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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 has branded “terrorists” and “an axis of evil.” He appears ready to put an end to what he regards as internal treachery… in his words “a state within a state.”

This is a dagger pointed at US-based Fethullah Gülen and his Hizmet supporters (Read more…)

Writings of J. Todd Ring: A great anti-war song – turn it loud!

When the war drums are pounding, as Gerald Celente and other intelligent observers have been saying for months and years, and only now can the masses begin to hear it; and on the anniversary of that most famous and inspiring speech by Martin Luther King Jr. – who, it should be remembered, had a dream […]

The Canadian Progressive: Malala Yousafzai addresses United Nations Youth Assembly [VIDEO]

by: Obert Madondo | Twitter: @Obiemad:

Malala Yousafzai (Photo credit: Malala Yousafzai’s Blog)

United Nations, New York, 12 July 2013 – Education activist Malala Yousafzai marks her 16th birthday, on Friday, 12 July 2013 at the United Nations by giving her first high-level public appearance and statement on the importance of education.

Malala became a public figure when she was shot by the Taliban while travelling to school last year in Pakistan — targeted because of her committed campaigning for the right of all girls to an education. Flown to the United Kingdom to recover, she is now back (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Multi-Racial Cheerios Commercial Provokes Barrage of Racist Comments

This multi-racial Cheerios commercial has provoked a barrage of racist comments on YouTube, Reddit, Facebook and other social media. Some of the bigots said the commercial was so “disgusting” it made them “want to vomit”, made “references to Nazis, ‘troglodytes’ and ‘racial genocide’.”

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The Canadian Progressive: FBI knew of plot to kill OWS activists, remained silent

  The FBI knew of plot to kill OWS activists, remained silent. Only one month into the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations in 2011, plans were formulated to identify key figures in the movement and execute them with a coordinated assault using sniper rifles, documents reveal. MORE The Canadian Progressive recommends: FBI “plot to identify and assassinate READ MORE

The Canadian Progressive: The Keystone XL Tar Sands Climate Threat (VIDEO)

New information shows that dirty oil from the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline would create even more dangerous carbon emissions and add to the threat of climate change. Come to the Forward on Climate Rally to stop the Keystone XL pipeline Feb. 17, 2013, in Washington, DC. The Canadian Progressive recommends: Canada’s tar sands cannot enhance READ MORE

The Canadian Progressive: In Canada’s House of Commons, A Profound Fear Of “Zombies” (VIDEO)

By Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive, Feb. 14, 2013: Those of us who live in Ottawa are quite used to the talk and sightings of Zombies on Parliament Hill. Today was different. It all started with the NDP‘s outspoken Winnipeg MP, Pat Martin, asking Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird if he’s “working with his American counterparts to develop READ MORE

Art Threat: Pirate Bay documentary debuts online

The Pirate Bay Away From Keyboard documentary, which tells the story behind the embattled Swedish Pirate Bay project, is now available on YouTube. The film just premiered in Europe and was simultaneously launched on line at Youtube and for download on…Pirate Bay.

Following the TPB founders, Peter Sunde, Fredrik Neij and Gottfrid Svartholm, the doc is of interest to anyone concerned with or about copyright in an age of information saturation and increasing surveillance and digital commons. Enjoy!

The Canadian Progressive: Oh Canada – Our Bought And Sold Out Land (VIDEO)

Via YouTube: Dan Mathews has done us all a favor, with his educational documentary, as he reveals common misconception in how we deal with banks. Watch and laugh as Dan catches our politicians off guard with some simple questions. These questions are simple, but you’d be surprised who actually has trouble answering. In the end READ MORE

The Canadian Progressive: Freedom of Press Under Attack in Montreal (VIDEO)

During the Quebec student protests against the tuition hikes, members of the press came under attack by the SPVM (Montreal Police). This video aims to raise the issue of press freedom in face of suppressive and brutal tactics by the SPVM to deny access of coverage to members of the media. The Canadian Progressive recommends: READ MORE

The Canadian Progressive: CBS bans breasts, buttocks, genitals, this Pink stuff at Grammy Awards

By Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive, Feb. 9, 2013: Nearly ten years after Janet Jackson’s famous wardrobe malfunction, the CBS is on high alert concerning nudity. A “Wardrobe Advisory” email the network’s Standards & Practices department sent out to representatives of stars scheduled to perform at Sunday’s 55th Annual Grammy Awards is warning performers to adequately cover their breasts, READ MORE

The Canadian Progressive: City of Vaughan Twitter update calls residents “f–knuts”

By Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive, Feb. 8, 2013: Would a 2 feet snowstorm, the worst seen in your town cause you to Twitter-curse fellow townsfolk for not putting their cars in the garage? If you’re one of two corporate communications managing persons responsible for the official Twitter account of the City of Vaughan, Ontario. Or you’re the hacker READ MORE

The Canadian Progressive: US government reveals memo on killing of Americans abroad using drone strikes

Earlier today, a confidential Justice Department memo was released revealing the legal justification for the US government to conduct drone strikes on American citizens abroad. The most controversial part of the memo, which has caused a group of bipartisan senators to immediately demand answers from the Obama administration, is where it states that the government READ MORE

