Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Horwath's hand-wringing aside Harden had nothing to apologize for

By now many Ontarians have heard the simply shocking news that NDP Ottawa MPP Joel Harden was photographed at a healthcare rally posing with a man holding a sign saying "Fuck Doug Ford".

The horror. Think about the children. If they are younger than 5 or 6 they may not have heard this on Netflix yet, though likely have made mommy and daddy put a coin or two in a jar for saying a bad word like it, right?

Ontario NDP leader Andrea Horwath immediately denounced this terrible transgression. After Harden personally apologized to Ford she piously proclaimed  "I've also once again cautioned my caucus members to be careful about putting themselves, and the rest of us, frankly, in that kind of situation".

She made sure that she could not possibly be misunderstood by also telling the press that she and her caucus had discussed "several times" that "we have to be very careful about attending events where these kinds of situations can arise".

What events would those be? Rallies and protests?

It is truly unnerving to think that working people angry at the Ford austerity regime and the cuts to healthcare and education might show up and express their anger with mock guillotines or by letting the premier know they think he is silver spoon asshole.

That they might answer his utter contempt for them in kind.

Don't they know any better? What a lack of parliamentary decorum!

The Conservatives showed their outrage at this by saying ""We believe in raising the decorum of our political discourse" which, of course, is complete horseshit.

We are talking about a caucus led by Doug Ford.

Harden had nothing to apologize for. It is not like he posed with, say, neo-fascists.

Parliamentary niceties are not going to defeat the forces of reaction, especially in this era where we are witnessing an alarming rise of a newly emboldened far right.

Harden was at a rally where a protester had a sign expressing his disgust in colourful terms with what Ford is doing to the province. If being in the presence of this is somehow "going too far" we have all lost in advance.

It is a complete non-issue made into an issue only by Horwath's use of it to show everyone just how parliamentary the NDP is and how committed to the practices and ceremony of that august institution of bourgeois rule.

As the right increasingly abandons any pretense at civility or commitment to "democratic norms" this is like bringing a knife to a gun fight.

Meanwhile, enjoy a refreshing moment from union leader Jerry Dias.

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Lenin and Krupskaya at Kashino, November 14, 1920 -- Daily LIFT #71

Lenin and Krupskaya pose with local residents at a celebration of the completion of the power plant at Kashino, November 14, 1920 -- Daily LIFT #71

The program of electrification was considered to be of essential importance by Lenin and the Bolsheviks in the consolidation of Soviet power after the revolution.

Karl Marx: Correspondent for "The New York Tribune"

Vintage Leftist Leaflet Project

Leaflet: Karl Marx: Correspondent for "The New York Tribune", Soviet Life 1983

Written by Soviet historian Nelly Rumyantseva for the English language magazine Soviet Life in 1983 this is an interesting overview of Marx and Engels' time as correspondents for the New York Tribune between 1851 - 62. "During that period he and Engels wrote a total of about 500 articles, or an average of 50 articles a year -- something like one a week."

While the relationship began well, and helped Marx get some much needed money, over time it soured with the Tribune publishing much of his later work unattributed or declining to publish pieces altogether.

Rumyantseva also compiled "Marx and Engels on the United States" which was published in English in 1979.

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Monday, December 9, 2019

There is no welfare like corporate welfare -- Daily LIFT #70

There is no welfare like corporate welfare -- Daily LIFT #70

The "free market" is a myth. No group in society depends more on government handouts and subsidies than the capitalist class and major corporations.

As the 2008 crisis showed -- or the recent example of the Trans Mountain pipeline in Canada --when the corporations or the oil industry need bailouts the money is always there.

White Wine & Vinegar Chicken w. Olives, Capers & Garlic

Today we are going to make a chicken dish that is colourful and totally delicious. It is prepared by first seasoning the chicken and cooking it in the oven in vinegar and wine and then covering it with a sauce based around this as well as olives, capers and garlic.

I have adapted this recipe from one that originally appeared in the New York Times. 

To start you want to season your chicken for baking. For this recipe we used 8 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs.

Seasoning Blend:

1 teaspoon ground turmeric
1 teaspoon ground cumin
2 tablespoons olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

Toss your chicken in the olive oil. Place on a rimmed oven baking tray skin side up and then season with the turmeric, cumin, salt and pepper.

Once the seasoned chicken is in the tray, pour 1/4 cup of rice vinegar and 1/4 cup of dry white wine over and around the chicken.

Place in an oven preheated to 450 degrees and cook until done, 25-30 minutes.

