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>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>HEADLINES ACROSS CANADA<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
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Glowing report by Public Works masks Parliament Hill renovation problems
         Liberal candidate in Toronto byelection gets shot of star power from Ont. premier
Academics predict 'turnout collapse' in votes held day before Canada Day
         Canada Day International nixed in London, N.Y.

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>YAHOO NEWS<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<

B.C. vs. Newfoundland: Which coast has the most beautiful scenery?
         Canadian Blood Services says supply at seasonal 5-year low 20 hours ago
Former Afghan interpreters graduate in Toronto 13 hours ago

         Canadian Blood Services seeks aid from those it's helped
New Parks Canada media policy spurs controversy
         B.C. labour board rules educators must teach remedial summer classes

MacKay: 'Enough has been said' about sexism controversy
         Mental health care in Canada's military needs improvement: MPs
Canadians proud of their history (but they don't know it well)
         Glowing report by Public Works masks Parliament Hill renovation problems
CBA calls for changes to Supreme Court appointments
         5 ways to make your home smarter for under $500
Protectionist 'Buy American' provisions back, and Canada's not happy
         Dancing in sync with others may help babies be more helpful: McMaster study
One does not become a sprinter, one is born one: study
         100 years after 'war to end all wars': Are we doomed to repeat history?

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'Chat Room': Sex Ed after School
         Studies show Canadians want to talk more about sex. How one BC all-ages group delivers.
BC administrators want a negotiated teacher deal, too
         BC Conservative smear letter writers remain unknown, lawsuit considered

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Globe and Mail<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<

Foreign travel to Canada sinks as fewer Americans head north
         Provinces keep Ottawa in the dark on foreign workers violations
Federal Liberals aim for big upset in Fort McMurray-Athabasca by-election
         The Harper government loves the military – in theory
The CBC report is, shall we say, unwieldy in its use of jargon


Ottawa won't appeal landmark child-care ruling
         Canada Day brings some measure of liberty, equality and fraternity
Health Canada keeps flu plant inspection report secret

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>HUFFINGTON POST<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
The Tories Should Ban These Lethal Weapons
         A Canadian Passport Can't Save You From Being Wrongly Accused and Imprisoned
What Conservatives Have Missed About Drug Safety
         We Need To Think Outside the Box to Fight Gridlock
Take it From Rex Murphy, Religious Morality Is Bad for Politics
         Northern Gateway Will Create Jobs While Protecting the Environment
Will Canada Keep its Peacekeeping Promise?
         Enbridge Pipeline Must Be Opposed With 'Massive Civil Disobedience'
Some Advice For Ontario's New Health Minister
         Two Bills Later, Political Parties Can Still Collect Your Info Scot-Free

Peter MacKay Proves That Not Much Has Changed For Working Mothers
         Commemorating the First World War Through the Power of Art
The Northern Gateway Pipeline Is Critical to Canada's Economic Future
         Canada Needs To Stop Turning the Conversation Back to Keystone
The Robbery Known As Class Composition Is B.C.'s Dark Secret
         We Need To Ask Tough Questions About Moncton
Harper Just Picked A Pipeline Fight He Can't Win
         Northern Gateway Pipeline Needs 6th B.C. Condition

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>FOREIGN AFFAIRS<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Activist Post<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
GM Food Safety Study Reignites Call to Overhaul Canada's Regulations

         Common Core Sample Lesson Teaches 'Evolving Nature of Constitution'
Judge upholds order demanding release of CIA torture accounts
         22 Quotes That Lay Out The Elite's Agenda
AIDS Vaccine Researcher Facing 20 Years in Prison for Fraud
         7 Simple Ways to Unclog Your Arteries Naturally
Confirmation That The Earth's Magnetic Pole Is Moving Towards Siberia
         Cryptome Attacked and Censored by ISP

