Alberta Politics: From the Twitter account of the former Deputy Leader of Free Alberta: Angela Merkel’s the leader of the free world

PHOTOS: The leader of the free world, listening to Neil Young on sound cancelling headphones. Click here for the soundtrack to this post. The confused looking elderly man with a comb-over to her left is thinking: “Who is that person?” Probably not in those exact words, though. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons.) Below: Angela Merkel and Vladimir ...

The Disaffected Lib: That Could Touch a Nerve

There was a quiet and barely noticed event at last year’s Republican convention when Donald Trump was officially chosen as the party’s presidential candidate. It involved one plank of the official Republican platform that called for America to provide “lethal defensive weapons” to Ukrainian forces fighting off Russian intrusions. Of all the policies in the ...

Alberta Politics: The tragedies we ignore: Recent Wildrose gaffe won’t end right’s bogus equivalencies in Canadian political discourse

PHOTOS: The Famine Memorial in Dublin. The Irish Potato Famine of the 1840s and ’50s is ignored in current Canadian political discourse while the Ukrainian Famine of the 1930s is frequently evoked. Both are real historical events with ideological roots. One fits the narrative of the political right. The other does not. Below: Mike Davis, ...

The Disaffected Lib: Wait Just a Second

What’s that? All those new NATO partners in eastern Europe don’t want to defend eastern Europe? The United States is asking Canada to join with it and the Germans and Brits to constitute a rapid reaction force along the frontier with Russia. Let’s see, under Bush/Cheney NATO marched ever eastward, right up to Russia’s doorstep, ...

Mind Bending Politics: China Defends Its Woody Which Could Kick Off WW3

(Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin) It takes 3 continents at war to declare another global war, and with recent developments over the past week it looks as though we may be heading in that direction.  Europe is fighting a proxy war in Ukraine against Russia, NATO is fighting in the middle ...

Alberta Politics: Year in review: from plunging oil to rising hope, the Top Ten news stories of 2015

PHOTOS: Cameras try to follow a nearly invisible Rachel Notley through the crowd at an Edmonton hotel on May 5, 2015, moments after she had been declared the winner of the Alberta election. No one could quite believe that the NDP had just won a majority government, in Alberta of all places, Ms. Notley’s talents ...

Akaash Maharaj - Practical Idealism: National Post: NATO and the Judgement of Paris

The lessons of Afghanistan were purchased at a bitter cost: the war claimed more lives, more years, and more money than any other campaign in NATO’s history.  Unless the alliance takes those lessons to heart, a war in Syria and Iraq to extinguish Daesh – the self-styled Islamic State of Iraq & the Levant – ...

Akaash Maharaj - Practical Idealism: Addressing the NATO Parliamentary Assembly

Being at the table during deliberations on war, peace, and the fate of nations was an extraordinary experience. I remember seeing the Berlin Wall fall, and hoping that the age of global warfare might be over. That moment now feels far away. We are clearly facing terrible risks, and it will take great statesmanship to ...

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: Why Stephen Harper and Thomas Mulcair Have Got it so Wrong on ISIS

Recently the Toronto Star posted a piece on Thomas Mulcair and the fight against ISIS:  Mulcair Would Pull Canada From U.S. Led Mission in Mid-East if Elected. This is a big mistake, not only politically, but from a humanitarian angle.  There is no argument that George Bush’s ill-conceived war in Iraq, or in fact the ...

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: Why Stephen Harper and Thomas Mulcair Have Got it so Wrong on ISIS

Recently the Toronto Star posted a piece on Thomas Mulcair and the fight against ISIS:  Mulcair Would Pull Canada From U.S. Led Mission in Mid-East if Elected. This is a big mistake, not only politically, but from a humanitarian angle.  There is no argument that George Bush’s ill-conceived war in Iraq, or in fact the ...

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: Why Stephen Harper and Thomas Mulcair Have Got it so Wrong on ISIS

Recently the Toronto Star posted a piece on Thomas Mulcair and the fight against ISIS:  Mulcair Would Pull Canada From U.S. Led Mission in Mid-East if Elected. This is a big mistake, not only politically, but from a humanitarian angle.  There is no argument that George Bush’s ill-conceived war in Iraq, or in fact the ...

