CANADA

Apr 15 21:01

Fighting back against corporatocracy and Big Monopolies

"Freedom" and "democracy" are useful words, but very bankrupt: useful because they serve to advance imperial/corporate agendas, bankrupt because they are empty vessels perennially co-opted.

When illegal coups are orchestrated to overthrow democratically elected governments in Venezuela, Honduras, Ukraine or elsewhere, the lies of freedom and democracy are seamlessly attached to the criminal acts.

"Freedom" and "democracy" are still cloaking, tacitly or overtly, mass murder and genocide in Iraq, at this moment.

As long as the masses are fooled, conquest and regime change, not democracy and freedom, are enabled and perpetuated. Illegal coups and wars of aggression are about imperial control, setting up puppet dictators and the imposition of neoliberal economic business models for the corporate extensions of the invading nations.

Apr 15 12:10

Canada plans to invade Syria

The pro-Israeli government of Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper is making diplomatic and military preparations for military intervention in Syria, leaked documents show.

Apr 15 11:02

OH, CANADA! CRIMINALIZING CRITICISM OF ISRAEL IN CANADA

The international campaign calling for boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) against Israel, as a peaceful means of persuading that state to abandon its systematic violations of international law and its policies of apartheid dispossession, colonization, and blockade in the occupied Palestinian territories, has recently enjoyed a burgeoning number of successes.1

In early February 2014, The Economist noted that BDS “is turning mainstream,”2 and former Israeli Knesset Speaker Avraham Burg wrote in Haaretz that the “BDS movement is gaining momentum and is approaching the turning point [.... at which] sanctions against Israel will become a fait accompli.”3

Apr 15 07:11

Businesses reap big property tax savings under new plan

A property tax relief program for New Brunswick businesses created by the Alward government is proving to be far more expensive than a property tax relief program for seniors that was cancelled, according to government figures.

"I was angry. I was angry as a taxpayer and a senior citizen," said Bernard Beukeveld, a Quispamsis resident, referring to the assistance to businesses.

Apr 14 18:43

Understanding Modern Israel: Why It Is Driving The World Towards Madness

Can you have democracy for only one carefully-defined group? Can you have democracy without the restraints of a Bill of Rights upon an abusive majority? Can you have democracy which holds millions in perpetual isolation and subjects them to countless abuses? Can you have democracy where you prefer dealing with juntas and kingdoms to democratic governments in neighboring states? Can you have democracy which constantly threatens war on those who do not threaten it? Can you have democracy which conducts witch-hunts on a grand scale, just re-naming the witches as terrorists? Can you have democracy which interferes in the internal affairs of other democratic states?

Apr 14 18:08

AE911Truth backs plan to form 9/11 Truth party in Canada

The planning process is under way to form a new political party to run on a 9/11 platform in Canada’s 2015 federal election.

Apr 14 16:26

Canadians' mental-health info routinely shared with FBI, U.S. customs

Privacy commissioner Ann Cavoukian found attempted suicide calls uploaded to international database CBC News

Apr 14 10:16

Police must not share suicide data: watchdog

Toronto Police say if Ontario's privacy watchdog wants information about suicide attempts kept from American officials, she should talk to the RCMP because that force maintains the database that is shared with U.S. officials.

Information and Privacy Commissioner Ann Cavoukian says she was prompted to start an investigation after hearing about four Ontario residents who were denied entry to the United States on the basis of their mental health history.

Cavoukian says she was unnerved by the humiliation and embarrassment felt by the people who were told by American border guards that they couldn't enter the U.S. because of a suicide attempt.

Apr 13 08:33

Bus Driver Fired for Picking Up Freezing Kids in Her SUV when Bus Broke Down

Folks, Canadian school bus driver Kendra Lindon was about to pick up kids on a freezing cold day when her bus broke down. Other recent times this had happened, she recalled, no replacement bus arrived. And so, with windchill temperatures dipping to -37 C (-34 F), she took matters into her own hands and picked up the few students along her route in her own SUV.

From there, Lindon planned to keep the kids, including her own son, warm until another bus arrived — no frostbite, no problems.

Or so she thought.

It turns out another parent had watched Lindon picking up the kids, including two boys who had to sit in the rear cargo hold, where there were no seat belts.

Concerned, the parent contacted First Student — and that afternoon, Lindon was fired.

Apr 13 02:24

President Vladimir Putin’s letter to leaders of European countries

Western media’s relentless demonizing of President Putin is backfiring. President Putin’s approval ratings hits a three year high and have risen to 88% (The Independent and BBC reported) in the past week, as Russians back their president over Ukraine, a height western leaders can only dream of.

“It goes without saying that Russia is prepared to participate in the effort to stabilize and restore Ukraine’s economy, however, not in a unilateral way, but on equal conditions with our European partners.” writes President Putin.

Apr 10 07:39

Dziekanski case: Police watchdog rejects complaints by Mounties

B.C.’s police complaint commissioner has taken what he calls a “principled decision” and declined to investigate allegations against Vancouver Police Department detectives levelled by an RCMP constable and a former Mountie.

In March, Const. Gerry Rundel and retired corporal Monty Robinson — both of whom were charged with perjury after their testimony at the Braidwood Inquiry — complained that VPD officers used "intimidation” and "leading questions" when investigating an allegation that all four Mounties involved in the death of Robert Dziekanski had met secretly before testifying at the inquiry in 2009.

Apr 10 07:38

Patrick Brazeau, suspended senator, arrested in Gatineau

Suspended Senator Patrick Brazeau was arrested early this morning in Gatineau, Que., and is facing charges including possession of cocaine, assault, breaching release conditions and uttering threats, Gatineau police say.

Brazeau was arrested at a private residence on Boulevard Labrosse at about 4 a.m. ET, police told CBC News, after officers responded to a report of a possible domestic disturbance.

The officers found a 39-year-old man and a woman on the porch of the home, Gatineau police said in a media release.

"After talking to the female, she was complaining about being a victim of an assault by the man, so police officers [proceeded to arrest] the 39-year-old man at the scene," said Const. Pierre Lanthier, a Gatineau police spokesman, in an interview.

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Patrick Brazeau was one of Harper's "picks."

Apr 09 08:01

Insurance watchdog's independent office scrapped

New Brunswick’s consumer advocate for insurance will not be renewed when his term is up this year and the independent watchdog’s office will be permanently scrapped at the end of 2014.

Ronald Godin, who was appointed as the province’s first consumer advocate for insurance in 2004, said he was told in a phone call two weeks ago that his term would not be renewed.

He said he had expected that he may not have another term in the oversight position.

“But the surprise was that the office will be closing at the end of my term and the employees will be released by that date, Dec. 31, 2014,” he said.

Apr 09 07:49

Heartbleed Bug prompts Revenue Canada website shutdown

The Canada Revenue Agency has shut down the public access portion of its website due to the Heartbleed Bug.

The Heartbleed Bug is a recently discovered vulnerability in a version of OpenSSL software code that is installed on two-thirds of the active servers connected to the internet.

Although OpenSSL is believed to be benign and comparatively safe and secure, the Heartbleed vulnerability could allow a malicious user to read the memory of systems protected by the bug-afflicted code, compromising the secret keys used to encrypt the data.

Apr 09 07:47

Ottawa wants power to break locks off passengers' checked baggage

The Conservative government would like to know how air passengers feel about their checked luggage being broken into — by airport security screeners.

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Not too fond of the idea. I had a walkman stolen by the airport security inspectors in London! And a butter-fingered TSA goon at Seattle dropped and destroyed a good laptop!

Apr 08 21:03

Look at the World from Behind the Wall: Part Two

Today, almost to the month, Obama is faced with the reality he did not wish to face: Israel has had and does not have any desire to create a Palestinian State, indeed it mocks the very concept and belittles the efforts of Obama and Kerry to attempt to establish such a state. That is now blatantly obvious even to a blind person.

What to do? Take advantage of this opportunity thrown in his lap by the Israelis and send the issue back to the United Nations where it began and where it must be resolved. What will this accomplish? It will break the shackles that bind our Congress to a foreign government; it will release the President to give opportunity and authority to the United Nations to deal with this issue without conflict with the United States;

Apr 08 19:20

Depression, suicide among Canadian soldiers concerns military surgeon general

There have been eight suspected suicides in the Canadian Forces since the beginning of the year but it's unclear whether they represent a sustained pattern, says the military's surgeon general.

Testifying before the all-party House of Commons defence committee on Tuesday, Brig.-Gen. Jean-Robert Bernier noted separately that depression, especially among male Forces members, is double that of the civilian population and represents a "major concern."

Roughly 7.8 per cent of the military reported episodes of depression prior to the Afghan war, but the numbers are being updated, he added.

Medical professionals draw a direct link between instances of depression and suicide. Much of the public attention in the aftermath of the Afghan war has been focused on post-traumatic stress, which counts depression among its constellation of symptoms.

Apr 08 13:21

Canada quietly orders a Russian defence attaché at the Ottawa embassy to leave the country

The Canadian government has quietly ordered at least one Russian diplomat to leave the country within the next two weeks.

Apr 08 10:21

Energy Industry Consultant Exposes Drilling and Fracking Crimes in Alberta, Canada

Jessica Ernst worked for over three decades as an environmental biologist doing research and independent consulting for the Alberta petroleum industry. One of her main clients was the EnCana Company, which began large-scale fracking in the region of her home community of Rosebud Alberta in the early years of the 21st century.

In 2007 Jessica Ernst the scientist became Jessica Ernst the whistle blower. Bringing forward evidence that her own water well and those of her neighbours had been severely contaminated, Jessica sued the EnCanada Corporation. She also sued the forerunner of the Alberta Energy Regulator as well as the Alberta government itself.

Apr 08 07:01

Liberals set to form majority Quebec government

Quebec's Liberal Party is set to form a majority provincial government, routing the Canadian province's main separatist party.

Liberals have won 41% of the vote, with nearly all ballots counted.

Parti Quebecois (PQ) leader Pauline Marois has resigned in response to the crushing defeat, with her party only obtaining 25%.

Apr 08 03:22

Criminalizing Criticism of Israel in Canada

It's evident that the pro-Israel lobby has been active in mobilizing politicians in the "friendly capitals" of Washington, Ottawa, and Canberra for many years. This essay will argue that revisions to the Canadian Criminal Code proposed by the Harper government contain wording that is designed to enable lawfare prosecutions of human rights activists in precisely the manner desired by Netanyahu and his associates. Continue reading --> http://sabbah.biz/mt/?p=20744

Apr 07 19:57

Ebola cases suspected in US and Canada, airports in Guinea begin health checkpoints

Multiple travelers leaving the Ebola outbreak area in West Africa have already taken a deadly Hemorrhagic Fever virus home with them

Apr 07 18:33

School in Canada makes non-vaccinated students stay home to halt the spread of measles

Alberta health officials have asked more than 100 Calgary students to stay home for the next two weeks because they have not been vaccinated for measles.

Apr 07 11:14

Govt Records Show (Christian?) Churches Complicit in Mass Murder of Aboriginal Canadian Children

Seventeen years after Rev. Kevin Annett publicly disclosed evidence that over 50,000 children died in Canada’s church-run “Indian residential schools”, Canadian governments have finally confirmed this genocidal mortality rate after releasing hitherto-concealed death records from the schools.

Until this week, government and church officials have either denied or stayed silent about Rev. Annett’s documented estimate. But previously “segregated” statistics of the deaths of residential school children made public last Friday by different provinces indicate that “tens of thousands” of these children died in the facilities, which were operated primarily by the Roman Catholic, Anglican and United Church of Canada.

Apr 06 15:51

Mounting evidence of health concerns near tar sands development

Two studies released in the past week have drawn attention the linkage between tar sands development and significant health concerns. The two reports both released by the Alberta government separately show that the incidence of cancer downstream of tar sands development is higher than expected and that air emissions from a certain type of drilling tar sands operation is likely causing health problems. These studies add to what is a growing mountain of peer-reviewed science that confirms tar sands operations are contaminating air and water with toxic and cancer-causing chemicals. In other words, the linkages between tar sands development and potential health impacts are emerging.