Meanwhile, mix the following ingredients together in a bowl.

Sauce Ingredients:

1 1/2 to 2 cups of crushed, pitted green olives.
1 small jar of capers
2 -3 cloves of grated garlic
4 tablespoons olive oil

Once cooked, remove the tray from the oven and place the chicken on a platter.

Then, without cleaning or draining it in anyway add the sauce ingredients to the tray with the juices and vinegar and wine from cooking.

Using a spatula gently stir everything together making sure to scrap up any pieces or bits attached to the pan.

After you have fully blended everything add a cup of chopped fresh parsley and stir in.

Pour all the contents of the pan over the chicken and serve.

This dish goes well with  rice or egg noodles as a side.


"I am going to remain loyal to my class, the working class, the builders of the future." - Annie Buller, Union Organizer and Communist leader, b. December 9, 1895

Buller addresses the miners in Estevan

"I am not guilty of this charge. I have said before and I say again that it is not Annie Buller who is on trial here. It is the capitalist class which stands in the prisoner's dock. No one realizes more than I do the forces against us are very great. But gentlemen of the jury, regardless of the outcome of the trial. I am going to remain loyal to my class, the working class, the builders of the future." - Annie Buller, Union Organizer and Communist leader, b. December 9, 1895

Union and communist militant Annie Buller was born December 9, 1895 in Ukraine. Her family moved to Montreal when she was a child and there she became active in the anti-war movement during WWI. In 1922 she joined the Worker's Party of Canada which was later renamed the Communist Party of Canada.

Buller was an organizer with several unions including the Toronto Dressmaker's Union as well as with miners in Nova Scotia and in western Canada. 

In September, 1931 Buller was in Estevan, Saskatchewan to help organize a coal miner strike. On September 29 the RCMP opened fire on a crowd of miners who were marching in the town. They murdered three of them and wounded many more. 

Despite the fact that they were victims of police violence it was organizers like Buller who faced charges for "incitement". Buller ended up being jailed for a year. 

Buller continued her organizing and Communist political work after her release and until her death in Toronto in 1973.

To read one of her accounts of the Estevan strike and massacre see: In Memory of the Estevan Massacre, September 29, 1931 w. Song of the Estevan Miners

Sunday, December 8, 2019

This is What Will Happen to the Fascist Beast -- WWII Poster USSR 1944 Daily LIFT #69

This is What  Will Happen to the Fascist Beast -- WWII Poster USSR 1944 Daily LIFT #59

30th Anniversary of the Montreal Massacre, French General Strikes, Free Transit & more -- The Week in News, Opinion and Videos December 1 - 8

This week's list of articles, news items, opinion pieces and videos that I see as a must if you are looking for a roundup that should be of interest to The Left Chapter readers.

This list covers the week of  December 1 - 8.

We have changed the format of the round-up so that the links, videos and photos are presented in sections related to topic.

30th Anniversary of the Montreal Massacre:

Thirty years after the Montreal Massacre, are women really any safer?

Consensus comes 30 years later that Montreal massacre was an anti-feminist act

At least 118 women, girls murdered across Canada so far in 2019, annual report shows

Let’s Finally Call ‘Violence Against Women’ What It Really Is

‘Hate is infectious’: how the 1989 mass shooting of 14 women echoes today

- Montreal Massacre: Still fighting for our daughters, one generation later

30 Years After Surviving Polytechnique, My Pain Is Starting To Resurface


OSSTF announces another 1-day school strike on Dec. 11

Build solidarity with teachers in their fight to defend public education!

End of co-operative rental subsidies could displace 200 Sask. families, advocates say

Donated warming huts for Winnipeg homeless torn down for violating by-laws

Province has sold off 94 Manitoba Housing properties since 2016, documents show

Manitoba’s NDP and unions are helping advance a police state

Rental market is expected to get even more dire in Montreal

U.S. Neo-Nazi Terror Group Harboring Missing Ex-Canadian Soldier: Sources

Watchdog calls for RCMP to investigate firing of Alberta's election commissioner

Why Sweden’s Central Bank Divested from Alberta and Reinvested in BC

United States:

Are the Republicans trying to get Ilhan Omar killed?

