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Akaash Maharaj - Practical Idealism: National Post: NATO and the Judgement of Paris

The lessons of Afghanistan were purchased at a bitter cost: the war claimed more lives, more years, and more money than any other campaign in NATO’s history. Unless the alliance takes those lessons to heart, a war in Syria and Iraq to extinguish D… . . . → Read More: Akaash Maharaj – Practical Idealism: National Post: NATO and the Judgement of Paris

Left Over: This Former Refugee Takes an Unsentimental Journey…

Senator Mobina Jaffer talks about the realities of refugee camps Jaffer tells Stephen Quinn about what she saw in her latest trip to the Middle East By On The Coast, CBC News Posted: Nov 21, 2015 8:00 AM PT Last Updated: … Continue reading . . . → Read More: Left Over: This Former Refugee Takes an Unsentimental Journey…

Left Over: Canadian Kindness Trumps Captain Combover

Syrian refugee family to benefit from couple cancelling big wedding Samantha Jackson, Farzin Yousefian accepted donations in lieu of gifts when they tied the knot at city hall CBC News Posted: Nov 19, 2015 7:50 PM ET Last Updated: Nov … Continue reading . . . → Read More: Left Over: Canadian Kindness Trumps Captain Combover

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

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Creating a Mob May Be Easy

…But controlling a mob isn’t something you can really predict.

What’s the Saskatchewan Premier doing releasing an open letter to the Prime Minister calling for a “pause” and “delay” to refugee settlement? He’s equating terrorism in France with Syrian refugees on their way to live in Saskatchewan. That’s a terrible, and Islamophobic position to take.

The Premier emboldened people to take out anger for the Paris Attacks against innocent Muslim people.

And talk radio’s Conservative stalwart Gormley tweeted that chanting Muslims in North America should be shot. He retracted and apologized for the ridiculously violent comment that encouraged a mob (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Brad Wall Makes News Again

.@PremierBradWall Very unhappy that you're using terrorists' crime to dictate Canada's refugee humanitarian strategy. #skpoli #cdnpoli

— John Klein (@JohnKleinRegina) November 16, 2015

Brad Wall in September, before the CPC leadership opened up. Globe and Mail: #cdnpoli

— Mike Gibbs (@Mikeggibbs) November 16, 2015

That was following this tragedy highlighted in the world media.

If you've changed your opinion due to a terrorist attack, ask yourself why you're letting terrorism win by having it set your agenda.

— Saskboy K. (@saskboy) November 15, 2015

.@mikemckinnon @PremierBradWall @JustinTrudeau If we delay months, how many more (Read more…)

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LeDaro: Are we headed for a third world war?

What is going on in the Middle East has reached a very dangerous cross-road.

Alberta Politics: In Flanders Fields? It’s time to encourage another generation of school kids to read some better poems from the Great War

PHOTOS: In Flanders Fields? The reality of the Great war’s battlefields: squalor, incompetence, mechanized industrial death. Below: John McCrae, and a Great War poet still worth reading, Wilfred Owen. A civilization that forgets its poetry is barely worthy of the name. Like fiction and unlike non-fiction, poetry is how a culture’s most profound truths are […]

The post In Flanders Fields? It’s time to encourage another generation of school kids to read some better poems from the Great War appeared first on Alberta Politics.

Akaash Maharaj - Practical Idealism: Addressing the NATO Parliamentary Assembly

Being at the table during deliberations on war, peace, and the fate of nations was an extraordinary experience. I remember seeing the Berlin Wall fall, and hoping that the age of global warfare might be over. That moment now feels far away. We are clearly facing terrible risks, and it will take great statesmanship to avoid the abyss. I advised the alliance on its strategy in Ukraine and Afghanistan.

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Knox Met Candidates Forum in Regina, Sept. 29, 2015 #elxn42

Here’s a portion in High Definition: And another segment (it’s also included in the long video at the top, so if you’ve seen that, there’s probably nothing new in this clip either.)

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Bernie Sanders would win – if US elections weren’t controlled by big money….. But he just might win anyway, and he is well on his way

The Independent Senator from Vermont, and US Presidential candidate, Bernie Sanders, is riding a fast-growing wave of popular support across the United States. Sanders is getting ten times the turn-out for rallies as any other candidate, and the momentum continues to build. Bernie Sanders is getting higher turn-outs to rallies than the Republican candidates, even […]

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Harper Can’t Grasp the Solution to ISIS

Fisk puts his finger on the failing pulse of Canadian leadership the last decade.

“We had a chance to do something at the end of the First World War [when Sykes-Picot was signed], but we didn’t. Nobody reads history books anymore. One of the first things ISIS did was to put up a badly filmed sequence of a bulldozer pushing down a sand wall on the Iraqi-Syrian border. It was pushing it down, and on the ground beside it was a tiny piece of paper, ‘End of Sykes-Picot.’ Someone said to me then that it was the end of (Read more…)

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading.

- Ian Welsh discusses how our problems with poverty and inequality arise out of artificial scarcity: We either already have excess capacity or we have the ability to create more than people need of all necessities.

