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Our Enemy, Ourselves Ten Commonsense Suggestions for Making Peace, Not War PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 04 February 2018 20:35

Ten Commonsense Suggestions for Making Peace, Not War - By William J. Astore

Whether the rationale is the need to wage a war on terror or renewed preparations for a struggle against peer competitors Russia and China  (as Defense Secretary James Mattis suggested recently while introducing America’s new National Defense Strategy), the U.S. military is engaged globally.  A network of military bases spread across 172 countries helps enable its wars and interventions.  By the count of the Pentagon, at the end of the last fiscal year about 291,000 personnel (including reserves and Department of Defense civilians) were deployed in 183 countries worldwide, which is the functional definition of a military .  Lady Liberty may temporarily close when the U.S. government grinds to a halt, but the country’s foreign military commitments, especially its wars, just keep humming along.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 February 2018 20:42
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Fort McKay First Nation Fights for ‘Last Refuge’ Amidst Oilsands Development PDF Print E-mail
Justice News
Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 09 February 2018 09:35

 

Moose Lake

First elected to lead Fort McKay First Nation in northeast Alberta more than three decades ago, Boucher has made a name for his cooperative relationship with industry, which includes launching a sizable oilsands service conglomerate, denouncing environmentalists and purchasing a 34 per cent stake in a $1 billion Suncor bitumen storage terminal.

But now, a proposed 10,000 barrel per day oilsands project is threatening to infringe on a nearby sacred region called Moose Lake that serves as the First Nation’s “key cultural heartland” and is shared with the local Métis community for traditional activities. And Boucher is speaking out against the project — specifically targeting the provincial NDP for failing to finalize a management plan that would restrict development in the area prior to the regulatory hearings.

This government does not want to do an agreement with Fort McKay,” said Boucher in an interview with DeSmog Canada, during a break in the Alberta Energy Regulator hearings. “We’ve had discussions with them. As a result of these discussions, we have gone nowhere in terms of trying to resolve our issues with respect to the integrity of Moose Lake.”

A spokesperson for Alberta’s environment and parks department didn’t provide a response before deadline.

Last Updated on Friday, 09 February 2018 09:41
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'Morally Bankrupt' Budget: After $1.5 Trillion Gift to Rich, Trump Demands $1.7 Trillion in Safety Net Cuts PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Saturday, 17 February 2018 10:05

"Millions of Americans will lose access to life-saving programs because the GOP gave $1.5 trillion in tax cuts to the rich."  After $1.5 Trillion Gift to Rich, Trump Demands $1.7 Trillion in Safety Net Cuts

Staff members display recently released printed copies of U.S. President Donald Trump's fiscal year 2019 budget at the House Budget Committee on Capitol Hill February 12, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Staff members display recently released printed copies of U.S. President Donald Trump's fiscal year 2019 budget at the House Budget Committee on Capitol Hill February 12, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Those wondering how President Donald Trump plans to pay for the $1.5 trillion in tax cuts for the rich he signed into law last year got their answer on Monday, when the White House unveiled its 2019 budget (pdf) blueprint that calls for $1.7 trillion in cuts to crucial safety net programs over the next decade—including $237 billion in cuts to Medicare alone.

"Millions of Americans will lose access to life-saving programs because the GOP gave $1.5 trillion in tax cuts to the rich." 

Last Updated on Sunday, 18 February 2018 13:16
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14-point rebuttal to Keith Baldrey after he praises John Horgan for kicking Site C dam critics to the curb PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Saturday, 13 January 2018 12:20

by Charlie Smith on January 13th, 2018 at 9:08 AM

https://www.straight.com/news/1018766/14-point-rebuttal-keith-baldrey-after-he-praised-john-horgan-kicking-site-c-dam-critics

 

 

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  • Keith Baldrey is not only a political journalist with Global B.C., he's also a syndicated columnist for Glacier Media and a commentator on CKNW Radio.KEITH BALDREY

Baldreydash.

That's probably what some opponents of the Site C dam are thinking after reading a tweet from Global B.C. reporter Keith Baldrey defending Premier John Horgan's decision to complete the $10.7-billion Site C dam.

The man with the most Twitter followers in the B.C. press gallery chortled "Oh boo hoo. Boo hoo hoo" to those who believe media coverage was a factor in the government's evaluation on whether to proceed.

 

"Media coverage had VERY LITTLE to do with final decision," Baldrey declared to critics of the massive hydroelectric project. "Horgan has kicked you to the curbside, which is smart politics (given your tiny constituency)."

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Martyn Brown: Justin Trudeau declares war on British Columbia PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Saturday, 03 February 2018 16:23

2:38 PM Georgia Strait

Martyn Brown: Justin Trudeau declares war on British Columbia"

Alberta premier Rachel Notley and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's alliance on pipelines could cause federal Liberal fortunes to crash in B.C.

"That pipeline is going to get built," Justin Trudeau on Edmonton’s CHED radio.

"We will stand by our decision. We will ensure that the Kinder Morgan pipeline gets built."

With that, Canada’s prime minister has declared war on British Columbia’s efforts to stop that widely unwanted project, which our provincial government has taken new actions to frustrate, further to its other announced and ongoing efforts.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 February 2018 21:11
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