Dead Wild Roses: United Nations Rejects US Unilateralism on Jerusalem.

The United Nations is a marginalized entity, like the League of Nations, it was formed with the idea that humanity, as a species can do better than just sit within our imaginary borders and fling poo (sometimes thermonuclear) at each other. It’s a noble and nice idea. And that’s about it. Any sort of movement ...

The Disaffected Lib: We’ve Done a Good Job at Pretending. Now We Have to Figure Out If the Liberals Deserve to Be Called "Liberal"?

It’s a safe bet that Trump’s announcement on Jerusalem as Israeli capital will likely bring a motion to the floor of the United Nations General Assembly. The Harper/Trudeau machine has been in Israel’s pocket for a decade.  Whenever there’s a motion dealing with Israel and Palestine the vote comes down to this : The World ...

The Disaffected Lib: While We’re On the Subject of Jerusalem.

The Palestinians are once again on people’s minds (sort of, briefly) due to Donald Trump’s announcement that the US will recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.  It sort of confirms the idea that if a nightmare drags on for decades, half a century is plenty, we forget what really happened and we’re prepared to ...

The Disaffected Lib: About Jerusalem

Trump has broken with previous administrations to announce that the United States will recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The question on everyone’s lips is “why?” He wasn’t compelled to do it. If anything the decision seems ill-thought out, even capricious. It threatens to set the region on fire. The Guardian is calling it ...

PostArctica: Dan Bern In Montreal

Had the great pleasure of attending a Dan Bern concert Sunday afternoon at a bar downtown. It was a small back room venue with excellent sound, perfect for this type of performance – one singer with a guitar and harmonica. From wiki “Dan Bern (also known as Bernstein) is an American guitarist, singer, songwriter, novelist ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Rise Of The “Religious Assailant”

Reuters has brought a new phrase to the surface in an effort to describe someone religiously and politically motivated to attempt to murder peaceful political demonstrators. “Religious assailant” is far more precise than “terrorist”. I wonder what a search of @Reuters for "Religious assailant" turns up in other similar terrorist attacks? — John Klein (@JohnKleinRegina) ...

drive-by planet: Jerusalem’s checkpoints and ‘Kafkaesque’ restrictions through the eyes of visiting authors: video

Stills from Jerusalem: Uprooted, Walled Out and Cut off  – (view video beneath). The video Jerusalem: Uprooted, Walled Out and Cut off was first released by the Palestine Festival of Literature (Palfest). The camera follows a group of authors in the course of their visit to Jerusalem and records their reactions as they encounter checkpoints, ...

350 or bust: Saturday At the Movies

drive-by planet: Stephen Hawking withdraws from Jerusalem conference – backs boycott of Israel

Reknowned British physicist, Stephen Hawking, has withdrawn from a conference scheduled to be held in Jerusalem in June. The conference – Facing Tomorrow – is to be hosted by Israeli president Shimon Peres. Last week Hawking wrote a brief letter to Peres announcing that he wouldn’t be participating. The British Committee for the Universities of ...

Song of the Watermelon: Pushing the Envelope on Palestinian Sovereignty

There has not been much movement of late on the Israeli-Palestinian front. This may  partly be explained by the relative lack of violent activity by Palestinian groups. The conflict has dropped off the radar for most of the Israeli public, and the only constituency the government needs to worry about is that of the far-right ...