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UN to Detroit: Denial of Water to Thousands 'Violates Human Rights'
         TIME on Iraq War: What Did We Do to Deserve This?
Are Bee-Friendly Plants 'Poisoning Pollinators'?
         Shredding the Fourth Amendment in Post-Constitutional America
SWAT Teams Claim 'Corporate' Exemption From Public Scrutiny
         Why the Democrats Should Hope Bernie Sanders Runs in the Presidential Primaries
Obama Requests Nearly $60 Billion to Continue Endless War
         The Plunder of Detroit and Iraq
Report: World's Oceans on Brink of Collapse
         A Secret Plan to Close Social Security's Offices and Outsource Its Work

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Information Clearing House<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
         Syrian 'Moderates' Aren't So Moderate in Iraq
Well, God bless Barack Obama - he's found some "moderate" rebels in Syria. Enough to supply them with weapons and training worth $500m.
         Fear and Loathing at Hotel Babylon By Pepe Escobar
The Empire of Chaos will keep betting on - what else - chaos.
         The Risk For Putin Cold War Renewed With A Vengeance While Washington Again Lies
As the Brzezinski and Wolfowitz doctrines make clear, Russia is the enemy whose rise to influence must be prevented at all cost.
         If Militarism Continues, Humankind is Doomed
Well-informed people know that Russia's military expenditures is 7% of NATO's. Russia is a de facto military dwarf in the 'correlation of forces.'
         Central Bank Stock Buying Binge
The market is totally rigged from stem to stern, which is why it is so hard to feign outrage at this latest sign of corruption.

         The Pitchforks Are Coming... For Us Plutocrats
I have a message for my fellow filthy rich, for all of us who live in our gated bubble worlds: Wake up, people. It won't last.
         Today's Oligarch Curtain of Lies, Theft, Death and Destruction Are Exposed As Never Before
Many of us are undergoing a fundamental change in our belief system as we come to realize what we have been taught as reality turns out anything but.
         Horror and Hope We are forced into apathy or fear of the "Other."
We turn to all sorts of justifications to normalize a world in which 165 million children are so malnourished that they are physically and cognitively stunted
         The Desperate Choices Behind Child Migration
To see things differently, it helps to put yourself in the shoes of others. Let's imagine that you are poor single mother living in Apopa, a dangerous city next door to the capital, San Salvador.
         Russia will not sit idly by as Jihadists press Iraq assault:
"The situation is very dangerous in Iraq and the foundations of the Iraqi state are under threat," he said. Ryabkov also reiterated Moscow's position that the crises in Syria and Iraq must be resolved "through a genuine national dialogue".

         Kerry: Syrian moderate rebels could help in Iraq:
Secretary of State John Kerry signaled on Friday that the U.S. hopes to enlist moderate Syrian opposition fighters that the Obama administration has reluctantly decided to arm and train in the battle against militant extremists in neighboring Iraq.
         Anti-Assad rebels said to seize 95% of Syrian Golan Heights:
Almost the entire Syrian side of the Golan Heights is now under the control of rebel forces, including radical Islamist groups, a senior Israeli military commander in the area said Friday.
         U.S. State Dept. Document Confirms Regime Change Agenda in Middle East:
MEB has obtained a just-released U.S. State Department document through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit that confirms the Obama Administration's pro-active campaign for regime change throughout the Middle East and North Africa region.
         Report: Israel tells U.S. it would act to save Jordan from Islamists:
Israeli diplomats have told their American counterparts that Israel would be prepared to take military action to save the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan if it came under attack by jihadist militants, the Daily Beast reported on Saturday.
         Force-feeding is cruel and inhuman - UN experts urge Israel not to make it legal:
"It is not acceptable to force-feed or use threats of force-feeding or other physical or psychological coercion against individuals who have opted for the extreme recourse of a hunger strike to protest against their detention without charge and conditions of detention and treatment," said the Special Rapporteur on torture

