Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading. – Tom Parkin writes that the economic boost provided by an expanded child benefit offers another indication of how action to fight poverty ultimately helps everybody. And Dylan Matthews discusses how much more could be done through a well-designed basic income – while recognizing the pitfalls of pale ...

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading. – Christopher Hoy reminds us that as much as people are already outraged by inequality, we tend to underestimate its severity. And Faiza Shaheen writes about the dangers of unchecked inequality which erodes social bonds. – Meanwhile, Andrea Hopkins discusses how Canadians are taking significant financial risks in ...

Montreal Simon: Donald Trump’s Itchy Twitter Fingers and the Inauguration Debacle

The scariest thing about Donald Trump's government by Twitter is the way his mind wanders, from the important to the trivial. Or from one button to another.One moment he's pressuring Obama to veto an anti-settlement resolution at the United Nations.The next moment he's humiliating Newt Gingrich.  And then out of the blue he raises the spectre of nuclear ...

We Pivot: My Canada Opposes the Nuclear Arms Race – No Brainer?

Perhaps it’s me, but it’s 2016, and despite how much JustinHarperTrudeau is maintaining CPC policy, I thought at LEAST nuclear disarmament would have been something Trudeau felt worth supporting. Despite the fact that the UN passed a resolution continuing the pursuit of a nuclear weapons-free world, Canada remains one of the countries supporting the nuclear ...

Alberta Politics: Part I: What will NATO get up to in the north now that the chill is off between Russia and Turkey in the south?

PHOTOS: NATO pilots salute back in the day, when you could make a case there was actually a reason for the military alliance to exist. Below: Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. MUNICH, Germany Relations between Russia and Turkey have warmed noticeably since the deep chill that began between the two ...

Dead Wild Roses: The Most Dangerous Place on Earth – Dilip Hiro on India and Pakistan

Getting stuck on the US election race?  Tired of hearing about how the authoritarian left is, yet again, stifling free speech?  How about some Nuclear Armageddon to cleanse the palate?  Dilip Hiro takes us to South East Asia and the conflict between India and Pakistan. “Undoubtedly, for nearly two decades, the most dangerous place on ...

Politics and its Discontents: The Id Of Trump

The id is an important part of our personality because as newborns, it allows us to get our basic needs met. Freud believed that the id is based on our pleasure principle. In other words, the id wants whatever feels good at the time, with no consideration for the reality of the situation.H/t All Psych ...

Bill Longstaff: Too long to live in fear

Seventy years ago, on August 6, 1945, the United States unleashed the most massive terror attack in history when it dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan. At least 75,000 people died within hours. By December, 1945, around 140,000 were dead; 200,000 by the end of 1950. Today, the world contains an estimated 17,000 nuclear ...

LeDaro: Landmark Deal Reached to Curb Iran’s Nuclear Program

I believe it is a great step forward to make Middle East somewhat safe. Only Israel is opposed to this deal which is baffling. Israel, a very small country, has over 200 nuclear war heads according to the former President of the U.S Jimmy Carter. Why Israel can have those horribly deadly weapons and not ...

Politics and its Discontents: Another Nail In The Coffin Of Canada’s International Reputation

Ever the uncritical and obsequious friend of Israel and wooer of domestic Jewish votes, the Harper regime has once again shamed and blackened Canada’s international reputation: Israel has expressed its gratitude to Canada for helping to block a major international plan towards ridding the world of nuclear weapons. Elsewhere, however, there was widespread international disappointment ...

Bill Longstaff: Iran is standing down—will the U.S. and Russia?

Iran has recently agreed, after intense negotiations, to take steps to ensure it cannot produce a nuclear weapon. It claimed it had no intention of doing so anyway, but has now bowed to bullying by the nuclear powers for assurances in black and white. Iran is in effect guaranteeing that it will abide by the ...

Bill Longstaff: Iran holds the nuclear powers to account

So the United States finally bullied the Iranians into a nuclear deal. Iran has always said it had no intention of building a weapon, but that wasn’t good enough for the Americans, or for the other nuclear powers. They wanted it in writing and now they have it. Iran has agreed to not enrich uranium ...