Apr 06 05:18

A Century of Deceit: Iraq, the World Wars, Holocaust and Zionist Militarism

While the West bears much shame and responsibility for aiding and abetting the Zionist project and all of its murderous and destructive consequences, bringing history into accordance with the facts is one way to uplift the Palestinians whose struggle for freedom and justice goes on.

Some studies estimate that close to 1.5 million Iraqis have lost their lives as a result of the brutal American invasion and occupation of their country in 2003.[1] Millions more Iraqis have become refugees and orphans. American depleted uranium weapons have caused cancer rates in some Iraqi cities to skyrocket, permanently destroying the genes of future generations of Iraqis who are being born with horrific birth defects and diseases.

Apr 05 04:14

There Is No Doubting The Health Benefits of Cannabis

Waking Times

The question is no longer which disease cannabis can cure, but which disease can’t it cure? A study published in Nature Reviews-Cancerprovides an historic and detailed explanation about how THC and natural cannabinoids counteract cancer, but preserve normal cells.

Apr 04 19:36

The Monster on the Hill

If Adelson could dictate our future, it would spell disaster for our country. INDEED, IF anyone had any illusions about American politics, they were dispelled this week.

The casino mogul, Sheldon Adelson, organized a public display of his power. He summoned to his Las Vegas betting paradise the four most probable Republican candidates for the next presidential elections, in order to choose one of them. All the invitees heeded the summons, of course.

It was a shameless exhibition. The politicians groveled before the casino lord. Mighty governors of important states did their best to sell themselves like applicants at a job interview. Each of them tried to trump the others in promising to do the Mogul’s bidding.

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Apr 03 08:31

Canadian 10th Grader Discovers Radioactive Imported Seafood Long After Government Stopped Testing

Radioactive seafood isn’t foreign to Canadian grocery stores, but we have no research and development professionals to thank for that information—just a 10th grader from Alberta.

Bronwyn Delacruz of Grande Prairie Composite High School in Alberta made her discovery with the help of a $600 Geiger counter her father purchased and the need to complete a science project. She told Metro Canada that she decided to test the radioactivity of seafood—mostly seaweed—because she was shocked to learn that the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) stopped testing imported foods in that manner the year after the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan.

“Some of the kelp that I found was higher than what the International Atomic Energy Agency sets as radioactive contamination, which is 1,450 counts over a 10-minute period,” she said. “Some of my samples came up as 1,700 or 1,800.”

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Apr 03 06:56

Criminalizing Criticism of Israel in Canada

The international campaign calling for boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) against Israel, as a peaceful means of persuading that state to abandon its systematic violations of international law and its policies of apartheid dispossession, colonization, and blockade in the occupied Palestinian territories, has recently enjoyed a burgeoning number of successes.1

In early February 2014, The Economist noted that BDS “is turning mainstream,”2 and former Israeli Knesset Speaker Avraham Burg wrote in Haaretz that the “BDS movement is gaining momentum and is approaching the turning point [.... at which] sanctions against Israel will become a fait accompli.”3

Apr 02 15:53

Criminalizing Criticism of Israel in Canada

In the Prime Minister’s view, any profound criticism of Israeli policies and governance can only be a product of antisemitic hatred, spewed forth by people who are simply looking for further ways of victimizing Jews. By this account it is, very precisely, as members of a national group—as potential or actual citizens of Israel—that Jews are being victimized by these devious, sophisticated new antisemites. Canadian Jews could be counted among those victimized in this manner, for those who do not actually hold Israeli citizenship are all potentially Israeli nationals, under Israel’s Law of Return.

Apr 02 12:27

Fukushima Fallout: Canadians Are Eating Radioactive Seafood

Radioactive seafood isn’t foreign to Canadian grocery stores, but we have no research and development professionals to thank for that information—just a 10th grader from Alberta.

Apr 02 08:13

Accidental voice mail catches RCMP mocking assault complainant

A Nova Scotia woman has lodged a complaint with the federal RCMP watchdog after listening to an inadvertent voice mail message in which several "Neanderthal" officers could be heard cursing and making light of a domestic assault she had reported.

Apr 02 06:08

“BDS is irrelevant.” Oh, really?

Rosenberg gives himself a hard time worrying that there would be no more Israel if Israelis had to obey international law and UN resolutions, and return the lands and resources they stole from the Palestinians. It's “an actual country”, he maintains. But I bet he cannot tell us its actual borders.

A quick trip to the BDS movement's website http://www.bdsmovement.net/call will expose Rosenberg's attempt to mislead.

What maddens Zionists most is that they cannot control civil society like they can pull the strings of the spineless political élite. They fear BDS action (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) will derail their precious project for a Greater Israel. So they now sneer at civil society and try to discourage further BDS efforts. This tactic comes across loud and clear in Michael Rosenberg's article 'The Goal Of The BDS Movement Is Dismantling Israel, Not The ’67 Occupation'.

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Apr 01 21:58

Press Release: The Undying Role of 9/11 Family Members in Calling for an Independent Inquiry into 9/11

Halifax, March 28, 2014 – Yesterday in Parliament Megan Leslie, NDP Deputy Leader and Halifax MP, was blasted by Conservative backbencher James Bezan for a community event that was posted by a constituent on her website.

Bezan was referring to the Halifax stop of a 17-city Canadian tour by architect Richard Gage, leader of 2100 architects and engineers who question the collapses of World Trade Center buildings 1, 2, and 7. Many people do not know that an investigation was resisted by the Bush administration, and that the building collapses were never scientifically investigated.

Following major disasters such as the Titanic, Pearl Harbor, the JFK assassination, and the Challenger tragedy, commissions of inquiry have been appointed within a few days.

In the case of 9/11 no such inquiry was ordered........

Apr 01 18:41

Alberta student’s science project finds high radiation levels in grocery-store seafood

Alberta (Canada) high-school student Bronwyn Delacruz loves sushi, but became concerned last summer after learning how little food inspection actually takes place on some of its key ingredients.

The Grade 10 student from Grande Prairie said she was shocked to discover that, in the wake of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) stopped testing imported foods for radiation in 2012.

So, she decided to carry out her own tests.

Armed with a $600 Geiger counter bought by her dad, Delacruz studied a variety of seafoods – particularly seaweeds – as part of an award-winning science project that she will take to a national fair next month.

“Some of the kelp that I found was higher than what the International Atomic Energy Agency sets as radioactive contamination, which is 1,450 counts over a 10-minute period,” she said. “Some of my samples came up as 1,700 or 1,800.”

Apr 01 15:14

How Americans can help world peace

A first step for world peace is for the American people to rein in their reckless government from the international stage and to stop it making misery for so many.

Americans need democratic government like the rest of the world needs rid of Washington's thuggish global policeman.

This may come as a shock to many ordinary Americans who tend to think that their country is already the beacon of democratic light unto the world, bestowing all sorts of benevolence to others. Such delusional "American exceptionalism" has to stop. America is only special in a very negative meaning. It plays a central part in fomenting conflict in almost every scenario we care to look at.

We see this nefarious US role in the never-ending Israeli-Palestinian travesty known as a "peace process". In reality, this process is but a continual green light for the Israeli regime to commit massive violation of international laws against the long-suffering Palestinian people.

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Apr 01 05:23

William Cook : The Goal of the BDS Movement Is Justice

Israel Denies Justice and therefore does not Exist as a Legitimate State. Justice and legitimacy are one and inexorably linked to the Charters and Declarations of the United Nations.

This is a truth that Michael J. Rosenberg does not address as he castigates the supporters of the BDS movement in his recent article: “The Goal of the BDS Movement is the Dismantling of Israel.”

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Mar 31 20:19

The 9/11 Attacks, “Keeping the Lid on the Lie”: Media Response to the Growing Influence of the 9/11 Truth Movement

With regard to the truth about 911, the history of corporate media reporting is reminiscent of Gandhi’s famous statement: ”First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.”

In 2010, at the time of my last media survey, the mainstream media was waking up to research from the 911 truth community.

By the fall of 2013, the new ReThink911 campaign had gained considerable attention in papers such as the New York Times, Time Magazine, the BBC Magazine, and the Ottawa Citizen. Most of the 20 or so stories were neutral in tone, with only a few ridiculing or opposing the campaign.

Mar 30 19:39

Canada’s Harper Stokes Imperialism’s Drive Against Russia

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has been among the shrillest in the chorus of western leaders denouncing and threatening Russia.

He issued a series of inflammatory denunciations of Russian “aggression” during a European tour this past week that began with a trip to Ukraine. During his six hours in Kiev, Harper lauded the government installed by last month’s fascist-spearheaded, US-German organized coup and conferred with its leaders, who include a half-dozen ministers from the fascist Svoboda Party.

Mar 30 19:35

An Open Letter to (Canadian) MP James Bezan

Dear Mr. Bezan,

In your critique of Member of Parliament, Megan Leslie (Halifax), for having a listing for a talk by Richard Gage (a 9/11 conspiracy theorist) on her community events page you have, unfortunately, demonstrated an error in your understanding of democracy, as well as a logical fallacy.

A central premise of democracy is that (within the limits of the law) we not only allow -- but actively encourage -- freedom of expression, that is the right of people to freely voice their convictions. Upon that freedom is based the legitimacy of the electoral system, and hence the validity of representative parliamentary democracy. I'm sure that as a parliamentarian you support this principle.

Mar 29 13:31

*Shocking video* World leaders wear pyramid symbol at major international meeting

During the Nuclear Security Summit, which was held on March 24th and 25th in the Netherlands, Reuters captured video of presidents and prime ministers from all over the world wearing a very peculiar pyramid-shaped pin

Mar 29 10:11

Government Eliminates Interest on Nova Scotia Student Loans

Nova Scotia graduates no longer have to pay interest on their provincial student loans, saving them money as they start their careers.

"Eliminating the interest on provincial loans was our commitment from day one, and we're keeping our promise to students," said Labour and Advanced Education Minister Kelly Regan. "We know that every dollar counts when graduates are beginning their careers, and we hope this provides some relief to young people as they build their lives in Nova Scotia."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Ending interest on student loans would fix the student loan bubble problem here in the United States ... which is why you will never see it happen here!

Mar 28 07:56

C-13: A digital Trojan horse for the surveillance state

The Conservatives have offered up C-13 as a necessary tool to address the serious problem of online harassment. And there’s a justifiable and strong political movement among Canadians to modernize the Code to tackle the serious problem of Internet harassment and abuse, particularly in the wake of some tragic recent suicides.

Which is precisely what the Conservative party is counting on — because C-13 is a wolf in sheep’s clothing.

The government’s talking points notwithstanding, only a small portion of C-13 deals with cyber-bullying. Most of the bill is devoted to expanding police powers to search and seize personal Internet data.

Mar 27 14:12

School Science Project Reveals High Levels Of Fukushima Nuclear Radiation in Grocery Store Seafood

A Canadian high school student named Bronwyn Delacruz never imagined that her school science project would make headlines all over the world.  But that is precisely what has happened.  Using a $600 Geiger counter purchased by her father, Delacruz measured seafood bought at local grocery stores for radioactive contamination.  What she discovered was absolutely stunning.  Much of the seafood, particularly the products that were made in China, tested very high for radiation.  So is this being caused by nuclear radiation from Fukushima?  Is the seafood that we are eating going to give us cancer and other diseases?  The American people deserve the truth, but as you will see below, the U.S. and Canadian governments are not even testing imported seafood for radiation.  To say that this is deeply troubling would be a massive understatement.

Mar 27 04:40

Canada, Zionist power and World War II myths

Martinez talks at length with Greg Felton, a Canadian investigative reporter and author about Zionist power in Canada, myths and propaganda surrounding World War II and the abuse of history. Freedom to discuss, discourse and investigation of controversy, rehashing well-known and controversial topics is in a sense, perhaps, something we need even more of than lectures!

Mar 27 03:43

Western Unity Against Russia a Masterpiece of Illusion

European political figures of increasingly low caliber are indulging this American parody of reality by appearing to unite around Obama’s call for tougher sanctions against Russia. Britain’s David Cameron and his German and French counterparts, Angela Merkel and Francois Hollande, issued warnings of imposing economic penalties on Russian businesses and industries. Lots of bombast and melodrama were on cue, but there was a distinct lack of guts to follow.