Revealed: Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib targeted in far-right fake news operation

GOP yanks support for George Buck after death threat against Ilhan Omar

Bernie Sanders Tops New California Poll—But You Wouldn't Have Known It By Reading This LA Times Headline

“Manufacturing Consent” In Action

Nestlé cannot claim bottled water is 'essential public service', court rules


'What Cruelty Looks Like': Trump Finalizes Plan to Strip Food Aid From 750,000 Low-Income People by 2020

As news outlets were shutting down for Thanksgiving, the University of North Carolina quietly gave white nationalists $2.5m to settle a lawsuit that hadn't even been filed


Dominica's Labor Party Wins Landslide Victory

South and Central America:

Brazil: Attack on Guajajara Indigenous People Leaves 1 Dead

Argentina's Fernandez Calls for the End of Poverty and Misery

Colombia: Social Unrest Against Duque Begins 3rd Week in a Row

Disapproval Rating for Colombia's Duque Reaches 70 Percent

Berta Cáceres murder: 50 years in jail for activist's killers

Bolivia Coup:

Leaders of Bolivia's right-wing coup will oversee -- and control -- new elections

Evo Morales Vows to Return to Bolivia After Right-Wing Coup

Bolivia: Chamber of Deputies Approves "Guarantees Law"

Bolivia: MAS Appoints Morales as Director of its 2020 Campaign

Pepe Mujica Condemns OAS After Visiting Evo Morales


Delhi gripped by anger and grief after dozens killed in factory fire

India's communists vow to fight Modi's sectarian citizenship law to the end

'If you saw her body, you will never sleep again': despair as India rape crisis grows

Israel / Palestine:

From Now On, Every Palestinian Is an anti-Semite

Israeli Occupation Cost Palestine $48b Between 2000-2017: UN

Middle East:

Egypt continues biggest wave of arrests of journalists since 2014

Iraq's communists given new life by protests

Climate Emergency: 

Oceans losing oxygen at unprecedented rate, experts warn

Dead sperm whale had 220 pounds of garbage in its stomach, including rope, plastic and gloves

UK Election:

Another world is possible

General election 2019: Tories probe candidates over anti-Semitism claims

Reopening Auschwitz – The Conspiracy To Stop Corbyn

Michael Rosen: as a Jew, I am voting Labour

The problem with Nancy Astor

Tory election candidate says disabled people should be paid less as they ‘don’t understand money’

Brexit: Corbyn releases leaked government documents that show Boris Johnson ‘lied about deal’

Israel's foreign minister says he hopes Corbyn loses British election

- Jeremy Corbyn will give up Chequers to the homeless if he comes to power

Jo Swinson apologises for backing coalition's austerity policies

Tory sidekick’s spectacular memory loss

British PM Johnson to Be Investigated for Conflict of Interest

London Bridge victim’s father condemns ‘beyond disgusting’ Boris Johnson for using son’s death for political gain

French General Strike:

Huge crowds out in Paris for the national general strike!:

General Strike in Marseille:

France Is Hit by Second Day of Pension Strikes as Unions Dig In

France paralysed by mass strikes against Macron's pension raid

More than 800,000 people march against Macron as strikes grip France

Opponents work for referendum on Macron's plan to privatise Paris Airports


Grenade thrown at migrant children's centre in Madrid


Garment workers in Ethiopia need strong unions

Free Transit:

‘I Got Tired of Hunting Black and Hispanic People’


Kansas City becomes first major American city with universal fare-free public transit

The policing of fare evasion reveals the twisted agenda of our politicians

Climate Activists Demand Free, Expanded Public Transit System


Alexia Isais: Why I am a communist

It’s No Surprise that Canada’s Life Expectancy Has Plateaued

T.I., virginity checks and what fathers don't understand about girls' #MeToo experiences

Porn and Prostitution: 

20 Years On – Scotland learning from Sweden’s Sex Purchase Act

Saturday, December 7, 2019

The policing of fare evasion reveals the twisted agenda of our politicians

What do you do in a city that is beset by terrible housing, social and transit issues due to decades of mismanagement and underfunding by politicians on all different levels of government?

Well, in Toronto you propose a police budget for 2020 that is going to top $1 billion and that will see the hiring of hundreds of new officers. This represents a 3.9% increase over 2019. While the police claim these new cops are needed they always say this, of course, and these are funds that could be put to much better use in meeting essential human needs.

Meanwhile in Kansas City, Missouri lawmakers unanimously voted to make public transit fare free in a visionary step that makes it the first major city in North America to do so. This led Matt Haugen, a member of the Democratic Socialists of America environmental steering committee, to tweet "Now let's do this everywhere".

How are policing and free transit related?

