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OMNI-TV File: Stephen Zedong Harper; Canadian Raj; Hating America; India helps poor, but not its own!
Stephen Zedong Harper
Money has no religion or ideology, it is both right wing and left wing, a mentor of mine told me once – and now we have our Federal Tories – the right wing free enterprise capitalism-can-do-no-wrong zealots who are marketing a renowned Canadian whose Marxist beliefs today probably would have landed him permanently under the watchful eye of the Canadian security services – I am talking about a Canadian doctor named Norman Bethune, a native of Gravenhurst Ontario — a passionate Marxist who joined the Spanish civil war against the fascists of Spain and then joined Mao Zedong’s glorious struggle against the Japanese and other feudals in 1939 and eventually perished and was eulogized by the great Chinese leader himself – his statues adorn different parts of China, several medical schools are named after him and now that the Chinese are getting richer, thousands are turning up in Gravenhurst to pay homage to their history book hero – Under normal circumstances, the Tories would not give Comrade Bethune the time of day – but times they are a changing – we need Chinese trade and investment and we need Chinese tourists – so our capitalist heroes have shelled out two and a half million dollars to turn Norman Bethune’s home in Gravenhurst into a shrine for Chinese tourists reliving their history – in fact, it was inaugurated by none other than Treasury Board president Tony Clement this week – who made clear that the Tories were not celebrating his Marxism, but his universal public service spirit – whatever – bottom line, to use the words from a Stevie Miller song: take the money and run, Tony – think about it, I’m Zuhair Kashmeri.
Canada Goes Colonial
A few weeks ago I came across a news item that Canada was negotiating with several countries in the developing world to rent bases for its armed forces – and it signed an agreement with Jamaica for the first of these bases – our armed forces will be stationed there and at the other bases in Asia and Africa for rapid deployment – rapid deployment? – For what? – to invade countries and build our Canadian Raj of influence? – I can see our former prime minister Lester Pearson turning over in his grave – he won the Nobel peace prize for setting up the Blue Helmets, a UN peacekeeping force – twenty years ago one third of Canada’s soldiers served as peacekeepers – today this number is a paltry 33 – the rest are send to die in unnecessary wars – perhaps Ottawa is trying to create a false economy like in the US, where tens of thousands of jobs and much of the country’s wealth is linked to the defence complex – is it any wonder that America always has new enemies to battle and new countries to invade – is this where we want to go? do we want glitzy army recruitment centres as the US has in the middle of Times Square in New York city? cajoling the young poor to come learn the art of killing and help Canada garner the colonial image that it missed along the way to nationhood? – on the bright side, the large majority of Canadians today want to get back to peacekeeping rather than following the US or NATO into crazy and unethical wars like Afghanistan or Libya – think about it, I’m Zuhair Kashmeri.
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Canada’s new shift to Right Royal Militarism
If you are one of those who lived through an era when Canada was respected as a peacekeeper and the beacon of hope, it’s time for you to sit up and smell the coffee – from a nation of peacekeepers, our Tory government is slowly turning us into a militaristic nation shaped after the image devised for America by the disgraced George W. Bush – our Armed Forces have been fighting wars that in previous years our ambassadors at the UN would have tried to stop – and they are no more the Canadian Armed Forces, the Tories have brought back colonialism – they now are the Royal Canadian Air Force, the Royal Canadian Navy and so on – our embassies abroad have been forced to prominently display large portraits of the Queen of England – the monarchy reigns supreme again – tell me, how can I as an Indo-Canadian respect the head of a family whose ancestors ravaged, robbed and enslaved the country of my birth – and Prime Minister Stephen Harper now plans to spend $12 million to falsely commemorate the 200th anniversary of the war of 1812 between what was then an English outpost, America and the First Nations as a militaristic event that shaped our character – I have no desire to see my descendents growing up in a militaristic state, I have no interest in recognizing the English monarchy more than the 52 cent postage stamp that I buy reluctantly and I have no interest in foreign nationals walking into our embassies to stare at an English woman with a crown rather than our illustrious leaders such as John Diefenbaker, Lester Pearson and Pierre Trudeau – Think about it, I’m Zuhair Kashmeri.
India Population Set to Overtake China… along male lines
The population of the world’s so called largest democracy has gone past 1.2 billion and is set to overtake China’s 1.3 billion in 20 years – officially, anyway – off the record, most experts will tell you that India has already gone past China, and is closing in on 1 1/2 billion – more alarmingly, the latest census found that the gender imbalance among newborns is in favor of boys – it already stands at about 900 girls for every thousand boys, thanks to what is generally called gendercide – according to official figures, some 12 million unborn girls were aborted by Indian parents in the past three decades – despite a 1996 law banning this practice – but then, the market for sex determination of babies in India is booming, worth more than $100 million, with 40,000 registered ultrasound clinics, a corrupt medical establishment and cops more than willing to look the other way for a fee – and if all this isn’t enough for a country with abominable poverty rates that surpass even Africa, in the southern state of Kerala, Christian churches have begun offering parents $200 – for many a full year’s salary – if they have a fifth child, so as to boost the Christian population and match that of fast growing Muslim community – a government report to force families hold the line at two children under threat of fines and jail terms has been attacked by the Christian and Muslim communities as an encroachment on religious freedom, with only the United Hindu Front arguing that given the country’s limited resources it makes sense – and you know what, I agree as long as it can be equitably enforced – Think about it, I’m Zuhair Kashmeri.
