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