The crisis in legitimacy for Washington and its coterie of allies stems from the fact that these countries are no longer the economic powers that they once were. The centre of global economic gravity is shifting to the BRICS – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, among other emerging economies. Asia, Africa and Latin America are the future; North America and Europe are the past.

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Mar 26 13:24

Toronto family surprised to learn it was cops who broke into their house and removed computers

When Nahid Alikhani and her sons came home on March 18, they found the front door jammed, muddy footprints throughout the house, their mail strewn about, doors ajar and all of their electronic devices missing.

Mar 25 08:13

Family surprised to learn it was Toronto cops who broke into house, removed computers

When Nahid Alikhani and her sons came home on March 18, they found the front door jammed, muddy footprints throughout the house, their mail strewn about, doors ajar and all of their electronic devices missing.

Fearing a burglary, they called 9-1-1.

“The police said, ‘Actually it was us,’” said Alikhani.

That’s when they noticed the search warrant that had been left. It was for their Markham address, but none of their names were listed. Then Alikhani spotted a name she did recognize — the son of the home’s previous owner.

Their story highlights difficulties surrounding police investigations, and obtaining search warrants while protecting personal privacy when the person police are looking for are no longer at the home being searched.

The Toronto police say the family was the victim of a sophisticated crime ring busted this week and that proper procedure was followed in lawfully entering the home.

The family sees it differently.

Mar 25 08:00

Canada rules out suspected case of Ebola

Canadian officials investigating a man suspected of having contracted Ebola during a visit to West Africa say it has been determined he does not have the virus.

Cailin Rodgers, a spokeswoman for Canada's health minister, said Tuesday lab testing confirmed the individual hospitalized with symptoms of a hemorrhagic fever does not have Ebola.

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But he does have symptoms of hemorrhagic fever.

Mar 25 07:50

African health workers battle Ebola; suspected Canada case

Health officials in Guinea battled to contain west Africa's first outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus as neighbouring Liberia reported its first suspected victims and a traveller returning to Canada was hospitalised with suspicious symptoms.

Mar 24 08:30

Harper Says He’ll Support Israel Even If It Hurts Canada Politically

Stephen Harper says he’ll take a forceful stand against anti-Israel rhetoric no matter the political cost to his government at international organizations such as the United Nations and the Francophonie.

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I'll bet the Canadians wish he were that enthusiastic about CANADA!

Mar 24 08:28

Russia imposes retaliatory sanctions against Canada

Moscow has imposed sanctions on Canada in response to sanctions that Ottawa earlier introduced against some Russian officials in connection with the situation in Ukraine, the Russian Foreign Ministry has said.

“This step comes in response to unacceptable actions by the Canadian side which seriously hurt bilateral relations,” the Ministry's spokesman, Aleksandr Lukashevich, said.

The sanctions were slapped on 13 high-ranking Canadian officials, lawmakers and public activists.

Russia, however, remains open for constructive and honest cooperation with Canada, which was notable for its pragmatism and a large area of mutual interests, particularly regarding Arctic region issues, Lukashevich said.

Mar 22 08:34

Harper in Kyiv as first G7 leader to stand beside new regime in Ukraine

Stephen Harper met with the new Ukrainian prime minister on Saturday, becoming the first G7 leader to visit Ukraine since pro-Western forces drove out its former government and Russia annexed the strategic Crimea Peninsula in the country's southern reaches.

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Harper is the first G7 leader to visit Kiev..He lectures about democracy by supporting thugs who took over democratically elected government by the power of gun.

Harper who is big supporter of occupation of Palestinians land and close friend of Bibi Netanyahu talks about Crimeans vote in a memorandum to join Russia, as a theft...

Mar 22 07:15

Minister mum on probe into allegation Mossad assassin got new Canadian identity, passport

The office of Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander is evading questions about a probe related to allegations that an Israeli Mossad assassin is in Canada under a new identity provided by the government.

Public Safety Canada, which oversees the RCMP and the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, also has avoiding talking about the case, which has upset senior security intelligence officials after being reported by the Citizen and other news media in February.

Some within Ottawa’s security intelligence community believe Alexander’s office resorted to a rash, “knee-jerk” response when confronted with media inquiries last month.

Mar 20 06:59

Alberta Premier Redford Resigns Amid Expenses Scandal

Alberta Premier Alison Redford, facing mounting criticism over travel expenses and her leadership, plans to step down this weekend as head of Canada’s fourth most-populous province.

“I am not prepared to allow party and caucus infighting to get in the way of building a better future for our province,” Redford, 49, said at the provincial legislature late yesterday. “Too much time has been spent over the last few weeks on questions of loyalty and allegiances and character.”

Mar 20 06:49

Why internet upload speed in Canada lags world average

Phan has a fast internet connection for downloading in his Toronto condo, but he’s stuck in the slow lane when it comes to the other direction. His $80-a-month internet plan gives him a four-megabit-per-second upload speed – just a 10th of the download speed – and anything higher would cost significantly more.

He has considered switching to the other provider available in his building, but that wouldn’t save him much time or money.

Such is life in Canada, where upload connections are among the worst in the developed world.

“Upload speeds are so frustratingly slow that oftentimes, it's quicker for me to copy the files onto a USB stick and drive it over to clients,” he says.

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Many ISPs throttle upload speed to save bandwidth while keeping the download speeds, which delivers content, as fast as possible. But it appears that Canada has taken the upload/download bias to new heights.

Mar 17 08:12

Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada on the results of the Crimean “referendum”

“This “referendum” is illegitimate, it has no legal effect, and we do not recognize its outcome. As a result of Russia's refusal to seek a path of de-escalation, we are working with our G-7 partners and other allies to coordinate additional sanctions against those responsible.

Mar 15 10:23

Russian diplomat stabbed near embassy in Canada

A Canadian military employee was arrested, naked and covered in blood, after a Russian diplomat was stabbed near an embassy in Ottawa

Mar 14 07:19

Afghanistan pullout: Taliban congratulates fighters on 'defeat' of Canadians

A round of goodbye messages are following the last Canadian troops out the door in Afghanistan and some of them are rather nasty.

The Taliban's information arm issued a statement Thursday to followers in Kandahar congratulating its fighters in the rural districts of Panjwaii, Zharey, Dand, Maiwand and Shah Wali Kot claiming that Canada has been defeated and has now fled the country.

Mar 11 09:12

The CA bubble that isn’t from California: Canadians come face to face with the paradox of golden real estate handcuffs and a younger less affluent generation.

Canada home values have increased by close to 80 percent in the last decade. For the U.S. over this same period of 1994 to 2004 home prices are up (adjusting for inflation) by a modest 10 percent even after the 2013 mania:

Mar 09 10:48

BREAKING: Canada Gives Russia 24 Hours To Get Out Of Their Country Declares Ukraine Invasion An Act Of Aggression

Canada just weighed in on the situation in Ukraine and has demanded that nine Russian soldiers be out of their country within 24 hours.

Mar 06 09:25

Ottawa daycare suspends two-year-old girl over cheese sandwich

A two-year-old girl got a three-day suspension from her Ottawa daycare Monday. Her offence: Possession of a contraband cheese sandwich.

Randy Murray was packing his daughter Faith and son Michael off to the Centre D’Enfant Aux 4 Vents in Barrhaven Monday morning, but they’d missed breakfast, so he made the sandwiches to eat in the car en route. Faith popped hers in her pocket instead, and when a staff member found it, her suspension was automatic.

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THAT'LL teach her!

Mar 06 07:25

Canadian Mounties Override Civilian Rule to Arbitrarily Ban, Confiscate Firearms

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police are acting on their own authority to arbitrarily re-classify, ban and ultimately confiscate certain rifles, contemptible actions for which Canadian citizens seemingly have no recourse.

Last Wednesday, the RCMP made good on its past threats and turned tens of thousands of Canadians into criminals overnight when they re-classified the Swiss Arms Classic Green carbine, a Swiss-made rifle featuring military-style characteristics, declaring it “prohibited” even though the model has been sold in Canada since 2000. Until Monday, the Canadian feds hadn’t even offered an amnesty period for gun owners to turn in their newly illegal weapons.

Mar 04 09:06

Stephen Harper warns Russia faces ouster from G8

Prime Minister Stephen Harper says Russia must immediately withdraw its soldiers from Ukraine or face diplomatic and economic isolation.

Mar 04 08:50

Mohawks of Tyendinaga start promised blockade for justice for murdered and missing women

As of Sunday, roughly 70 members and supporters of the Mohawks of Tyendinaga erected a blockade on Shannonville Road, pushing for the Canadian government to host a genuine inquiry into the disappearances and deaths of Indigenous women across Canada -- thus stating their dissatisfaction of the Oppal Inquiry.

Mar 03 14:44

HMCS Protecteur sent adrift — again — after towline snaps en route to Pearl Harbor

The HMCS Protecteur is once again making slow progress toward Pearl Harbor after being sent adrift, again, Sunday when a towline snapped.

The disabled Canadian naval supply ship has been limping back to Hawaii since an engine room fire left it dead in the water last week.

Apr 05 06:44

Onward global army ... maybe sooner than later?

The beauty, in the eyes of some, is that when things get really bad for the general population and more and more uprisings occur, an international army will better be able to step in and do crowd control (you know, keeping the peace) than a local army would, local soldiers being possibly reluctant to shoot real bullets at their own people. That may also be one of the reasons for the partnership with the US Northern Command - so that US troops could step in to put down a Canadian uprising, and vice versa.

Last, but still worth considering: maybe recruitment centres won't be needed if a draft is imposed, which of course would only occur if the predicted WWIII is not just a conspiracy fantasy.

I'm also getting the feeling our economy is going to tank (further), which means there will be lots of unemployed youth with no place to go but the military.

Apr 04 19:11

In Defense of Helen Thomas: What’s Wrong With History?

Helen Thomas’s recent request to purchase a table at the upcoming White House Correspondents Association (WHCA) annual dinner has been rejected.

In a comment on that story I said, “It’s hard to imagine anything more wrong than this.”

I base my opinion on the fact that the 91-year-old Thomas, a former WHCA president, is unique among American journalists, having covered 10 different presidential administrations in a career stretching back to Dwight Eisenhower.

It is because of Thomas as much as anyone else that women were first included at the WHCA dinner since, as the WHCA’s website mentions:

Apr 04 11:16

Tories’ economic reputation shot to pieces by fighter jets (i.e F-35s)

The Auditor-General’s damning indictment of deception and mismanagement over the F-35 fighter-jet program not only damages the Conservatives’ reputation for probity, it also discredits their extreme rhetoric against the opposition. Because the opposition was right.

Stephen Harper has now moved swiftly to place the procurement on a sounder footing. But the revelations of false estimates and suppressed information, coming only days after an austerity budget, could tarnish the Conservative brand like nothing that has come before.

Dec 11 07:14

DiManno: New tape backs up protester’s beating allegation

The outward evidence is fairly clear on a piece of footage given to the Star this week.

Those images — a handcuffed Nobody being led out of camera range by uniformed officers, in the process of being arrested last June 26, not a drop of blood on him — support the 27-year-old’s formal complaint that he was immediately afterwards subjected to another vicious beating by a couple of plainclothes detectives behind two parked police vans.

After this second purported assault, Nobody’s face was left bloodied, he says, his cheekbone shattered.

Within a week, he would undergo surgery to repair the damage.

Dec 11 06:20

Wake up: Arbitrary rule is all around us

In the case of one man who was arrested, and sustained a fracture below his right eye, the SIU determined that the police used excessive force. But the badge number on the man's arrest sheet did not correspond to the assigned badge number of any Toronto police officer. Even Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair has acknowledged that up to 90 officers were not wearing their name-tags during the summit weekend. He says he will discipline the officers who chose to make themselves unidentifiable, but they are not being charged with an offence.

The only conclusion we can reasonably draw is that a large number of officers were out of control during the policing of the summit. Because the police won't come forward to testify against their fellow officers, the cover up works. Officers who assault people on the street, even when the assaults are videoed, get away with it because follow officers won't say a word against them. When the police act more like a gang of thugs than like professionals who uphold a set of standards, they become untrustworthy, a force that neither serves nor protects.