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OMNI-TV File (October): Pakistan, its ISI and America…; Kashmir – the politics of slaughter and mass graves…
Kashmir and DNA testing — dissappearances, mass graves and the politics of slaughter
Imagine reading on the front page of your favourite newspaper or watching on your favourite TV newscast that thousands of bodies have been discovered in mass graves in a country – the result of extrajudicial killings – imagine the hue and cry in the Canadian Parliament – imagine the outrage and condemnation – headlines would continue for days – well, we did live through a similar scenario just recently – Omar Abdullah, the chief minister of the Indian state of Kashmir, announced that DNA testing will be carried out on hundreds of bodies found in mass graves – human rights activists say thousands of people, suspected by Indian security forces of either being militants or having links to such groups demanding independence for India’s Muslim majority state of Kashmir, were summarily detained and killed – Across the valley, more than 8000 relatives live in enduring uncertainty, hoping that missing relatives may one day come home alive – while on the one hand, this DNA testing decision is a testament to India’s democracy, on the other hand this democratic response has been rather slow and reluctant and condemnation from the champions of democracy in the western world non-existent – the disappearances have been documented for years in well-known magazines and in books such as Pankaj Mishra’s Temptations of the West – Booker prize-winning author Arundhati Roy never stops talking about the disappearances of Kashmir’s young men – but don’t expect a hue and cry in Ottawa – after all, these are all just Muslims, and these days Muslims are fair game for drone attacks and extra-judicial killings, or simply because they happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time – Think about it, I’m Zuhair Kashmeri but with no connection to that troubled state.
Pakistan, its ISI and America: is there some mischief afoot?
Once again, Pakistan’s spy agency, the ISI, is in a spotlight of infamy – it has been accused by one of the highest-ranking American military officers, Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, of organizing two of the deadliest bombings in Afghanistan – in mid-September, a NATO outpost south of Kabul was truck bombed, killing five people and wounding 77 foreign troops, plus an armed assault on the US Embassy left 16 Afghan police officers and civilians dead – the admiral told a Senate armed services committee open quote with ISI support, Haqqani operatives planned and conducted that truck bomb attack, as well as the assault on our embassy end of quote – Mullen said the Haqqani group is an arm of the ISI – US intelligence says it also was able to determine through cell phone wiretaps that the ISI was behind the 2008 bombing of the Indian Embassy in Kabul which left several dead – the story played out in the media for two days and then simply vanished – but if you reflect on it, this is a very serious charge against a country, Pakistan, which I have said time and again is a totally failed state that should never have been created in the first place – for lesser accusations than this, people have been hauled in as war criminals and put to trial – is the head of the ISI, Lieutenant General Ahmed Shuja Pasha, going to be extradited to face charges of war crimes and murder? – Of course not – but it does lay a media manipulation groundwork for America to undertake its unfettered extrajudicial killings outside of any international law that it imposes on other countries –Think about it, I’m Zuhair Kashmeri.
As the US prepares to wage a new kind of war, Arundhati Roy challenges the instinct for vengeance
The Guardian, Saturday 29 September 2001
In the aftermath of the unconscionable September 11 suicide attacks on the Pentagon and the World Trade Centre, an American newscaster said: “Good and evil rarely manifest themselves as clearly as they did last Tuesday. People who we don’t know massacred people who we do. And they did so with contemptuous glee.” Then he broke down and wept.
OMNI-TV file (September): 9/11 tenth anniversary — What did we learn? Zilch…; Stephen Harper disses Muslims, again; Gaddhafi and his colonial ‘friends’; Jack Layton…; School prayer capers in Toronto
9/11: the tenth anniversary — what did we learn? ZILCH…
As we mark the 10th anniversary of the horrific tragedy known as 9/11, have we learned anything from this? – other than clichéd headlines: in the shadow of ground zero, hallowed ground, confronting Islamic jihad, America’s real war – heart rending tales of victims and families – TV shows about a tragedy that changed the world forever – a theme that allowed the US to invade Afghanistan and radicalize a Muslim world already convinced that America and its NATO allies were out to destroy Islam – to invade Iraq on falsified information and commit horrific war crimes – to continue using its drones to kill people it identifies as al-Qaida terrorists and with them, hundreds of innocent Muslims who happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time – 3000 people died in 9/11, but when did you last read about how many have died in Iraq? – According to Information Clearinghouse, a news aggregator, almost one and a half million Iraqi men, women and children have been killed – and then there is the theme about the 19 terrorists behind nine eleven driven by a crazed Islamic ideology which needs to be fought worldwide – but can we simply write off nine eleven as the work of crazy Muslims who hated everything Western? – immediately after nine eleven, Sunera Thobani, a women’s studies professor at the University of British Columbia, said that the motive may well lie in US foreign policy – her quote from Chile to El Salvador to Nicaragua to Iraq, the path of U.S. foreign-policy is soaked in blood – and let’s not forget the biggest issue that nobody brings up: America’s – and Canada’s – biased support of Israel in the Palestinian struggle for a homeland – Think about it, I’m Zuhair Kashmeri.
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