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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, ...

Politics and its Discontents: How Will Dion Justify This?

Given the ongoing contention surrounding Canada’s decision to sell $15 billion worth of armoured vehicles to Saudi Arabia, one wonders what sort of dance moves Foreign Affairs Minister Stephane Dion will engage in to explain his government’s ongoing support for the Middle East kingdom in light of this: Canadian-made armoured vehicles appear to be embroiled ...

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 ...

The Disaffected Lib: So What’s Our Excuse?

Amnesty International is urging Britain’s Cameron government to stop arms shipments to Saudi Arabia.  Amnesty claims the weapons are being used to deliberately slaughter civilians in Houthi-rebel controlled parts of Yemen. Amnesty said it found a pattern of “appalling disregard” for civilian lives by the Saudi-led coalition in an investigation of 13 air strikes in ...

A. Picazo: No Scrutiny Please, They’re Saudi.

This op-ed appeared in The Ottawa Citizen on October 1, 2015.  In 2014, on the shores of Lake Geneva and next to the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, a lavish ceremony was held to honour the recipient of the Moral Courage Award — an annual honour bestowed by UN Watch, a Geneva-based NGO dedicated to ...

Montreal Simon: Jason Kenney’s Hugely Embarrassing Russian Problem

As we all know Jason Kenney is a raging Cold War warrior, who is always going after the Russians, with his big mouth as his weapon.To satisfy his inner religious fanatic, and pander to the ethnic vote.And when he's not lying compulsively, he's always bragging about Canada's expanding power… Great moment to receive fifth @RCAF_ARC ...

The Disaffected Lib: Deliver Us From Evil

Why do we tolerate Saudi Arabia when the kingdom, and its Sunni state allies, seems determined to deliver Yemen into the control of ISIS and al Qaeda? Gwynne Dyer writes that, while we wage an air war against ISIS, the Saudis are undermining our effort with their war on the Yemeni Houthi. They’ve all shown ...

The Disaffected Lib: That Burnt Smell, That Hissing Sound? That’s the Fuze.

Well, if nothing else, Stephen Harper might just have earned Canada a ringside seat to the outbreak of a Middle East regional war.  The way the International Crisis Group sees it, the Saudi air war on Shiite Yemeni rebels might just be the burning fuze that explodes the Sunni-Shia powder keg. Obama and the Euros ...

The Disaffected Lib: Even Diplomats Admit Our Middle East Policy is a Mess.

Of course it’s a mess bordering on schizophrenia.  We can’t figure out which side we should be fighting, Sunni or Shia.  We’re bombing Sunnis on behalf of the Shia in Iraq and, soon enough, Syria but we’re backing the Sunnis in their air war against Shiite rebels in Yemen.  Next year we might switch sides ...

The Disaffected Lib: I’ve Got Just the Thing – Let’s Go Fight in Yemen!

We’ve already got a crew in the neighbourhood, we could probably cut’em a sweet deal. Yemen asked the United Nations Security Council on Tuesday to back military action by “willing countries” to combat an advance by Shi’ite Muslim Houthi militia, according to a letter from President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi seen by Reuters. Hadi wants the ...

drive-by planet: Hashtag hypocrisy: #on the other hand my husband orders drone strikes that have killed hundreds of kids

The kidnapping of the Nigerian schoolgirls by Jama’atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda’awati Wal-Jihad, also known by the Hausa name Boko Haram, happened over a month ago. By now a percentage of these girls are likely dispersed… transported across the porous Nigerian border into Chad, Cameroon and Niger where Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau and other BH ...

drive-by planet: RT’s Breaking the Set: George Galloway on ‘Killing of Tony Blair’, Yemen drone attack and the death of Abbas Khan

In this RT interview British Respect Party MP, George Galloway, talks about his upcoming documentary film The Killing of Tony Blair. He also gives his views on the harassment of The Guardian by British authorities and the strange death of Dr Abbas Khan in a Syria prison. British citizen Khan died mere days before he ...

drive-by planet: Abdulelah Shaye released after jailing at Obama’s request: Jeremy Scahill on Shaye and horrific U.S. bombing of al-Majalah

The courageous journalist Abdulelah Haider Shaye who was imprisoned in Yemen following a request from the Obama administration, has been released after serving 3 years in lock-up. Shaye’s ‘crime’ was exposing a U.S. cruise missile attack on the Bedouin village of al-Majalah in December 2009. Forty one villagers were killed – a toll that included ...