This includes housing, food and clothing.  We still have enough water, globally, if we are wiling to be smart about how we use it, and in those areas where there are geographical problems they can be solved, in general IF we are willing to be a bit flexible in how we grow our food.…We are also (Read more…)

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading.

- Michael Hurley and Sam Gindin discuss the need for workers to organize to reverse the trend of precarious work, while the Star recognizes that the work is already well underway. PressProgress highlights the benefits of joining a union, while Tom Sandborn offers a to-do list for people looking to ensure fairness for all workers. And Haseena Manek points out the need to rebuild in the wake of longtime attacks on the labour movement by the Cons and other governments.

- Shawn McCarthy highlights the NDP’s promise for far stronger action to rein (Read more…)

Art Threat: Peter Kennard: A very unofficial war artist

The Exhibiton — Peter Kennard: A Very Unofficial War Artist, Imperial War Museum, London The Film — Zygosis: John Heartfield and the Political Image by Gavin Hodge & Tim Morrison (1991)

The images in this archival exhibition, Peter Kennard: A Very Unofficial War Artist, represent a radical perspective on the history of the last 70 years, from the ending of the Second world War to the present crises in the Middle East. I found it difficult to view the show through anything other than the prism of my own life and career.

In an earlier incarnation I was a (Read more…)

LeDaro: North Korea Puts Army on ‘Quasi State of War

This sounds very scary because if there is a war between North and South Korea it will spread if countries like U.S. and Russia get involved.

cartoon life: Technology: ups and downs

   I scooped this from someone’s Tumblr post, and lost the link. Credit is due. But anyway, I thought that that remarkable downturn in civilian and military deaths was interesting. Technology and medical advances are responsible. More and more victims survive and survive with wounds, damage and handicaps where previously they would have died. No doubt surgical precision in strikes prevent less collateral damage. I don’t deny that mistakes are made.

Advances in information, science, technology mechanics and medicine bring that about.

And though the graph doesn’t cover it, even as populations grow larger, deaths from wars seem to (Read more…)

The Tory Pirate - Politics & Policy: Random Thoughts: Ammunition Expiry Dates & War 

A few days ago I was talking to a coworker who is in the Reserves. He happened to mention that the munitions he uses often has very short expiry dates (3-5 years). This got me thinking. I wonder if you cross referenced weapons purchases and military engagements (of the USA and others) whether you would find the military engagements occurring just before the munitions were set to expire.

I hope not. Fighting wars because it would be a waste not to is perhaps the stupidest reason to fight a war I can conceive. Well, except for this.

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: The Queen City Ex Musical Ride

Here’s an advance preview, if a similar “musical ride” comes to Regina?

Kids expecting horses and music from RCMP Musical Ride treated to para-military violence.

— CC (@canadiancynic) June 29, 2015

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Difficult To Talk About, Important To Try

This is a difficult subject to talk about, because highlighting it could easily be viewed as hypocritical. In my defense, I’m not defending Trudeau because I want him elected, and I’m not attacking the Conservatives over this because I think they’re unfit to govern. I just think that using propaganda videos created by ISIS is not something Canadian political parties should ever do.

I regret even posting a link to this remarkably bad Conservative video www. cpcpcc/videos/10153435917054204/ “Conservative Party of Canada – Parti conservateur du Canada:

On the same day that ISIS releases yet another barbaric video, Justin (Read more…)

LeDaro: His Highness Emperor Stephen Harper

Harper is putting Canadian troops on the frontlines in Iraq, when even the United States would not, and then sending Canadian troops to Syria. He’s taking our country deeper into war and putting our Canadian soldiers at risk. Who does Harper think he is? Is he trying to be a macho superpower wannabe? Is he trying to be an imperialist and colonialist? White man’s burden?

Also, Harper and his government are harassing a young man, Omar Khadr, with bogus claims to the Supreme Court that Khadr should be tried as an adult. Elizabeth May was right, Khadr has much more (Read more…)

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading.

- Jim Stanford kicks off the must-read responses to the Cons’ budget with a modest list of five points deserving of public outrage, while PressProgress identifies seven points where the Cons’ spin is far out of touch with reality. Citizens for Public Justice notes that climate change and poverty are among the important issues which don’t rate so much as a mention in the Cons’ plan for an entire term in office, while Jorge Barrera reports that First Nations were also conspicuously omitted other than some cynical re-announcements. Angella MacEwen points out that any (Read more…)

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading.

- Alison picks up on Armine Yalnizyan’s important question as to whether the Cons have a Plan B other than hoping for factors beyond our control to boost oil prices. And Brad Delong argues that based on the foreseeable direction of our economy, we need a stronger public sector now than we’ve ever had before: (A)s we move into the twenty-first century, the commodities we will be producing are becoming less rival, less excludible, more subject to adverse selection and moral hazard, and more subject to myopia and other behavioral-psychological market failures.

The (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?  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…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Haters Gonna Hate

And Liars Gonna Lie.

So, one might expect @jkenney to retract that statement today but, I'm guessing, blame the mistake on bad information from DND and/or CDS.

— Glen McGregor (@glen_mcgregor) April 1, 2015

Here's @jkenney's statement in #HOC about precision-guided munitions, that has since be contradicted by the CDS.

— Glen McGregor (@glen_mcgregor) April 1, 2015