Voices from Russia

Friday, 18 January 2013

Canadian First Nations Protest

00 Canada. First Nations. Indians. 18.01.13

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On Wednesday, thousands of members of Canadian First Nations held a national day of protest actions to protest against violations of their rights. During the protests, they paralysed traffic on a bridge over the Detroit River on the border between Canada and the USA in Detroit MI, which is the busiest border crossing in North America. The protestors also blocked several major bridges and roads in other areas and staged a protest in Ottawa, the Canadian capital. According to the organisers, they want to draw attention to the First Nations movement, “Idle No More“. The protestors want the Canadian government to abrogate laws adopted in December 2012 that ease conditions for the sale or lease of land on First Nations Reserves as well as weaken environmental controls for many lakes and rivers.

17 January 2013

Voice of Russia World Service

http://english.ruvr.ru/2013_01_17/Canadian-Indians-protest/

Editor’s Note:

The so-called Conservative Party in Canada won a minority of the votes in the last election, but since Canada has a “first past the post” system, most Conservative MPs won with a only minority of the vote (at present, there are three major parties in Canada, the Conservative Party, the Liberal Party, and the New Democratic Party). This system was introduced when Canada only had two major parties… now, with three, it’s distorted the will of the electorate. Besides that, the present Conservative Party isn’t an organic continuation of the old Progressive Conservative Party… basically, the radical rightwing Canadian Alliance took over the Party, destroying its old moderate centrist ethos. They’re trying to rape Canada in the same way that the US Republican Party is trying to rape the USA (yes, Virginia, there’s a difference between the Democrats and Republicans, and it isn’t minor, despite appearances). The NDP is growing in power, though… after all, the trend worldwide is leftward and the Reagan/Thatcher nightmare is in its final days. The only question is, “Shall the rich accept their fate, or, shall they fight to retain their present privilege?” Only time will tell the story on that one…

By the way, yesterday, CNN covered non-news such as Lance Armstrong and a football player with an imaginary girlfriend… on the other hand, real news such as this went unreported. None dare call it censorship and shaping of the “news” (CNN is just the other side of the coin from Fox… both are equally crank)…

BMD

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Friday, 19 October 2012

Fox News’ Lies Keep Them Out of Canada

Political Correctness exists on both sides of the political spectrum… and the rightwing version is vastly more toxic than that found on the left. That’s a meaty bone to gnaw upon…

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Editor’s Foreword:

This is from last year, but it still has “bite” and “traction”. Remember, Fox News was caught using footage from Athens, labelling it as being from Moscow (palm trees in a Muscovite winter… I think not!). At present, Fox is claiming that Romney’s ahead… no responsible foreign outlet seconds that. In short, Fox lies, yet again. God have mercy on the ordinary folk who get taken in by such obvious propaganda for the Barracuda Free Market… and on those taken in by Fox’s alter-ego in the Corporate Media, CNN. Both manipulate the news, both aren’t worthy of cred.

BMD

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As America‘s middle class battles for its survival on the Wisconsin barricades… against various Koch Oil surrogates and the corporate toadies at Fox News… fans of enlightenment, democracy, and justice can take comfort from a significant victory north of the Wisconsin border. Fox News won’t be moving into Canada after all! The reason is that, last week, Canadian regulators announced  they’d reject efforts by Canada’s rightwing Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, to repeal a law that forbids lying on broadcast news. Canada’s Radio Act requires that “a licenser may not broadcast … any false or misleading news”. The provision has kept Fox News and rightwing talk radio out of Canada and helped make Canada a model for liberal democracy and freedom. Because of that law, Canadians enjoy high quality news coverage, including the kind of foreign affairs and investigative journalism that flourished in this country before Ronald Reagan abolished the “Fairness Doctrine” in 1987.

Political dialogue in Canada is marked by civility, modesty, honesty, collegiality, and idealism… concepts that have pretty much disappeared on the American airwaves. When Stephen Harper moved to abolish the anti-lying provision of the Radio Act, Canadians rose up to oppose him, fearing that their tradition of honest non-partisan news would be replaced by the toxic, overtly partisan, biased, and dishonest news coverage familiar to American citizens who listen to Fox News and talk radio. Harper’s proposal was timed to facilitate the launch of a new right-wing network, “Sun TV News”, which Canadians call “Fox News North“. Harper, often referred to as “George W Bush‘s Mini-Me,” is known for having mounted a Bush-like war on government scientists, data collectors, transparency, and enlightenment in general. He’s a wizard of all the familiar tools of demagoguery; false patriotism, bigotry, fear, selfishness, and belligerent religiosity.

Harper’s attempts to make lying legal on Canadian television are a stark admission that right-wing political ideology can only dominate national debate through dishonest propaganda. Since corporate profit-taking isn’t an attractive vessel for populism, a political party or broadcast network that makes itself the tool of corporate and financial élites must lie to make its agenda popular with the public. In the USA, Fox News and talk radio, the sock puppets of billionaires and corporate robber barons, have become the masters of propaganda and distortion on the public airwaves. Fox News’ notoriously biased and dishonest coverage of the Wisconsin’s protests is a prime example of the brand of news coverage Canada has smartly avoided.