RedBedHead: Massacre in Egypt: Is Revolution Worth The Price?

As I sat down to write this post the news of a tragic massacre of at least 32 Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated protestors, and the injury of 300 more was plastered all over the internet. That much is clear, the rest is yet to be disentangled (if ever) from two completely opposing stories by the Egyptian military ...

RedBedHead: Massacre in Egypt: Is Revolution Worth The Price?

As I sat down to write this post the news of a tragic massacre of at least 32 Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated protestors, and the injury of 300 more was plastered all over the internet. That much is clear, the rest is yet to be disentangled (if ever) from two completely opposing stories by the Egyptian military ...

RedBedHead: Massacre in Egypt: Is Revolution Worth The Price?

As I sat down to write this post the news of a tragic massacre of at least 32 Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated protestors, and the injury of 300 more was plastered all over the internet. That much is clear, the rest is yet to be disentangled (if ever) from two completely opposing stories by the Egyptian military ...

drive-by planet: Who is the real terrorist?: LowKey – Terrorist video

Definitions of terrorism: “The systematic use of terror especially as a means of coercion.”  – Merriam Webster “Systematic use of violence and intimidation to achieve some goal.“  – Free Dictionary “The use of violence and threats to intimidate or coerce, especially for political purposes.”  – Dictionary.com Noam Chomsky clarifies the definition with recourse to law: ...

drive-by planet: ‘Bugsplats’: civilian death count from U.S. drone strikes

Some child casualties of covert US drone war The Pakistan government has  released its figures for civilian casualties of American drone strikes. The Pakistani Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that CIA drones have killed at least 2,200 people in the country, including at least 400 civilians. Around 600 have received serious injuries. In addition Islamabad ...

RedBedHead: Year One Of The Egyptian Revolution

There will be gobs and gobs of text filling the pages, websites and on air coverage today about the 1 year anniversary of the start of the Egyptian revolution. A lot of it, particularly in North America, will be stupid, low level stuff – fears of the Islamists taking power, etc etc. Very little of ...

Progressive Proselytizing: Lessons from Kyrgyzstan

A year before the Arab Spring, Kyrgyzstan experienced a populist uprising of its own complete with violent conflict, from both the state and between ethnicities, and resulted in a change of governance. The lessons that can be drawn from the recent history in Kyrgyzstan are useful in putting some of the Arab uprisings into perspective and demonstrating ...

Progressive Proselytizing: The myopic terrorism lens

One of the main failures of western understanding of the Middle East and South Asia, and the subsequent failures of actions taken by the west in these regions, stems from viewing these regions through the lens of terrorism. This terrorism-centric view pervades both military and political elites as well as media pundits and the general ...

World Headlines Review: Egypt Rejects IMF, Revolution Lurches Forward

by Jonathan Rashad Egyptians have evaded a great pitfall in their quest for freedom, democracy and sovereignty in their rejection this week of loan proposals from the IMF.  Nations across the world, especially in Africa, have time and again during periods of turmoil been tempted into bailouts and loan deals with the IMF and World ...

World Headlines Review: Egypt, Tunisia, Thailand… Top 10 destinations for Social Upheaval

A Tide of civil unrest has swept through at least 11 nations in just the past week.  Media focus has been on the successes of the “Jasmine Revolution” and developments in Egypt, which is populous, geopolitically significant, and in total upheaval; but nations far and wide are experiencing mass-protests and anti-government demonstrations.  Cairo, January 25 ...

World Headlines Review: Drones, Torture, Rendition: Democratic Values?

A Huffington Post column by Johann Hari summarizes certain revelations stemming from the leaked USG diplomatic cables by Wikileaks.  The piece posits that Julian Assange’s efforts have made the world safer and are a boon to US National Security, that a better educated public with proof of government wrongdoings can better bring its government to ...