The Disaffected Lib: Coming Clean, It’s Good for the Soul.

After half a century of persistent fudging the Pentagon has officially admitted the undeniable – Israel has an arsenal of nuclear weapons and all the high tech gear to best use them. That revelation might not matter much to most of us but, to the US government, it has serious military and foreign policy ramifications. ...

Bill Longstaff: Soul mates and the politics of fear

Fabricating a threat to the nation in order to instill fear in the population may be demagoguery, but it is also a highly effective way for leaders to rally the people behind them. Frightened citizens turn conservative and cling to what they know, i.e. the incumbent government, rather than risk change. Politicians understand this very ...

drive-by planet: Dangerous logic

drive-by planet: Dangerous logic

Bill Longstaff: When Khomeini said no to nukes

When Iran claims it is not developing nuclear weapons because they are incompatible with Islam, the U.S. and its European allies suggest this is mere propaganda. According to an article in Foreign Policy magazine, they simply don’t understand how profoundly the Iranians hold this view for both historical and religious reasons. The prohibition against chemical ...

Bill Longstaff: Who is "part of the problem," Mr. Cameron?

Recently British PM David Cameron, even while encouraging Iran to help deal with ISIS, couldn’t resist taking a shot at the country. In his UN speech, he stated superciliously that Iran can be “part of the solution, not part of the problem.” Iran’s president, Hassan Rouhani, took umbrage, declaring the remark “wrong and unacceptable.” A ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Summer reading: Command and Control

From the blurb: “Written with the vibrancy of a first-rate thriller, Command and Control interweaves the minute-by-minute story of an accident at a nuclear missile silo in rural Arkansas with a historical narrative that spans more than fifty years.  It depicts the urgent effort by American scientists, policymakers, and military officers to ensure that nuclear ...

Dead Wild Roses: America Is Shutting This Shit Down – John Oliver on Nuclear Weapons

The anniversary of World War I has been in the news as of late.  Solemn words have been said, and in Canada, the funny idea that somehow it forged our nation from a quaint backwater into a respected player on the world stage.  Sending people to die horrible deaths should not be the price of ...

Bill Longstaff: Marshall Islanders take on the nuclear powers

This is a David and Goliath story like no other. The Republic of the Marshall Islands, a country with a population of only 68,000 souls, is taking the nuclear powers to court. Earlier this year, the Islanders filed against the nine nuclear-armed states at the International Court of Justice “for their alleged failure to fulfill ...

Alberta Diary: Vladimir Putin’s strategic crisis in 2014 sure looks a lot like John F. Kennedy’s in 1962

President John F. Kennedy signs the proclamation of the “Interdiction of the Delivery of Offensive Weapons to Cuba” on Oct. 23, 1962. The order imposed the U.S. naval blockade on Cuba that Mr. Kennedy had announced during his televised address the night before. Below: Soviet Premier Nikita S. Khrushchev, Russian President Vladimir V. Putin, Sun ...

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Nukes, world war, Dr. Strangelove and global showdown – Where’s Slim Pickins when you need him?

So the end-game plan for the US/NATO/EU alliance and the Western oligarchs and plutocratic elite who control it, in their bid to consolidate their present and highly precarious global dominance, seems to be, after encircling Russia and China with military bases and nuclear missiles, to eliminate Russia’s first strike response capability – which means, in ...

Bill Longstaff: Does Canada’s knee-jerk loyalty benefit Israel?

Right on cue, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attacked the new nuclear deal with Iran hardly before the ink was dry, calling it a “historic mistake,” stating he was not bound by it, claiming the world had become a “more dangerous place,” and reiterating his threat to use military action against Iran as he saw ...

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: If Harper Wants To Be Skeptical About Iran …

Baird’s comments about the deal reached with Iran yesterday which theoretically is intended to prevent Iran from gaining nuclear weapons capability are somewhat laughable. “We’re deeply skeptical of Iran and its ability to honour its obligations,” he said.  Baird added that Canada believes “every diplomatic measure” should be taken to ensure that Iran never obtains a ...