Alberta Politics: Short-term jobs and profits notwithstanding, Canada’s interests are not served by Saudi armoured vehicle sale

PHOTOS: A Canadian LAV III similar to the armoured vehicles to be sold by General Dynamics Land Systems (Canada) of London, Ont., to the Saudi National Guard. Below: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Foreign Minister Stéphane Dion, former MI6 head Sir Richard Dearlove and former Saudi intelligence chief Prince Bandar bin Sultan. It’s one thing to ...

mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: The League of Peculiar Gentlemen: The Americans

Not to be outdone by their British compatriots, the North American members of the League of Peculiar Gentlemen were also able to strap strange things to their faces. Perhaps the most famous of the trio, is Larry “The Monocle” Zimmerman, … Continue reading →

mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: The League of Peculiar Gentlemen: The Brits

Though not as well-known as other Leagues composed of remarkable individuals, the League of Peculiar Gentlemen (LOPG) is none-the-less, an astonishing story of sacrifice, heroism, and strapping things over your face. The first iteration of the LOPG featured six members … Continue reading →

DeSmogBlog: Seamless Transition: Pentagon Spokesman Geoff Morrell Moves to BP America

Geoff Morell.jpg Last week, BP America hired former Department of Defense spokesman, Geoff Morrell, as its head of communications. The move sheds light on the central tenet of American national security policy dating back to President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's not-so-well-known, but crucial 1945 meeting with then King of Saudi Arabia, Ibn Saud. That is, what Hampshire ...

RedBedHead: Libya’s Rebels: Yesterday We Tortured Them, Today We Arm Them

There’s no doubt that NATO, primarily the UK, France and the US, inserted themselves into the Libyan uprising as a means of gaining control over the course of the Arab Spring. In the case of France, it’s clear that expanding the control of Libya’s oil – most notably at the expense of Italy – was ...

Pop The Stack: The Ministry of Silly Invasions

The best part of the recent story about the British special forces mission to Libya is that at some point in the past few days the following conversation must have taken place somewhere in Whitehall.  Here is my transcript, which some artistic license as performed by Monty Python. Imagine the General and Officer as Graham ...

Stop Canadian Complicity in Torture: Stop Canadian Complicity in Torture 2011-03-04 00:49:00

Former Head of MI6, the British Secret Intelligence Service, off-the-record speech ends up on YouTube – March 2, 2011 RAWREPLAY – March 3, 2011 – By Stephen C. Webster