There’s was a distinct sense of a “quickening” Monday, as Angela Merkel shuttled from Washington and on to Ottawa, after sitting down with Russian president Putin over the weekend.
Stephen Harper’s polite reiteration of Canada’s absolute refusal to accept a “Russian occupation” of Ukrainian territory, and president Obama’s determination to leave all options for setting that already groaning arms table even more heavily couldn’t have been much comfort for the German leader’s hopes of seeing a softening of the West’s war rhetoric. Meanwhile, as the international brinkmanship follies stole the headlines, the very real cost of the conflict to the people on both sides of the Ukraine divide was obscured to near invisibility.
Roger Annis has filed reports on the deteriorating living conditions for the people beneath the bombs of the Kiev coup regime as a contributing editor to the new web site NewColdWar.org since the conflict began last year. He’s a Vancouver-based peace and social justice activist, and editor of the Canada Haiti Action Network website, CanadaHaitiAction.ca. Roger’s writings can also be found at Rabble.ca, and at his site, A Socialist in Canada.
Roger Annis in the first half.
And; looking at the conflicts in Ukraine, Western Asia, Africa, and the occasional terror attacks in Europe, it’s easy to believe Stephen Harper when he says the World is a dangerous place; but is it dangerous enough to suspend the freedoms defining this country? Are we so afraid now we’re willing as a nation to put into the hands of government the kind of total power Hitler and Stalin and a host of other tyrants demanded? Are we so terrified, we’re ready to hand over to a man and his party, whose respect for the law has been proven lacking time and again, our right to question, to think, to act on our beliefs, even when they are at odds with those prevailing in the Prime Minister’s Office?
Peter Ewart is a Prince George-based writer and columnist with 250 News, amongst other online publications. In his recent article, part of a lengthening series, Peter explores the new “anti-terror” Bills C-44 and C-51, wondering aloud while he may at both their wisdom and necessity.
Peter Ewart and the present dangers clear and otherwise behind the powers the prime minister seeks in the second half.
And; Victoria Street Newz publisher emeritus and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour to bring us up to speed with some of the good things to do in and around our city and beyond in the coming week. But first, Roger Annis and riding the vortex’s edge in Ukraine.