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Jamal Khashoggi: THIS is Canada’s Time to Become the REAL “Shining City Upon a Hill”

November 26th, 2018 · 24 Comments

The Saudis are playing for time.

They are gambling … based on historical realities … that time will work in THEIR favour in softening world anger and even attention to their barbaric murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

And American President Donald Trump is already helping them out:  buying into the LATEST Saudi lies … that neither Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman nor the Saudi government had any role in the brutal killing, dismembering and likely dissolving in acid the corpse of the Washington Post columnist;  Trump also suggesting that even if the Saudi leadership was involved, the US and the world should not let that disrupt rich business deals.

Disgusting!

So much for former US president Ronald Reagan’s once popular claim that the US represents to the world a “shining city upon a hill.”

Not any more!

This is time for Canada …. the ONLY country that stood up to Saudi barbarism even before the Khashoggi slaughter took place and, despite paying a price for bin Salman’s temper tantrum, has not backed down or apologized … to show WE are the REAL Shining City upon a Hill.

WE must not let Khashoggi’s murder be forgotten or pushed aside for business-as-usual; WE must continue to stand up against Saudi lies, coverups and threats.

And at the upcoming G-20 Summit, Canada should … and could … lead the world in NOT FORGETTING and NOT DROPPING the Khashoggi murder until justice is done.

Canada should … and could … embarrass other nations by setting the example and standard with our  ONGOING ACTIONS until the Saudis come clean.

How?

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau should CUT/BAN oil imports from Saudi Arabia … until it demonstrably shows it is capable of joining the civilized world by telling the TRUTH,  outing those truly responsible for Khashoggi’s murder, and releasing ALL their imprisoned, tortured civil rights advocates.

Canada could easily find alternatives to Saudi oil.

Canada should also BAN any further military vehicle sales to Saudi Arabia and CANCEL existing contracts, if we are able to legally do so.

More than 85,000 CHILDREN alone …. on top of innocent adult civilians … have died in Yemen during the war between the Saudi/UAE coalition and Iranian-backed Houti rebels.

A pox on all of them …  and we don’t need the Saudis’ filthy funds that badly to deliver more military hardware to them for it.

Canada should set the example AGAIN for the world … standing up to the Saudis … and not letting the Khashoggi murder drop from the world’s attention.

WE must not let the Saudis … and Trump … get away with their latest brutal affront to humanity.

Time for Canada to become the new Shining City Upon a Hill.

Harv Oberfeld

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Opioid Crisis: Inept Police, Courts and Politicians are Killing Our Kids

November 19th, 2018 · 54 Comments

Talk has not done it! Studies have not done it! Task forces have not done it! Education has not done it! Community outreach has not done it!

What we need to STOP the MURDERS of so many of our kids, our relatives, our friends, our neighbours, our fellow citizens are ARRESTS and IMPRISONMENT of the BIG SHOTS  making millions in profits from importing, manufacturing, and distributing fentanyl and others illicit drugs in our society.

The police know who many of them are; the prosecutors know what they are doing; the politicians know how they are operating … and yet, somehow, despite the widespread size and openness of their crimes, those behind marketing death in BC and across Canada continue to operate and thrive with spectacular impunity.

In September alone, 128 British Columbians DIED from drug overdoses …. bringing the number of lost lives so far this year to 1,143 in the province.

Across Canada, the death toll from illicit drugs since the beginning of 2016  now tops 8,000 …. the total in 2017 alone UP 34% from the year before.

Not to mention the many, many thousands of others also who have come close to death,  suffered, but survived.

Doing drugs is bad enough; illegal drugs even worse; but when so many lives are threatened … and taken … by evil villains who willingly put lives at risk for extra profit, and see so many die,  this is a crisis that demands action and arrests and prosecutions and serious jail sentences … not talk.

And each and every one of the victims also has family members and friends who have suffered along with them … and even partially died inside too … from the opioid crisis gripping and crippling our society.

We’ve heard the BC government announce it is suing the pharmaceutical companies for costs associated with the opioid spread; we keep hearing about “wake up calls” to combat drug abuse; we’ve heard calls for more drug treatment.

But what we have NOT heard about are ARRESTS!!!  Or PROSECUTIONS!!!  OR LENGTHY SENTENCES for those who are killing us … or those we know!!!

WHERE are they????

The impact of the drug epidemic scourging BC has become so significant, it is now affecting life expectancy statistics in the province.

In 2001, life expectancy in BC was 80.27 years; in 2014 it had risen to 83.02 … BUT in 2016, it had dropped back to 82.64 … the reason being opioid deaths, according to Canada’s public health officer.

We are losing this war.

And instead of just dutifully reporting the press conferences, the blabbering and increasing death tolls, WHERE are the TOUGH QUESTIONS and DEMANDS from the media to the police, the prosecutors and the politicians as to WHY there are so few arrests of the BIG DRUG BOSSES behind this epidemic????

Or are too many of the media so co-opted, bored, inexperienced, lazy as they sleepwalk towards retirement to even want to make waves and ask tough questions anymore? Where are their bosses?

Stories on this critical subject could be almost every day … asking the municipal police, the RCMP, elected politicians ay EVERY level, exactly WHAT have they done THAT DAY to make arrests, go after the big shot drug lords and put them in prison.  Every day!!!

If the media kept that up … bet we would see more action than we do now.

Time for the police, the prosecutors, the judges, and the politicians to launch a fully-funded, co-ordinated counter-attack to take out the importers and the distributors.

And if those currently in charge of getting the evidence, making arrests and laying major charges are incompetent or incapable … then our politicians should replace them with others who can.

Before another thousand British Columbians die from drugs.

Harv Oberfeld

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