As for those of us whose Muslim communities are on the other side of this celebratory moment – those whose mosques are vandalized, whose religious scholars are regularly interrogated by state officials, whose youth are infiltrated by informants, whose charities are barred from operating – we don’t need a multi-million dollar museum. We need an end to Canadian support for war and occupation, an end to the policing of our communities, an end to surveillance and complicity in torture, an end to anti-Muslim legislation. And to Stephen Harper and the Aga Khan: we reject your glorification of a state that does not exist for our protection, and your pride in the close cooperation between your two institutions of power.

Why We Don’t Need an Islamic Art Museum | Mostly Water (via clingtomymouth) (via livingathomenow)

Thank you for posting this you two.  I strongly recommend that every Canadian Muslim reads this entire article.

azspot

azspot:

Brian Casler, a corporal in the Marines, spoke of witnessing the prevalent dehumanizing outlook soldiers took toward Iraqis during the invasion of Iraq.

“… on these convoys, I saw Marines defecate into MRE bags or urinate in bottles and throw them at children on the side of the road,” he stated.

Scott Ewing, who served in Iraq from 2005-2006, admitted on one panel that units intentionally gave candy to Iraqi children for reasons other than “winning hearts and minds.

“There was also another motive,” Ewing said. “If the kids were around our vehicles, the bad guys wouldn’t attack. We used the kids as human shields.”

Don’t let the title deceive you: I’m not. (I didn’t even think Quebecers were intolerant? go figure.)

It’s just that after reading this article, I have to say something about the extremely disturbing and unsettling vibe of anti-Muslim sentiment that’s surfacing in Canada with each passing event or controversy surrounding Muslims or Islam. (Don’t take my word for it, just check the comments of the above article, you won’t be dissapointed; it’s one of the reasons i chose this article in particular.)

Although this particular article is written in regards to the event in Quebec where a certain Muslim female youth was ultimately expelled for being uncooperative with her school, and the result now is a Niqab Bill trying to be passed in Quebec’s provincial government. The details of this case are telling but don’t reflect a black and white image that people are mistaking, and of these details i will elaborate later because how i feel about this case i’m not yet sure of. Something still must be said of what people are saying about this situation. I understand this article is from Macleans, a right-wing conservative leaning magazine and that perhaps most of its readers reflect this position, but this by no means justifies the hostile attitude expressed by readers and columnists towards Muslims and Islam. Steyn states some pretty offensive and intolerant views and this trickles into his readers, some of which already have a decent intolerant fire burning inside of them. This perpetuation of hostility creates an atmosphere of hate and that’s not the kind of air people should be taking in.

It just scares me that people who really don’t know anything about a faith and a people, and who are so deceived by a stereotype, or a misrepresented or over exaggerated scenario are so quick to speak demonize and villainize a people. All this talk recently about the importance of free speech comes into question again because free speech is important, for in Canada we indeed value free speech but all these people want to express is sheer hate speech about something they don’t know or wish to understand. Declaring obscenities under the guise of free speech shouldn’t be taken so lightly and journalists should be held accountable for the things they manifest and spread.

alright that study break took longer than expected, now back to the books.

mattpayton
Obama to Open Offshore Areas to Oil Drilling for First Time - NYTimes.com

Oh Barack, you must’ve watched the 2008 RNC convention as an actual rally instead of a brilliant satire. This backdrop makes Bush’s aircraft carrier look subtle by the way.

This is from the article:

It is not known how much potential fuel lies in the areas opened to  exploration, although according to Interior Department estimates there  could be as much as a three-year supply of recoverable oil and more than  two years’ worth of natural gas, at current rates of consumption. But  those estimates are based on seismic data that is, in some cases, more  than 30 years old. 
Wow - a whole 3 years! That’s so forward looking. So we have to wait until 2014 for the health care bill to take full effect, but we’re going to fuck with the southern eastern seaboard for oil that will last as long as the gap between Wes Anderson movies?
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Obama to Open Offshore Areas to Oil Drilling for First Time - NYTimes.com

Oh Barack, you must’ve watched the 2008 RNC convention as an actual rally instead of a brilliant satire. This backdrop makes Bush’s aircraft carrier look subtle by the way.

This is from the article:

It is not known how much potential fuel lies in the areas opened to exploration, although according to Interior Department estimates there could be as much as a three-year supply of recoverable oil and more than two years’ worth of natural gas, at current rates of consumption. But those estimates are based on seismic data that is, in some cases, more than 30 years old.

Wow - a whole 3 years! That’s so forward looking. So we have to wait until 2014 for the health care bill to take full effect, but we’re going to fuck with the southern eastern seaboard for oil that will last as long as the gap between Wes Anderson movies?

