CANADA'S U.N. VOTE FOR PALESTINIAN RIGHTS

Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, January/February 2020, pp. 6-7

CANADA'S U.N. VOTE FOR PALESTINIAN RIGHTS

Canada’s recent U.N. vote in favor of Palestinian self-determination scandalized “conservative” pundits who consider this minor gesture a massive betrayal of the Israeli state.

Canada Backs Palestinian Self-determination

Canada Backs Palestinian Self-determination

As published by the Victoria Standard: December 18, 2019.

Canada’s surprise UN vote for Palestinian self-determination evoked strident protests from media defenders of Israeli exceptionalism. Trudeau’s token gesture has been portrayed as a betrayal of the Israel state, a nation without permanent borders. According to pundits like Canadian expatriate David Frum, stateless Palestinians should acknowledge defeat and quietly accept their fate. On the other hand, they may take inspiration from the vibrant example of Israeli determination.

Outrage misplaced over Canada’s UN Palestine vote

Outrage misplaced over Canada’s UN Palestine vote

As published in the Hill Times: December 4, 2019.

Teacher’s Strike against Ford’s Neo-Feudalism

Teacher’s Strike against Ford’s Neo-Feudalism

As published in the Ottawa Citizen: December 14, 2019

Ontario’s striking teachers are mainly concerned about the Ford government’s plans to force students to take at least one online course while increasing class sizes and shrinking teachers numbers through early retirement and other tactics.

Western Separatist Rhetoric Inevitable

Western Separatist Rhetoric Inevitable

As published in the Victoria Standard: November 20, 2019.

In 1919, Canada’s Guns Still Fired

In 1919, Canada’s Guns Still Fired

As published in the Ottawa Citizen: November 12, 2019.
(previously published in the Inverness Oran in 2018)

Many Great War songs and poems declare that the guns stopped firing on Nov. 11, 1918. Yes, most guns did stop, but Canadian artillery continued to blast away in Russia, supporting an early example of attempted regime change.

Election 2019 – Canada’s Free Speech Distraction

Election 2019 – Canada’s Free Speech Distraction

As published in the Victoria Standard: October 23, 2019

The Canadian Constitution Foundation (CCF) has accused the Trudeau government of limiting free speech. The CCF, self-described as a “non-partisan charity”, has legally challenged certain 2017 changes to Section 91 of the federal Election Act.

Politicians tip-toeing around Bill 21 during election

Politicians tip-toeing around Bill 21 during election

As published in the Victoria Standard: Sept. 25, 2019.

Quebec exceptionalism is back, although this time it’s secularism versus religion rather than the usual French language issues. As the October election looms, federal leadership candidates are responding cautiously to recent developments in Canada’s second-largest province.

Pension Debate Framing Undermines all Working People

Pension Debate Framing Undermines all Working People

As published in the Hill Times: Sept. 11, 2019

https://www.hilltimes.com › 2019/09/11 › pension-debate-framing-underm...

There has been a well-funded and effective campaign in the US (Koch brothers/Cato Institute etc.) and Canada (Canadian Council of Chief Executives/Fraser Institute etc.) to discredit all levels of government, public institutions and the public service. The military, police and security services are generally spared the lash.

Election 2019: Trudeau’s Ethics Mirror Harper’s

Election 2019: Trudeau’s Ethics Mirror Harper’s

As published in the Victoria Standard: 25 August, 2019

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