They are closely related as when transit is not free transit riders are invariably subject to policing that is not simply aimed at keeping the system supposedly safe but at catching alleged "fare evaders".  In some cities this is done by departments of the regular police and in others by special police forces dedicated to transit or fare evasion.

Needless to say fare policing ends up reflecting the biases and systemic issues that are seen throughout policing generally. With transit these can be even more greatly pronounced given that transit riders are more likely to be young or to come from racialized, marginalized or working class communities that are already unduly targeted and harassed by law enforcement.

Sometimes the outcomes can be egregious as in the scandal unfolding now in New York City where a police commander is alleged to have specifically instructed officers to target transit users who were black or Latino.

While this is a particularly heinous example it is just at the more extreme end of daily practice. In New York where hundreds of officers have been added to "police" the subway system it has resulted in:
...a wave of overpolicing and violent policing, chronicled in bystander videos that show NYPD officers arresting a woman who makes her livelihood selling churros in a subway station, officers chasing a teenager who hopped a turnstile and then drawing their weapons on him in a crowded subway car, and officers beating teenagers. 
There is also the question of why fare evasion on transit systems is often treated so much more harshly than, say, illegal parking by car drivers.

 In Toronto, for example: 
If you hop aboard a Toronto public transit vehicle without paying the requisite $3.25, transit enforcement officers could ding you with a $425 fine.
Drivers, on the other hand, would get a measly $30 ticket for parking in a Green P spot without paying for it.
It's ludicrous when you think about it, and a lot of people are in fact thinking about it right now.
Car drivers also don't have to generally deal with a confrontational wanna-be-cop. They normally simply return eventually to find the ticket. Selective enforcement is made much harder as well given that unlike fare police, traffic enforcement officers will in most cases have no way of knowing the racial, cultural or socio-economic background of the specific driver (though some neighbourhoods can be targeted more than others).

The other fact that politicians hate to talk about is that fare policing is not free. Far from it. In fact tens of millions of dollars will be spent to make the lives of all transit riders more miserable to catch the very small percentage (in Toronto an estimated 5% of riders at the most even if you believe the likely highly inflated speculative estimates) of actual evaders.

The absurdity of spending large sums on policing fares was never more clearly shown than with the Kafkaesque reality that in New York at one point the plan was that the "MTA Will Spend $249M On New Cops to Save $200M on Fare Evasion".

This led Vaidya Gullapalli to note in The Appeal:
The rapid deployment of hundreds of officers at the cost of tens of millions of dollars each year has also raised questions about why the state and city could not find the money to more fully fund a program meant to make subway rides affordable for people living below the poverty line. Fair Fares, a program that anti-poverty advocates pushed for and the City Council passed to make fares half-price for people living in poverty, was rolled out this year. But only 30,000 of 800,000 people who live in poverty are eligible, and the program only received funding for its first six months.
The reality is that mainstream politicians as a rule greatly prefer the narratives around the alleged need for more cops and more enforcement as opposed to working towards fare free transit or investing in housing or poverty reduction strategies. They prefer them even if these efforts would have the same or comparable costs or even if the more progressive options would reduce social and budgetary costs in the long run.

They prefer the boot to the face.

As I have noted before in "The "fare evasion" narrative on the TTC is a total fraud. Here's why" most of the lines that politicians trot out around this are false and amount to the scapegoating of transit riders. Almost all projections of monetary "loss" due to fare evasion are based on myths and are basically wrong. Pretty much every dollar spent policing fare evasion would have been better spent elsewhere.

Of the many strong arguments for fare free transit -- including its importance in the fight against the climate emergency and for greater social equality -- the fact that it would eliminate this layer of policing, harassment and intimidation of transit users ranks right up there.

Imagine a trip on transit that was not simply fare free but where you knew there was no chance that some goon would get in your face about a $3.25 (or less) fare.

Kansas City is making this happen and other cities can and must too.   

Friday, December 6, 2019

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Nelson Mandela, Symbol of the Anti-Apartheid Struggle - Poster, Alberto Blanco, 1987 Cuba -- Daily LIFT #67

Nelson Mandela, Symbol of the Anti-Apartheid Struggle
- Poster, Alberto Blanco, 1987 Cuba -- Daily LIFT #67

"Massive poverty and obscene inequality are such terrible scourges of our times - times in which the world boasts breathtaking advances in science, technology, industry and wealth accumulation - that they have to rank alongside slavery and apartheid as social evils."

Nelson Mandela died six years ago today.

