Alberta Politics: Others sure to suffer as Sudden Apocalyptic Deficit Syndrome strikes affluent, older, white males from Saskatchewan

PHOTOS: The economic landscape nowadays in Saskatchewan. Below: Economist and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman (Twitter), Canadian economists Jim Stanford (Twitter) and Toby Sanger, and, of course, Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall. Saskatchewan appears to be suffering from a serious economic malady. Nobel Prize-winning economist and journalist Paul Krugman calls it “Austerity Fever.” Canadian economist ...

Things Are Good: Britain’s Bag Ban Boasts Big Benefits

England has put a 5p charge on plastic bags last year and it’s already having a huge impact on the environment. The use of disposable bags has decreased 85% since the same time last year! Last year 7 billion bags had been handed out compared to just 500 million so far this year. The Marine ...

Left Over: Just another E-Mail from the Real World…

A friend sent me this article,  and  I am  adding my  answer…I don’t have permission to print out the article in its entirety, but  you  can  look for it  at FP..it’s short and succinct… WORTHY OF THEIR ANGER Our leaders’ unpunished failures have led to furious voters Stephen Walt For Foreign Policy magazine Dear K…. ...

Cowichan Conversations: BREXIT THE MOVIE is a feature-length documentary film

This film is absolutely pro Brexit and was released May 12th, 2016 It is well worth a look see as to the drive to leave the EU. Did this film have an effect? Probably. How Read more…

The Tory Pirate - Politics & Policy: Brexit: How Not To Do Referendums

In a semi-surprising move Britain voted to leave the European Union late last week.There has been endless discussion on how bad this might be for Britain, where thecampaign to remain in the EU went wrong, and what this means for the Union’sfuture (both of them actually). What has received less attention is the fatal flaw ...

The Canadian Progressive: Brexit vote fundamentally undermines Britain and the EU

By voting for Brexit, the UK has “opted for a form of ritual suicide, but one which will destroy others in its wake, fundamentally undermining the EU, the most progressive political project in history.” The post Brexit vote fundamentally undermines Britain and the EU appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Alberta Politics: Victory Day in Moscow: some thoughts about the wisdom of messing with Russia

PHOTOS: A scene for last year’s May 9 Victory Day Parade in Moscow. The red banner visible in the centre is one of the Soviet victory flags hoisted over the Reichstag in Berlin in May 1945. Below: My military history professor, Reginald H. Roy and British World War II Field Marshall Bernard Law Montgomery, both ...

Alberta Politics: Reassessing NATO: Canada shouldn’t let itself be ‘Article Fived’ into a war by Turkey’s Islamist president

PHOTOS: A bunch of NATO political bureaucrats try to look busy in this file photo. Recognize anyone? Below: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Russian President Vladimir Putin and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. Does it benefit Canada in any way to remain part of NATO, an organization that harbours at least one member country that ...

Writings of J. Todd Ring: New Leadership Urgently Needed For The US, Canada and Britain

Imagine if Martin Luther King Jr., Tommy Douglas and Tony Benn were President of the US, and Prime Ministers of Canada and Britain, respectively. The world would certainly be a far better, more just, freer, more peaceful, and safer place. But we do not. In all three of these “leading” nations we have neoliberal corporate ...

Writings of J. Todd Ring: New Leadership Urgently Needed For The US, Canada and Britain

Imagine if Martin Luther King Jr., Tommy Douglas and Tony Benn were President of the US, and Prime Ministers of Canada and Britain, respectively. The world would certainly be a far better, more just, freer, more peaceful, and safer place. But we do not. In all three of these “leading” nations we have neoliberal corporate ...

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 ...

Left Over: To The Left, To The Left…Second-Guessing The Youth Vote

Free to dream, I’d be left of Jeremy Corbyn. But we can’t gamble the future on him     Here is a comment  I made  re an opinion piece in the  Guardian by Polly  Toynbee… This is an oddly similar discussion to one happening in Canada today..but we are just beginning the election campaign to ...

The Disaffected Lib: China’s "Century of Humiliation" And Why It Matters.

I’m regularly astonished at the reaction I receive when I mention the militant nationalism flourishing within China’s military establishment, stoked by the perceived need to avenge what they call China’s “century of humiliation.” Few in the West have the slightest idea of how Britain and her allies suppressed the Chinese and laid low their once ...