         UN security council fails to condemn Israel:
The UN security council failed for the second time to condemn Israel over its large-scale military operation in search of the three missing settlers in the West Bank. The Arab-Muslim request was tabled by Russian ambassador to the UN Vitaly Churkin during a closed session of the UN security council.
         Europe 'losing patience' over Israeli settlement policy - EU envoy:
The EU Ambassador to Israel has warned that a growing number of EU states are dissuading their citizens from doing business with companies registered in Israeli settlements; France, Italy and Spain have already joined the trend.
         EU warns against business in Israeli settlements:
The European Union is warning its citizens and companies against doing business with Israeli settlements. It says they run legal, economic and reputational risks by making deals in what the EU considers illegally occupied territory.
         US envoy for Middle East resigns amid tension:
Martin Indyk, chief negotiator for Israeli-Palestinian talks, to return to US think-tank, following talks failure.
         Who's benefiting from a never-ending Mideast peace 'process?':
The time has come to ask ourselves who the true stakeholders are in the Middle East peace 'process,' where their true interests lie and who the current status quo serves.

         'Sack Blair from Middle East peace envoy and try him at the Hague' : Video
-A group of former diplomats have written to demand Blair be fired.
         Land used for opium cultivation at historic high - UN:
Afghanistan is largely behind the increase, with its crop growing by 36 percent over a year, producing 80 percent of the world's opium.
         Kiev Is Starting a War to Avoid a Revolution: Op-Ed:
 Despite its peaceful declarations, Kiev is gradually transitioning from massacring civilians and bombing Donbas cities to direct provocations on the Russian border and attacks on diplomatic missions of the Russian Federation.
         Washington pushing Ukraine to conflict - Lavrov:
"We also have partners across the ocean - our American colleagues - who, according to a lot of evidence, still favor pushing the Ukrainian leadership towards the path of confrontation," Lavrov told Rossiya 1 channel's news show "Sergey Brilev's News on Saturday".
         Ukraine Tips From Nameless US Officials:
Good Enough for NYT: Apparently the people who know best about what's happening in Ukraine are US government officials who won't let their names be printed in the newspaper.

         US and EU leaders set Monday deadline for ceasefire terms: -
EU leaders have set Monday as the deadline for the release of prisoners in east Ukraine and for the terms of a lasting ceasefire, warning Moscow they were ready to impose further sanctions.
         UK urged to tell all on US rendition flights:
Fresh claims over use of overseas territory of Diego Garcia as secret jail for terrorist suspects
         'Sneak & peek' warrants allow police to secretly enter homes without notice:
A little-known police tactic allows cops to covertly enter private residences, perform searches, seize property, and then leave quietly without notifying the homeowner. These searches, affectionately known as "sneak and peek" warrants, have been performed at a rapidly rising rate since 9/11.

Colis suspect dans Pierrefonds-RoxboroPlus
         Le tunnel Viger est rouvert en direction ouest Plus
Pont Champlain: les résidents expropriés stupéfaitsPlus
         Disparition: la piste de la secte envisagée par les policiersPlus
Attaque à Benghazi: Ahmed Abou Khattala transféréPlus
         Une motocycliste se blesse gravement après un collisionPlus
Ukraine : une deuxième équipe de l'OSCE libéréePlus
         Bosnie: il y a 100 ans, l'attentat de SarajevoPlus
Déménager sans tracas, c'est possible?Plus
         Singapour: la diversité sexuelle défenduePlus

Les feux à ciel ouvert interdits dans plusieurs régions Plus
         Égypte: plusieurs pro-Morsi bientôt devant la justicePlus
Bolivie: l'horloge du Congrès tourne vers la gauchePlus
         Le vice-président argentin inculpé de corruptionPlus
Vietnam: condamné à mort pour 4 kg d'héroïnePlus
         Un homme de 27 ans atteint mortellement par balle à MontréalPlus
Montérégie: une entreprise de palettes de bois en feuPlus
         Un homme de 101 ans saute en parachute dans Lanaudière


1914 - 2014

Thoughts well worth pondering.


100 years since Gavrilo Princip's fateful shot: Let's learn the right lessons from history .