Dec 11 06:16

Police made mistakes in G20 tactics, chief admits for first time

The corralling of 250 people at Queen and Spadina Streets for hours in torrential rain at the end of Toronto’s G20 summit remains a flashpoint in a weekend that saw the largest mass arrests in Canadian history.

In the face of an onslaught of complaints, lawsuits and inquiries, Toronto police Chief Bill Blair on Thursday acknowledged for the first time that he made mistakes that night.

Dec 09 16:34

Ex-head of B'nai Brith Que. given wrist slap for child porn

He admitted to downloading about nine hours of videos of sexual acts involving girls under the age of 16, saying he did it because he was curious.

The 45-day sentence, recommended by the defence and the Crown, is the minimum allowed under the law.

On Thursday, the judge decided not to add Surkis's name to the national sex offender registry.

Dec 03 20:07

Cdn 9/11 Gatekeeper Jonathan Kay attacks academic freedom

It seems that Mr. Kay believes his versions of controversial issues such as 9/11, vaccines and fluoride in drinking water should not be contradicted in classroom teachings, in particular, regardless of where the truth lies on any of these issues. There is only one correct version of these issues, according to Mr. Kay, and that's his version – which also happens to be the version of corporations with a vested interest in all of these issues.

In a previous Canadian Charger article, we pointed out that in researching his forthcoming book, Mr. Kay avoids evidence related to 9/11 and solely focuses on attacking the mental soundness of those academics and professors who've written papers disputing the official version of 9/11, even going so far as to call them delusional, although Mr. Kay has no psychiatric credentials whatsoever to be making such claims about anyone, let alone respected university professors. We also wondered – in that article – why a major newspaper such as the National Post would print such drivel.

Dec 03 06:31

Jonathan Kay Attacks a "Truther" to Introduce His Own Foxified Account of the 9/11 Attacks

Jonathan Kay has made it an issue of national news in The National Post that my graduate student, Joshua Blakeney, is the proud winner of the Queen Elizabeth II scholarship for academic excellence. This award will help Joshua in supporting his research for his MA thesis on the academic controversies surrounding the background, substance, and outgrowths of the events of September 11, 2001.

The Editor of The National Post was in a conflict of interest when he wrote the story on my graduate student's scholarship without revealing that Mr. Kay too has an externally-funded agenda of research and publication on 9/11. Moreover, Mr. Kay misrepresented my graduate student's thesis subject by planting the disinformation that "Washington did 9/11." The point of Mr. Blakeney's thesis, as we have discussed it so far, is to evaluate the academic literature on the contested events of 9/11, not to jump immediately to the needed outcome of an empirically-verifiable alternative to the current unsupported and unsupportable government conspiracy theory. Such a needed outcome will require much more than the forthcoming MA thesis by my gifted and hard working graduate student.

Nov 30 19:08

Canada Surrenders Sovereignty and Privacy to U.S. Secure Flight Program

Dana Gabriel
Be Your Own Leader

Canada is under pressure from U.S. officials to further comply with American security rules which, in some cases, threatens its sovereignty and the privacy of its citizens.

As a result of the war on terrorism, the U.S. government now has more power to restrict air travel and is not only dictating North American, but also international security measures . . .

Nov 27 07:28

Canadian G20 Cops Cleared of Brutality Charges Because They Couldn't be Identified

Jayme Poisson
The Star

Brendan Latimer was knocked down by a herd of fellow protesters during a G20 demonstration at Queen’s Park.

Lying on the ground, police moved in and arrested the delivery worker. That’s when one of the officers allegedly struck him in the face, causing a fracture . . .

Nov 26 07:58

G20 cops cleared of brutality charges because they couldn't be identified

Lying on the ground, police moved in and arrested the delivery worker. That’s when one of the officers allegedly struck him in the face, causing a fracture.

The 19-year-old’s case is one of six from the June G20 summit that has been probed by Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit.

On Thursday, the agency announced no charges will be laid against police officers for injuries to civilians during the G20 protests.

In Latimer’s case, the agency interviewed nine witness officers from the Toronto Police Services as well a civilians. SIU director Ian Scott concluded that while there was “reasonable ground” to believe excessive force was used, they were unable to tell which officer caused his injuries.

Nov 24 07:57

Burton man charged for confronting prowlers

The men said they are not vigilantes but were trying to protect their homes and help a neighbour. RCMP Sgt. Pierre Gervais would not comment on the case because it is before the courts, but he did discourage people from acting as the Burton men did.

"If you're not in danger, or you can disengage and do it safely, call the police,' he said. "We'll answer those calls and we will take appropriate action."

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They never have, not once, in all my long years of experience. The cops are NEVER there in time to prevent a crime; they just don't want citizens to defend themselves because then the citizens will realize they do not need the cops at all and fore the lot.

We have been calling the Honolulu police about a drug dealer in our immediate neighborhood for three years now. Nothing. Nada. Zip. The cops are too busy writing speeding tickets for the tourists because that generates revenue.

Nov 22 08:42

CBC exposes Racist JNF Canada Tax Fraud

Nov 19 12:17

Canadians vote against fluoridated water supplies

Residents in Waterloo, Ontario have voted to stop adding fluoride to water supplies.

Campaigners against fluoride believe that adding fluoride to the water supply is tantamount to poisoning and are lobbying for fluoridation to be stopped all over Canada. Opponents of fluoride claim the chemical is illegal, unnecessary and dangerous; campaigners believe fluoride contributes to health conditions, including increased risk of cancer, thyroid disease and arthritis.

Nov 17 14:08

Accused Ponzi schemer won't be prosecuted

The Ontario Crown Attorney's Office withdrew criminal charges against a Toronto man accused of operating a multimillion-dollar Ponzi scheme partly because the court lacks resources, CBC News has learned.

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So Tzvi Erez, and yes he is Jewish, gets a free pass from prosecution for stealing $27 million form his investors, because they don't have enough room on the court?!? Dear Canadians, please learn from the downfall of the United States and save yourselves while there is still time.

Nov 15 08:34

Ottawa Sun supports Harper putting Israel ahead of Canada

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Dear Canadians

Please study carefully what happened to the once-great United States of America when our media and government were subverted to foreign interests. Learn from our mistake. Save yourselves while you still can!

Nov 12 09:42

Herper's sellout - Canadian troops to stay in Afghanistan

Canadian troops will stay an extra three years in Afghanistan, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Thursday, though he promises they’ll no longer engage in combat missions and will instead focus on safer training missions.

Nov 10 08:34

CANADA MOVING TO THE DARK SIDE

It is really beyond the pale of understanding to see people try to ban criticisms of a state whose modus operandi is based on murder, ethnic cleansing, land theft and lying. Perhaps this is an allegory of the time in which we living.

In the final analysis, countries fall down when the level of their morality goes down. Canada ought to wake up before it is too late.

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Canadians need to understand that when the US falls, the parasites who destroyed this nation in service to Israel will not hesitate to hop across the border and loot Canada. Please, learn from our mistakes!

Nov 10 06:27

ISRAELI NAZISM (NOT ANTI-SEMITISM) IS THE REAL ISSUE

In fact, it is manifestly clear that Israel uses, or more correctly, misuses the issue of anti-Semitism as its ultimate red herring to distract attention from its affronting criminality in occupied Palestine.

Nov 10 04:10

Video: The Threat is from the new McCarthyism NOT the new antisemitism

Independant Jewish Voices-Canada has released a new video:

Defend Free Speech: The threat is from the new McCarthyism NOT the new antisemitism.

It is a strong refutation of the legitimacy of the Canadian Parliamentary Coalition to Combat Antisemitism (CPCCA) meeting today and tomorrow. The Harper government has given then a $451,000 grant to advance repression against free speech that criticizes Israeli war crimes or Zionist ideology. The CPCCA is focused against the Palestinian human rights solidarity movement.

Nov 10 04:02

Harper on Israel: Is the Prime Minister mentally sound?

His dedication to that country supersedes his commitment to his own. That would be disturbing enough if Harper were merely a private citizen. But as prime minister it is beyond the pale and it isn't much of a stretch to suggest it borders on the betrayal of Canada and certainly Canadian interests. For what does it mean that Harper will defend Israel no matter the consequences for Canada?

Harper referred in his speech to "the anti-Israeli mob." I have to presume here that he is referring to all the Arab and Muslim countries which regularly criticize Israel at the UN. But, of course, not only them. UN resolutions criticizing Israel are regularly supported by virtually every country with the exception of Israel, the U.S. and -- sometimes -- El Salvador. Is the whole of the UN membership part of the "mob"?

Harper's disturbing performance sends a clear message: Canada is prepared to sacrifice relations with all other countries if it has to defend Israel. Coming off the rejection of Canada for a Security Council seat, Harper deems determined to islate himself even more, and Canada along with him.

Nov 09 10:46

CANADA MUST CONDEMN ISRAELI WAR CRIMES

Canada loses out on Security Council seat due to Harper’s support of Israeli terrorism.

Nov 09 09:10

Telling the Untold Story of the Genocide of Aboriginal Peoples in Canada

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Posted so that Mr. Harper won't feel we human rights activists are only picking on Israel! Additions welcome.

Nov 09 08:07

Harper: Human rights are anti-Semitic?

The prime minister delivered a strongly worded warning about the resurgence of anti-Semitism in Canada and abroad. He said the persecution of Jews is becoming a global phenomenon in which anti-Semitic ideologies target the Jewish people in their “homeland” of Israel and uses the “language of human rights to do so.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unless the report misquoted Harper, it does sound like he just said that concern for human rights is anti-Semitic!

Tell me Mr. Harper, am I being an anti-Semite when I remind the world of Canada's Residential School scandal? Did you forget your own nation's history, or are you simply being less than truthful when you claim that human rights activists are only focused on Israel?

Nov 05 06:21

CRTC green lights usage-based internet billing

The federal regulator on Thursday gave Bell Canada the approval to implement so-called usage-based billing to wholesale customers — usually smaller internet service providers that rent portions of its network — within 90 days. Under the plan, Bell will charge wholesale service providers a flat monthly fee to connect to its network, and for a set monthly usage limit per each ISP customer the ISP has.

Beyond that set limit, users will be charged per gigabyte, depending on the speed of their connections.

Nov 04 09:25

Canada’s largest drugstore chain censors criticism of Israel

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This story has been deleted from the original server.

Nov 04 08:51

Premier Gordon Campbell Resigns

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And here I thought he had put that drink driving thing on Maui behind him! :)

Nov 04 08:20

Ontario looks at random breath tests

Federal Justice Minister Rob Nicholson and Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) are supportive of legislative changes that would empower police to perform breath tests on motorists even if there is no reason to suspect drunk driving.

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Next up; random strip searches at the malls!

Nov 04 08:13

Vancouver police beating probe 'a farce'

Officers cleared in mistaken-identity beating of innocent man

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Ever notice that the more Canada's government frets about anti-Semitism the more the Canadian people get treated like Palestinians?

Nov 04 07:24

Israel enslaves Canada

Nov 02 21:03

Canada Declares BPA Toxic. Why Isn’t the US Following Suit?

Why Isn't the FDA Taking Action Against BPA?

According to the FDA, its regulatory framework limits its ability to regulate BPA production.

That's right. Under its current construction, the FDA is unable to remove a toxic chemical that is leaching into canned goods and other common foods as we speak, because it was classified in 1963 as an indirect food additive and is listed among the 3,000 or so chemicals categorized as GRAS ("generally regarded as safe").

Oct 31 08:57

THE RESURECTION OF McCARTHYISM IN CANADA

The Harper government is sponsoring a conference of the ‘Inter-Parliamentary Coalition to Combat Anti-Semitism’ (ICCA) – the CPCCA’s international counterpart – in Ottawa on November 8 and 9. The CPCCA and ICCA have an agenda to attack free speech and to silence legitimate criticism of Israel by falsely conflating this with anti-Semitism.

