Forget the Duffy Circus - MP Pensions a Real Election Issue

Forget the Duffy Circus-MP Pensions a Real Election Issue

As published in the Ottawa Sun: August 18, 2015 and the Victoria Standard: August 31, 2015

Like most Members of Parliament and all Senators, Stephen Harper will eventually retire in publicly-subsidized security in spite of minimal contributions to his MP pension scheme. His so-called MP pension reform is, at best; a token gesture that barely reduces the current inequities.

Peter MacKay Bails Out Before Drop Zone

Peter MacKay Bails Out Before the Drop Zone

As published in the Victoria Standard July 2015

Concerning Peter MacKay’s sudden exit from the Harper government; mainstream media has exercised an obediently collective blindness to his role in the ruthless genesis of the Conservative Party; much like Orwell’s "...really well-trained [Pavlovian] dog who turns somersaults when there is no whip."

Gaza's Agony: an Alternative Perspective on Recent Events

GAZA’S AGONY: AN ALTERNATIVE PERSPECTIVE ON RECENT EVENTS

Originally published in Humanist Perspectives. Spring, 2015, Issue 192

and

Critical Perspectives on US Engagement in the Middle East -Anne C. Cunningham Enslow Publishing, LLC, Dec. 15, 2016

saskatoonlibrary.ca: Gaza's agony: an alternative perspective on recent events. by Duchesney, Morgan.

The struggle of people against power is the struggle of memory against forgetting. Milan Kundera

Introduction: Historical Context Missing From Corporate Media Coverage

Federal Budget a Dodgy Shell Game

Federal Budget a Dodgy Shell Game

As published in the Cape Breton Post: April 26, 2015 and the Hill Times: May 4, 2015

Please take the time to really examine the details of Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s cynical approach to balancing the federal budget; a dodgy shell game at the best of times.

While the Conservatives depend mainly on their diehard base, they are also attempting to mislead undecided voters by underplaying the use of excessive EI contribution rates to fund their pre-election tax cuts.

Monument to Imperialism’s Victims Overdue

Monument to Imperialism’s Victims Overdue

As published in The Leveller: Spring 2015

While a monument to the estimated one hundred million victims of “communism” is a noble undertaking; it is unlikely that we will ever see a monument to the victims of modern imperialism. What we commonly refer to as communism is actually various versions of totalitarianism linked with government economic control. One of Lenin's first acts in 1917 was to kill all the real communists who espoused genuine equality and participatory citizenship.

Exporting Terrorism

Exporting Terrorism: Exposing the disgusting double standard of our government's stance on foreign fighters

As published in The Leveller: Spring 2015

The Harper government recently announced sweeping new “anti-terrorism” powers for the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS), expanded no-fly lists and extensions of preventative detention. The grave danger of such policies is that after their passage into law; it is very difficult to amend or remove policies that appeal to governing party’s political base.

Harper Supports Canadians Joining Israeli Military

Harper Supports Canadians Joining Israeli Military

As published in the Victoria Standard: March 2, 2015.

The Harper government recently announced sweeping new “anti-terrorism” powers for the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS), expanded no-fly lists and uncertain extensions of preventative detention. Such developments resurrect the danger of surrendering freedoms for safety since such harsh policies are rarely rescinded.

Freedom of Speech and Caricature – Limits and Exceptions

Freedom of Speech and Caricature – Limits and Exceptions

As published in the Victoria Standard: February 2, 2015.

Where do we draw the line on freedom of speech and caricature? I support the general idea that anything goes and public disgust will silence the worst offenders without resort to official censorship. The reality of our commitment to free expression is exemplified by the application of certain exceptions that are far from universally-accepted.

Cubans Benefit from Obama’s Self-Interest

Cubans Benefit from Obama’s Self-Interest

(a shorter version appeared in the January 5, 2015 Victoria Standard)

U.S. Juries Cross the Line on Palestine

U.S. Juries Cross the Line on Palestine

As published in the Victoria Standard: February 17, 2015

Palestinian assets in Israel, the U.S. and Canada may soon be insecure since American juries in Brooklyn and Manhattan recently agreed that Palestinian governing bodies are financially liable to pay monetary damages to U.S. victims of Palestinian attacks in Israel. The Palestinian Authority is appealing the judgment, which may be an Israeli response to Palestinian efforts to bring Israel before the International Criminal Court.

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