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Alberta Politics: Fate of Canadian Wheat Board a disturbing harbinger for Canada’s dairy, poultry and egg farmers

PHOTOS: Tractors in the streets of Ottawa on Tuesday, their drivers protesting the Harper Conservatives’ barely concealed plans to destroy the supply-management agricultural sector. (Grabbed from @amkfoote on Twitter.) Below: Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and CCPA economist Bruce Campbell. GRANDE PRAIRIE, Alberta With the farmer-owned Canadian Wheat Board gutted by legislation . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Fate of Canadian Wheat Board a disturbing harbinger for Canada’s dairy, poultry and egg farmers

The Disaffected Lib: Netanyahu Has Screwed the Pooch for Israel

Even if the next US president is a Republican, what Netanyahu is doing this week will cost Israel far into the future.  What the Israeli prime minister has somehow failed to grasp is that he is targeting the office of the president.

Even those who wish him luck now will never look on . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Netanyahu Has Screwed the Pooch for Israel

The Disaffected Lib: Will British Columbia be the Last Pacific Jurisdiction to Legalize Pot?

Washington took recreational marijuana off the state criminal books two years ago.  Last night voters in Alaska and Oregon followed suit.  California is expected to do the same in 2016.

Imagine.  British Columbia, the province once known for “B.C. Bud”, could be the last jurisdiction on the Pacific Coast to have a criminal prohibition against . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Will British Columbia be the Last Pacific Jurisdiction to Legalize Pot?

drive-by planet: The Oliver Stone Rossiyskaya Gazeta interview: Ukraine, US media bias, Putin, MH-17 and more

American film director, Oliver Stone, recently gave a lengthy interview to the Russian newspaper Rossiyskaya Gazeta. He is in the region helping to produce a documentary with the title Ukraine on Fire.

Excerpts from the interview showed up in various online publications but I just recently came across an English version of the . . . → Read More: drive-by planet: The Oliver Stone Rossiyskaya Gazeta interview: Ukraine, US media bias, Putin, MH-17 and more

drive-by planet: USA #1 when it comes to ‘violence and preparations for violence’

Interesting article on Stop the War coalition site this week entitled Yes it’s true, the United States really is the greatest country in the world – but in what? 

The article includes stats and links to demonstrate that when it comes to “violence and preparations for violence” the USA is indeed the undisputed global . . . → Read More: drive-by planet: USA #1 when it comes to ‘violence and preparations for violence’

drive-by planet: Reasons why "The Khorasan Group" was fabricated by the US government

When the US-led bombing campaign in Syria got underway media outlets announced the emergence of a new jihadist threat that posed an even greater threat to the US than ISIL. It wasn’t just a threat to the region, but a direct and imminent threat to the United States. “The Khorasan Group” we were informed . . . → Read More: drive-by planet: Reasons why "The Khorasan Group" was fabricated by the US government

drive-by planet: New US-led Middle East war repeats old mistakes: fuels the cycle of violence

Airstrikes and rockets targeting sites in Syria and Iraq this week marks an escalation in the early stages of a war stamped with the trademark Made-in-the-USA. This misguided war is a continuation of earlier interventions and strategic errors that have fanned the flames of jihadist resistance around the globe.

The American hand is . . . → Read More: drive-by planet: New US-led Middle East war repeats old mistakes: fuels the cycle of violence

drive-by planet: US journalists critical of Obama admin secrecy – ‘setting standards for secrecy that are spreading nationwide’

Barack Obama came into office promising the most open and transparent government ever. In the light of the Obama administration’s obsessive concerns with secrecy and information control the claim seems badly out of sync with current realities.

People close to the action are best placed to judge when it comes to issues of access . . . → Read More: drive-by planet: US journalists critical of Obama admin secrecy – ‘setting standards for secrecy that are spreading nationwide’

drive-by planet: Don’t believe the hype

drive-by planet: Washington’s war to ‘destroy’ ISIL: what is ISIL and who is the real security threat?

In recent weeks Western media has been sounding the alarm over the speedy territorial gains made by the Islamic State – also known as ISIL and ISIS – with warnings of the threat it poses to the West. In some of the more alarmist commentary you would think  ISIL had arisen like a desert . . . → Read More: drive-by planet: Washington’s war to ‘destroy’ ISIL: what is ISIL and who is the real security threat?

drive-by planet: NATO summit targets Russia: nuclear threat increases with risk of war

Protest in Newport, Wales, against NATO aggression

Government leaders of NATO countries meet in Wales this week to make plans for the escalation of military preparedness, with Russia squarely in the cross hairs. This includes the likely endorsement of a rapid response force made up of as many as 4,000 soldiers capable of being . . . → Read More: drive-by planet: NATO summit targets Russia: nuclear threat increases with risk of war

drive-by planet: U.S. analysts on MH17 – ‘Ukrainian forces to blame’: Ron Paul – Obama ‘hiding truth’

Following the downing of Malaysian Airlines MH-17, anti-Russian rhetoric was hard to miss on MSM. The rhetoric has toned down of late. The Obama administration has also been noticeably quieter on the subject of MH-17. For former rep Ron Paul the ratcheting down of the volume in itself raises questions, in particular about what . . . → Read More: drive-by planet: U.S. analysts on MH17 – ‘Ukrainian forces to blame’: Ron Paul – Obama ‘hiding truth’

drive-by planet: Kiev’s brutal military campaign in eastern Ukraine creating humanitarian crisis