11 March 2011

Robert F Kennedy Jr

Reader Supported News

http://readersupportednews.org/opinion2/276-74/5123-fox-news-lies-keep-them-out-of-canada

Editor’s Afterword:

Stephen Harper is PM of Canada only due to the slo-mo realignment taking place up there. The Liberals (the “Grits” in CanSpeak) are dying… the New Democrats are taking their place as the major opposition party (the Liberals may end as a pro-federal Francophone bloc after all the dust settles). Because of this, and Canada’s “first past the post” election law (a candidate need not gain a majority, only a plurality of the votes cast), the Conservatives have won the past two elections (that is, they won a minority of the vote, but a majority of the seats). However, the New Conservatives (the old PCs died with Joe Clark and Mulroney… the New Conservatives are mostly the old Alliance bunch) won’t last… in Canada, things move more slowly than in the USA, as Canadians are more truly conservative than Americans are. After all, Canada is the home of the “Loyal Americans”, the United Empire Loyalists… reflect on that.

There is NO conservatism in the USA… it’s the home of the first of the Three Great Humanist Revolutions, after all. Reflect on that one, too…

BMD

Friday, 10 February 2012

Conservative Government in Canada Declared Torture Legal

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On Wednesday, the BBC reported that Canada ordered its intelligence agency to use information that they may have extracted through torture, if public safety is at risk. According to the report, the directive was from 2010. Previously, a 2009 order issued by the Conservative government instructed the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) that it mustn’t knowingly rely on information derived from torture. However, the 2010 directive by the Public Safety Ministry adds that it may not be possible to determine how a foreign agency obtained information and in “exceptional circumstances” it may represent “an unacceptable risk to public safety” to ignore it. In fact, there’s little new in the report. For years, it’s been an open secret that detainees kept without formal charges in NATO and US facilities like the notorious Abu Ghraib and Guantánamo prisons were tortured. Every such report tended to raise an outcry among human rights activists, but little has changed since then. Oh, no, the US administration HAS changed, but not its practices.

What’s new in the report from Canada is the fact that practises adopted by the USA (to which the world has grown accustomed) are used by countries having a much more liberal and milder image that their “elder brothers”. Therefore, in Canada, the report caused a row. Members of the Government, like Public Safety Minister Vic Toews tried to play down the graveness of the report and justify the use of torture by saying, “Can one safely ignore it (the fact that the information obtained came from torture: author) if Canadian lives and property are at stake?” Nevertheless, the opposition called the use of torture “repugnant”. An MP for the opposition New Democratic Party, Jack Harris, said the policy would only encourage countries that used torture. The Toronto Star, citing legal experts, pointed up that the directive issued by the Conservative government condoned torture and breaks federal law and Canada’s international commitments. Stuart Hendin, an expert in the law of armed conflict and human right laws from the University of Ottawa, said, “We’re a signatory to the UN Convention Against Torture and there’s an absolute prohibition against torture, period”.

The report also became a powerful tool for the West’s bitterest opponent, Iran, to fire back. The English-language Iranian channel Press TV stated, “The use of torture to obtain information isn’t just a Canadian or US policy alone. It’s an imperial policy designed to terrorise people and it reflects the criminal nature of the duo’s (the USA and Canada’s) imperial controllers”. Indeed, there’s been so much talk about infamous “double standards” that sometimes it seems useless to appeal to the notion. However, what else can we do, if the West demonstrates its furious readiness to attack anyone whose only fault is that they’re weaker, under the pretext of “human rights violations” and “massive tortures against their own people”, but at the same time they publicly acknowledge that they’re in no way different from those they attack?

Actually, with the USA this is commonplace. Its bombing of civilians in sovereign countries (not necessarily the ones it’s at war with, like Afghanistan or, lately, Iraq), its use of torture and indefinite imprisonment without trial change little in Uncle Sam’s overall picture. However, what does it do to Canada, a country claiming to be a part of Europe in the Western hemisphere? Indeed, one can only wonder how far the US’ younger brother might go in order to copy their elder. It’s very much doubtful that legalisation of torture by the Canadian government is worth the tarnished image… not only of the government, but also of the whole country.

9 February 2012

Boris Volkhonsky

Senior Research Fellow     

Russian Institute for Strategic Studies

Voice of Russia World Service

http://english.ruvr.ru/2012/02/09/65694288.html

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

24 August 2011. Stuart Thursby. Jack Layton’s Words: A Poster Cycle. 2011

He was a great Canadian. He gave his life to this country. His commitment to social justice and equality and a better Canada in the world and at home. I think that’s how people saw him, they saw the courage that he had. He faced cancer and he kept on working, doing his job, because he felt so strongly about what he believed in.

Libby Davies

NDP Deputy Chairman

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THIS IS TRUTH. Doesn’t this beat the rightwing talk radio haters all to hell? Reflect well on this… many of the talk radio bloviators claim to be “moral” and “Christian“. Isn’t that disgusting? We DO have a choice… we can reach for the light or we can grasp for the gelt. You can have Jack Layton or you can have Rush Limbaugh… they’re incompatible. Which do YOU prefer?

BMD

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