After its humiliating rejection at the UN last week, the Harper government wasted no time in signalling it didn't plan to pay the slightest attention to the judgment of the world's nations.
Perhaps it is too much to expect some humility -- or even a moment of reflection -- in Ottawa after the international community declined for the first time ever to grant Canada's bid for a seat on the UN Security Council.
Like a kid who can't get along with the other kids in the sandbox, our prime minister promptly implied he never wanted to play with them anyway, that he wasn't interested in winning "based on popularity." Meanwhile, Conservative commentators suggested Canada's rejection by the world's nations amounted to a "moral victory."
When Tony Blair and John McCain, the right-wing U.S. Republican, along with Rupert Murdoch's Times, are the cheerleaders for greater intervention in Syria, then you know there's nothing humanitarian about it.
Instead, the people who brought us Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and all the disasters that accompanied them, are doing it again. And they have to be stopped.
The United Nations Human Rights Council (UN HRC) adopted a draft resolution last week that is being criticized for "watering down" language that protects victims of sexual violence globally. Canada chairs the negotiations of the UN's Human Rights Council resolution on violence against women. Activists reprimanded Canada for putting forth proposals that are regressive and a threat to women's health.
Gaza -- 46 years ago this month, Israel seized East Jerusalem, the home of many significant holy sites for Muslims, Christians and Jews, as well as the proposed capital for any future Palestinian state. Since then, Israel has increasingly undertaken measures -- the placing of restrictions on Palestinian movement, the construction of a separation wall, the confiscation of Palestinian land, and the building of Jewish-only settlements -- that are threatening to push out the Palestinian presence in Jerusalem entirely.
What is the future likely to bring? A reasonable stance might be to try to look at the human species from the outside. So imagine that you're an extraterrestrial observer who is trying to figure out what's happening here or, for that matter, imagine you're an historian 100 years from now -- assuming there are any historians 100 years from now, which is not obvious -- and you're looking back at what's happening today. You'd see something quite remarkable.