Nothing Sez ‘Common Ground’ Like Hatin’ teh JOOZ

by matttbastard

Awesome:

This January, a week after Barack Obama’s Inauguration, a conference called “Holocaust? A Sacred Lie by the West” was held in Tehran. Ahmadinejad, in a greeting that he sent to the conference, said that Zionists had “ensnared many politicians and parties.” In a follow-up statement, he added, “An incident known as 9/11 occurred. It is not yet clear who carried it out, who collaborated with them, and who paved the way for them. The event took place, and—like in the case of the Holocaust—they sealed it off, refusing to allow objective research groups to find out the truth.”

Iasked Thomas Pickering why Ahmadinejad had chosen that moment to talk so provocatively about the Holocaust. “I think he probably felt encouraged by the Pope,” Pickering replied, referring to the news that week that Benedict XVI had lifted an excommunication order on a British bishop and Holocaust denier. (The Pope later asked the bishop to recant.)

Heartwarming. Who says the Vatican has been backsliding on JPII’s ecumenical outreach efforts? Heckuva job, Ratzi.

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PSA: Canadian Hiroshima/Nagasaki Day Events (Updated)

by matttbastard

Via Canadian Peace Alliance:

Hiroshima/Nagasaki Day Events

Please join one of the 12 Hiroshima/Nagasaki commemorations this week. The full events listings are available at: http://www.acp-cpa.ca/en/HiroshimaDay.htm

BRANDON

The First Annual Japanese Lantern Ceremony for World Peace
Where: Keystone Centre YMCA Pool on 13th Street
When: Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Time: 7:30 PM

CALGARY

Hiroshima and Nagasaki Memorial

Thursday, August 7, 2008, 7pm – 9pm
Calgary Area Outdoor Council, Large Room on 2nd floor
(wheelchair access to 2nd floor, 1111 Memorial Drive NW)

– We may watch movie with colour footage of the devastation.
– Speeches
– Lantern ceremony with glow in the dark non-flame, non-flammable
lanterns.

CASTLEGAR, BC

This year we gather on Zuckerberg Island, Wednesday, August 6 at 6:00 pm to both commemorate Hiroshima and Nagasaki but also to listen to our minstrels of peace and hear from the Mayor of Hiroshima and other voices of reason in our troubled world.

Kootenay Region Branch of the        United Nations Association in Canada (KRUNA)

2600 Columbia Avenue
Castlegar, B.C., V1N 2X6
250-365-7180

GRAND FORKS

Grand Forks City Park at 1 pm on Saturday, August 9th to commemorate the victims of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and mourn today’s victims from ‘Depleted Uranium’ radiological weapons, tanks, vests, bullets and bombs.

We urge you to join us on August 9th at 1 pm in City Park for speakers, entertainment and a Auction. The auction is to raise funds to support our work and encourage all to donate items and then make generous bids.

We thank all who have given of their time, energy and funds in the past and look forward to your continued participation at events and regular meetings in Selkirk College on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month.

For inquiries please phone Laura at 250-442-0430.

On behalf of the Boundary Peace Initiative: member of B.C. Southern Interior Peace Coalition, Canadian Peace Alliance, Uranium Free Kootenay Boundary, Uranium Free B.C., Abolition 2000, Lawyers Against the War, and an affiliate of Fellowship of Reconciliation.

HAMILTON

Wednesday, August 6th 2008, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
The Hamilton Spectator Auditorium, 44 Frid Street, Hamilton
Help Eliminate Nuclear Weapons Everywhere!

Presented by the Hamilton Chapter of Project Ploughshares, a national, ecumenical, non-profit organization; part of the Canadian Council of Churches working to transform a world of violence into a world of enduring peace and security.
Co-sponsored by Amnesty International Group No. 1 in Hamilton; Group No. 8 at McMaster University and Group No. 21 in Burlington; the Hamilton Mundialization Committee; Children’s International Learning Centre; United Nations Association in Canada; Gandhi Peace Festival; Physicians for Global Survival; Interfaith Council for Refugees and Human Rights; Centre for Peace Studies at McMaster University; The Hamilton Culture of Peace Network.

Everyone is invited to this very important and informative presentation
For information call Leonor Sorger at 905-528-7988, Reverend Linda Nash 905 387-9783
Project Ploughshares: www.projectploughshares.ca

MIDLAND

Peaceworks Midland will hold a commemorative service at the Peace Garden in Penetanguishene at 5.30 on August 6. Bring some food for a picnic and be inspired by the Orillia Raging Grannies. There will be a hands on workshop on making origami cranes.

