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Kennedy’s inaugural address – 50 years ago today

Thursday, 20 Jan 2011 - I am blogging this to amplify on what may strike readers, lacking context, as an odd comment to a Globe and Mail reporter.  In today’s Globe there is a feature on the impact of JFK’s inaugural speech...

What attack ads actually attack

Wednesday, 19 Jan 2011 - Here we go again. The Harper Conservatives are chafing at the bit, unable to wait until the writ drops before launching the latest round of attack ads. The Conservative mantra is that they do not...

Learning lessons from Arizona

Thursday, 13 Jan 2011 - We have all learned a lot more about Arizona this week.  We now know that it has the least restrictive gun control in the US.  We know that there are exemptions at gun shows where even the...

A call for Greens to take on the internet comment pages

Wednesday, 29 Dec 2010 - The other day George Monbiot made the following observations:http://www.monbiot.com/archives/2010/12/13/reclaim-the-cyber-commons/"Reading comment threads on the Guardian’s sites and elsewhere on the...

Flaherty's attack on the Parliamentary Budget Officer

Thursday, 23 Dec 2010 - As end of year interviews go, Flaherty's "shoot the messenger" interview with the Globe is one for the books. First, this government erases Canada's surplus (and Flaherty-Harper cannot blame that on...

Copenhagen to Cancun: what just happened?

Sunday, 12 Dec 2010 - It has caught us by surprise.  The 15th Conference of the Parties (COP15) in Copenhagen was such a disaster  --  a train wreck of a negotiation.  The conference was contaminated by bad faith.  On the...

Final statements from delegations-- til 4:25 AM

Saturday, 11 Dec 2010 - Venezuela has the floor.  After Copenhagen, many people had lost all hope. And we have been working hard all year. We see the result, not just of 2010, but of many many years. We have had anger and...

President Calderón speaks 3:36 AM

Saturday, 11 Dec 2010 - Today the 16th COP on climate and 6th Meeting of the parties to Kyoto, like all meetings, the result is due to a collective effort.Disasters called by extreme weather events have been exacerbated by...

CMP meeting suspended and on to COP

Saturday, 11 Dec 2010 - The 9th meeting of the 16th COP will accept the report presented by Margret Mukahana, co-chair of AWG-LCA.She is bringing forward the document approved earlier this morning on Long-term Cooperative...

Bolivia's Response

Saturday, 11 Dec 2010 - Bolivia takes the floor.  We cannot violate the rules we have agreed upon. And here quite clearly we stated that there is no consensus. The future is uncertain in today's Bolivia. You cannot change...