The Kiev regime’s military campaign in eastern Ukraine has Washington’s backing. US State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki voiced support for Kiev’s right to press its assault – an assault that includes the use of air strikes and shelling that have devastated civilians and created growing ranks of refugees, many of whom have sought sanctuary . . . → Read More: drive-by planet: Kiev’s brutal military campaign in eastern Ukraine creating humanitarian crisis

drive-by planet: NED, USAID – America’s ‘democracy building’ trojans: ZunZuneo – failed ‘Twitter-like op’ in Cuba

American NGO’s such as The National Endowment for Democracy (NED), USAID and similar orgs have been employing a variety of highly questionable tactics in Ukraine and elsewhere in the name of so-called “democracy building.” Some of the tactics used by these organizations are arguably illegal because US Foreign Affairs is supposed to be overseen . . . → Read More: drive-by planet: NED, USAID – America’s ‘democracy building’ trojans: ZunZuneo – failed ‘Twitter-like op’ in Cuba

drive-by planet: Famous last words

drive-by planet: Following AKP win Erdogan to ‘enter the lair’ of ‘traitors’: war against Syria in the works?

 Top: Erdoğan after win flanked by son Bilal / Beneath left: Fethullah Gülen

Following a solid win for the AKP in the nationwide local elections in Turkey, PM Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, declared victory and made pointed threats directed at his opponents. He stated his intention to “enter the lair” of his enemies who he . . . → Read More: drive-by planet: Following AKP win Erdogan to ‘enter the lair’ of ‘traitors’: war against Syria in the works?

drive-by planet: The Syrian nightmare Washington is helping to create

Many progressives and leftists find themselves in a conflicted position over the war in Syria. They don’t support western interventionism but by the same token are unwilling to give support to the Assad regime.

A third way approach is support for the Syrian people and their legitimate demands – as opposed to the . . . → Read More: drive-by planet: The Syrian nightmare Washington is helping to create

Bill Longstaff: The West Coast steps up on global warming

Earlier this week, the governors of California, Oregon and Washington and B.C. Premier Christy Clark announced their Pacific Coast Action Plan on Climate and Energy, “committing their governments, and a region that represents the world’s fifth largest economy, to a comprehensive and far-reaching strategic alignment to combat climate change and promote clean energy.”

The plan . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: The West Coast steps up on global warming

drive-by planet: Washington double-standard on leaks: ‘if you’re rich, powerful and well-connected the laws don’t apply to you’

When it comes to leaks stateside there is no such thing as a level playing field. Double standards abound. Establishment “insider” journalists such as Bob Woodward publish leaked classified material that makes some of Bradley Manning’s leaks seem innocuous by comparison.

Woodward, who has been described as “a stenographer to the rich . . . → Read More: drive-by planet: Washington double-standard on leaks: ‘if you’re rich, powerful and well-connected the laws don’t apply to you’

Things Are Good: Washington D.C. Approves Living Wage Bill

Washington D.C. lawmakers approved a proposed bill that institutes a living wage for the region. This is after a loud and boisterous campaign from Walmart to keep poverty-level wages. Walmart is known for low wages, firing employees who report animal abuse, and a whole list of other criticisms. Yet, Walmart makes millions of dollars and . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Washington D.C. Approves Living Wage Bill

350 or bust: Grassroot Activists Gather On Capitol Hill To Lobby For Carbon Tax

  * It was no easy feat trying to keep my cool while racing in my high heels between Congressional and Senate offices in the scorching D.C. heat last Tuesday. More than once I wondered about the wisdom of leaving behind the comfortable Red Lake summer to join nearly four hundred other citizen lobbyists from . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: Grassroot Activists Gather On Capitol Hill To Lobby For Carbon Tax

Alberta Diary: Message to Gary Doer: Now might be a good time to place a call to Ottawa, before you have to cross a picket line!

Canadian diplomats, as seen in the public’s imagination and doubtless as they will soon be portrayed by the Harper Government. Actual Canadian diplomats abroad do not appear quite as illustrated, even when dressed casually for picket line duty. Below: Gary Doer, Canada’s Ambassador to the United States; Treasury Board President Tony Clement.

The . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Message to Gary Doer: Now might be a good time to place a call to Ottawa, before you have to cross a picket line!

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: #ForwardOnClimate Support in Regina: Stop the Keystone XL Pipeline

Stephen McDavid interviewed by CBC/SRC about climate change action: Stephen explains that the pipeline is a line in the sand. Using it, is crossing that line. I’ll explain why there is a line, further on in this post.

I was also interviewed. The CBC reporter was pleased to learn from me (off camera) that there . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: #ForwardOnClimate Support in Regina: Stop the Keystone XL Pipeline

The Canadian Progressive: HISTORY: #ForwardOnClimate Rally in Washington, D.C., Feb. 17

What: The largest Climate RALLY in U.S. history. When: February 17, 2013, Noon – 4:00 p.m. (please arrive by 11:30 a.m.) Where: The National Mall in Washington, D.C. Who: Organizations leading and supporting rally Resources: 1. Speakers, Map, Weather, Transportation, Other Info; 2. Livestream From D.C.; 3. Press Inquiries; 4. Tar Sands; 5. Solidarity Rallies; . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: HISTORY: #ForwardOnClimate Rally in Washington, D.C., Feb. 17

The Canadian Progressive: Keystone XL pipeline: Leaders in historical act of civil disobedience in front of White House

48 environmental, civil rights, and community leaders engage in historic act of civil disobedience to stop Keystone XL pipeline. Julian Bond, Bill McKibben, Michael Brune, and others arrested in front of White House in call for action on climate. By Sierra Club | Feb. 13, 2013: WASHINGTON, D.C. – This morning, 48 environmental, civil rights, . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Keystone XL pipeline: Leaders in historical act of civil disobedience in front of White House