Montreal Simon: Did Ezra Levant’s Ghastly Rebel Trigger a Terrorist Act in Britain?

I like to mock Ezra Levant and his ratty rag The Rebel.As I did yesterday.But of course the man is not a joke, or at least not funny, and I have always worried that his relentless hate mongering might lead to tragedy.By inspiring one of his sick followers to hurt or kill people.And now it ...

Susan on the Soapbox: The Rule of Law in An Age of Fear

“He who puts security before liberty deserves neither.” –Dennis Edney Q.C. quoting Benjamin Franklin Last week Dennis Edney Q.C. delivered the 2018 Milvain Lecture at the University of Calgary.  His topic was The Rule of Law in an Age of Fear and his defence of Omar Khadr. Edney discussed the dangerous rise of populist politicians ...

Montreal Simon: The Shameless Con Media and the Cowardly Cons

As I'm sure you know, many Cons are not very smart, they tend to be extremely paranoid, and they're definitely not very brave.Not because their brains are necessarily smaller, but because their fear glands are humungous. Peering inside the brain with MRI scans, researchers at University College London found that self-described conservative students had a larger amygdala than ...

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

This and that for your Sunday reading. – Matt Bruenig writes that the concentration of wealth and power which is largely being attributed to crony capitalism is a natural byproduct of laissez-faire economics as well: An economy that distributes the national income based solely on the marginal productivity of each unit of capital and labor ...

Alberta Politics: This is not just what terrorism looks like; it’s what a failed state looks like

PHOTOS: Is Old Glory, as the American flag was once known, now the banner of a failed state? Below: Donald Trump, president of the United States, divider, deceiver and denier in chief, incompetent and seemingly powerless to change anything (Photo: Flickr, Gage Skidmore.) “AT LEAST 58 DEAD AND 500 HURT IN LAS VEGAS AFTER GUNMAN ...

Alberta Politics: Don’t expect an NDP cold war between Jagmeet Singh’s federal New Democrats and Rachel Notley’s Alberta caucus

PHOTOS: Jagmeet Singh, whose campaign to lead the national New Democratic Party came to a successful conclusion yesterday. (Photo: NDP.ca.) Below: Alberta NDP Leader and Premier Rachel Notley, former Alberta Progressive Conservative premier Alison Redford, and former Wildrose Party leader Danielle Smith. So, it’s Jagmeet Singh, and decisively. But don’t expect many hints from Alberta ...

Susan on the Soapbox: How Do We Talk About the Edmonton Terrorist Attack?

A police officer is stabbed and four people are injured when a man drives a U-Haul into a crowd of pedestrians in Edmonton.  The suspect is identified as 30-year-old Abdulahi Sharif.  An ISIS flag is found in the vehicle. Edmonton’s mayor, Don Iveson, Premier Notley and Prime Minister Trudeau issue statements condemning the attack and ...

The Canadian Progressive: Canada and “Five Eyes” spying partners must respect encryption

The final communiqué issued by the “Five Eyes” surveillance alliance after a recent meeting in Ottawa suggests what might turn out to be a made-in-Canada global encryption backdoor. The post Canada and “Five Eyes” spying partners must respect encryption appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

This and that for your Sunday reading. – Damian Carrington reports on new research showing that the actual change in temperature caused by greenhouse gas emissions may be larger than anticipated in even the most cautious forecasts to date. And Chloe Farand highlights France’s plan to rein in its contribution to climate change by banning ...

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading. – John Harris discusses the appeal of Jeremy Corbyn’s tendency toward genuine conversation rather than soundbites. And Gary Younge notes that the pundit class’ dismissal of Corbyn has proven to say a lot more about their faulty assumptions than about the prospects of progressive politics: The economic crash ...

Montreal Simon: Will Trump’s Latest Twitter Orgy Be The Beginning Of The End?

Donald Trump has had many bad Twitter moments, that have demeaned him and his country, and shocked the world.But that usually end up with Trump staring into a pool of excrement and liking what he sees.But his trip to Europe and the Middle East exhausted him.The idea that James Comey is coming back to haunt ...

