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What Harry Said. Erdogan, Harper – Soul Brothers

Posted November 26, 2014 by The Mound of Sound

Former diplomat Harry Sterling looks at Turkey’s thuggish leader Recep Erdogan and sees much that reminds him of our own prime ministerial punk, Stephen Harper.

While Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan obviously come from different backgrounds, both managed to not only polarize their populations and undermine national unity, but also have damaged their nations’ international standing in the process.
In Harper’s case, he not only has polarized the Canadian population by his divisive policies, he’s also alienated foreign nations, some of whom traditionally had positive views of Canada and its international policies.
Whereas previous Canadian governments were often viewed positively by other governments, especially Canada’s attempts to pursue well-thought-out and balanced policies, this changed dramatically under Harper.
…The prime minister’s confrontational performance on the world stage reached the point where other countries alienated by his often-negative role on global affairs reached the point where, for the first time, Canada’s candidacy for a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council failed to obtain enough votes.
It was a direct rebuke of his government’s controversial international policies, including his unquestioning support for Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestinian land, major cutbacks in aid to African nations, plus obstruction of international co-operation on global climate change.
Interestingly, the recent failure of Turkey to become a temporary member of the UN Security Council also turned out to be a direct result of Erdogan’s highly personal and dubious policies both at home and abroad.
Like Harper, Erdogan — recently elected president — has never suffered from lack of self-esteem. He, too, has difficulty accepting criticism or the idea that others might also have views worthy of respect.
Despite their diminished international standing, both leaders seemingly have managed to prove the widespread view that, in the final analysis, most political elections are ultimately determined by local considerations and not significantly affected by international issues.
Erdogan seemingly proved that by winning the presidency in April.
And despite his dubious foreign-policy image, Harper apparently expects his Conservatives to win again during Canada’s forthcoming election.
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The Disaffected Lib: What Harry Said. Erdogan, Harper – Soul Brothers

Posted November 26, 2014 by The Mound of Sound

Former diplomat Harry Sterling looks at Turkey’s thuggish leader Recep Erdogan and sees much that reminds him of our own prime ministerial punk, Stephen Harper.

While Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan obviously come from different backgrounds, both managed to not only polarize their populations and undermine national unity, but also have damaged their nations’ international standing in the process. In Harper’s case, he not only has polarized the Canadian population by his divisive policies, he’s also alienated foreign nations, some of whom traditionally had positive views of Canada and its international policies. Whereas previous (Read more…) . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: What Harry Said. Erdogan, Harper – Soul Brothers

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Obama – the guest from Hell

Posted November 25, 2014 by JR

Mathew Fisher:

There are ominous parallels in how U.S. President Barack Obama deliberately humiliated Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott … and how the American leader has kept Prime Minister Stephen Harper waiting at the altar for several years by withholding approval of the XL Keystone pipeline.

… Obama has cavalierly threatened close ties with two of the few countries the U.S. has always counted on when the world has gone berserk.

… Obama ignored the advice of his own embassy in Canberra that such a commentary would badly damage relations. Moreover, Obama failed to mention to Abbott his desire to deliver a speech in Australia during several long conversations that the two men had at the APEC leaders’ summit two weeks ago in Beijing.

…  Ignoring diplomatic protocol when visiting a friendly country, the White House refused to give its hosts a copy of the president’s speech or even a summary of what was in it.

What Obama did at the University of Queensland was intervene in this country’s often intense internal debate about climate change.

… the Abbott government was left fuming about their visitor’s insults

… Obama’s comments in Brisbane made a total nonsense of the White House’s stated intention …

the preaching and disloyaltyis immensely unhelpful at a time when China and India are ascendant, the Russian bear is marauding through Ukraine and threatening Georgia, Moldova, the Baltic states and Poland, and the Middle East is becoming an increasingly unpredictable cauldron of dysfunctional states.

Talk about guests from Hell!  Let’s face it, the man is a complete a**h*le, and a dangerous one at that.  Two more years is a long time to have a rogue American president on the loose.

