Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Afternoon Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading. – Aditya Chakrabortty describes the Grenfell Tower fire as nothing less than social murder of the UK’s poor: Austerity is at the heart of the Grenfell story. Think of the firefighters, who have seen stations closed and colleagues laid off by May, when she was home secretary. Consider ...

eaves.ca: The End of the American World: Without Vision there can be no Leadership

America is leaving the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. This is, by scientific consensus, a terrible outcome for the planet. But it is also a disaster for American foreign policy and its role as a global leader. With this decision I’m left scratching my head. What does America stand for? What does it want the ...

The Canadian Progressive: Dmitry Medvedev on US airstrikes on Syria: “On the verge of a military clash with Russia”

Responding to the US airstrikes on Syria, Russian PM Dmitry Medvedev declared in a Facebook post: “On the verge of a military clash with Russia”. Justifying the airstrikes, PM Justin Trudeau said Assad’s “use of chemical weapons and the crimes the Syrian regime has committed against its own people cannot be ignored.” The post Dmitry ...

The Canadian Progressive: With Syria missile strikes, Trump turns from non-intervention to waging war

The US’ cruise missile strikes against Syria’ Shayrat airforce base mark President Donald Trump’s first big foreign policy test. For foreign policy realists, Trump’s swift turn from non-intervention to waging war raises fears about his administration’s inconsistent and chaotic approach to world affairs. The post With Syria missile strikes, Trump turns from non-intervention to waging ...

Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2017 Links

This and that from the NDP’s leadership campaign. – Among the coverage of the first leadership debate which I hadn’t linked before, Karl Nerenberg offers both a ranking and a review. And Yves Engler asks why the first debate largely avoided foreign policy issues – though there’s still plenty of campaign left in which to ...

The Canadian Progressive: Canadians expect Trudeau to stand up to Donald Trump: Poll

A new Nanos poll found that most Canadians expect Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to have the spine to defend Canada against Donald Trump’s aggressive America-first strategy. The post Canadians expect Trudeau to stand up to Donald Trump: Poll appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: A guide to the Geneva Convention for beginners, dummies and newly elected world leaders

In the wake of the Donald Trump’s controversial Executive Order suspending the US Refugee Admission Program for 120 days, German Chancellor Angela Merkel explained the Geneva Convention to her newly elected US counterpart. The post A guide to the Geneva Convention for beginners, dummies and newly elected world leaders appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Disaffected Lib: The A, B, C’s of Dictatorship

Harvard prof and Foreign Policy columnist, Steven Walt, has a thoughtful essay, “10 Ways to Tell if Your President is a Dictator.“ My fears about Trump’s foreign policy have always been two-fold: that he might pursue a more sensible grand strategy but do it incompetently, thereby weakening America’s international position, or that he will eventually get ...

The Canadian Progressive: President Barack Obama’s address to the Canadian Parliament

U.S. President Barack Obama visited Ottawa this week for “The Three Amigos Summit” and addressed the Canadian Parliament. A pleasurable speech that had our legislators applauding again and again, it was. The post President Barack Obama’s address to the Canadian Parliament appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading. – Ed Broadbent, Michal Hay and Emilie Nicolas theorize that Canada’s left is on the rise. Matt Karp takes a look at the policy preferences of younger American voters, including a strong willingness to fund far better social programs than are currently available. And N+1 responds to the rise ...

The Canadian Progressive: Remarks by President Obama and Prime Minister Trudeau during Canadian leader’s first official White House visit

US President Barack Obama welcomed Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for his first official visit to the White House on Thursday. Here are the remarks issued by the two leaders during a joint press conference. The post Remarks by President Obama and Prime Minister Trudeau during Canadian leader’s first official White House visit appeared first ...

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Justin Trudeau and the Continuing Saga of Canadian Apathy

A recent poll shows strong support for the Trudeau government in Canada, and I have to think, once again, that it is surprising to see that Canadians can be so uncritical and unquestioning of their government. Yes, Harper was defeated, and yes, that was a good thing. But the current government under Trudeau Jr. is ...

