Is Lula a pro-Russian “tankie”? Should the Canadian left echo or marginalize his outlook on Ukraine? Last week Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva called on the US and other countries to “stop supplyingweapons and encouraging war” in Ukraine. He said, “the United States needs to stop encouraging war and start talking about peace;... Continue Reading →
Canadian left sinks to a new low during Biden visit
What a state we’re in! The lowest point of the left since the 1950s. The Joe Biden visit proves it. Elizabeth May gave the US president chocolate. Jagmeet Singh and Charlie Angus labeled him a working-class hero. Unifor President Lana Payne wrote that “Pro-equality” POTUS deserved a “Standing O” while the National Chief of the... Continue Reading →
Where are voices for peace in Parliament?
Canada is calling for “regime change” in Russia in a new escalation of the NATO proxy war. During a press conference on Friday foreign affairs minister Mélanie Joly said, “we’re able to see how much we’re isolating the Russian regime right now — because we need to do so economically, politically and diplomatically — and... Continue Reading →
Amidst hysteria, calling for peace is hate; more war is peace
Apparently discussing the “path to peace” in Ukraine is hateful. After trying to ban a talk questioning Canada’s role in the NATO proxy war a Ukrainian student group smeared it. Two weeks ago, I spoke with Tamara Lorincz and Miguel Figueroa at a Carleton University event titled “The War in Ukraine: What is the Path... Continue Reading →
Apartheid defenders attack Green leader May
The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs’ recent attack against Elizabeth May is farcical. Canada’s leading mouthpiece for Israel criticized the Green Party leader for saying she takes her direction from the representative of the Palestinian Authority, which actually serves as the subcontractor for Israel’s occupation. At an event marking International Day of Solidarity with... Continue Reading →
Latest instalment of Paul-Zatzman anti-Green soap opera
The Israel lobby is rallying around Annamie Paul and Noah Zatzman. Must be their reward for doing battle with the internationalists and human-rights-for-all (including Palestinians)-supporters in the Green Party, but at least in Zatzman’s case it damages Israel’s cause. Tonight (November 30) former Green Party leader Annamie Paul will be speaking at a Canadian Jewish... Continue Reading →
‘Left problem’ is not cozying up to bad guys but supporting imperialism
Left media should explore a wide range of critical ideas. But it should try to avoid ‘punching down’ too often. Recently new left outlet The Breach published a long interview with Columbia University PhD student Barnaby Raine “on the resurgence of ‘tankie’ and ‘campist’ politics” titled “Is the enemy of my enemy my friend?” It... Continue Reading →
Why did Paul run for leadership of ‘anti-Semitic’ party?
With the support of outlets ranging from Rebel News to the CBC, Toronto Star to National Post, Annamie Paul has turned a dispute about Israeli apartheid into a discussion about how Greens aren’t comfortable with a Black, Jewish woman leader. In doing so, she’s benefited from a media sphere that all but failed to cover... Continue Reading →
Media ignore politics behind Green leader’s demise
Annamie Paul’s perspective has overwhelmingly shaped coverage of the conflict within the Green Party. The media has even uncritically reported Paul’s position that the former party leader who abused her authority to promote Paul’s candidacy is part of a conspiracy against Paul. As Green Party of Canada Supporters Facebook Group organizer and Elizabeth May critic,... Continue Reading →
Where’s NDP on fighter jet purchase?
How about a little friendly pressure? Hopefully that’s all it would take for Left NDP MPs to join Neil Young, Stephen Lewis, Teagan and Sarah, David Suzuki and many other notable Canadian and international figures in calling for government resources to “be used to eliminate boil water advisories on reserves, build light rail lines across... Continue Reading →
Green Party debacle may be win for Palestine
Score an own goal for Green Party pro-Israel extremists Noah Zatzman and Annamie Paul. Not only are they responsible for the Liberals adding an MP to their caucus, one of their own they slandered as “anti-Semitic” for labeling Israel an “apartheid” state, but also saw to it that millions of Canadians heard mention of Israeli... Continue Reading →
Green leadership candidates to debate foreign policy
Debate is the lifeblood of democracy and a good one is fun to watch or listen to. Hopefully an upcoming Green Party debate will accomplish that while simultaneously strengthening progressives’ foreign policy expectations and infrastructure. On September 10, Rabble and the Canadian Foreign Policy Institute are organizing a Green Party leadership debate on “Canada's Place... Continue Reading →
Canada’s leading apologist for Israeli war crimes disrupted
Last week members of Quebec Movement for Peace disrupted a speech by Irwin Cotler on “Canada as a Human Rights leader” (at the last-minute ‘deputy’ foreign minister, Rob Oliphant, canceled his participation). With “Free Palestine” signs in hand, filmmaker Malcolm Guy and I took the stage to denounce Cotler’s anti-Palestinian positions and support for intervention... Continue Reading →
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