The Canadian Progressive: Gyasi Ross: The Future of ‘Idle No More’ (VIDEO)

Indian Country Today and Huffington Post contributor Gyasi Ross discusses the future and impact of the Idle No More movement, and the lived experiences of First Nations in Canada and the United States: Video available on YouTube The Canadian Progressive recommends: Stephen Harper Launches Major First Nations Termination Plan In Canada, Indigenous youth fight for rights READ MORE

The Canadian Progressive: Best line to pick up a Canadian woman: “Hi, I’m NOT Stephen Harper”? (VIDEO)

by Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive, Feb.3, 2013: Seriously, you can actually get laid in Canada for introducing yourself as NOT Prime Minister Stephen Harper and certainly having nothing to do with the Conservatives? For saying that you got nothing to do with the Alberta tar sands and Canada’s oil-driven foreign policy? That you got nothing to do with Harper’s READ MORE

The Canadian Progressive: Human Rights Watch World Report 2013 (VIDEO)

Video available on YouTube The Canadian Progressive recommends: Human Rights Watch: Challenges for Rights After Arab Spring Canada’s Human Rights Reputation is Fast Becoming a Myth Cornel West Is Upset Obama Was Sworn In On Martin Luther King’s Bible U.S. pressuring Bradley Manning to implicate Julian Assange (VIDEO) The Young Turks’ Cenk Uygur On Obama’s READ MORE

The Canadian Progressive: In Canada, Indigenous youth fight for rights of women (VIDEO)

by Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive, Feb. 3, 2013: Andrea Landry, a member of the Anishinaable people and Youth Executive of the National Association of Friendship Centre in Canada, recently attended a meeting for Indigenous youth at the UN Headquarters in New York. In this interview with UNTV Multimedia Producer, Mary Ferreira, Andrea explains how indigenous youth READ MORE

The Canadian Progressive: CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou: Torture was official US policy

Via YouTube: Former CIA agent John Kiriakou was sentenced to 30 months in prison for revealing the identity of a covert officer to a reporter. But originally he was pending charges on the violating the espionage act. Kiriakou is the first CIA official to publicly confirm the use of waterboarding and other tactics he describes READ MORE

The Canadian Progressive: Fractured Land: A Dene warrior battles Big Oil and neo-colonialism

by Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive, Feb 1, 2013: This is the trailer of Fractured Land a film that tells the story of Caleb Behn, a young Dene warrior from northeastern British Columbia, “taking on Big Oil and Gas to protect his ancestral land and people from the ravages of neocolonialism.” I met Behn late last year when he READ MORE

The Canadian Progressive: Adrian Dix NDP TV Ad: “Change for the Better”

Adrian Dix NDP TV Ad: “Change for the Better”, for British Columbia, Canadians, First Nations, the world, and the future: We recommend:Radicals for our coast: New Democrat MPs and community reps (VIDEO)President Barack Obama’s 2nd Inaugural Address: VIDEOB.C. Premier Condemns Enbridge Inc For Michigan Pipeline Spill Naomi Klein – Unacceptable risks in pipeline expansion to VancouverForest Ethics READ MORE

The Canadian Progressive: Global Mining and Tar Sands Oil Drive Canadian Foreign Policy

by Guest Blogger | Jan. 28, 2013 In the era of dictatorial Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his right-wing Conservatives, global mining and tar sands oil drive Canadian foreign policy. Canadian author, activist and political commentator, Yves Engler, argues that Harper’s right wing foreign policy protects interests of big oil and mining at home and abroad. He speaks with Paul READ MORE

The Canadian Progressive: “We Steal Secrets”: The Story of WikiLeaks (VIDEO)

by Guest Blogger | Jan 27, 2013: Oscar-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney discusses his new documentary, “We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks” with Amy Goodman, the host of Democracy Now! The film examines the key players involved in the whistleblowing website’s release of hundreds of thousands of secret U.S. diplomatic cables to the whistleblowing website WikiLeaks. The READ MORE

The Canadian Progressive: Operation Last Resort: Anonymous Declares ‘War’ On U.S. Government

Hacktivist collective threatens massive WikiLeaks-style exposure of potentially-damaging secrets. by Guest Blogger | Jan 27, 2013 In response to the death of Internet activist , Reddit programmer and extraordinary hacker, Aaron Swartz, Anonymous has declared “war” on the U.S. government with an operation code-named “Operation Last Resort”. Late Friday the hacktivist collective hacked the United States Sentencing Commission‘s READ MORE

The Canadian Progressive: Ontario Phases Out Coal, First in North America to Do So

A decade ago, Ontario fired 25 percent of its grid from coal. Now Canada’s most populous province will phase out its entire coal fleet by the end of the year to become the first jurisdiction in North America to do so. RELATED: Ontario’s Next Premier: Andrea Horwath Ontario New Democrats Steer Clear of US-Style Dirty READ MORE

My journey with AIDS...and more!: Coming out as the end of a beginning

This morning on CTV’s Canada AM Kevin Newman, of Question Period fame, was promoting a very important segment on this weekend’s W5 program (Saturday at 7 p.m. ET) and, in the accompanying online article he wrote, “Coming out is toward the end of the process for our gay children” – when learning to accept it … … Continue reading →