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Harper prepares Canada for another war

by JBB last modified Sep 30, 2014 08:49 AM
Duncan Cameron | Rabble.ca | As if 10 years in Afghanistan were not enough, the Conservatives want Canadians to support another war alongside the U.S.

The link address is: http://rabble.ca/columnists/2014/09/harper-prepares-canada-another-war

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The Fake Terror Threat Used To Justify Bombing Syria

by JBB last modified Sep 30, 2014 08:47 AM
By Glenn Greenwald and Murtaza Hussain | The Intercept

The link address is: https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2014/09/28/u-s-officials-invented-terror-group-justify-bombing-syria/

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Four-Day Workweeks: Change for the Better?

by JBB last modified Sep 30, 2014 08:43 AM
by Richard D. Wolff | Truthout

The link address is: http://truth-out.org/opinion/item/26437-four-day-workweeks-change-for-the-better

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Underestimating ISIS: An Indictment of Decades of Failed US Policy in the Middle East

by JBB last modified Sep 30, 2014 08:38 AM
Larry Wilkerson, former chief of staff for Secretary of State Colin Powell, says the US military's failure to understand and adequately respond to ISIS underscores America's decades-long blunders in Iraq | The Real News

The link address is: http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12448

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Isis reconciles with al-Qaida group as Syria air strikes continue | The Guardian

by Faiz Ahmed last modified Sep 29, 2014 05:34 PM
"Isis continued to make forays along the western edge of Baghdad, where its members have been active for nine months. The Iraqi capital is being heavily defended by Shia militias, who in many cases have primacy over the Iraqi army, which surrendered the north of the country. That rout – one of the most spectacular anywhere in modern military history – gave Isis a surge of momentum and it has since seized the border with Syria, menaced Irbil, ousted minorities from the Nineveh plains and threatened the Iraqi government’s hold on the country."

The link address is: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/sep/28/isis-al-qaida-air-strikes-syria

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Iraqi soldiers describe heavy losses as Islamic State overruns camp | Reuters

by Faiz Ahmed last modified Sep 29, 2014 04:19 PM
"The raid [by Islamic State fighters] at Saqlawiya is the latest since the northern city of Mosul fell to Islamic State in June to exposes the Iraqi military's shortcomings. It followed a massacre of an army detachment at Camp Speicher in the same month, in which military recruits were led off the base unarmed and murdered in their hundreds. Like at Camp Speicher, it remains unclear how many men were present at the base in Saqlawiya and how many are now dead and missing. However one officer who survived the raid said that of an estimated 1,000 soldiers in Saqlawiya, only about 200 had managed to flee. Full story here.

Also see: Tariq Ali & Patrick Cockburn: The Rise of ISIS and the Origins of the New Middle East War | Counter Punch

"I think this is, it’s difficult to think of another example in history, where there are 300 or 350 thousand men in the Iraqi army, they’d spent 41.6 billion dollars on this army over the last three years. But it disintegrated because of an attack by maybe a couple of thousand people in Mosul. ... At the time of the fall of Mosul there are meant to be 30,000 troops there. In fact, it’s estimated that only one in three was there. Because what you did was: you joined the army, you got your full salary and then you kicked back half that salary to your officer, who spread it among the officers. They have no interest in fighting anybody; they have interest in making money out of their investment. ... I can’t think of any of such a large well-equipped army disintegrating. You could say that Saddam’s army disintegrated in ’91 when attacked by the Americans, and again in 2003. But then it was attacked by the largest military force in the world and was being bombed. So it’s not a parallel."
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Patrick Cockburn: Does David Cameron Have Any Idea What Kind of War He’s Getting Into? | Counter Punch

by Faiz Ahmed last modified Sep 29, 2014 04:07 PM
"[T]he belief system of Isis is little different from Wahhabism, the variant of Islam prevalent in Saudi Arabia. Supported by Saudi wealth, Wahhabism has gained an ever-increasing influence over mainstream Sunni Islam in the last 50 years. Politicians like Mr Cameron are much happier condemning school governors in Birmingham for religious extremism than they are complaining to the Saudi ambassador in London about the virulent sectarianism of Saudi school books."

The link address is: http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/09/26/does-david-cameron-have-any-idea-what-kind-of-war-hes-getting-into/

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Bill C-377 and Why You Should Care | Citizens' Press

by Graham H. Cox last modified Sep 29, 2014 03:01 PM
In light of the zombie status of Bill C-377, here is a reminder that Citizens' Press has collected all the relevant information about this bill here.

The link address is: http://citizenspress.org/attack-on-unions/c-377

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Social Impact Bonds: poverty reduction strategy or privatization scheme? | NB Media Coop

by Graham H. Cox last modified Sep 29, 2014 02:56 PM
"Anti-poverty advocates such as the Common Front for Social Justice do not support the use of SIBs as a way of reducing poverty and feel that increasing the minimum wage and social assistance rates would do more to alleviate poverty."

The link address is: http://nbmediacoop.org/2014/09/29/social-impact-bonds-a-poverty-reduction-strategy-or-a-privatization-scheme/

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