Bill Longstaff: Making Canada a leader in the world again

Canada has a distinguished record of contributing to the use of hard power in the world, as our performance in two world wars and Korea attests. As a third-rate power militarily, however, we are always a follower, never a leader. In the realm of soft power, things are rather different. Here we have often been ...

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading. – Mike Barber highlights how Canada’s federal election campaign was dominated by messages pushed from the top down rather than citizens’ concerns. Erna Paris recognizes that we can’t afford to be complacent about the place of outright bigotry in shaping voters’ decisions. And Christopher Flavelle writes that the ...

The Canadian Progressive: Canada gave U.S. Republicans $8 million to strengthen democracy… in Ukraine

While implementing draconian cuts to essential social services through the 2014 federal budget, the Harper government contributed $8 million to the Republican Party-linked International Republican Institute to fund projects in Ukraine. The post Canada gave U.S. Republicans $8 million to strengthen democracy… in Ukraine appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material to start your week. – Joseph Heath discusses how the Volkswagen emission cheating scandal fits into a particular type of corporate culture: (W)hen the Deepwater Horizon tragedy occurred, or now the VW scandal, it was hardly surprising to people who follow these things. Certain industries essentially harbour and reproducing deviant subcultures. This is one ...

Democracy Under Fire: Special Forces for National ‘Emergency’s’

Call me paranoid, perhaps I have been following Harpers attacks upon our democracy too long, but I fail to understand why we need to expand our ‘Special Forces’ (at an annual cost of $50 million) “to respond to varied, and sometimes multiple, national and international emergencies.” We do have almost 2000 of these specially trained ...

Alberta Politics: The refugee crisis: Harper Conservatives just can’t spin it both ways

PHOTOS: Refugees from the Syrian civil war clog a road near the Syria-Iraq border. (UNHCR photo.) Below: Saskatchewan Conservative MP Kelly Block’s constituency leaflet; Ms. Block herself; Immigration Minister Chris Alexander. For several years, the government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper has played to the worst instincts of a significant portion of its political base ...

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

This and that for your Sunday reading. – Richard Nisbett comments on the situational determinants of behaviour which are far too often mistaken for merit or accomplishment. Libby Kane points out how increasing inequality and the predictable social segregation which follows makes it harder for the lucky few to see the deprivation that develops around ...

The Canadian Progressive: Thompson: Cuba-U.S. détente preceded by major diplomatic milestones

Freelance journalist Glen Malcolm Thompson explains the major diplomatic milestones that preceded the normalization of Cuba-U.S. relations. The post Thompson: Cuba-U.S. détente preceded by major diplomatic milestones appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: Harper must clarify ‘zero tolerance’ for Israel boycotters: Church

The United Church of Canada wants “clear reassurance” that Prime minister Stephen Harper does not intend to criminalize Canadians critical of Israel. The post Harper must clarify ‘zero tolerance’ for Israel boycotters: Church appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: Harper’s effort to criminalize legitimate Canadian criticism of Israel is diabolical

Canadians have a moral obligation to revolt against Stephen Harper’s efforts to criminalize both legitimate criticism of Israel and support for Palestinians. The post Harper’s effort to criminalize legitimate Canadian criticism of Israel is diabolical appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Disaffected Lib: To See Ourselves as Others See Us

Ask anyone in the Third World where, if they had their druthers, they would choose to live and their top choice, hands down, would be the United States. Ask those same people which nation is the greatest threat to world peace and they say, you guessed it, the United States. That may sound contradictory but ...

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading. – Robert Reich offers a long-form look at the relationship between inequality and policies designed to extract riches for the wealthy at everybody else’s expense: The underlying problem, then, is not that most Americans are “worth” less in the market than they had been, or that they have ...

The Canadian Progressive: Trudeau To Support Harper’ Imminent Iraq War Extension

Liberal leader open to supporting Stephen Harper’s imminent extension of Canada’s combat mission against Islamic State terrorist group in Iraq. The post Trudeau To Support Harper’ Imminent Iraq War Extension appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.