Oct 28 16:57

North American Union- The Road To A Global Climate Deal

Deep Integration and harmonization of laws, standards and policy between Canada, United States and Mexico is what is driving the North American Union agenda forward and is how they avoid Parliamentary scrutiny. We already have deep economic integration, security Integration and now they seek the integration of environmental law and promote the idea to redefine the meaning of national sovereignty to include what they call “sovereign duties”. Duties imposed on a sovereign nations that they will no longer have any control over unilaterally and are place under the jurisdiction of International law. A regulator to regulate the regulators as Paul Martin (former Prime Minister of Canada) likes to say.

This is a scam in progress! The big lie is that we need to harmonize and integrate, give up our sovereignty, and consolidate North America, in order to “save the planet” from the ravishes of climate change or to enjoy security and prosperity.

Oct 26 02:14

JEFFREY BLANKFORT: ISRAEL IS THE MOST IMMEDIATE THREAT TO THE FUTURE OF THE PLANET

Jeffrey joined Khourosh Ziabari in an exclusive interview to discuss the influence of Israeli lobby on the decision-makers of the U.S. government, Israel’s illegal, underground nuclear program, the prospect of Israeli – Palestinian conflict and the imminent threat of an Israeli strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities.

Blankfort is quite outspoken in his criticism of the apartheid regime of Israel and believes that Israel is the most immediate threat to the future of our planet.

Oct 19 13:04

Canada: Col. Russell Williams pleads guilty to all 88 charges

Col. Russell Williams pleads guilty to all 88 charges
WARNING: This story contains disturbing details and images
Last Updated: Monday, October 18, 2010 |
Thousands of explicit photos that Col. Russell Williams took while wearing women's and girls' lingerie show how his sexual obsession escalated from lesser crimes to sexual assault and murder, a Belleville, Ont., court heard Monday.
The decorated former commander of Canadian Forces Base Trenton, in eastern Ontario, pleaded guilty to all 88 charges against him — including two counts of first-degree murder, two counts each of sexual assault and forcible confinement and 82 break-ins and attempted break-ins.

Oct 19 07:24

Dubai says hit team suspect arrested in Canada

Canadian police have arrested a suspect in the assassination of a Hamas militant in Dubai but offered Dubai police no information on the matter, the Gulf emirate’s police chief said on Tuesday.

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"We can't tell you anything. WE're not allowed to mention, well, yo know, the "I" place? Yeah, them. We can't talk about them or their assassins. House rules."

Oct 16 16:03

Local woman suing McDonald's over toilet stall door

In a statement of claim filed in court on Sept. 29, Holly McDermott says she suffered multiple injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder in the alleged Jan. 16, 2009, incident at a McDonald's restaurant at 10305 80 Ave.

McDermott claims that after going to the fast food outlet for coffee at about 10:45 a.m., she went to use the ladies' washroom. Then, as she entered one of the toilet cubicles, "the door came off its hinges and fell on top of her."

As a result of allegedly being hit by the toilet stall door, McDermott claims she suffered injuries to her head, neck, upper back, left shoulder, arm and forearm, left leg, chest, left hand, index finger and right foot.

As well, she claims four of her ribs were fractured and she developed post-traumatic stress disorder.

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Oct 16 10:47

Bisphenol A (BPA) officially declared toxic by Canada

Canada became the first country in the world yesterday to declare bisphenol A (BPA) to be a toxic substance that poses risks to human health and the environment.

The announcement by the Canadian Health and Environment Ministries confirmed the chemical had formally been added Schedule 1 of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA 1999).

"The Government of Canada has a strong record of taking action on Bisphenol A to protect the environment and health of Canadians," said Environment Minister Jim Prentice. "We are continuing our leadership on this issue and...working hard to monitor and manage Bisphenol A."

BPA is an industrial chemical used to make a hard, clear plastic such as re-usable polycarbonate baby bottles. It is also used in the manufacture of epoxy resins, which act as a protective lining on the inside of metal-based food and beverage cans.

Oct 15 21:31

GEORGE GALLOWAY FLIES TO TORONTO AFTER FEDERAL COURT DECISION

By James Clark — rabble.ca

Eighteen months ago, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Jason Kenney blocked then-British MP George Galloway from Canada, labeling him a terror supporter and a national security risk. At the time, Galloway was scheduled to appear in four Canadian cities on a speaking tour called “Resisting War: from Gaza to Afghanistan.”

This week, after Federal Court Justice Richard Mosley issued his 60-page decision on the matter, Galloway and his supporters were fully vindicated.

Oct 15 06:48

Prosecution drops charges against more of the G20 protesters, continues to persecute others

This latest about-face by the Crown constitutes an implicit admission of defeat; it shows how flimsy the charges are and how scandalously the police behaved during the security operations around the Summit. It is now clear that the mass arrests at the gymnasium, like the vast majority of the arrests during the Summit, were arbitrary and uncalled for, and were intended to terrorize the demonstrators and to discourage them from exercising their right to protest in the future.

In that vein, the CLAC would like to remind people that the Crown is persisting in its prosecution of 20 organizers that it is wrongly accusing of being the "ringleaders" behind the events of June 26th. There are two CLAC members amongst these scapegoats; they are facing three charges of conspiracy and are currently subject to draconian bail conditions including house arrest.

Oct 09 13:36

George Galloway Returns To Canada

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article26546.htm

Anti-war activist and former British MP George Galloway arrived in Canada to a throng of supporters waiting to greet him at the Toronto Pearson International Airport. Eighteen months ago, Galloway was refused entry and deemed a security threat.

[In the video he has a dig at Bibi, and his Zionist supporters, who've damaged the reputation of Canada.]

Oct 09 10:01

Was a prominent Canadian journalist fired for suggesting PM Steven Harper is a Straussian?

Did Leo Strauss Get Rick Salutin Fired?

Rick Salutin, recently of the Globe and Mail, was easily one of that papers most sophisticated and erudite columnists. He wrote with authority and conviction on a wide range of subjects. He “stuck out” at the Globe and Mail as he was clearly identified as left leaning, but then good newspapers have a mandate to publish a cross section of opinion. With the departure of Salutin the Globe and Mail has big shoes to fill on its opinion page.

In one of his last columns(Stephen Harper- the last Straussian?, Sept.18th 2010) Salutin suggested the prime minister was a Straussian. If you are a prime minister who has spent his political capital and lusts after one last run at a majority government the last thing you want is to be outed as a Straussian.

Oct 03 11:40

Galloway allowed into Canada


"I'm very happy to be here in Canada, and my presence proves that Canada remains a country governed by laws, not by 'here today, gone tomorrow' politicians and their whims," he said.

Oct 03 11:18

Live stream link for George Galloway's speech in Toronto Sun Oct 3 @ 3pm EST

Don't miss George Galloway's talk today at Trinity Saint Paul's in Toronto at 3 p.m. EST (12 p.m. PST) on rabbletv.

http://www.rabble.ca/rabbletv

Oct 03 04:44

(Video)Touchdown after the ban:George Galloway arrives in Canada.

On the evening of Oct. 2, 2010, outspoken anti-war activist and former British MP George Galloway arrived in Canada to a throng of supporters waiting to greet him at the Toronto Pearson International Airport. Eighteen months ago, Galloway was refused entry and deemed a security threat.

This time, Galloway was armed with the ruling of Federal Court Judge Richard Mosley, who made it clear that the Conservative government used the Immigration Act to prevent Galloway from entering Canada because they disagreed with his political views -- not because he presented any threat to Canadians.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-7aG51TSjYI

Oct 01 18:13

George Galloway returns to Canada this weekend

When Galloway arrives on Saturday evening, he will be greeted with a welcome rally between 5 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. at the arrivals gate at Pearson Airport. On Sunday, a city-wide public meeting will be held at Trinity-St. Pauls’s United Church in Toronto at 3 p.m. when Galloway will speak about the fight to overturn his ban and the struggle to end war and occupation in Palestine, Afghanistan and around the world. rabble.ca will be livestreaming his arrival and speech.

Sep 29 19:50

U.K. politician George Galloway flies to Toronto on Saturday after court decision

By these criteria, even though the application was ultimately dismissed, the ruling sides overwhelmingly with Galloway and his supporters. The government and its backers in the press may try to spin it as a defeat for Galloway, but they really have nothing to cheer about: the government's political interference has been exposed and condemned, the door is now open for Galloway to return to Canada this weekend, and the government's unfounded allegations against Galloway have been dismissed.

But the ruling also raises some very troubling questions.

The most alarming concern is the way in which the government continues to exploit Canada's so-called anti-terror legislation to stifle dissent. This is a long-standing criticism of Canada's post-9/11 restrictions on civil liberties. Legal experts have pointed to the vague and undefined language of anti-terror laws that allows for the broadest possible interpretations of "terrorism."

Sep 29 10:39

Toronto Judge ...Strikes Down Canada's Prostitution Laws

there are a few points i want to make
while prostitution IS legal in Canada some aspects are not legal (Like pimping is not legal)
another thing about about making prostitution illegal is like trying to make people stop drinking water it is the worlds oldest job, yet it is illegal almost everywhere in the US. In places that prostitution is legal it is safer, there are no pimps, everyone is tested for stds, and the prostitutes even pay taxes!

anyway thats my 2 cents, now heres the story

The court declared unconstitutional portions of the law banning brothels and soliciting for prostitution.

Three Toronto women launched the legal challenge in October 2009, arguing that prohibiting solicitation endangers prostitutes by forcing them to seek customers on street corners.

Sep 28 18:47

Minister Of Defense Peter MacKay Squanders Taxpayer Dollars In Hard Times

As Afghanistan is the graveyard of empires so too is it the graveyard of a hopelessly discredited NATO. So too is it the graveyard of defense ministers who are courtesans to the empire and who buy oversold war toys such as the F 35 that are totally inappropriate to our needs and hideously expensive in a time of economic austerity where economies are sagging and too many thousands are jobless.

Minister MacKay treats the Canadian electorate like local mushroom farmers treat their mushrooms; keep them in the dark and feed them bullshit. Nor is our national media doing Canadians any favors as the Globe and Mail publishes any number of inane reasons for the acquisition of this multi- billion dollar dinosaur that will be still-born seven years from now.

Sep 28 15:59

Mizzou scientists: BPA exposure much higher than previously thought

BPA can be found in a wide variety of consumer products, including hard plastic items such as baby bottles, food storage containers, the epoxy lining of canned foods, and dental sealants.

Despite decades of research, questions about BPA have lingered. The chemical has been under the microscope for possible links to diabetes, cancer, sexual dysfunction, obesity and heart disease, along with brain and development problems in babies and young children.

Back in July, vom Saal and University of Missouri colleague Julia Taylor partnered with the Environmental Working Group for a study that found high amounts of BPA in cash register receipts.

Sep 23 07:51

Cartoon draws ire of Jewish group

B'nai Brith Canada is asking an Ottawa-based newspaper to pull from its website a political cartoon that appears to depict the Star of David on the Parliament Buildings.

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I don't know about the Canadians but we Americans have had @#%$ing enough of B'nai Brith's constant whining and crying. You don't get to attack and murder our citizens in international waters then come in here and tell us we have to live our lives to your convenience!

Besides, if you look at the clock at the Canadian Parliament, it actually DOES have a Star of David in it!

What will B'nai Brith demand now; that the clock be torn down?

Sep 23 06:53

B'nai Brith: La Presse Cartoon Anti-Semitic Propaganda

B’nai Brith has asked a Quebec newspaper to remove a political cartoon from its website that appears to have a Star of David drawn on the Parliament Buildings in Ottawa.

However, Canadian Jewish Congress CEO Bernie Farber rejected the idea that Badeaux’s cartoon is anti-Semitic.

“The cartoonist in question is a friend of the Jewish community,” Farber told Shalom Life. “He has, in fact, been part of a program that we sponsored a year or so ago called ‘Cartoons for Peace’ that had cartoonists involved in doing editorial cartoons showing the way for peace in the Middle East. He has spoken extensively at synagogues, [and is] very much a friend of the community.”

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I love the addition of the yellow "slippery road" sign - how true!

Sep 22 20:35

Stiffed with the bill: A private banquet at civil society's expense

In Journey to a Revolution, Michael Korda writes of the Hungarian Revolution:
"the general object of fascism was to stifle dissent, and bolster the existing establishment, while producing much drama in the way of rallies, parades, and propoganda, and the occasional foreign adventure to siphon off the energy of the lower middle class and the working class, who might otherwise have moved towards radical social reform."

