oh my fucking god i thought this leninism url was ironic but no apparently the ussr “liberated” eastern poland holy christ
Fascism’s coming back to parliament folks! It just won’t die. I don’t know what the best part of this is: the dog-whistle racism about Naheed Nenshi, the open shelling for oil companies, or the glorious last sentence where “pro-life” and hunting are somehow correlated.
CALGARY — Rob Anders, the federal Conservative MP, refuses to say die.
Thursday, the true-blue “movement Conservative” said he planned to seek the nomination for the new Bow River constituency, a swath of prairie just east of Calgary.
In April, he lost the nomination battle for the recently re-distributed riding of Calgary Signal Hill.
Mr. Anders admits it was hard to be defeated by Ron Liepert, a former provincial finance minister. For a time, he even thought of leaving politics.
“I also considered third-party advocacy. I was approached by a couple of oil companies,” he said.
And he believes he will be a better fit in rural Bow River than in an urban Calgary that seems to be ever more accommodating to progressives.
“I really feel that [Bow River] is the Alberta I moved to in the 1980s,” he said.
“It’s a place with more trucks, and it certainly wouldn’t have elected someone like [Calgary mayor] Naheed Nenshi, or other liberals pretending to be Conservatives these days. I feel a real connection.”
Mr. Anders, who says he lives in Chestermere in his possible new riding, said he was approached by locals asking him to run.
“I find the people there are actually very sympathetic. They’re real Conservatives and you certainly feel that,” he said.
“There’s a strong pro-life movement going on in this riding, all sorts of hunting and shooting ranges.”
But these opinions are nearly impossible to find in Congress. Democrats, when asked a question about Israeli operations in Gaza, had two standard responses: irritation, or else a statement of their broad support of Israel, without going into specifics. It was as if the very mention of Israel turned the question into a hostile interview.
“Look, man, I’m a politician, with multiple constituencies. Why should I alienate one just so that you can write a story?” Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison angrily told The Daily Beast. Ellison, a stalwart progressive, was the first Muslim-American elected to Congress.
Ellison cited a Tuesday op-ed he had written that was critical of the Gaza blockade, but became noticeably agitated when asked to expand on his views. In particular, he did not want to address whether Israel had gone too far during its current operations in the Gaza Strip.Sen. Bernie Sanders, a darling of the left who identifies as a democratic socialist, was curt. His tone changed suddenly when the topic shifted from the Veterans Administration bill that he had been shepherding through Congress to Israel’s operation in Gaza.
“That’s not where my mind is right now,” he told the Beast.Democratic Rep. Sandy Levin said he was on his way to a meeting and didn’t have time to discuss the issue. (He did, however, stop for another reporter, who asked about transportation funding.) When Rep. Krysten Sinema, a Democrat from Arizona, was approached, she simply repeated that she supports the right of Israel to defend itself.thanks to aipac, your favs are problematic
— The Art of Not Being Governed - James C. Scott
I find watching the siege of Gaza through Facebook frustrating, dreadful and tragic.
The images of dead children, dying grandparents and people who were once full of life are disturbing. The only positive is that these images help concretize the sentiment that this attack on Gaza must end.
In the wake of the destruction and death, Israel’s “self-defence” defence looks more like Florida’s Stand Your Ground laws. Rather than debates about whether or not Israel has the right to defend itself, a consensus has seemingly formed that demands an end to the siege on Gaza.
Somehow, this consensus hasn’t managed to sway the opinions of Canadian politicians. The Conservatives are little better than the Israelis sitting on lawn chairs cheering on the destruction. The Liberals have defended Israel nearly as much as the Conservatives and the NDP has maintained a shameful silence. Only Québec Solidaire has opposed Israel’s aggression.
Why is condemning Israel’s actions so difficult for Canadian politicians?
The answer is simple: Israel’s present is Canada’s past. To condemn Israel is to accept that Canada’s crimes have been just as bad.
Israel’s conquest of Palestine is still very new. The conflict has existed in a time of modern warfare. With Israel and Hamas given weapons from allied nations, technology plays a huge role in how each side deals with each other. Israel’s $3 billion in aid from the United States helps reinforce the technological supremacy of Israel over Palestine. This includes technological supremacy in bombs and military equipment.
Modern warfare still shocks us.
Canada’s conquest is not as new; it reaches back to the 1400s. Throughout the following centuries, the most modern military technology was used to rid the continent of the people who had lived here for time immemorial. As Canada advanced, the tactics changed, but were no less brutal.
In the years following the first contact between Indigenous populations and Europeans, the Indigenous population dropped by half. In the 1800s, deeply racist legislators made clear their desire to starve or kill Indigenous people to make way for white settlement. If millions of people had inhabited North America before Europeans arrived, a 50 per cent drop in the population is massive.
The genocide didn’t stop there: 150,000 children stolen from their families and placed in residential school resulted in tens of thousands of children dying and multi-generational traumas that persist today. 27,500 Indigenous children are currently not living with their families. More than 1,000 Indigenous women have been murdered or remain missing. The RCMP shot a man at a baseball game yesterday at Norway House in Manitoba.
Consider these numbers against those in Palestine: 750,000 Palestinians were expelled from Palestine to make way for Israel. 1,400 people were killed in Operation Cast Lead, the worst attack against Gaza since 1948. More than 400 have reportedly been killed in the current campaign.
So, where Israel has used a blockade, laws, bombs, forced out-migration, immigration and military force to try and wrestle Palestine into submission, Canada has used: military force, biological warfare, forced famine and starvation, mass immigration, criminalization, the death penalty, forced removal of children from families, laws, medical studies, poverty, unemployment, prisons, police and child protective services.
These contrasts are not to downplay what Israel is doing. Rather, it is a needed reality check: Canada is no better than Israel.
Israel imposes separate laws on Palestinians than it does on Israelis. Canada imposes different laws on status Indians too. Palestinians are confined to very small parcels of land, where overcrowding is the norm, so too are most First Nations people living on reserve. They have a wall, we had a railroad. Unemployment of Palestinians was 30 per cent in 2013, while unemployment rates in New Brunswick for status Indians was 25 per cent in 2011. Twenty per cent of Israel’s prison population are Palestinians, Aboriginal prisoners account for 23 per cent of Canada’s prison population.
If Palestine is the current face of war, then Canada is the face of war, five generations later.
Both conflicts demonstrate the fierce and fighting spirit of oppressed communities and that people will continue to thrive, despite incredible odds stacked against them. Both stories also show how important it is for solidarity to be shown, for injustice to be condemned and action to be taken.
Considering our shared histories, I don’t expect the Canadian media to report on anything more sophisticated than to simply regurgitate Israel’s PR machine. I don’t expect Conservative MPs to condemn the killing. I don’t even expect Liberal MPs to either.
I do expect, however, that anyone with knowledge of our history to make these links when they condemn Israel. If we express our solidarity with Palestine, we must acknowledge and fight to end on-going colonialism in Canada. We must support resistance where it happens. We must be present. We must use whatever tools we have available to us to do our part and undo some of our own legacy of terror.
Our land has lived these horrors already. Many of our ancestors lived these horrors too. They just didn’t have Instagram or Facebook to document those horrors.
If you’ve marched, written letters and are left feeling hopeless about the situation in Gaza, express solidarity with Palestine by standing in solidarity with the people who refused Canada’s genocide, who saved their languages, their spiritualities and cultures and will continue the fight as long as Canada exists as a colonial nation.
a comic version of one of the best 2 sentence horror stories
All of Leslie’s compliments to Ann
— Great Wondering Sound piece full of upsetting facts.
— Eric Hobsbawm (via The Art of Not Being Governed)