Politics and its Discontents: Ready, Aye Ready

That noble motto of the Royal Canadian Navy can now perhaps perversely be described as the modus vivendi of Justin Trudeau in his ongoing efforts to get on the right side of Donald Trump. The alacrity with which he danced to the Orange Ogre’s tune on Syria after the latter launched his Tomahawk missile attack ...

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading. – Daniel Munro highlights how Uber and other service apps manipulate their workers. And The New York Times’ editorial board warns about the false promises of the gig economy: In reality, there is no utopia at companies like Uber, Lyft, Instacart and Handy, whose workers are often manipulated ...

Dead Wild Roses: The Middle East – America’s Vietnam?

   The United States has placed, and continues to place a great deal of geopolitical importance on the Middle East.  The problem is that, as the record shows, everything they touch turns to ash or is reborn as a even greater threat to America and American interests world wide. Recent events have not done much ...

The Canadian Progressive: Dmitry Medvedev on US airstrikes on Syria: “On the verge of a military clash with Russia”

Responding to the US airstrikes on Syria, Russian PM Dmitry Medvedev declared in a Facebook post: “On the verge of a military clash with Russia”. Justifying the airstrikes, PM Justin Trudeau said Assad’s “use of chemical weapons and the crimes the Syrian regime has committed against its own people cannot be ignored.” The post Dmitry ...

The Canadian Progressive: With Syria missile strikes, Trump turns from non-intervention to waging war

The US’ cruise missile strikes against Syria’ Shayrat airforce base mark President Donald Trump’s first big foreign policy test. For foreign policy realists, Trump’s swift turn from non-intervention to waging war raises fears about his administration’s inconsistent and chaotic approach to world affairs. The post With Syria missile strikes, Trump turns from non-intervention to waging ...

Alberta Politics: Chrystia Freeland should not be punished for her grandfather’s sins, but for misleading Canadians about them

PHOTOS: Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland during her visit to Edmonton in the midst of the 2015 federal election. Below: Former Foreign Affairs Minister Stephane Dion and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Who would ever have imagined major Canadian media companies would conclude collaborating with the Nazis when they were on a genocidal spree in your ...

Montreal Simon: The Horror of Syria and the Human Slaughterhouse

I must admit I didn't think that anything that happened in Syria could shock me more than it already has.The more than 400,000 dead, the countless wounded and traumatized, the sea of desperate refugees, the indifference of the world.But if Amnesty International is right about what has been happening at the Saydnaya military prison in Damascus, it ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Wall Gets Support From Postmedia & CBC For “Doing Right Thing”

“rather than the politicians trying to do the right thing“ You’ve evidence that Wall is trying to now do the right thing, and not cynically trying to get out in front of an issue to which public opinion has turned against his view of only a year ago? Wall pays enough hacks that he doesn’t ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: American ban on refugees is a crisis Canada must help solve

Dear Minister Goodale: Please help refugees stranded by the illegal and immoral Republican ban on Muslim people going to the United States. You could grant access to Canada for any family that had already been granted an American Visa which was subsequently cancelled yesterday by the Republicans. This is an international humanitarian crisis, and I ...

We Pivot: Is Russia Already At War with the Americans and the UK?

Various factions within the USA are squabbling over what Russia did/didn’t/may/may not have done to affect the US election. You can track these feelings based on whether the FBI or CIA prefers Trump or Clinton. Consider the FBI’s October surprise … [Read more]

Cowichan Conversations: The Democrats Turned Their Backs On Their Traditional Base-Many Of Whom Voted for Trump.

