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Don’t Send Us your Tired and Poor….

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 11:28
More than 30 U.S. states refusing Syrian refugees on ‘shaky legal ground’ In wake of Paris attacks, governors of at least 31 U.S. states announce plans to bar Syrian refugees

By Matt Kwong, CBC News Posted: Nov 18, 2015 3:02 PM ET Last Updated: Nov 18, 2015 7:35 PM E

I am  so disgusted by US politics right now that I can’t believe I  could be any more embarrassed  by  Yankeeland than I already am…guess what?  Today I am angrier and don’t know where to channel it.

I was born in the USA of two American citizens who were just one  generation removed  from being  both refugees and immigrants…and I’m not alone.  I would have to  guess that almost all  Americans, leaving aside those who are First Nations and those who are black, whose ancestors had no options,  have immigrants in their backgrounds. No, I’m wrong, most  First Nations and Afro-Americans have immigrant ancestors as well, some unacknowledged, but nonetheless there..  I know they do, we all do..  No one can  argue the point.  The  American experience is rife with  cultural  ghettos and that  is true from  coast to coast, and with few exceptions, from  Canada to Mexico.  You are all children of immigrants, why deny the same status to those who need  help  now?

Is it fear?  Is it the ugly  Republican  penchant for spreading paranoia and race-baiting hate,  religious bigotry  or simply that these folks aren’t ‘white?’

My own family were one generation removed from both racial and religious hatred, ..paternally, Irish Catholics,  and maternally, Russian /Polish Jews…my ex-husband used to, as a joke, call me off-white (because of the Jewish connection, since his parents were Hungarian Catholics who were, ironically, also refugees to Canada in the  ’50’s, and unapologetic anti-Semites, themselves..)

The wheel never stops turning, nor  can any sane observer expect it to..but the fact that 30 States are unwilling to accept refugees of any sort is  beyond my capacity  for toleration..What on  Earth has happened to Americans?  Is  there no social progress. or social justice to be  had in that country at all, anymore?  Do the few  kind voices  get outshouted by the brainless howling  bigots?

It makes me weep to  think that I  could have  still been stuck there instead of  thankfully coming to Canada, not having to be embarrassed about  the  ugliness, denial and  narcissism  evident in the  country I was born in…and  who would have thought, even a few generations ago, that this would come to pass, that the country that grew and prospered with it’s burgeoning immigrant population would forget, so soon, what made it the  one time Promised Land for the rest of the world…now?


This Former Refugee Takes an Unsentimental Journey…

Sat, 11/21/2015 - 09:24
Senator Mobina Jaffer talks about the realities of refugee camps Jaffer tells Stephen Quinn about what she saw in her latest trip to the Middle East

By On The Coast, CBC News Posted: Nov 21, 2015 8:00 AM PT Last Updated: Nov 21, 2015 8:06 AM PT


Thank you, Senator Jaffer, for your service to Canada and the people who are the real victims in these camps..and thank you for restoring my faith in the power of women to strive for peace, to co-operate instead of compete…this article should be required reading for anyone who thinks that more killing and closing our borders is the answer to anything..

And thank you, CBC, for living up to your  mandate…I am so sickened by all the images of destruction and  soldiers with weapons brandished, it   tells me nothing has changed,  but articles  like this at least give me hope…and as a non-Liberal supporter I need to realize that  some members of their  party can be, and obviously are,  dedicated to something  beyond Con-lite policies…

Canadian Kindness Trumps Captain Combover

Fri, 11/20/2015 - 10:00
Syrian refugee family to benefit from couple cancelling big wedding Samantha Jackson, Farzin Yousefian accepted donations in lieu of gifts when they tied the knot at city hall

CBC News Posted: Nov 19, 2015 7:50 PM ET Last Updated: Nov 20, 2015 11:04 AM ET

Donald Trump says he would ‘absolutely’ implement Muslim database if elected president

The Associated Press Posted: Nov 20, 2015 9:50 AM ET Last Updated: Nov 20, 2015 11:44 AM ET

As my old  high school teachers used to say, compare and contrast these two headlines…

I grew up in the States, high school in the  ’60’s, and no potential politician would ever have been brazen enough to make such a statement back then, ..well, in the South, I suppose,  creatures like  George Wallace had no difficulty declaring war on the concept of Civil Rights, a radical idea promoted by the Kennedys at the time…

That was  60 years ago.. today, I live,  happily, in  Canada, where such language gets people fired, ideas like this  are never to cross the most rightwing politician’s lips unless couched in fear, such as Brad Wall’s ridiculous agenda-couched statement about the terrorists posing as  Syrian refugees…

Now we have Captain Combover spewing more  hatred and thrilling  his ardent bigot base with such proclamations..am I glad I left the States, way back when?  Oh, yes, you had better believe it, and at the time I considered myself at least a political refugee from the  Nixon policies of war in Vietnam..and the fact that all my school mates were coming back from ‘Nam junkies, maimed and psychologically damaged from a war they were  forced by  the draft to  participate in,   that none of them understood or believed in, only strengthened my resolve to  hate war and the causes of it (bigotry? Right up there…) and to never stop trying to encourage dialog rather than murder…

But the  Captain is playing to those who would  create hate even among their fellow citizens, so the men and women radicalized by  the mythic promise of glory through jihad must be thrilled by his proclamations, it plays to their divide and conquer strategy like a  violin…

Is  the Donald  too stupid to realize his own  weakness, the ability to manipulate his  philosophy to  help  create another level of hate in a country often torn apart by it?