The Olympics? The G8 and the G20? The Pan Am Games? Bread not circuses, anyone? In addition to ceaseless pageantry, Harper deliberately prorogued parliament a second time to enact a bill, more powerful than NAFTA to undercut our sovereignty, the Canada-European Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). This far reaching bill will provide sub-national access to municipal services, and undermine the public sector even further, losing thousands of good, Canadian jobs to international outsourcing.

Put it together. Civil society is no longer is prioritized by our government, our country is being sold off to corporations and banks, enabled by a newly armed police state, and expanding prison system, and jobs in our public sector are about to be slashed for international corporations to profit through CETA. This is a Conservative agenda campaign, military in execution, orchestrated by Harper, against local economies and the right to self-determination. Provincially, McGuinty is designing his own policies through corporate gladhanding of governmental contracts

Sep 20 08:26

Canada Muzzles Its Scientists; Can the U.S. Be Far Behind?

Natural Resources Canada (NRC) scientists were told this spring they need "pre-approval" from Minister Christian Paradis' office to speak with journalists. Their "media lines" also need ministerial approval, say documents obtained by Postmedia News through access-to-information legislation.

Sep 19 08:59

Obama executive order angers US Constitutionalists

"What troubles many Americans -- at least those aware of this latest Obama power grab, is that last year an agreement with Canada -- defined as a Civil Assistance Plan -- that was not submitted to Congress for debate and approval, nor did Congress pass any law or treaty specifically authorizing this military agreement to combine the operations of the armed forces of the United States and Canada in the event of domestic civil disturbances ranging from violent storms, to health epidemics, to civil riots or terrorist attacks," explains Baker.

Sep 17 09:30

Ottawa asked to study fish in oilsands area

One whitefish has a golfball-sized tumour bulging from its side. Another is simply missing part of its spine, its tail growing from a stumpy rear end.

One has no snout. Another is coloured a lurid red instead of a healthy cream. Others are covered with lesions and still others are bent and crooked from deformed vertebrae.

All were taken from Lake Athabasca, downstream from the oilsands in northern Alberta, and were on display Thursday. All are reasons, say a group of scientists and aboriginals, for the federal government to conduct an independent study on what's happening to the Athabasca River and its watershed after decades of industry expansion.

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Sep 14 16:12

Tightened muzzle on scientists is 'Orwellian'

Documents reveal federal researchers, whose work is financed by taxpayers, need approval from Ottawa before speaking with media.

The Harper government has tightened the muzzle on federal scientists, going so far as to control when and what they can say about floods at the end of the last ice age.

Natural Resources Canada (NRC) scientists were told this spring they need "pre-approval" from Minister Christian Paradis' office to speak with journalists. Their "media lines" also need ministerial approval, say documents obtained by Postmedia News through access-to-information legislation.

The documents say the "new" rules went into force in March and reveal how they apply to not only to contentious issues including the oilsands, but benign subjects such as floods that occurred 13,000 years ago.

Sep 13 06:56

Tightened muzzle on scientists is 'Orwellian'

Sep 12 08:37

British troops investigated for heroin smuggling

Military police are investigating claims that British soldiers may have trafficked heroin from Afghanistan.

The Ministry of Defence said they were aware of "unsubstantiated" claims that troops were using military aircraft to ship the drug out of the country.

The inquiry is focusing on British and Canadian service personnel at airports in Camp Bastion and Kandahar.

Sep 05 02:20

Hamas, don’t blow this chance

By Stuart Littlewood –

Can the resistance exploit the fake talks, re-position itself and finally “come good”?

Hamas “vows to step up attacks on Israel”, say reports in the western media.

Reading further, we learn that this escalation is either “a natural response to the crimes of the occupation” or a spiteful reaction to being left out of the talks.

Either way, Hamas surely knows better than to let such crude impressions be formed.

This is their golden opportunity. The eyes and ears of the world are focused on the Israel problem, and will re-focus every two weeks.

Sep 04 04:08

ALAN HART — Obama has signalled his coming complete surrender to Zionism and its lobby

He did it with seven words. “Ultimately the U.S. cannot impose a solution.”

The next question asks itself. Why won’t Obama be the president to call and hold the Zionist state to account for its crimes, even when doing so is necessary for the best protection of America’s own interests?

He was speaking at the White House the day before the start of the new round of direct talks between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, after he had met with them and Egypt’s President Hosni Mubarak and Jordan’s King Abdullah II. (In my last post I anticipated Obama saying at the point of his complete surrender that “America can’t want peace more than the parties.” He also said that – ahead of schedule!)

Sep 04 01:33

Stop the War Talk

ED NOTE: NEVER thought I would seriously consider an op-ed piece in the NYT for My Catbird Seat, but here it is today:

A key quote:

"This drumbeat [to war with Iran] must be silenced, and only President Obama can silence it."

"An Israeli attack on Iran would almost certainly precipitate a devastating regional war with unforeseeable global consequences."

Not perfect, to be sure, but considering the source....

Stop the War Talk

By REZA ASLAN and BERNARD AVISHAI

Sep 03 22:51

Charles Freeman: Stifling debate on Israel has deadly consequences

The "other half" of Amb. Freeman's very recent public utterances.
The interviewer Malsin was very competent in asking the right questions

By Jared Malsin

New York – When it comes to the normally stultified American debate on Middle East issues, Charles Freeman, the former US ambassador to Saudi Arabia, is one of the most outspoken US officials.

His pronouncements, by his own admission, break established taboos against criticism of Israel, against skepticism about the two-state solution, against supporting engagement with Hamas. And the central taboo, he argues, which underpins the others, prohibits discussion of the role of right wing organizations lobbying for Israel, such as AIPAC.

Sep 03 22:44

Fisking Blair’s chapter on Iraq

Another "FACT" Buster:

By Mehdi Hasan–

Our ex-prime minister is still the best Bliar in the business.

I’m knackered and sleepy, hungry from all the Ramadan fasting and — officially — on vacation. But I couldn’t go to bed without commenting on Tony Blair’s new book, A Journey, extracts of which have been published online here.

Much of the instant attention from the chattering classes in the Westminster village has been on the Gordon Brown (GB) chapter, and on Martin Kettle’s pre-publication interview with Tony Blair (TB) in the Guardian, in which the latter says he always believed GB would be a “disaster” as prime minister.

Sep 03 10:38

BC cops call in friends and watch as 2 girls have sex in the drunk tank.

Sep 02 21:00

G20 detainees seek $115M in class action

A $115-million class action lawsuit has been filed on behalf of more than 1,100 people who were arrested or detained or whose business was vandalized during the G20 summit in June.

According to lawyer David Midanik, the 41-page brief to the Ontario Superior Court of Justice asks the court to declare that the constitutional and civil rights of 1,150 people, some of whom were arrested, were violated during the summit.

The suit names the police services boards of Toronto and Peel and the attorney general of Canada.

The class action has not been certified and none of the claims has been proven in court.

Sep 01 03:56

A moment of reckoning but for whom? America or Zionism?

By Alan Hart — My Catbird Seat

I never thought a day could come when I would agree with anything stated by Moshe Arens (three times an Israeli minister of defense, a one-time foreign minister, a former ambassador to the U.S. and, in my opinion, Zionism’s in-Israel equivalent of Richard “Prince of Darkness” Perle in America). But the day came.

On 31 August, in article for Ha’aretz with the headline Blame game on the horizon. Arens wrote the following about the nakedness of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas as he was making his final preparations for the start of direct negotiations in Washington DC.

Aug 31 21:29

JAMES PETRAS — The State and Local Bases of Zionist Power in America

Any serious effort to understand the extraordinary influence of the Zionist power configuration over US foreign policy must examine the presence of key operatives in strategic positions in the government andlocal Zionist organizations affiliated with mainstream Jewish organizations and religious orders.

There are at least 52 major American Jewish organizations actively engaged in promoting Israel’s foreign policy, economic and technological agenda in the US (see the appendix).

Aug 31 17:49

VIEW VIDEO: How to foster Islamophobia in America

A YouTube video of Maidhc Ó Cathail’s article on the “radical Muslims” behind the South Park controversy shows just how easy it is to foster Islamophobia in America…

Like the contrived Danish cartoon controversy, the much-hyped Times Square car bomb incident provided an ideal opportunity for those who seek to make Islam look bad in the eyes of the world.

Before the arrest of Faisal “The Fizzler”...

Go here to view and read the the full article:

http://mycatbirdseat.com/2010/09/view-video-how-to-foster-islamophobia...

Aug 31 06:31

The Ground Zero Synagogue – Lebanon

By Gus Bridi (Sabbah Report)

“There should be no mosque near Ground Zero in New York so long as there are no churches or synagogues in Saudi Arabia. The time for double standards that allow Islamists to behave aggressively toward us while they demand our weakness and submission is over.”- Newt Gingrich

Has Lebanon officially become more tolerant and progressive than the United States?

Let’s talk about Lebanon’s Ground Zero and you can decide for yourself.

One must first understand what “Ground Zero” means to most Lebanese.

Aug 31 04:56

PHILIP GIRALDI– Mossad pretends to be U.S. Intelligence

Antiwar.com radio

Among nations considered to be friendly to Washington, Israel leads all others in its active espionage directed against American companies and the Defense Department. It also dominates two commercial sectors that enable it to extend its reach inside America’s domestic infrastructure: airline and telecommunications security. Israel is believed to have the ability to monitor nearly all phone records originating in the United States, while numerous Israeli air-travel security companies are known to act as the local Mossad stations.

Aug 30 14:49

What’s the difference between President Ahmadinejad and Rabbi Yosef?

By Alan Hart for My Catbird Seat

Short answer. Iran’s President Ahmadinejad did NOT call for Israeli Jews to be annihilated. Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, the spiritual leader of Israel’s Shas party, HAS called, more than once, for the Palestinians (and, in fact, all Arabs) to be exterminated.

As reported by the mainstream Western media, Ahmadinejad called for Israel to be “wiped off the map”. What that meant, it was asserted, was the destruction, the driving into the sea, of Israel’s Jews.

Aug 30 10:59

Oil sands polluting Alberta river system: study

Oil sands operations are polluting the Athabasca River system, researchers said on Monday, contradicting the Alberta government's assertions that toxins in the watershed are naturally occurring.

In a study likely to add more fuel to the environmental battle over oil sands development, researchers said mercury, arsenic, lead and cadmium are among the toxins being released into the Athabasca, which flows north through the region's major oil sands operations.

The environmental impact of developing the oil sands, the biggest reserves of crude outside the Middle East, has been a topic of snowballing controversy in Canada and around the world. The Alberta government has devoted millions of dollars to defend the multibillion-dollar industry.

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Aug 29 19:54

ALI ABUNIMAH: Hamas, the I.R.A. and Us

This superlative op-ed, which I read at http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/29/opinion/29abunimah.html, provides ample evidence to justify my great respect for Ali Abunimah. He’s fearless, uncompromising, articulate, knowledgeable in both historical and current facts, and right: right for our America, right for Palestine, and, yes, right even for Israel, if only it were capable of regaining its sanity and applying norms of morality, law and justice commonly accepted by the community of man. If right were to take hold and to prevail in our country, Ali Abunimah would be on the evening news as an analyst/commentator every night, every channel.

Thanks to the New York Times for (unexpectedly, to be sure) offering space to him.

– Robert H. Stiver
Pearl City, Hawaii

Aug 29 06:26

Make Sure the Bunker is Well Stocked

By Mike Whitney ( Information Clearing House)

– Robert Herz was forced to resign from his job as chairman of the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) because he insisted that the banks assign a fair value to their assets. That’s not what you’ll read in the papers, but it’s true just the same. Herz was a major proponent of mark-to-market accounting, a simple means of determining the value of a bond or security by comparing the price of similar assets sold at market. In other words, Herz is a defender of universally-accepted accounting principles, which is why he was terminated, er, I mean, resigned. According to the Wall Street Journal:

Aug 29 04:53

WHY AMERICA MUST HAVE AN ANTI-WAR UPRISING

By Gordon Duff

IS THE SILENCE OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE COMPLICITY IN WAR CRIMES?

