The Canadian Progressive: The role of NGOs in Africa: are they a force for good?

Some critics argue that the neo-liberal policies advanced by powerful non-governmental organizations, NGOs, limit states’ influence and sovereignty while benefiting NGOs. In Africa, NGOs also place Africans at the mercy of donors. The post The role of NGOs in Africa: are they a force for good? appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Conservatives in Canada swing further to the far right – the other two major parties are little better

The Conservative party of Canada is clearly playing into fear, xenophobia and racism as a way to win votes, as its “War on Terror” narrative, its racial baiting and its new snitch line show. This is sickening. Mind you, the Liberals and NDP have eerily similar agendas to the Conservatives on key issues of the ...

Accidental Deliberations: On separation anxieties

Following up on this post, let’s take a look at the first of Bob Hepburn’s theorized lines of attack against the NDP – which gets its own separate post since it needs to be analyzed in radically different ways depending on the party who launches it: Worse, the Conservatives are expected to unleash a furious ...

Accidental Deliberations: On twisted outcomes

At the moment, plenty of Canadians are looking forward to waking up on October 20 and finding that Stephen Harper’s Conservatives have lost the election, to be replaced by a government determined by the MPs elected by voters. And we should certainly be hoping for, and working toward, that outcome. But imagine if the electoral ...

The Canadian Progressive: Gretzky wrong to call Harper “one of the greatest prime ministers ever”

Wayne Gretzky, “The Great One,” endorsed Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s leadership, called him “one of the greatest prime ministers ever.” The post Gretzky wrong to call Harper “one of the greatest prime ministers ever” appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

the disgruntled democrat: Groundhog Day in Quebec: Another Boomer-Driven Lose-Lose Election

A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it.    (Max Planck) The big problem with the latest Quebec general election is that once again the issues are centred ...

Writings of J. Todd Ring: The rise of Bitcoin: and the challenge to the global domination of big money

The following article was written on October 25. I wanted to read it over once more before publishing it, then got busy with other things and forgot about it. In the roughly six weeks that have passed since the writing of this article, the Bitcoin prices have gone from roughly $200 to over $700. There ...

Writings of J. Todd Ring: NAFTA, “Free Trade” and the TPP: Fast-Track To Full Corporate Rule

“Twenty years ago, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was signed into law. At the time, advocates painted a rosy picture of booming U.S. exports creating hundreds of thousands of new jobs, and economic development in Mexico, which would bring the struggling country in line with its wealthier northern neighbors. Two decades later, those ...

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Quebec Card

There are many things to worry about what Stephen Harper might do to Canada, especially now that he is desperate. From forcing through his pipelines at gunpoint, to threatening the future of our medicare system.But what I fear the most is that he might, for cheap political reasons, harness anti-Quebec sentiment in this country, and leave Canada ...

Writings of J. Todd Ring: The deeper reasons for the “war on drugs”

There is a deeper reason for the war on drugs, which is the central reason for the policy, even outweighing profits from private prisons and seizure of property by law enforcement officers, both of which no doubt are also significant and strong motivations for keeping the “war on drugs” going. Nearly thirty years ago, Chomsky ...

Writings of J. Todd Ring: The real reasons for threats of war against Syria

(that the mass media won’t tell you about) 1. The Middle East holds 60% of the world’s remaining energy reserves: therefore, the entire region is critical to control – for anyone with an empire fetish, that is. And if you’re serious about controlling the Middle Eastern oil reserves, then you must control, not just the ...

The Canadian Progressive: Indigenous resistance grows strong in Keystone XL pipeline battle

By: Crysbel Tejada and Betsy Catlin | First published by Waging Nonviolence on May 8, 2013: On cloudy days, heavy smoke fills the air of Ponca City, Okla., with grey smog that camouflages itself into the sky. The ConocoPhillips oil refinery that makes its home there uses overcast days as a disguise to release more […] The post Indigenous resistance ...

The Canadian Progressive: Canada Politics News Watch on Monday, February 11, 2013: Morning Picks

By Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive, Feb. 11, 2013: Senator Patrick Brazeau: Brazeau symbolic of Harper’s indifference to First Nations – Winnipeg Free Press Brazeau, Harper and Idle No More – The Tyee Let’s talk about punishing mentally ill – Winnipeg Free Press Brazeau Just Latest Thrown Under Bus by Harper – The Tyee Editorial: Unreformed senator – Calgary Herald Canadian Senate: ...