Can’t say..some pundits posit that he is ‘just fooling around’ to manipulate votes…

Then there is the wonderful story of Canadians who  are only too happy to  push their own plans aside to  do ‘some great thing.’  I  was impressed to tears by the  Jackson/Yousefian  story..happy to see that members of the selfie generation, who think nothing  of blowing  thousands of dollars on an archaic ceremony/party under normal conditions, would give that up to  assist a family of  refugees…. I hate the expression ‘heartwarming’ but that is exactly what this was..and once more, so proud to be an immigrant to  Canada….and  Captain Combover only reinforces my happiness, so thanks, Donald,.

Gregor Mortis at the Hall?

Mon, 11/16/2015 - 08:57

Can Gregor Robertson keep going? New ideas needed for age-old problems of housing and transit after eventful 1st year of 3rd term

By Chad Pawson, CBC News Posted: Nov 16, 2015 7:42 AM PT Last Updated: Nov 16, 2015 8:05 AM PT


The problem at City Hall isn’t just the need for fresh blood, it’s an ongoing saga of  deadwood in the bureaucracy..
As a former civic employee, now retired, I watched over a twenty year period as the same tired sycophants progressed up the management ladder..and if you were an anti-union worker abusing type, so much the better, especially under such regimes as Sam Sullivan’s..
There has been labour peace since Robertson got elected, yes, but the same miserable rightwing bureaucrats are still there, I see some of them as spokespersons during media chats, and it is disheartening to know that they will do everything in their power to keep the old status quo going..
Not only are key positions going begging, some internal house cleaning is needed…otherwise Vancouver will continue to be in stale orbit with no progressive ideas on the biggest issue in Vancouver – affordable housing, of both kinds, rental and ownership – being made in the foreseeable future..
That  publicity-seeking hack, Gordon Price,  has set himself up to be some sort of spokesperson for the universe, but the truth is he was part of the crew that kept the corporate tools going when he was in office, as an NPA member..thankfully, they have not regained power, but they are always lurking there in the shallow end of the political swamp, waiting to resume their regime of 1%er support..do something, Gregor, while you still have a mandate.  To paraphrase  flamboyant   editorials of the past, Gregor, have to say that you might want to take a look around   the  Hall and  see just who deserves to be  given a one-way ticket to Palookaville, for their numbers are legion….

Stop Using War as a Weapon….

Sat, 11/14/2015 - 08:38
Defence minister’s marching orders: end Canada’s combat mission in Iraq, Syria Justin Trudeau delivers mandate letters to cabinet ministers mapping out their top priorities

By Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press Posted: Nov 13, 2015 12:21 PM ET Last Updated: Nov 13, 2015 4:21 PM ET

Despite all  whining from the Con losers on this subject,  Trudeau’s new defense minister has been ordered to do the right thing…

One of the reasons that Canada has remained comparatively safe  during  these  ‘troubles’ is that we have  not, until the Con regime,   officially involved ourselves in an offensive way, in the exploitation of  wars…but our  hands aren’t clean.

There are a myriad of  mining companies with  Canadian origins that are putting us in a very bad light as they  destroy the environment, exploit  Third World  workers, and conspire, hand in hand with corrupt national  leaders, to  make a fortune from natural resources while  the  citizens of those countries  gain nothing but  polluted environments.  In places like Nigeria and  Latin  America, Canadian  corps are destroying our  public  reputations with  little or no oversight…

So,  do we simply throw our hands up in the air,  or huff and puff (like Obama)  and really say nothing about the French attacks so prevalent in the news?

France has had a long history of colonization in the  Arab and Southeast Asian world…

Morocco and  Vietnam being two examples..that country  has, also,  a large population of  immigrants who are essentially ghettoized and exploited, while being shunned by many  native  French.. the results being  that  homegrown dissent is prevalent, no need to worry much about imported threats.

England faces the same challenges, and probably other  countries in Europe as well..

These chaotic ‘terrorist’ acts do not simply spring from infertile soil, fully formed. There is a  sad pattern throughout the world of the decades of pain and misery caused by the social and economic slavery of any culture..and here in  North America, we are lucky that  the backlash of our own  enslaved and  exploited populations aren’t  doing the same.

Every country involved in  these issues, and, sadly, that seems to be a majority in the so-called First World, these days,  needs to have a long hard look in the mirror, because redressing the imbalance is  probably more important than worrying about saber-rattling and revenge as a workable solution to this  ‘arbitrary’ violence and carnage.