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Former Member of Parliament Jim Manly to join Ship to Gaza challenging Israeli blockade

Former NDP MP Jim Manly leaves Canada for Italy today, where he'll be joining the Ship to Gaza challenging the Israeli blockade.

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It's Terror Tuesday: Drones and remote control killing

Protest against drone attacks. (Photo:  Syracuse Peace Council / flickr)
It's another "Terror Tuesday," the day when Obama and his national security team gather to handpick the next alleged national security threats to be executed by remote control.

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One year after first attempt to sail, Israel still holding Canadian Boat to Gaza

July 4, 2011. Activists on board the Tahrir, which was prevented from sailing by the Greek authorities. (Photo:
One year ago today, the Canadian Boat to Gaza was denied free passage by the Greek coast guard. Israel continues to refuse to return the ship, the Tahrir, so activists are turning to legal action.

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UN defeat reflects uneasiness about Canada's shifting role

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."

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| September 17, 2014

Middle East policy in four words: 'Don't do stupid sh*t'


I'd forgotten why I find the Clintons so objectionable but Hillary got me back up to speed this week with an interview on foreign policy. She wanted to dispute Barack Obama's four-word summary of his approach, as reported in the semi-official journal, Foreign Policy: "Don't do stupid s---." He was responding to journalists on Air Force One who said he doesn't have a foreign policy. Later references paraphrased it as "Don't do stupid stuff," with a nudge/wink on "stuff." Hillary disagreed: "Great nations need organizing principles, and 'Don't do stupid stuff' is not an organizing principle." I'm here to say I think it's a great one.

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| April 21, 2014
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| December 2, 2013

The General's Son: Miko Peled tours Canada with call for one-state solution in Israel-Palestine

Sometimes you find yourself chatting with someone where there is disagreement. And so your strongly held beliefs get challenged -- which is not always a bad thing.

That is what happened to me recently with my telephone conversation with Israeli-American Miko Peled, author of The General's Son: Journey of an Israeli in Palestine, now on a cross-Canada tour sponsored by Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East.

As a Jew who hesitates to define himself in the debates about the Middle East, it is my feeling that a two state solution for Israelis and Palestinians seems preferable since it appears to be the most doable and realistic, even the under the current difficult political situation.


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