Song of the Watermelon: Quebec, Referendums, and Formulas for Secession

National unity is back in the news after the NDP tabled a private member’s bill yesterday, a bill that would repeal the Clarity Act and set the bar for Quebec sovereignty negotiations at a mere 50 percent plus one in a clearly worded referendum. We all know what that means. The NDP, it will be ...

Accidental Deliberations: On priorities

In addition to its eminently sensible proposal to give effect to the rights of indigenous Canadians, the NDP also introduced another bill yesterday – and one which looks to raise a few more questions. Lest there be any doubt, that question doesn’t have to do with whether Craig Scott’s bill setting ground rules for a ...

The Canadian Progressive: Trent University to Host North at Trent 2013 Lecture Series

by Trent University | Jan 18, 2013: Trent University is pleased to once again host the North at Trent 2013 lecture series, featuring three free public lectures from Trent and visiting professors about Indigenous, health and security topics in Canada’s north. “I am very pleased that Trent University and Peterborough community members will once again ...

The Canadian Progressive: PETITION: British Crown Must Honour Canada-First Nations Treaties, Revoke Bill C-45, And Fire Harper & GG

Dear British Crown: honour Canada-First Nations treaties, revoke Bill C-45, and immediately fire Prime Minister Harper and Governor General Johnston: Please sign the PETITION: British Crown Must Honour Canada-First Nations Treaties, Revoke Bill C-45 now! Petition text: On the 28th January 2013, just 6 hours before the Canadian Parliament resumes in Ottawa, one of the ...

The Canadian Progressive: For Idle No More, A solidarity statement from the gates of Buckingham Palace (Video)

For Idle No More, from Idle No More London: solidarity statement from the gates of Buckingham Palace in London urges resistance to the budget implementation bill C-45 and other assimilation plans of the Harper government. WATCH: This video is available on Idle No More London RELATED: Idle No More: Canadian Citizen Writes to the Governor ...

The Canadian Progressive: Harper’s CNOOC/Nexen deal pushes Canada closer to becoming a China-dominated petro-state

Thanks to our petro-Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Conservatives, Canada is on the verge of becoming a China-dominated petro-state. The Chinese government now owns a large chunk of Canada and the lucrative Alberta tar sands after the Harper Government approved Friday the $15.1 billion takeover of Nexen Inc., a Calgary-based and Canadian energy company, by the ...

Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: Elizabeth May wants CSIS to weigh in on Canada-China treaty

Green Party leader Elizabeth May is spot on again! She’s demanding that CSIS should weigh in on the Canada-China treaty, due to be ratified by cabinet this week. The Harper Government wants Canadians to believe that the treaty will “address Canada’s trade imbalance with the Asian economic powerhouse.” The truth, as May argued on CTV’s Question Period earlier ...

Song of the Watermelon: Quebec’s Election: Endorsements and Analyses

Quebec politics are unique in North America because of the two distinct dimensions along which political battles are fought. In addition to the standard left-right dimension, there is the sovereignty-federalism one. For whatever reason, sovereigntists in the province have, as a general rule, tended to align themselves with the left, while federalists have tended to ...

An individual with opinions.: Underlooked Stephen Harper quotes P5: Canadian indepedence

Part 5 of underlooked Stephen Harper quotes. Part one, two, three and four here.   Quebec and Americanism/Corporatism And ironically, says Mr. Harper, that same aspect of Quebec’s social distinctiveness is what makes it unsuitable for independence. ‘The only real independence is economic independence’ he says. ‘When you don’t have that, you don’t have anything.’ ...

An individual with opinions.: Underlooked Stephen Harper quotes P5: Canadian indepedence

Part 5 of underlooked Stephen Harper quotes. Part one, two, three and four here.   Quebec and Americanism/Corporatism And ironically, says Mr. Harper, that same aspect of Quebec’s social distinctiveness is what makes it unsuitable for independence. ‘The only real independence is economic independence’ he says. ‘When you don’t have that, you don’t have anything.’ ...

Polygonic: The case for an NPD-Q

A year, now, since Québec first crested the Big Orange Wave, and still, the NDP continue to thrive. It prompts a brand-new big idea: isn’t it time to build a provincial New Democratic Party in Québec? Will six be enough for the thirsty masses? There used to be one, though we’re forgiven to have forgotten. ...

somecanuckchick dot com: Canada, we have a problem!

Canada, we have a problem! We have a problem and its name is the Conservative Party of Canada. Sovereignty not the boogeyman it once was. Really, it’s not. If you think it is, then you don’t understand what happened during the last election and why Québec voted the way it did. You want to know ...