, here’s The Juice Media’s satirical take on the War on Terror Terra: how have the “capitols of the civilized world” Australia and Canada [...]

CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: The Young Turks’ Cenk Uygur On Obama’s “Kill List” (VIDEO)

Aly Ssa Canadian Progressive World mentioned.

The Young Turks host Cenk Uygur breaks it down President Obama‘s “Kill List” of terrorists targeted for assassination through drone attacks. Obama approves every name on the Kill List. He reviews the bios and the evidence against them. And then he authorizes “lethal action without hand-wringing.” Without due process.

The video carries a petition started by by David Sirota on the official White House website. Sirota argues:

The New York Times reports that President Obama has created an official “kill list” that he uses to personally order the assassination of American citizens.

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