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vruz
John McCain is perhaps a perfect metaphor for the Republican Party at this point in its history: old, white, obsolete, tired, hot tempered, frustrated, and lacking new ideas, creative solutions, or 21st century thinking. It doesn’t have to be this way. A fresher thinking GOP, views like those of Kathleen Parker, Colin Powell, Christopher Buckley, David Frum, etc. could adapt to the times. However, instead of concern over losing moderate and independent voters when it purges “moderation,” the Republican Party is terrified of losing its base. Why concern over the base but not moderates? I have the answer, and David Frum captured it perfectly, “we’re discovering we work for Fox News.”
REFLECTING ON THE BUDGET: Britain’s Chancellor of the Exchequer Alistair Darling, fourth from left reflected in a puddle, prepared to deliver a budget to the House of Commons in London Wednesday. Mr. Darling said the budget would “secure the recovery,” trim borrowing and expand a tax break for home buyers. He also announced a $3.8 billion one-time growth package. (Stefan Wermuth/Reuters)
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REFLECTING ON THE BUDGET: Britain’s Chancellor of the Exchequer Alistair Darling, fourth from left reflected in a puddle, prepared to deliver a budget to the House of Commons in London Wednesday. Mr. Darling said the budget would “secure the recovery,” trim borrowing and expand a tax break for home buyers. He also announced a $3.8 billion one-time growth package. (Stefan Wermuth/Reuters)

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Interesting Article. I’m hoping it was but the long-term economic effects will be the last word probably. Although the many protests during the Olympics that weren’t given any attention in the media were pretty telling; the local groups seemed to be pretty convinced that the Olympics were a horribly bad idea for the City. I guess only time will tell?

rassilon:

Canadians living in British Columbia, Ontario and the Atlantic provinces will no longer have access to walk-in or telephone services at a CHRC office even remotely close to where they live. The urban centres where the CHRC offices are being closed represent a high percentage of racialized people. In fact, 60 per cent of all racialized people in Canada live in Vancouver, Toronto and Halifax.

10 bucks says that if someone threw a shoe at Harper, he couldn’t dodge it. with that said, shoe-throwing reporters of the world heed my call: your talents are desperately needed in Canada. hurrrrry.

douglashaddow
thepublics:

Gaza’s tragically peculiar economy
When I was in Gaza in January I had an opportunity to both speak with tunnel operators and view the tunnels themselves. One can’t help but be struck by how ubiquitous the tunnel trade has become. Most of what one buys in Gaza seems to have come through a tunnel: shoes, clothing, chocolate bars, utensils, appliances. Even fiancés, livestock, automobiles, and a lion have been brought into Gaza this way. (The drugged but uncaged lion, it seems, woke up part way across. After puzzling how to recapture it, smugglers built two halves of a makeshift cage, which were then separately lowered into the tunnel from the Gaza and Egyptian ends, and very, very carefully pushed together.)
DH: Illuminating article on Gaza’s tunnel politics from McGill’s Dr. Rex Brynen.

thepublics:

Gaza’s tragically peculiar economy

When I was in Gaza in January I had an opportunity to both speak with tunnel operators and view the tunnels themselves. One can’t help but be struck by how ubiquitous the tunnel trade has become. Most of what one buys in Gaza seems to have come through a tunnel: shoes, clothing, chocolate bars, utensils, appliances. Even fiancés, livestock, automobiles, and a lion have been brought into Gaza this way. (The drugged but uncaged lion, it seems, woke up part way across. After puzzling how to recapture it, smugglers built two halves of a makeshift cage, which were then separately lowered into the tunnel from the Gaza and Egyptian ends, and very, very carefully pushed together.)

DH: Illuminating article on Gaza’s tunnel politics from McGill’s Dr. Rex Brynen.

"During the 1960 Christmas season, Americans flocked to the theaters to see Exodus, a 3-1/2 hour epic featuring romance, handsome freedom fighters and the triumph of Jewish destiny over Arab evil—all set against a Yuletide backdrop of Biblical prophecy as heroic Jews returned to their promised land.

Many moviegoers failed to realize that Exodus was not fact but fiction adapted from a 1958 Leon Uris novel, the biggest bestseller since Gone with the Wind. Directed by Otto Preminger and starring a young Paul Newman and Eva Marie Saint, the film featured Lee J. Cobb, Rat Pack member Peter Lawford and Italian crooner Sal Mineo, a teen heartthrob who received an Oscar nomination for his portrayal of a Jewish émigré.

Then as now, Americans are easily swayed by sympathetic portrayals of an extremist enclave granted nation-state recognition by Harry Truman. A Christian-Zionist who had famously read the Bible cover-to-cover five times by age 15, Truman was a True Believer in the prophecy that the Messiah could not return until the Israelites returned to their ancestral home.”

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Fired UN Official Peter Galbraith Accuses the United Nations of Helping Cover Up Electoral Fraud Committed by Afghan President Hamid Karzai

Last week, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon fired the top American diplomat at the United Nations in Afghanistan, Peter Galbraith. Galbraith had accused his boss at the UN mission in Afghanistan, Norwegian diplomat Kai Eide, of helping cover up electoral fraud and being biased in favor of Hamid Karzai. Galbraith has described the Afghan election as a “foreseeable train wreck” and says the election has “handed the Taliban its greatest strategic victory in eight years of fighting the United States and its Afghan partners.”