Archive for March 2010

Barghouti and Galloway out-Coulter in

March 26, 2010

The  rabid rightist Ezra Levant brings this silly woman Ann Coulter to Canada to spew her anti-Muslim garbage like “We should invade their countries, kill their leaders and convert them to Christianity. We weren’t punctilious about locating and punishing only Hitler and his top officers. We carpet-bombed German cities; we killed civilians. That’s war. And this is war.”

How intelligent. Had she said this about Jews Bnai Brith would have gone berserk.

The sad thing that is a University gives her a platform for her” no facts” diatribes. Mini skirt, long hair seemingly draws a crowd—at least in Calgary the first Canadian stop for the hapless Bush.

This is the  same Levant who lobbied against British MP George Galloway entering  Canada.

And the Harperites shoot themselves and the Canadian Muslim vote to outlaw a Palestinian Nobel nominee Mustafa Barghouti  giving a couple of his reasonable speeches.

The dying church

March 17, 2010

THE FUTURE CHURCH

What an irony, going to the funeral of our good friend, a great priest who went to glory on Monday. He got it. He heard the cries of the poor, he marched for justice. A gentle man, his life spoke volumes.Sadly his send off was submarined by the clerical caste,

When his older brother, another fine priest  died, he was told in no uncertain terms he was not to let the Archbishop pull rank and say his funeral. The brother , had spent years enduring “the winter of the church” under a wholly incompetent reactionary bishop.He got on with his work and did what he could, all with a grand sense of irony and humour. And his brother said his funeral mass.

When the younger brother was sent off, he obviously did not have the strength to insist on a more qualified celebrant and homilist who would have made his life sing. Instead we had second hand ecclesiatical boiler plate from the present bish. We got the words but not the music. Another tone deaf “leader”.

The huge number of graying priests on the altar pictured perfectly the passing of the old order. Presided over by the new bishop who dismantled the pastoral work of his two excellent predecessors was as we would say in Latin, triste dictu. Very sad in the telling.

These boys have no idea of the lamentable picture they present.

As my brother woud say, “It isnt’ going down.”

Not at all.

HAITI

March 13, 2010

The Toronto Star usually has informed reporters on the job but the hatchet job of Andrew Chung on Jean-Bertrand Aristide the former president of Haiti went beyond the pale. In a piece in the Sunday edition (March 7) Chung slipped in the adjective “corrupt” in describing the deposed president.

Reader Ajamu Nangwaya responded in a brilliantly, concise letter published on March 11.It is always advisable to consylt the letters page, particularly in the Globe. But this one was a beauty.

The disinformation and character assassination campaign against Dr. Jean-Bertrand Aristide and the Fanmi Lavalas movement has been relentless and intense. The only “crimes” they committed were to create social and economic programs to help Haiti’s poor.

Yet in the eyes of Western states such as Canada, the U.S. and France, as well as the IMF, World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank, and the venal and exploitative local elite, Aristide’s actions were a dangerous, socialistic endeavour.

His policies: expanding public education, creating a national adult literacy program, land reform, increased spending on health care, and social and physical infrastructure, reluctance to privatize government assets and public services and raising the minimum wage. This was bad for business as usual and the vested interests affected.

The tiresome allegation of Aristide’s corruption is now thoroughly shop-worn. Aristide was accused by purveyors of the “big lie” of being on the take and involved with the drug trade. But why didn’t the U.S. use the evidence to capture, arrest and prosecute him, as they did Manuel Noriega? And why did the Haitian government drop the embezzlement of public funds lawsuit in July 2006, filed against Aristide in the prior year in the U.S.?

Ajamu Nangwaya, Toronto

Iggy blows it again

March 10, 2010

Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff made the following statement  in 2002 when he was still calling himself an American. In those years he used “we” several times referring to himself ..until the cynical Liberals brought back the saviour and parachuted him to the leadership of the party.Then he backed off what he said in 2002:

When I looked down at the West Bank and the settlement like Crusader forts occupying the high ground at the Israek security cordon along the Jordan river closing off the Palestinian lands from Jordan I knew I was not looking down atb a sate or the beginnings of one but at a Bantustan one of those pseudo-staes created in the dying years of apartheid to keep the African population under control.

Compare this with his motherhood lies last week about Israeli Apartheid week when he sated that those particiapting in the week were ”attemting to demonize and undermine the legitimacy of the Jewish state.”

Iggy of course was bitten badly  during the Lebanon war and the Israeli lobby almost decapitated him.Once bitten , twice shy. Read this nonsense. It’s no wonder even with Harper  at the helm the Libs can’’t challenge.

“On university campuses across the country this week, Israeli Apartheid Week will once again attempt to demonize and undermine the legitimacy of the Jewish state. It is part of a global campaign of calls for divestment, boycotts and proclamations, and it should be condemned unequivocally and absolutely.

