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Walking and chewing gum at the same time

Daniel D. Veniez
Nov 25th, 2010

In a speech in Toronto yesterday, Bob Rae, the Liberal party of Canada’s foreign affairs critic, ripped into Stephen Harper’s foreign policy as simplistic and dangerous. He said that said the government is “treating foreign policy like a tool of domestic politics,” which leads to decisions being distorted.

“In the spin-cycle world they inhabit, the Conservatives have attempted to turn foreign policy into a giant playing field for domestic politics. This skews every decision, from the Middle East to Asia to Africa. Anyone who disagrees is smeared – as anti-Israel, anti-Canadian or worse.”

Rae said the Harper Conservatives has tarnished Canada’s reputation as a leader on human rights. It’s also a problem of having, as Bob suggests, “a shortage of ideas, few people of talent and ability and a government that sees the world in simplistic terms: good guys and bad guys, more money for weapons, less for aid, and on it goes.”

Mission in Afghanistan is "doomed" and a "waste," says George Galloway

Chris Shaw
Nov 23rd, 2010

Former British M.P. George Galloway

A capacity crowd of over 1000 people filled St. Andrew's-Wesley church last night as former British M.P George Galloway berated the Canadian government for barring his entry into Canada and for Canadian policies in the Middle East.  A half a dozen protesters opposing his views stood outside in the cold.
 
The widely advertised speech organized by local antiwar activists in the StopWar organization had seen various local endorsers drop out at the last moment citing concerns about Galloway's "controversial" nature. Included were members of the provincial NDP and the Suzuki Foundation.

Living In Kabul

John Doubelina
Mar 19th, 2010

Kabul as portrayed in a photograph from Wikipedia's creative commons collection

A huge blast shook the building, waking us both in the early morning hours. 

At first I thought it was an earthquake, then realized it was a bomb attack.

The sounds of nearby machine gun fire soon followed and my lover, CB, jumped out of bed to look out the window. I quickly told her to get down and get out of the room with me as the windows faced the street and the sounds of the attack.

Bullets could go through the window at any moment.  Shaking with fear we called our security officer for details and advice.

A week later, we’re having a divine lunch at the exclusive Kabul Serena hotel. The buffet is scrumptious, with tempera, sushi, freshly made omelets, mains of beef lamb, chicken, and a table full of delicious deserts. Obsequious waiters in local costumes cater to our very need as we leisurely dine and read our books over the course of our three-hour repast.

Such are the extremes of living and working in Kabul.

There’s always a bit of anxiety when going out in Kabul.

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