For further information contact peace_works@hotmail.com

NORTH BAY

The North Bay Peace Alliance will host an event commemorating the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

The gathering will be held on the 63rd anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima, Japan on August 6 on the steps of North Bay City Hall (McIntyre Street, between Wyld and Sherbourne Streets) between 8 and 9 p.m. Everyone is welcome.

For more information please call 497 0373.

OTTAWA

EVENT DETAILS (SATURDAY, AUGUST 9th):
6:30pm: meet at Friends House (91 A Fourth St in The Glebe) to decorate laterns
7:30pm: film screening and discussion @ Friends House on the threat posed by nuclear weapons
8:30pm: march to float and light the laterns (location to be announced shortly)

The Ottawa Peace Assembly

SASKATOON

Commemorate Hiroshima Day, Wednesday August 6 at Rotary Park Peace Pole, 12-1 pm

Program includes Mayor Don Atchison, Mayors for Peace • Reverend Hiraku Iwai • Jillian Cyca, Artist • John Crawford, Project Ploughshares

ELIMINATE NUCLEAR WEAPONS FOREVER

For more information, call (306) 384-4134

Building peace in our families, communities, and world. www.saskatoonpeace.tk

TORONTO

See Hiroshima Day Coalition for more information

The Toronto Hiroshima Day Coalition (THDC) cordially invites you to attend the unveiling of the powerful exhibition of photographs from the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the Rotunda inside Toronto City Hall on Wednesday, August 6th, 2008 at 5:30 pm.

The exhibit runs from August 6th -11th, 2008 in conjunction with the “Paths to Hope” Peace Commemoration and Lantern Ceremony on Saturday, August 9th, 2008 at the Toronto Peace Garden, Nathan Phillips Square beginning at 6:30 pm.

To RSVP for the August 6th, 2008 unveiling of the Hiroshima & Nagasaki Photo Exhibition at the Rotunda, Toronto City Hall, please contact Helen Chilas, National Coordinator of the Canadian Voice of Women for Peace, via email h-chilas@rogers.com or cell at 416-473-8238

Note: If you would like to reserve a table at the Hiroshima Nagasaki Day Annual Peace Commemoration and Lantern Ceremony (August 9th at the Toronto Peace Garden, Nathan Phillips Square), please contact Dr. Barbara Birkett with Physicians for Global Survival at bbirkett@interlog.com.

VANCOUVER

HIROSHIMA MEMORIAL PEACE LANTERN CEREMONY

Mayor Derrick Corrigan reading of the Burnaby City proclamation,

Free family event with Music, Speakers and Floating Lanterns

Wednesday Aug 6 7:30 to 9:30 pm
South Pond, Central Park, Bby
Parking N. side of Imperial, just E. of Boundary Road

Related events: Powell Street Festival – Sat. Aug. 2nd & Sun. Aug. 3rd includes a showing of Hiroshima/Nagasaki exhibit panels, along with beautiful embroidered quilts, which show the wording of the Renunciation of War in Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution; now threatened with repeal.

Presented by Veterans Against Nuclear Arms, Lanterns for Peace and Vancouver Save Article 9 – for info. call 604-325-8824, email lanterns@shaw.ca

Sponsored by: Veterans Against Nuclear Weapons
Endorsed by: STOPWAR.ca, World Peace Forum, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, & Peace and Philosophy Centre in Vancouver
Contact: David Laskey laskey8824-at-shaw.ca

WINNIPEG

Where: Memorial Park, Winnipeg
When: Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Time: 7:30 PM

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PSA: Canadian Hiroshima/Nagasaki Day Events

by matttbastard

Via Canadian Peace Alliance:

There are 8 cities planning events for Hiroshima/Nagasaki Days this week. Please check the listings and join events calling for the abolition of nuclear weapons worldwide.

Any new event postings can be sent to cpa@web.ca to be posted on the website at http://www.acp-cpa.ca/en/HiroshimaDay.htm

Hiroshima/Nagasaki Day Events

BRANDON

The First Annual Japanese Lantern Ceremony for World Peace
Where: Keystone Centre YMCA Pool on 13th Street
When: Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Time: 7:30 PM

CALGARY

Hiroshima and Nagasaki Memorial

Thursday, August 7, 2008, 7pm – 9pm
Calgary Area Outdoor Council, Large Room on 2nd floor
(wheelchair access to 2nd floor, 1111 Memorial Drive NW)

– We may watch movie with colour footage of the devastation.
– Speeches
– Lantern ceremony with glow in the dark non-flame, non-flammable
lanterns.