Apartheid is defined, in international law, as a crime against humanity. Israeli Apartheid Week is a deliberate attempt to portray the Jewish state as criminal.

The activities planned for the week will single out Jewish and Israeli students. They will be made to feel ostracized and even physically threatened in the very place where freedom should be paramount — on a university campus.

Let us be clear: criticism of Israeli government policy is legitimate. Wholesale condemnation of the State of Israel and the Jewish people is not legitimate. Not now, not ever.

The very premise of Israeli Apartheid Week runs counter to our shared values of mutual respect and tolerance, regardless of nationality, race or creed. It is an attempt to heighten the tensions in our communities around the tragic conflict in the Middle East.

On behalf of the Liberal party of Canada and the Parliamentary caucus, I urge all Canadians to join with us in condemning Israeli Apartheid Week, and to reject, in principle, all forms of anti-Semitism, racism and intolerance, both within this country and around the world.”

Israel Apartheid Week

March 3, 2010

In an unanimous vote (with 30 MPPs in attendance) the Ontario Legislature condemned Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) which began March 1. The attack on IAW is intensifying as a Conservative MP is poised to introduce a motion in the House of Commons condemning IAW when parliament reconvenes . This is the surest proof that the world is catching up to the unconscionable oppression of the Palestinian people.

Liberal MPP MIke Colle, usually a rational politician but who represents a large bloc of Jewish voters outdid himself in Toronto

This demonstrates a horrific example of what is really hate speech that has been put into a systematic attack on the only democracy in the Middle East. It’s called Israeli Apartheid Week. It’s just ludicrous.

Here is a small democracy surrounded by all these dictatorships. The organizers of this week never look at what is happening in Yemen or maybe Saudi Arabia or that regime in Iran. They don’t bother with those regimes and the incredible amount of torture and systemic abuse of people, their populations, but they pick on Israel. Why do they pick on Israel? It has nothing to do with Muslims, nothing to do with Palestine; it has to do with this long-time systemic hate against anything to do with the Jewish religion. That’s what it is.

Federal Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff, terrified of the Israel lobby was caught out when an article of his in London’s Guardian appeared from 2002. Ignatieff stated the obvious

I knew I was not looking down at a state or the beginning of one, but ata a bantustan one od those pseudo-states created in the dying years of apartheid to keep the African population under control

In Israel, McCarthyite attacks are being levelled at Israelis of conscience who are pointing to the obvious and can no longer stomach the statist oppression. These brave citizens are veing singled out for dragging the country down to where it is today, a virtual pariah on the international stage.

Internationally the US and Canada are virtually alone in their support with Canada brooking no dissent from a rabid pro-Israel position.

Led by the Prime Minster and Jason Kenney the Harperites are ready to ratchet up the ante in the House they shut down in December.

That this House considers itself to be a friend of the State of Israel; that this House is concerned about expressions of anti-Semitism under the guise of ‘Israeli Apartheid Week’; and that this House explicitly condemns any action in Canada as well as internationally that would equate the State of Israel with the rejected and racist policy of apartheid.”

All of the brave people like Desmond Tutu, Jimmy Carter and Henry Siegman the former head of the American Jewish Congress who note the obvious parallels with apartheid are to believed over the political hacks most of whom have never seen what the above have witnessed.

Apartheid of course was sui generis. Israel’s shoving Palestinians into disconnected cantons (a word that Ariel Sharon used to describe them) is not the same as South Africa’s model. But it’s pretty damn close.

Brian Burke spreads the “myth.”

March 1, 2010

Well the Olympics are over and Canada breathes a sigh of relief as the great Crosby sinks the Yanks in overtime. A  good game, hockey at its best, would have been even better on the large ice but what the hell.

Another sour note about Brian Burke and his attempt to pump up the American side by bringing in wounded vets to “share their stories.”

What is it with Americans?

They just can’t get past the myth. A myth of militarism which continues to consume them, drain their coffers, steal money from the poor  and act as policeman to the world.

Brian Burke was the GM of the team and Leaf supremo .During a team meeting on Monday, the US team was visited by wounded American soldiers from Afghanistan and Iraq. A motivational ploy. How tiresome.

“It’s unbelievable to hear their stories,” said Zach Parise of the New Jersey Devils and Minneapolis. “It’s really emotional. They talked about relying on each other and stressed the importance of being a team.

Yeah—a team doing what? Forcing their wills on Muslim nations where they have no right to be.

Now Burke is no dummy but he is the one behind Leaf defenceman Luke Schenn adopting a soldier before every Leaf game.

That’s great, a Yank running the most trad Canadian team and foisting this US macho nonsense on us.

Fits right in with the new Canada of Steve Harper who was sitting there with the great cheer leader of the Iraq invasion, American Wayne Gretzky.

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