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Whether You Support Pipelines or Not, Here’s Something We Can Surely Agree On.

Posted November 23, 2014 by The Mound of Sound

No secret I’m opposed to both Kinder Morgan and Northern Gateway.  A sizeable majority of British Columbians are of the same mind but a significant minority supports the pipeline initiatives.  In situations like this it can be helpful to seek…

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You May Know a Man By the Company He Keeps

Posted November 20, 2014 by The Mound of Sound

There’s much to be learned by exploring the type of persons our prime minister seeks out; the gaggle of fixers, hustlers, punks, pocket liners, bullies and reprobates who surround him. Here, in no particular order, are but a few.  The Sullied.Fant…

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Talking tough

Posted November 19, 2014 by Boris

The cupboardly man is talking tough regarding two regions of the world with the potential to blow-up. Ukraine-Russia and Israel-Palestine are flirting with major war and insurrection.

Our PM may think it is low risk to mouth-off to Putin or declare so…

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Soft targets and red herrings

Posted November 17, 2014 by Boris

The mentally questionable individual who posed as a decorated jumper from the RCR is a soft target and irrelevant. The scorn presently being heaped on him from military circles is unsurprising, but Mr. Gervais is a red herring. Stephen Harper has worn …

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Latest poll shows a continuing travesty

Posted November 16, 2014 by JR

A Nanos poll released Nov 12th …… has Stephen Harper taking the lead as Canada’s preference for PM. Well, that’s good one supposes, but that Trudeau’s numbers remain anywhere near Harper’s is a continuing travesty that reflects very poorly on …

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Canada and Australia, alone in the world

Posted November 16, 2014 by Boris

G20 Summit lead-up, 2020

The world was not shocked today when the remaining G20 countries declined to extend meeting invitations to Canada and Australia over their stance on climate change. The intransigent position on fossil fuels taken by the nation…

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Harper to Putin: “Get out of Ukraine”

Posted November 15, 2014 by JR

At the G20 summit:

Reluctantly accepting Putin’s hand, Harper was said to have told him: “I’ll shake your hand, but I only have one thing to say to you: Get out of Ukraine.”

Putin’s terse rejoinder was “that’s impossible because we are not there,” the Russian leader’s spokesman later told Canadian journalists. … This is total nonsense. …

More at Metanoodle.

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Stephen Harper’s Ottawa speech.

Posted October 23, 2014 by Boris

“We are also reminded that attacks on our security personnel and our
institutions of governance are by their very nature attacks on our
country, on our values, on our society, on us Canadians as a free and
democratic people who embrace human dign…

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The Ottawa attacks and ISIS: A strategy?

Posted October 23, 2014 by Boris

The following assumes ISIS is the motivator.

It is interesting that the attacks in St. Jean and Ottawa focussed exclusively on military and political targets, not specifically civilians (although two were apparently wounded yesterday). Three times (…

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Climate Change

Canadian carbon bubble

Posted October 15, 2014 by Boris

Mark Carney, present Bank of England governor, former Bank of Canada governor thinks we’re in a fossil energy price bubble. If the world reaches a global climate deal, fossil fuel reserves are "unburnable" and therefore pretty much valueless. Indeed, divestment is already fast catching on.If this happens, the Tar Sands, Canada’s single economic bet, becomes nothing more than icky oily sand of use

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Canada in Iraq: Suppressing fire

Posted October 5, 2014 by Boris

So Harper announces that he’s sending six very old fighter airframes to Iraq (the desert is very hard on advanced fighter aircraft and takes years off airframe life), along with Aurora surveillance and other assets. These are essentially providing air …

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Ethics

Harper’s politics of cynicism….

Posted September 7, 2014 by trashee

… and an empty shelf in the pantry where “ethics” used to be… Wandering around the Interweb, I found this cutting piece that brilliantly sums up the CPC modus operandi as follows: The Harper Government is a public relations oriented government. The machine seems to operate in the following manner; get the youngsters in the […]

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