The numbness is beginning to wear off following the strangest election campaign in modern history. I do not choose to write off all Trump voters as misogynists, racists, and the like. Sure there were some, Read more…

We Pivot: What “We Pivot” Is All About

In one minute in the Twitter, I saw 3 core elements of why We Pivot exists: dumping carbon energy, fighting … [Read more]

Cowichan Conversations: US Led Rogue Air Strike Kills Scores Of Syrians-Aided Islamic Victory

Here is Robert Parry’s take on the arrogance, lawlessness and criminality of the USA as they show their absolute disregard for human life. This rogue mission killed scores of Syrian troops. Of course, they Read more…

Left Over: BDS is no BS – They Call the State “Pariah”

Jewish groups condemn Green Party for supporting Israeli boycott policy Leader Elizabeth May ‘disappointed’ by party’s vote at its national convention The Canadian Press Posted: Aug 08, 2016 10:09 AM ET Last Updated: Aug 08, 2016 10:09 AM ET World Sees Israel as a Pariah State, Senior Gov’t Official Says Strategic Affairs Ministry aims to ...

Alberta Politics: News Satire: U.S. will not tolerate foreigners acting like Americans, officials say

ILLUSTRATIONS: A map showing some of the countries in which the United States has interfered in the political process (grabbed from Geology.com). Below: U.S. CIA Director John O. Brennan, Democratic Party candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican candidate Donald Trump. The United States will not tolerate the countries of the world acting like the United States, ...

Alberta Politics: Questions without answers: Why are our U.S. allies so ambivalent about ISIS, and what does it mean for Canada?

PHOTOS: U.S. State Department spokesperson Mark Toner. (Screen grab from C-SPAN.) Below: Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Conservative interim Opposition Leader Rona Ambrose and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. For all we know, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is a fine ophthalmologist with a sympathetic bedside manner. By all accounts, though, he is not a very nice person. ...

Dead Wild Roses: 6 Minutes for Syria – A Look into the Crisis

Our corporate news media is very good at keeping inconvenient facts away from the public eye.  A six minute video, by definition, cannot provide many startling revelations, but rather a starting point to become informed and hopefully take action. Filed under: International Affairs Tagged: Humanity, refugee crisis, Syria

Writings of J. Todd Ring: US Intervention In Syria: The Next Iraq

Here is a very brief synopsis of the US role in Syria. We will, for the sake of brevity,  leave aside for the moment the obvious and documented facts of the US arming and supporting of the very terrorist groups they claim to be fighting; as well as the fact that the majority of “rebels” ...

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 ...

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: On Syria and Western Involvement

In response to the following editorial on the mess that is Syria: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/by-giving-up-on-syria-us-hands-kingmaker-role-to-putin/article28747502/ I wrote the following: I will politely disagree with a couple of points at the end: the U.S. is also undermining its own role and influence, not to mention the reputation of all those associated with its ramshackle coalition against IS. US ...

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: On Syria and Western Involvement

In response to the following editorial on the mess that is Syria: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/by-giving-up-on-syria-us-hands-kingmaker-role-to-putin/article28747502/ I wrote the following: I will politely disagree with a couple of points at the end: the U.S. is also undermining its own role and influence, not to mention the reputation of all those associated with its ramshackle coalition against IS. US ...

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: On Syria and Western Involvement

In response to the following editorial on the mess that is Syria: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/by-giving-up-on-syria-us-hands-kingmaker-role-to-putin/article28747502/ I wrote the following: I will politely disagree with a couple of points at the end: the U.S. is also undermining its own role and influence, not to mention the reputation of all those associated with its ramshackle coalition against IS. US ...

Accidental Deliberations: On permanent campaigns

Luke Savage is right to point out that Canada’s permanent campaign has merely taken on a different dynamic under the Trudeau Libs, rather than actually coming to an end with the Harper Cons losing power: Again, branding is the key here. As a part of its Sunny Ways™, the government has displayed a visible fondness ...

Politics and its Discontents: Heartbreaking And Shameful

Given our membership in the species, all of us should feel deep shame over the actions of our fellow humans: The town has been under attack for years by Syrian President Bashar Assad’s forces, yet the rebel fighters in Moadamiyeh won’t give up; so the whole town is being punished. Pro-regime checkpoints ring Moadamiyeh, preventing ...

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 ...