Today is the centenary of the day Gavrilo Princip took his little Belgian pistol to Sarajevo and blew the heir presumptive to the throne of the Austro-Hungarian empire into history.

As is well known, not long after young Princip caused the demise of Franz Ferdinand, archduke of Austria-Este and royal prince of Hungary and Bohemia, not to mention inspiration for future indie musicians, things went rapidly downhill.

Someone somewhere rolled the dice to score a strategic point or two in the Balkans -- one of which, it's been suggested, was to wedge Russia from the Triple Entente -- and the next thing you knew all of Europe was at war, resulting in casualties from that war alone of more than 37 million human beings, 16 million of them dead.

Moreover, you could argue World War II was an extension of the same conflict, so to quote Elvis Costello on the topic of the end of the world, when Princip seized the opportunity, left his coffee on the table, ambled across the street and pulled the trigger,he really started something…

Since no one much apparently expected a general European war to break out in the spring of 1914, and since know one much expects a world war to break out in the spring and summer of 2014, we have been subjected to a litany of commentary in the mainstream media wondering if, once again, the world could be on the brink of a major war without anyone having noticed.

This is actually quite a good question to ask, although not necessarily in the way the basso profundo voices of the Official Commentariat are asking it.

Unfortunately, in the word processors of the Canadian punditocracy, the question doesn't mean what the question actually asks because we live in Orwellian times, in the sense that we are in an unhappy era when almost all official and quasi-official statements mean the opposite of what they appear to say.

Thus, for example, when the Harper Government puts forward legislation called "the Protecting Children from Internet Predators Act" it means "an Act to Enable the Organs of State Security to Spy on the Government's Political Opponents." The children? Who cares about them? Certainly not Prime Minster Harper and his henchpersons!

So when the official state pundits whose work has been privatized out to Sun News Network, Postmedia News, or even the pathetic ones left at the foundering CBC, ask this question, they really mean: "What Are We Going to Do About Russia?"

The problem with Russia being, apparently, that it won't toe the line, recognize that there is only one World Superpower and therefore one World Government. Instead, Russia actually proposes to look out for its legitimate strategic interests as if this were 1946 or something.

The answers to this question the pundits have in mind are things like "More jets to Romania!" and "Ukrainian Canadians must vote Conservative!" Their war cry is "What do we want? F-35s! When do we want them? Now!" Plus, of course, "Fair Elections Act!" (See "Protecting Children from Internet Predators Act" above.)

But, as history has shown time and again, when the war poodles start to yap, you really can end up getting a lot more than the F-35s and Ukrainian-Canadian votes you bargained for.

Back in 2003, for example, when then-opposition leader Stephen Harper was yapping about how we should have stood by George W. Bush and helped the United States invade Iraq, who would have thought Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein had it right when he promised the Mother of All Battles?

By now we humans should have figured out that the first day of an invasion is almost always the best day, but that kind of wisdom was forgotten by the Great Minds of the Canadian media about the time newspapers all shut down their libraries and turned to depending on the Internet for institutional memory.

So now it is 2014, the centenary of the event that began the Great War, but only 11 years since the invasion or Iraq and 13 since NATO's intervention in the Afghan civil war, an effort in which Canada did participate at a huge cost in treasure and blood.

And what have we achieved? In Iraq, Saddam's Republican Guard is back in action, fighting for the moment alongside its future jihadist enemies, as they close in on Baghdad together. In Afghanistan, the Taliban we pledged never to tolerate, let alone to talk with, are impatiently awaiting NATO's departure so they can move back into power.

Maybe someday we'll admit that we lost both those wars, but that will require the perspective of history -- if history, and not just petroleum engineering, is still taught a generation from now.

Surely even Canada's official pundits have enough wit to sense that nothing good can come playing games with Mother Russia to achieve strategic and ideological goals -- as France did in 1812, Austria-Hungary did in 1914, and Germany tried in 1941 -- especially when we are demanding things that we, let alone our next-door neighbour, would never permit in our own back yards.

This post also appears on David Climenhaga's blog, Alberta Diary.