Montreal Simon: The Marvellous Message of the One Love Manchester Concert

I must admit I'd never heard of Ariana Grande before the terror attack in Manchester two weeks ago.And neither had I heard of many of the young artists who performed at her One Love Manchester benefit show yesterday evening.Ariana Grande returned to the Manchester stage two weeks after a suicide bombing killed 22 victims at her concert in ...

Montreal Simon: Donald Trump and the Man Who Would Poison the World

I could barely watch the coverage of this latest terrorist attack. It was all so insane and so cowardly, and I felt I'd seen it all before. And what made it even more disgusting was to see Donald Trump try to turn that tragedy into bigotry, for crass political purposes.President Donald Trump on Saturday evening said the ...

The Political Road Map: The Religion of Peace

Yesterday, Upon hearing about the bombing in Manchester, I exhibited the usual response. I had to find out more, what happened exactly, how many people were affected and who is claiming responsibility? When I usually read news articles, I make an effort to view the comments being expressed by both official sources and by those ...

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Afternoon Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading. – Martin Kenney comments on Canada’s continuing role in “snow washing” offshore tax evasion. The Conference Board of Canada examines the massive gap between what Canada should receive in public revenues, and what’s actually taken in to keep our society functioning. And Kamal Ahmed highlights how employers are ...

Politics and its Discontents: Out Of Respect

Out of respect for those lives tragically cut short or otherwise affected by hatred in Montreal last night, I don’t feel it is appropriate to post on another topic today, so I shall simply add my voice here to the horror and outrage felt by all sane Canadians today. I can offer no words of ...

The Canadian Progressive: Justin Trudeau responds to Québec City mosque shooting: “We condemn this terrorist attack on Muslims”

Responding to Sunday night’s Québec City mosque shooting, which left six people dead, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said: “We condemn this terrorist attack on Muslims.” The post Justin Trudeau responds to Québec City mosque shooting: “We condemn this terrorist attack on Muslims” appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

cmkl: Outrage and shame over Québec City shooting

There is a meme going round the internet for a couple of years now showing the faces of several American terrorists — the white man who opened fire on the audience of a Batman movie. The white man who opened fire on Sandy Hook. The white man who opened fire on a Black Baptist Church. ...

The Disaffected Lib: Will Trump Be a Lightning Rod for Terrorist Attacks on America?

If there’s another Osama bin Laden out there, and there probably is, Donald Trump is manna from Heaven. The Great Orange Bloat is every terrorist’s dream. He’s impulsive and reactionary. We’re talking about a guy who can’t resist late night Twitter barrages over something as insignificant as a parody sketch on SNL. His narcissism is ...

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on the forces competing to determine the scope and shape of Canada’s security state – and why we shouldn’t think it’s good enough to settle for a status quo which includes needless intrusions into our civil liberties. For further reading…– Jim Bronskill reported here on Randall Garrison’s plans to bring C-51 back before Parliament ...

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Afternoon Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading. – Paul Krugman rightly points out that it’s to be expected that Republican establishment figures would line up behind Donald Trump since he shares their top priority of handing still more money to the richest few. And Emine Saner highlights how strong inheritance taxes would help connect children of ...

Alberta Politics: As assumptions give way to knowledge, we have an opportunity to learn from the shooting in Munich

PHOTOS: Into the evening Friday, the mood in the Bavarian city of Munich was surreal (Polizeipräsidium München image). Below: The scene of Friday’s shooting in Munich. The person I know best in Munich described the mood in the Bavarian city Friday as “surreal,” so it seems fitting the Tweet from the Munich Police that night ...

The Canadian Progressive: Orlando shooting: Is there a link between being in the closet and being homophobic?

This research-based piece discusses the possibility that Orlando shooter Omar Mateen was motivated by a struggle with his own homosexuality, Islam and parental pressure. The post Orlando shooting: Is there a link between being in the closet and being homophobic? appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Politics and its Discontents: There Is So Much Truth Here

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Montreal Simon: The Orlando Massacre and the Hatred that Kills

I am sure that by now most of you have heard the horrible news. A gunman entered a gay nightclub in Orlando, and opened fire on the innocent.So even though they are a relatively small minority, LGBT people are now the victims of the worst mass murder in American history.And while I'm still so stunned by that act ...