I am not against war. I am a combat veteran. I sit on my tail, watch TV, go to restaurants and have fond delusional memories about Vietnam. In my bedroom closet, I have a trash bag. It is never opened, it has been there for years. It has, along with other “military mementos,” a small green “government issued” address book. Marines, long ago, scrawled their names in it. Half of them never came back from Vietnam, never had children, grandchildren, got to finish college or even high school. Many, maybe most, had never had sex, owned a car or traveled more than 50 miles from home.

Aug 25 09:03

The Capture of Saddam Hussein by Richard Falk [Poetry Video]

MyCatbirdSeat –

Remarkable in its sense of human sensibilities and awareness. This poem reaches beyond the understanding of most westerners, who have been fed on the poison of the White Man’s burden, but it will, someday, when it is all over, be treasured as an everlasting gem of light, a spark in the period of the darkest darkness.

William Blake, another poet of Universal humanitarian dimensions was once imprisoned for his poetry in the narrow cell of his own culture.

–MCS

Watch the video here:

http://mycatbirdseat.com/2010/08/the-capture-of-saddam-hussein-by-rich...

Aug 25 08:56

Alan Hart: Do most Israelis and many other Jews NEED to feel persecuted?

By Alan Hart (My Catbird Seat)

I have written and often say that very many if not most Jews do not want to know the truth of history as it relates to the making and sustaining of the conflict in and over Palestine that became Israel. (An essential element of the truth being that Israel was created, mainly, by Zionist terrorism and ethnic cleansing).

Read the full article and more here:

http://mycatbirdseat.com/2010/08/do-most-israelis-and-many-other-jews-...

Aug 25 03:04

Review of Justin Vaïsse, Neoconservatism: The Biography of a Movement

By Stephen J. Sniegoski (My Catbird Seat)

The mainstream media acclaim Neoconservatism: The Biography of a Movement as the best book on neoconservatism—the definitive account—and portray its author, Justin Vaïsse, a French specialist on American foreign policy and a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, as a veritable Alexis de Tocqueville for his masterly insights.

The mainstream’s high praise of this book, however, would seem to be due in large part to its minimization of two taboo issues—neoconservatism’s Jewish nature and its focus on Israel. Where the book breaks through what was heretofore largely blacked-out in the mainstream media is its discussion of the major role played by the neoconservatives in bringing about the war on Iraq.

READ THE FULL REVIEW HERE:

Aug 24 01:16

Review of Justin Vaïsse, Neoconservatism: The Biography of a Movement

By Stephen J. Sniegoski

The mainstream media acclaim Neoconservatism: The Biography of a Movement as the best book on neoconservatism—the definitive account—and portray its author, Justin Vaïsse, a French specialist on American foreign policy and a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, as a veritable Alexis de Tocqueville for his masterly insights. The mainstream’s high praise of this book, however, would seem to be due in large part to its minimization of two taboo issues—neoconservatism’s Jewish nature and its focus on Israel. Where the book breaks through what was heretofore largely blacked-out in the mainstream media is its discussion of the major role played by the neoconservatives in bringing about the war on Iraq.

Aug 23 18:24

PHILIP GIRALDI: Israeli Mossad Spying in America

Israeli intelligence steps up its activity in the U.S. — and gets away with it.

Aug 23 14:05

Mr McGuinty Thank-you for Finding My G20 Spot!

It is not a topic or study of behaviour you will ever find in a Masters and Johnson report. But it's there. Evolved from isolated cases of discontent into a mass phenomena.

The G20 Spot.
Courtesy of Mr. McGuinty.

Unfortunately it doesn't equate with pleasure (even though I did fancy a ciggy for the first time in years, after the fact) - the spot in question arouses disgust, disappointment, a bit of fear for the future, but mainly anger.

Aug 23 08:48

GORDON DUFF: 9/11 PLANNERS CONFESS ON NETWORK TELEVISION

FOR OUR FRIENDS WHO STILL DON’T GET IT

How can a nation like the United States be duped into two wars and total bankruptcy? It would be one thing if the “truth” about 9/11 was internet conspiracy theory. This isn’t the case. It was all right there in everyone’s living room. They fooled us once and then fooled us again and again. Yes, America has some tail to kick but this time, maybe we should make sure our boot goes up the right rear end for a change.

Aug 23 06:41

Happy Anniversary, Free Gaza

Greta Berlin for Free Gaza Team:

Excerpts:

Two years ago today, 44 people from 17 countries were on the Mediterranian heading toward Gaza. We were in two dilapidated fishing boats, the seas were rough, most of us were seasick, and all of us were worried that Israeli military warships would prevent us from getting into the illegally blockaded port of Gaza.

We successfully went in four more times, taking in another 100+ witnesses, European members of Parliament, charity workers from the Gulf, doctors, activists who stayed to work in Gaza, and Palestinians who just wanted to go home and visit. We brought out 38 Palestinians, including students who had visas to attend universities, yet Israel would not allow them to leave.

Read the Full Story here:

Aug 23 04:46

Open Letter to the Panorama BBC Team

Mairead Maguire, Nobel Peace Laureate (www.peacepeople.com)

Dear BBC Panorama Team

I write to you regarding your programme of 16th August, 2010, about The Freedom Flotilla and particularly the killings of unarmed civilians by Israeli Navy Seals on the ship MV “Mavi Marmara’, on 3lst May, 2010.

I have been campaigning for the rights of Palestinians for over ten years. I have visited Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories many times. I was part of the Freedom Flotilla in May on the MV ‘Rachel Corrie’, my third journey on a Free Gaza boat. I am deeply disappointed at the misrepresentation, lack of truth, and bias displayed by your programme.

Aug 22 18:08

The Iraq Legacy: Tell It Like It Is

By Medea Benjamin (opednews.com)
With the withdrawal of U.S. combat troops from Iraq, the administration, the military and the media are trying to put a positive spin on this grim chapter of U.S. history. It would certainly give some comfort to the grieving families of the over 4,400 soldiers killed in Iraq if their sacrifices had left Iraq a better place or made America safer. But the bitter truth is that the U.S. intervention has been an utter disaster for both Iraq and the United States.

Aug 21 21:24

GRANT SMITH: The Israel Lobby Swims The Atlantic

“Antiwar.com” — Jeffrey Goldberg’s current cover story in The Atlantic, “The Point of No Return,” achieved massive distribution across a broad spectrum of old and new media in the United States. Some observers – including Glenn Greenwald in “How Propagandists Function” – noted how well the methodology and message of Goldberg’s piece serves the Israeli government’s efforts to push U.S. military action against Iran. Gareth Porter views it as part of an overarching strategy to keep the U.S. from restoring productive relations with Iran. A huge trove of newly declassified documents subpoenaed during a Senate investigation reveals how Israel’s lobby pitched, promoted, and paid to have content placed in America’s top news magazines with overseas funding.

Aug 20 15:51

GORDON DUFF: CNN COVERUP; AMERICAN CENSORSHIP IN HIGH GEAR

WHISTLEBLOWER OR “KAPO QUEEN,” AMERICAN CENSORSHIP IN HIGH GEAR

“I am in favor of the Zionist state. I would gladly kill Arabs, even slaughter them. I can’t allow Arab lovers to ruin the perfect life I lead.”….Eden Abergil

Aug 19 18:32

Bizarre slideshow on Telegraph's web site depicts mini-nuke attack on 7 cities

A rather bizarre looking series of slide shows on the UK mainstream media website Telegraph.co.uk under the name "Blackjack" appears to depict a mini-nuke attack on London, England followed by similar attacks on NYC , Washington DC, Toronto, LA, Portland Oregon, and Mexico City. It starts of with MI5 getting a warning that "a coalition of home-grown extremists, Islamists, and Christian doomsday cultists may have acquired the means to carry out a mass-casualty attack..."

There is very little text to explain what is going on, just the depictions of the cities undergoing what appears to be mini-nuke attacks and then the pics also appears to depict the formation of a new state comprising England and North America after these attacks.

Rather bizarre looking for a mainstream media type web site. Looks like someone is pulling a psy-op.

On Edit, ok it looks like this is old news from 2009 and has been discussed in prisonplanet.com articles, but this was the first time I saw it and it just struck my as very psy-op like.

You can see it at: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/culturepicturegalleries/4220575/Bla...

Aug 19 17:19

Declassified: Massive Israeli manipulation of US media exposed

Russia Today interviews Grant F. Smith, Director of Institute for Research on Middle Eastern Policy Files declassified in America have revealed covert public relations and lobbying activities of Israel in the U.S. The National Archive made the documents public following a Senate investigation. They suggest Israel has been trying to shape media coverage of issues...

FOR MORE CONTINUE HERE:

http://mycatbirdseat.com/2010/08/declassified-massive-israeli-manipula...

Aug 19 04:08

THE KEVIN BARRETT SHOW

NY Times “German 9/11 mosque” article plagued by false statements, Islamophobia

Not everybody “got” the ambivalent humor of my Build a Mega-Mosque on Ground Zero proposal. So I’m returning to straightfaced seriousness — all outrage and no wit. Below is today’s letter to the New York Times ombudsman.
-KB

CONTINUE READING HERE:

http://mycatbirdseat.com/2010/08/the-kevin-barrett-show-2/

Aug 18 18:44

Bob Nichols: EVACUATE NOW! This is Not a Drill

(San Francisco) – Russia is burning down this summer. The smoke is engulfing Moscow and the European Union. Embassies are emptying.

What’s the deal?

Thousands of forest fires are burning all over Russia. More importantly, the nuclear weapons factories and reactors around Mayak and the former Soviet Union’s Uranium Project are going up in smoke. The smoke is toxic and radioactive in every possible sense of the words.

Aug 18 17:30

Hamas must rebrand and take the wind out of Israel’s and America’s sails

By Stuart Littlewood

Littlewood calls on Hamas – indeed, on all Palestinians – to hone their long-neglected public relations strategy, arguing that “whoever rules in Palestine will never win any battles with Israel or the US without a proper media set-up and an effective communications strategy”.

In the five years since I became interested in the Palestinians, only two things of positive note have happened in the occupied territories.

The Palestinians held full and fair elections in 2006 to establish themselves as a democracy – and much good it did them.

Aug 18 02:31

Americans Won’t Back Attack on Iran

By Tim King of Salem-News.Com
If Iran is attacked, a large percentage of Americans will have nothing to do with it.

Artwork by the amazing Carlos Latuff & Jame-Jam. Carlos is a friend of Salem-News.com located in Rio de Janeiro. To see more of his work, visit: Latuff Gallery

(SALEM, Ore.) – Want to see the end of the world as we know it? If you do, you are in luck, because your chance to see the future of your kids and grandkids go up in smoke is nearing, and if the republicans and Israelis’ have anything to say about it, the grand final act will be here before you know it.

Aug 17 16:13

Iran, Tajikistan and Afghanistan: Diplomacy of Brotherhood

Kourosh Ziabari (Salem-News.Com)

The three countries stressed the importance of Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and underlined the inalienable right of the NPT member states to use the nuclear power for peaceful purposes.

(TEHRAN) - The Trilateral Summit of the presidents of three Persian-speaking countries of Iran, Tajikistan and Afghanistan wrapped up on 5 August in Tehran and recorded another unforgettable event in the memory of the three brother nations.

Aug 12 03:47

Dr. Lawrence Davidson: Omar Khadr, Bradley Manning and Our National Psyche

Human rights lawyer Francis Boyle has pointed out, the war in Afghanistan, as the one in Iraq, is illegal under international law. “Congress never declared war. The UN Security Council never authorized it under Article 51. And the Taliban never attacked the United States or authorized or approved such an attack.”FBI Director Robert Mueller, and CIA Deputy Director John McLaughlin admitted finding no link between the Taliban and 9/11.”

Aug 12 01:11

PHILIP GIRALDI: Hillary’s Enemies List

Wake Up America!