Dead Wild Roses: What was the British Electorate Thinking?

An anti-government protest placard is seen outside Downing Street during a march to protest against the British government’s spending cuts and austerity measures in London on June 20, 2015. The national demonstration against austerity was organised by People’s Assembly against government spending cuts. AFP PHOTO / BEN STANSALL Well, let us pause in complete shock ...

Parchment in the Fire: Academics attack George Osborne budget surplus proposal | Business | The Guardian

Academics attack George Osborne budget surplus proposal | Business | The Guardian. Filed under: Austerity Tagged: Austerity, Britain, Conservative Party

The Disaffected Lib: Measuring David Cameron’s Future – Will That Be Inches or Hours?

When the votes are counted at the end of the day, David Cameron may well remain Britain’s prime minister.  As for tomorrow, all bets are off. …he may only hold that title for a few weeks as caretaker PM, if Labour and the Scottish Nationalists can muster enough MPs between them to deliver a hostile ...

The Disaffected Lib: The Falklands – Again?

The British government is planning to reinforce its garrison on the Falklands Islands out of concern of another attempt by Argentina to take the islands by force. The south American nation is feared to be increasing military expenditure. Senior ministers in the country have also made a series of increasingly aggressive statements about the islands ...

Cowichan Conversations: Why Is the West Spoiling for a Fight with Russia?

At a time where the commercial media, or much of it, serves to whip up hysteria over challenges from ISIS, the so called aggressive actions of Putin and other US/Nato driven issues we can be grateful for the internet, bloggers and social media. Murray Dobbin’s articles would get short shrift today by most media outlets ...

Left Over: Can’t Tolerate Bigotry…

Time to put the brakes on our slide to intolerance: Tim Harper A government which deals with only symptoms and refuses to look at root causes is part of the problem. By: Tim Harper National Affairs, Published on Sun Mar 01 2015 (with thanks to Montreal Simon’s blog for the reference:  montrealsimon.blogspot.ca)   What has ...

The Disaffected Lib: Are We Really Willing to Go To War over Ukraine?

Would you be okay if it was your kids in uniform going off to a shooting war with the Russians over Ukraine? The whole idea seems fantastic, ridiculous.  We tend to dismiss it as unimaginable but giving it short shrift can be lethal. Earlier this week three words caught my attention – “une guerre totale.” ...

Left Over: Money for Nothin’ and Your Work for Free…

Poloz’s prescription for unemployed youth: Work for free TAVIA GRANT The Globe and Mail Published Tuesday, Nov. 04 2014, 12:40 PM EST Last updated Tuesday, Nov. 04 2014, 7:03 PM EST http://montrealsimon.blogspot.ca/2014/11/the-bank-of-canada-governor-and-young.html Anyone familiar with British politics has heard it all before..the government of Cameron, right wing  nutjob with an unspeakable ‘coalition’ of Lib-Dems (sorta like ...

Montreal Simon: Scottish Independence and Some Lessons for Canada

With just 15 days to go before the Scottish referendum, a new poll has confirmed the trend that I wrote about yestarday. The YES side is surging, and Scotland could be soon heading for independence.  The poll by YouGov showed the unionist lead had shrunk to 6 percentage points from 22 a month ago as support ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Oldest Existing Map Of Britain, Dating From 1360, Resembles Giant Penis!

I’m not joking.  It does.  Fact of history.  Roughly the same color, too.

Montreal Simon: Britain, Gay Marriage, and the Tragic Legacy of Homophobia

I almost wish Margaret Thatcher was still alive so she could have seen the rainbow flag flying over government buildings in London today.Because her infamous Section 28 anti-gay law, which was similar to the one in Russia today, crushed a generation of young LGBT people.So the sight of those flags and all those happy couples ...

The Disaffected Lib: Brits Throw In the Towel in Helmand

Like Canada, Britain maintained a military contingent in Afghanistan for more than a decade.   Like Canada, the Brits set lofty goals of their Afghan War.  Like Canada, the Brits are leaving Afghanistan with precious little to show for their sacrifice in lives and treasure. Like Canada in Kandahr, the Brits used a carrot and stick approach in ...