The Disaffected Lib: Austerity’s Silver Lining – Arms Race Update

A couple of headlines this morning got me thinking that the West’s embrace of austerity might not be all bad.  Of course it’s probably just wishful thinking. The first article concerns a refreshingly nuanced and balanced lecture delivered by former US ambassador to Russia, Jack Matlock. In a lecture at King’s College London, Jack Matlock ...

The Disaffected Lib: Let’s Ditch the Cowboy Act

Modern, high-tech warfare is putting many nations in an increasingly offensive military posture. The controversial F-35 is a perfect example. Despite what we’re told, the F-35 is not a fighter jet. It’s a light attack bomber, an inherently offensive, first-strike weapon.  One American general, by way of defending the F-35, called it his “kick in ...

The Disaffected Lib: Whacking Iran – Maybe Sooner Than You Might Think – The Warmonger Digest, vol. 2

It’s reported that the Saudis have given Israel a green light to overfly Saudi Arabia should Netanyahu decide to launch an attack on Iran. Jerusalem and Riyadh do not have diplomatic ties, but unconfirmed reports have swirled for years of coordination between them against the common enemy of Iran, a partnership that may ramp up ...

The Disaffected Lib: Germany Alarmed at NATO’s (and America’s) Ginned Up Claims on Ukraine

A Warmonger and a Fearmonger Angela Merkel thinks that Germany (and the rest of the West) is being conned by NATO and the U.S. inflating the Russian threat to the Ukraine. General Philip Breedlove, the top NATO commander in Europe, stepped before the press in Washington. Putin, the 59-year-old said, had once again “upped the ...

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 ...

The Disaffected Lib: Bangin’ that Old War Drum, Again.

Maybe it’s because they’re still smarting from getting their asses handed to them in Iraq and Afghanistan, maybe not.  Either way it’s getting a bit embarrassing listening to Western military leaders banging the war drums over Russia. NATO, especially, is sounding the alarm of an all-out shooting war with the Kremlin.  The Russians fly their ...

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.” ...

The Disaffected Lib: Banging the War Drums

If you thought you had heard the last of insanely bellicose Anders Fogh “Foggy” Rasmussen when his term as NATO secretary-general lapsed, you were wrong. He’s back and he’s talking war again. “This is not about Ukraine. Putin wants to restore Russia to its former position as a great power,” he told The Telegraph. “There ...

The Disaffected Lib: The New Frontier is the Russian Border

Think of it as the new equivalent of the East German-West German border.  It was across that border that NATO (i.e. US) and Warsaw Pact (i.e. Soviet) forces glared at each other, constantly ready to leap into what probably would have been global annihilation. We’ve moved the line.  It’s now the border of Russia.NATO is ...

The Disaffected Lib: Vlad Putin – NATO’s Essential Enemy

Vlad Putin has given NATO – well, nothing less than a reason to exist a little longer. With the collapse of the Soviet Union, NATO was a headless chicken, running around aimlessly, still on its feet but just.  The North Atlantic alliance pretty much took whatever gig it could get. NATO bombed Serbia to “liberate” ...

Alberta Diary: The PM’s Christmas Message reimagined: What are Canadians willing to do about our most dangerous Arctic enemy?

The so-called Santa Claus, a militant socialist leader who poses a serious threat to Canada’s national security, lights up a cheap Russian cigarette and relaxes after persuading a group of Canadian children unschooled in Austrian economics to give up the benefits of the free market for socialist dependency on government handouts. Below: the sinister “Øverste ...

drive-by planet: Risk of ‘accidental’ nuclear war: Chomsky on the ‘worst case scenario’

It’s hard to imagine a scenario in which any world power would deliberately start a nuclear war given the dire consequence for the planet. Rational thinking and the will to survive prevents us from believing that any nation… any leader… could be crazy enough to intentionally unleash what could wind up being a terminal war ...

drive-by planet: Dangerous logic

Alberta Diary: Six things we all need to think about when Canadians volunteer to fight for the Kurds

The Kurds: They should have had a country of their own, but since they don’t, and since Canada is allied by treaty to one of their principal enemies, letting Canadians join their fight isn’t a simple matter. We need clarity on just what Canada’s position is from the Canadian government. Below: Dillon Hillier is shown ...