Some might recall the enemies list that President Richard Nixon kept in his desk. The list was appended to a memo that asked “how we can use the available federal machinery to screw our political enemies?” Named were a number of journalists who had criticized Nixon’s administration as well as celebrities like actors Gregory Peck and Paul Newman and athletes like Joe Namath. Nixon was clearly on to something because in today’s America we have a new enemies list, one that is updated annually to make sure that nary a single malefactor is overlooked. It is the US State Department’s Country Reports on Terrorism, which was unveiled last week in its 2009 version at a briefing conducted by Ambassador Daniel Benjamin , Foggy Bottom’s Coordinator for Counterterrorism.

Aug 11 19:47

Woman shot by G20 police using rubber bullets speaks out

I was at the jail solidarity rally on Sunday June 27th, outside of the detention centre in support of my friends who had been surrounded and arrested in Queen's Park, the designated protest zone, the day before. Sunday's protest followed the route decided upon by the police, and was proceeding peacefully. A line of riot police formed between us and the detention centre. Without warning, two unmarked minivans screeched to a stop behind the police line. A number of plainclothes men stormed through the line and into the crowd, violently pushing two people into the ground. The people were dragged along the pavement and aggressively thrown into the vans and the vans took off. To all who were there, this appeared to be a strategically orchestrated kidnapping. The small woman who was snatched later became my cellmate. She told me of being choked and sat on by two large men to the verge of unconsciousness. A third man pulled her hair and all three verbally abused her, referring to her as "cunt," "bitch," "whore" and "street trash" on the way to the detention centre. All three refused to identify themselves.

Aug 11 09:10

Statistics Canada jobs reports questioned

It is the most powerful economic data Statistics Canada produces, capable of making and breaking governments, moving markets and influencing interest rates. But questions are being raised about whether the monthly jobs reports are too wonky to trust.

Aug 10 16:11

A Run for the Canadian Border

Marin Katusa, Chief Energy Strategist
Casey Research

The Gulf of Mexico disaster has changed U.S. priorities, costs, and energy supply sources for years to come. But the fact that the U.S. needs energy isn’t changing anytime soon, and as mass sources of green energy are still a while away, the most likely alternative might be the most surprising one.

With US$15 billion invested annually in offshore drilling in the United States, the disaster in the Gulf of Mexico means that this money is getting ready to migrate elsewhere. And it is the Athabasca oil sands of Alberta, Canada, that are number one on the list.

Aug 09 18:10

A Guide to the G20 Protests for the Not-Yet-Radical

And I want to reiterate my sincere belief that the rights which we do have came about from long social struggles, of which gathering and protesting was an important part. The right to assemble isn’t about the right to get together for picnics or parties (though I like those as much as the next person), it’s about the right to assemble exactly when the government or another authority doesn’t want you to. And a moment when the police say “don’t come downtown, you might get caught in a mass arrest.” Is the exact moment when I think it’s important to assert my right to assemble. The crucial moments to assert your rights are always when they are threatened.

To conclude this section on repression, let me just ask one more time for you to review the accounts of events I’ve written about - combined with the other stories that you have heard or heard about - and judge them against the normal narrative of how this stuff happens: that a protest turned violent and the police responded in order to stop the violence. Then try to think about it in the light of the government and the police trying to discourage protest and demobilize people. Which one makes more sense?

Aug 05 10:20

Second U.S. revolution coming?

I don’t like to carry more information than necessary about U.S. affairs, but the simple fact is that things are rapidly coming to a head in the States.

With mid-term elections coming up in just four months time, and U.S.–backed Israel scheming to start a war with Lebanon which will inevitably drag in Syria and Iran, and then quite possibly Russia and China (who have multi-billion dollar investments in Iran’s oil infrastructure), America as we know it, and quite possibly the world itself, may be considerable changed for the worse by the end of this year.

Jul 30 11:16

Many Jews unsettled over Harper holiday greetings

When Michelle Kofman found a Rosh Hashanah greeting card from Prime Minister Stephen Harper in her mailbox last month, she was left with one puzzling question: How does he know I'm Jewish?

Jul 30 08:41

In Canada best not to photograph a Christian. You might get a visit from the cops.

So the officer proceeded to tell me "he needed to know what my problem was, as he knew the person using the equipment, that they were a nice person, would never try to offend anyone and emphatically stated he knew the individual was a Christian... and also that the operator was fearful of a confrontation. Lastly, he he said he showed up to keep the peace"

The situation went downhill fast.

His statement coupled with his earnest and pointed emphasis caused me to burst out laughing. And for some reason he took great offense first to that and then even more to my reply...which in retrospect my not have been one of my better options...

"there are an awful lot of alter boys that could attest being Christian is not a guarantee of an individuals good character. But if HE is indeed a GOOD Christian, then why is he working on a Sunday, breaking one of the ten commandments, knowingly contravening the disrupting the peace bylaw and breaking a littering by-law, simultaneously? Not very thoughtful or righteous, is it?" He was not very amused.

Jul 30 08:21

Harper's Ottawa: The High Price Of Collusion In America’s Imperialist Wars.

War is highly corrosive to democratic values hollowing a nation’s wealth, its institutions, and its legislatures. Leaders who are supposed to lead are diminished to pathetic sycophants, pandering to the grand subterfuge. Where the instigators of this war, most prominently the USA, measure losses in terms of lives lost and money spent we are far from recognizing the damage done on the home front, not physical damage to cities and populations but the damage done to our democratic institutions, to the trust and the credibility of government, to the social contract with citizens. This despicable war has proven us to be our own worst enemy inflicting far greater damage on ourselves than any coterie of terrorists could do in ten life times.

Harper’s Ottawa is a blighted political landscape where not so honorable members loiter in the halls of power lacking courage and conviction, oblivious to their misdeeds.

Jul 29 20:49

Canada's Defense Department computers used to change Wikipedia site

A Defence Department spokesperson confirms computers at the department's research agency were used to alter a Wikipedia page entry about the Joint Strike Fighter jet and the Conservative government's decision to spend as much as $18 billion on the aircraft.

Those edits included the removal of information critical of the government's plan to buy the jets and the addition of insulting comments aimed at Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff.

Jul 28 18:13

After being caught in another lie, Toronto cops admit to using rubber bullets on G20 protesters

If it wasn't bad enough that the Toronto police lied to the public about a new 'security law' - passed down by the Government of Ontario - giving them new policing powers during the G20 Summit only to have to later admit that no such law ever existed.

Now, Toronto police are backtracking on another statement they made claiming that rubber bullets were not fired into the crowd outside the Eastern Avenue Detention Centre on Sunday June 27, 2010.

Jul 26 08:55

Canada set to impose new sanctions against Iran

CTV News has learned Canada will impose another round of harsh sanctions against Iran aimed at curtailing its nuclear weapons program and tightening the financial screws on the Iranian regime.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The fact that Iran does not actually have a nuclear weapons program is of course irrelevant!

Jul 24 10:30

Warmington: Cops had hands 'cuffed

As downtown Toronto witnessed burning police cars and a small group of thugs on a rampage, a police source tells me the only thing that stopped the officers from doing that was an order telling them not to. They tell me they could have rounded up all, or most of them, in no time.

I have had several frontline police officers tell me they were told not to get involved.

Jul 24 07:30

EXPOSED! - G20 Police in Black Bloc Anarchist

Ok here is the part of Nation's Deathbed that shows the police provocateurs. They are dressed as aggressive protesters carrying rocks. They try to start something and are spotted as police. The police provocateurs have to dive into the police line for safety. They are "arrested". Someone caught a picture of the boots and the police and "protesters" all have the same boots on. I recommend watching the whole movie.

Jul 23 19:55

Veteran columnist Eric Margolis fired by Toronto Sun - his views are "displeasing to Ottawa"

Veteran Sun op-ed columnist Eric Margolis is another casualty of Sun Media's shift to the far right, with little regard for longevity or popularity.

"I wrote for the Sun chain for 27 years because it allowed me total freedom of expression even when the editors disagreed with my opinions - something very rare in the media," Margolis told Toronto Sun Family in an e-mail today.

"This policy has changed. My views are displeasing to Ottawa," he says. "Accordingly, the Sun and I are parting company."

Jul 23 08:50

9/11 video gets father, son kicked off US-bound flight

A Canadian man and his young son were kicked off a US-bound flight for watching a video of the 9/11 terror attacks just before take-off from Toronto's Pearson International Airport.

The crew of an Air Canada flight bound for Orlando in Florida were alerted by a passenger when he saw the young boy watching on his iPod the planes hitting the Twin Towers on 9/11.

The father and son were taken off the flight Wednesday and questioned by security agencies. Later, the police in charge of airport security cleared the duo, saying their action didn't amount to criminal offence.

Jul 23 08:18

Vancouver cop apologizes for pushing disabled woman

A woman with cerebral palsy crosses their paths and brushes one of the officers, who then pushes her, causing her topple to the pavement.

A bystander rushes to her aid, and the three officers stand over the pair briefly before walking away, leaving the woman on the sidewalk.

“The images on this video simply do not square with what Canadians expect of members of our law enforcement community. Scenes like this demonstrate the need for constant efforts on the part of both the leadership of the police department and every member of the force to remind themselves that their mission is to serve,” said Robert Holmes, President of the BCCLA, in a statement.

Jul 23 06:59

Two pulled from plane over 9/11 video

Two Air Canada passengers were pulled from their Orlando-bound flight before takeoff from Toronto's Pearson Airport after another passenger spotted them watching video of the 9/11 terror attacks.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Just a little tiny bit of an over-reaction, I would say.

Jul 21 07:29

All immigrants face mandatory language test

Her first language is English. Yet like all other skilled immigrants applying to settle in Canada, the American corporate lawyer must now take a language test to prove her English is good enough to settle here.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Back in the 1980s, when I worked briefly in Germany and Italy, I made a point of learning as much of those languages as I could to be able to get around, because that is the courteous thing to do. I never really mastered those languages, of course, but the mere fact that I was making the attempt impressed the locals and they extended every courtesy to help me along. In contrast, other Americans who showed up assuming that everyone would speak English for them (a group of Texans at Herrenchiemsee is a particularly vivid memory) got a major cold shoulder. Most Germans and Italians do speak excellent English; they just resented the attitude that they had to do it to please the noisy foreigners.

Jul 20 11:23

What Those Who Killed the Tar Sands Report Don't Want You to Know

Fortunately, civilians can do what politicians can't. In the interests of accountability and transparency, I read through 300 pages of evidence and pulled out the sort of uncomfortable revelations that Ottawa doesn't want U.S. oil customers, industry investors or Canadian taxpayers to know.

The evidence, of course, all points to one embarrassing conclusion: Ottawa has managed its mandate in the tar sands as irresponsibly as the U.S. Mineral Management Services oversaw the safety of deep sea drilling in the Gulf.

Jul 18 12:05

An unkind complicatedness

I should note that despite her illness and pain, Mrs. Patel, who hadn’t been out of the apartment for almost two months, was gracious, beautiful in a red-striped caftan and, but for occasional moans when the car hit a rough patch of road, remarkably uncomplaining.

All she wanted was to do was take delivery of the silver the bank was holding for her in the form of the certificates she’d bought decades earlier.

It was, or ought to have been, an uncomplicated transaction.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The question that anyone reading this should ask is, "IF Scottibank has all the silver it claims it has, WHY would they make it so hard for people who have claims on that silver to get it?" The answer is obvious - they DON'T have all the silver they claim they have.

Jul 16 06:30

Pink Floyd’s Waters And Gilmour Tear Down “The Wall”

For the first time in half a decade, rock legends Pink Floyd reunited for a Palestine awareness benefit concert in England to raise money for young Palestinians, MSNBC reported Tuesday.

Feuding PINK FLOYD stars DAVID GILMOUR and ROGER WATERS put their differences aside on Saturday (10Jul10) to perform together at a the Hoping Foundation awareness benefit in England.

The two rockers hit the stage at Kiddington Hall in Oxfordshire, England to the amazement of guests in attendance. It was the first time the duo had shared a stage since Pink Floyd’s Live 8 appearance in 2005.

The former bandmates, who were accompanied by Guy Pratt and Waters’ son Harry, among others, played Floyd favourites:

“Wish You Were Here”

“Comfortably Numb”

“Another Brick in the Wall”

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