Exhilarating watching a journalist nail a PM to the wall

May 18th, 2016 by LB

We know that the Saudi regime is a serious human rights abuser, so why is Canada selling it armoured vehicles, the very ones used to intimidate its populace? At times like this I wish we had TV interviewers in Canada with as much mettle as Jon Snow backing David Cameron into a corner on why the UK supported Saudi Arabia’s bid to be on the UN’s Human Rights Council .

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Indigenous Writes by Chelsea Vowel

May 18th, 2016 by LB

As a white person in Canada, especially one writing about a topic that intersects with Indigenous issues, I have found Métis writer Chelsea Vowel’s blog âpihtawikosisân invaluable. Vowel is a legal researcher who somehow explains complex issues with total clarity without ever being anything less than gripping or undercutting her politics.

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April 24th, 2016 by LB

Photo: Dylan Martinez/Reuters

Purple is associated with mourning as well as all the better known things—royalty, magic and spirituality etc. Somehow I’d forgotten this until Prince died.

I am so gutted by this news, I don’t even know what to write. I’m just going to think of every comma as a paisley from now on, in his honour.

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Condo as colonialism redux – again

April 11th, 2016 by LB
Venue Surrey - Brownsville pioneers

Here’s yet another condo development framed as a modern repeat of Canada’s 19th C colonial pioneer era. It’s called “Venue” and it’s in Whalley, a small town centre within Surrey, a large, racially mixed Vancouver suburb mostly known for farming. Of all the marketing means at their disposal, Venue has decided to frame its target market as “adventurers and entrepreneurs” and it makes an explicit link between these potential buyers and prior white “adventurers” who apparently “settled” Whalley.

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What people were talking about 9 months before the Iraq War

April 4th, 2016 by LB

Baghdad, 2002

I was sent the following email and article in 2002, about 9 months before the Iraq War. I’m posting it here because I’ve noticed that in the current 2016 US election campaign so many people seem to have forgotten the kind of plentiful information we were seeing circulated well before the war.

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Mr. Business Wig

March 20th, 2016 by LB

Finnish News takes on the US election. Please note that I don’t think this US election is a joke. Trump is close enough to a fascist demagogue, and the spectre of the million who have died as a result of the illegal Iraq War also hangs over both campaigns. This is funny but truly, this is not a joke.

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