A Musical Feast w. Johnny Cash's Chili, Mick Jagger's Shrimp Curry, Liza Minnelli's Gazpacho & more -- Vintage Cookbook TBT

Vintage Cookbook: A Musical Feast 

Publication Details: Global Liaisons Inc., 1995

A Musical Feast is a really fun cookbook that should be of interest to fans of popular and rock music, especially of the scene in the mid-1990s.

Over 100 famous artists and bands contributed recipes of various kinds to raise money to help the homeless. There are artists from the Grateful Dead, to Frank Sinatra, Dolly Parton, Weezer, Led Zeppelin, Boyz II Men, the Bee Gees, the Cowboy Junkies, the Crash Test Dummies and many others. You can see a full list in the scans. 

We have included recipes from Mick Jagger, Willie Nelson, Johnny and June Carter Cash, Rita Marley, Liza Minnelli, Tony Bennett, Cher, Paul and Linda McCartney (it is a vegetarian recipe of course), Dr. John, Lisa Loeb, Eddie Money and Salt N' Pepa. Dr. John and Eddie Money both sadly died this year. 

We also could not help but include the "recipes" from Randy Newman and Lou Reed and Laurie Anderson who give rather humourous takes on the best way to make a cheese sandwich and a pastrami sandwich respectively. 

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Spicy Sausage and Bok Choy Stir Fry

Recently we took a look at the vintage cookbook The Best of Seasons w. Tuscan Bean Soup, Sour Cream Apple Pie, Guacamole & more -- Vintage Cookbook TBT and I adapted one of the recipes in it to make Lamb Chops w. a Balsamic Shallot Sauce.

Today I am going to adapt another recipe from the book that mixes sausage and bok choy. My version is spicier and uses somewhat different cooking techniques to produce a stir fry that is relatively easy to make and very flavourful. 

To begin you want to make the sauce that will ultimately be used in the dish.

Sauce Ingredients:

1/4 cup beef broth
1/4 cup rice vinegar
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 teaspoons corn starch
1 - 2 teaspoons red pepper flakes

Take all the ingredients and mix together in a bowl until blended thoroughly.

Main Dish Ingredients:

5 hot Italian sausages (you can substitute for a different sausage if you wish but these work very well)
2 large onions chopped
1 to 2 sliced, unseeded small red hot chili peppers
2 - 3 minced cloves of garlic
1 large head of bok choy, chopped
peanut oil

Heat some peanut oil in a large saucepan or wok over medium high heat. When the oil is ready you want to brown your sausages for around 2 minutes a side. Once browned remove to a plate and coarsely chop the sausage into small bits and pieces.

Without cleaning the pan add a little more peanut oil. Add the onions to the pan and fry, stirring occasionally, for 3 - 4 minutes.

Add your sausage and garlic to the pan and continue to fry the onions, garlic and sausage for around 6 more minutes or until the sausage is just cooked.

Then add the bok choy, chili peppers and sauce to the pan or wok and fry for another 2 -3 minutes stirring constantly until well mixed.

Bring the liquid to a boil and then reduce heat and simmer for around 15 minutes or until reduced to your liking.

This spicy, tart dish is terrific served over rice. Leftover it is also nice tossed in ramen or lo mein style noodles. 


Wednesday, December 4, 2019

That Flag, That Sky, This Land, We Will Defend it Whatever Price is Necessary - Cuban Poster, 1969 -- Daily LIFT #66

That Flag, That Sky, This Land, We Will Defend it Whatever Price is Necessary 
- Cuban Poster, 1969 -- Daily LIFT #66

Viva Cuba!

"We do not comply with sanctions, threats, or slander from the U.S. government, which along with the reactionary oligarchies are primarily responsible for our region's dangerous convulsion and instability" - Miguel Diaz-Canel, Cuban President

"The cause of the legitimate and mass protests in Latin America is the inequality and poverty caused by imperialist domination and neoliberalism. The U.S. blames Cuba as a pretext to tighten its genocidal blockade and justify the brutal repression and criminalization of demonstrations." - Cuban Foreign Affairs Minister Bruno Rodriguez

Art: Viktor Koretsky, USSR, 1962

Source: 'US Is Responsible for Discontent in Latin America' Cuba Blames

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Workers of the World Unite! - Poster, People's Republic of China, 1971 -- Daily LIFT #65

Workers of the World Unite! - Poster, People's Republic of China, 1971 -- Daily LIFT #65

Extremist Conservative fundraising email shows the depth of their commitment to Apartheid Israel

In a surprising move the Trudeau government unexpectedly voted in favour of a motion in support of Palestinian self-determination at the United Nations on November 19. This was widely seen as a repudiation of the recent outrageous move by the Trump administration to unilaterally declare that Israeli settlements are not illegal under international law when they very clearly are. 