CASTLEGAR, BC

This year we gather on Zuckerberg Island, Wednesday, August 6 at 6:00 pm to both commemorate Hiroshima and Nagasaki but also to listen to our minstrels of peace and hear from the Mayor of Hiroshima and other voices of reason in our troubled world.

Kootenay Region Branch of the United Nations Association in Canada (KRUNA)

2600 Columbia Avenue
Castlegar, B.C., V1N 2X6
250-365-7180

GRAND FORKS

Grand Forks City Park at 1 pm on Saturday, August 9th to commemorate the victims of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and mourn today’s victims from ‘Depleted Uranium’ radiological weapons, tanks, vests, bullets and bombs.

We urge you to join us on August 9th at 1 pm in City Park for speakers, entertainment and a Auction. The auction is to raise funds to support our work and encourage all to donate items and then make generous bids.

We thank all who have given of their time, energy and funds in the past and look forward to your continued participation at events and regular meetings in Selkirk College on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month.

For inquiries please phone Laura at 250-442-0430.

On behalf of the Boundary Peace Initiative: member of B.C. Southern Interior Peace Coalition, Canadian Peace Alliance, Uranium Free Kootenay Boundary, Uranium Free B.C., Abolition 2000, Lawyers Against the War, and an affiliate of Fellowship of Reconciliation.

OTTAWA

EVENT DETAILS (SATURDAY, AUGUST 9th):
6:30pm: meet at Friends House (91 A Fourth St in The Glebe) to decorate laterns
7:30pm: film screening and discussion @ Friends House on the threat posed by nuclear weapons
8:30pm: march to float and light the laterns (location to be announced shortly)

The Ottawa Peace Assembly

SASKATOON

Commemorate Hiroshima Day, Wednesday August 6 at Rotary Park Peace Pole, 12-1 pm

Program includes Mayor Don Atchison, Mayors for Peace • Reverend Hiraku Iwai • Jillian Cyca, Artist • John Crawford, Project Ploughshares

ELIMINATE NUCLEAR WEAPONS FOREVER

For more information, call (306) 384-4134

Building peace in our families, communities, and world. www.saskatoonpeace.tk

TORONTO

See Hiroshima Day Coalition for more information

The Toronto Hiroshima Day Coalition (THDC) cordially invites you to attend the unveiling of the powerful exhibition of photographs from the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the Rotunda inside Toronto City Hall on Wednesday, August 6th, 2008 at 5:30 pm.

The exhibit runs from August 6th -11th, 2008 in conjunction with the “Paths to Hope” Peace Commemoration and Lantern Ceremony on Saturday, August 9th, 2008 at the Toronto Peace Garden, Nathan Phillips Square beginning at 6:30 pm.

To RSVP for the August 6th, 2008 unveiling of the Hiroshima & Nagasaki Photo Exhibition at the Rotunda, Toronto City Hall, please contact Helen Chilas, National Coordinator of the Canadian Voice of Women for Peace, via email h-chilas@rogers.com or cell at 416-473-8238

Note: If you would like to reserve a table at the Hiroshima Nagasaki Day Annual Peace Commemoration and Lantern Ceremony (August 9th at the Toronto Peace Garden, Nathan Phillips Square), please contact Dr. Barbara Birkett with Physicians for Global Survival at bbirkett@interlog.com.

WINNIPEG

Where: Memorial Park, Winnipeg
When: Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Time: 7:30 PM

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Imperialism Is Tough!

by matttbastard

Somebody get Uncle Steve some cheese to go with his ahistorical whine:

On Afghanistan, the dominant defence and foreign policy file, Harper again looks ahead to tough choices. Rather than talking up the military mission in Kandahar as an inspiring undertaking, he used the year-end sit-down to vent frustration at slow progress in building a self-sufficient Afghan government. “You know, the United Nations and our allies will have been in Afghanistan 10 years in 2011. For God’s sakes, Germany was basically fully restored within four years; Germany joined NATO ten years after it was conquered.”

You know, that quite possibly might be the most strained, ridiculously inappropriate post-9/11 WWII analogy ever. And that’s saying a lot.

Really wish I could help the Cynical one here:

Somebody please tell me that Captain Charisma didn’t just compare World War II Germany to present-day Afghanistan.

[…]

Please tell me that my home and native land is not being governed by someone that fucking imbecilic.

harper_cowboy.jpg

Um, so, uh, what’s everyone got planned for NYE?

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