While the vote was a positive development it did not really signal a fundamental shift in Canada's policies in the region. As noted in the Globe and Mail:

Thomas Juneau, a Middle East expert at the University of Ottawa, said the vote is “more symbolic than anything else.”
“Are we going to see a substantive change in the substance of Canadian policy towards Israel and Palestinians? I doubt it. I think our policy will broadly remain consistent,” said Mr. Juneau, adding that he will be watching to see how Canada votes in the future to determine whether there is a shift in policy, or a one-off.
Michael Lynk, the UN special rapporteur on human rights in the occupied territories, said by voting in favour of the resolution recognizing right to self-determination, Canada is “simply acknowledging long-standing international consensus and long-standing international law on the issue of Palestine.”
Mr. Lynk, who is also an associate professor at the University of Western Ontario, said Canada did not vote in favour or a handful of other resolutions on the issue. He said that Canada is running for a seat on the UN Security Council and has likely realized its in a “weak” position on this issue.
It is just a slight adjustment to try to pretend to support Canada's alleged commitment to a "two state" solution. The CBC reported:
"We are extremely pleased that the Liberal government has voted in support of Palestinian self-determination at the UN," said CJPME's [Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East] Miranda Gallo. "This is a long overdue step and is entirely consistent with the government's support for a two-state solution in Israel-Palestine. In fact, Canada could not support a 'two state' solution if it did not support the creation of a Palestinian state."
Noting that "the Liberal government has changed its position as compared to previous years," Gallo added: "This may be a slap on the wrist to the Trump government to communicate that, given Pompeo's outlandish statement in support of illegal Israeli colonies, Canada feels the U.S. is failing to provide fair leadership on the Israel-Palestine conflict.
As the CBC also noted this simply brought Canada back in line with its historically somewhat more balanced stance:
In 2003, Canada voted yes to 13 of the 16 resolutions on Israel and abstained on three. In 2004, it recorded its first two "No" votes, alongside the U.S. and Israel, and supported only 12 resolutions. After Stephen Harper came to power in 2006, the "No" and abstention votes gradually increased.
After Harper won a majority government in 2011, Canada voted "No" on 14 of the 16 resolutions, abstaining on another. From that point onward, the only "Yes" vote before today was on a non-controversial motion calling for assistance for Palestinians displaced by conflict.
Trudeau's Liberal government has maintained the voting pattern it inherited from the Harper government — until now. 
 The Conservatives certainly don't see it that way though.

In an hysterical, over-the-top fundraising email they sent out on December 2, they paint it as a nefarious rejection of Israel that aligns Canada with North Korea.

The email, which had the subject line "Justin Trudeau’s emboldened anti-Israel stance" sought to open the wallets of donors with the following drivel:

This is disgraceful nonsense on multiple levels.

The implication is that supporting the resolution was somehow an extremist position internationally when it is anything but. While North Korea may have been one of several sponsors of the resolution -- that also included Egypt and, of course, the Palestinians (shocking) -- in all 163 countries voted for it with only 5 countries, including the United States and Israel, voting against. There were nine abstentions.

In other words, on this issue, it is the United States and a handful of countries with far right governments or that it has somehow bullied that are the actual extremists.

Aside from simply being inane, par for the course right wing lying where the message gets rather more unsettling is in its attempt to paint this as being due to the Liberal Party somehow having a problem with antisemitism and antisemitic candidates or members.

We have seen this game before with the relentless slandering of leftist Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn.

While Trudeau is certainly no leftist and unlike Corbyn has no commitment whatsoever to the justice of the Palestinian struggle against Israeli Apartheid, it is very disturbing to see the continued use of this line of attack by supporters of Israel and the right. The equation of opposition to the actions of Israel with antisemitism is not simply wrong but dangerous in that it plays into the very antisemitic tropes that it allegedly opposes.

Conflating Israel with Jews broadly and internationally is, in fact, antisemitic as is the use of support of Israel by Canadian conservatives to pander to the Evangelical Christian community whose embrace of it is based solely on a demented belief that its existence heralds the coming of the apocalypse and rapture.

Whether being used against Corbyn or the milquetoast opportunist Trudeau these tactics and lies must be resolutely opposed.