Canadian PM disses Putin at G20

I considered not posting this, because it’s so short, then decided to anyway.

I may start posting some of these shorter tidbits that I post on my Facebook account. I generally don’t like to post quick takes on the blog, as I don’t want folks to feel cheated in some way, that they clicked to only read a paragraph. Then again, some of this stuff is really good, and we are a Twitter/Facebook short-take culture, so perhaps a few small things throughout the day might be fun.

You are forwarned if you see me posting a lot of short things. This is why.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin is at the G20 summit in Australia, and is apparently getting an earful from western leaders. Including this:

“‘I guess I’ll shake your hand, but I have only one thing to say to you: you need to get out of Ukraine,’ [Canadian Prime Minister Stephen] Harper told Putin at the summit in Brisbane, Australia, according to his spokesman Jason MacDonald.”

Meow.


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  • Bill_Perdue

    Try to be specific.

  • jeffbguarino

    Where on earth do you get your ideas from ???, just give a few concrete references to what you are blowing.

  • jeffbguarino

    Don’t bother answering this commenter, he is another paid conspiracy theorist.

  • Demosthenes

    While this is an interesting article, the poll responses sound like after the fact rationalizing. Not having enough time to vote or being out of town are weak reasons. My son is in college. He goes to school out of state. He went online, obtained an absentee ballot and, presto, voted over the mail. I was out of town for work on Election Day. Here inn Illinois there are numerous locations to vote early. I went to one of them. I was in and out in 20 minutes.

    I think it is well past time that we stop making excuses for the Democrats losing so badly. Democrats meed to figure out how to win.

  • Bill_Perdue

    All three are capitalist states with right wing leaders attempting to implement austerity measures against working people. The differences are that Obama and Harper are simply paid political prostitutes who service the rich and Putin, although it’s hard to say how rich he is, is likely one of the richest people in Russia. Russia, of course, has socialized medicine.

    All three are plutocracies with a sham democratic facade.

    All three are capitalist states but there your comparison of the three falls apart completely. The US and the EU are responsible for mass murder on a huge scale and while the Russians under Putin have committed war crimes in Chechnya and elsewhere they don’t begin to compare with the vast war crimes of the US and NATO. Both sides are committing war crimes in Ukraine and it remains to be seen how that will work out and which will be assigned the most blame.

    In terms of LGBT rights Putin is playing the same antigay card traditionally played in Europe and Russia when war or other disasters, in this case the collapse of the USSR, cut deeply into the birthrate. It was the basis for Napoleons attacks on abortions (although sex between men was decriminalized in the Napoleonic code) and the criminalization of gays in a number of nations. Harper remains an open bigot but is helpless to do anything about it. Obama and many Democrats are rebranded bigots and a few Republicans bigots have also rebranded although rebranding hasn’t caught on with Republicans the way it has with Democrat politicians.

  • Strepsi

    I’m not sure why this is an embarrassment, or how Putin is the only adult in the room…. can you elaborate on your take on this?

  • emjayay

    Many of the same dynamics are there in any conservative/authoritarian movement. Same as (here I go to the forbidden land) Nazis. There are degrees of authoritarianism and degrees of accompanying corruption and kleptocracy, and comparing Canada or the US with Russia is a bit unfair unless you throw in a 100X calculation correction for the US and 200X for Canada.

  • nicho

    Apparently, the PM of Australia embarrassed himself and his country too. The G20 is turning into a confederacy of dunces — fascist dunces, but dunces just the same. When Putin is the only adult in the room, you’ve got a problem.

  • nicho

    Harper’s “dissing” of Putin says more about Harper than it does about Putin. Harper is just another fascist. He’s lucky Putin didn’t pop him in the nose.

  • 2patricius2

    And according to the Telegraph, Apple is now bigger than Russia’s stock market: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/apple/11232749/Apple-now-bigger-than-Russias-stock-market.html

  • cambridgemac

    Strong emphasis on the first syllable.

  • cambridgemac

    And Canada, sadly.

  • Bill_Perdue

    That ought to make Harper very popular with the rightist in Congress and the Obama regime.

  • Indigo

    Your plan is good with me,
    Twitter, Facebook and here with thee,
    I’m on all three.

    Oops, that rhymed.

  • quax

    Diplomacy is his middle name.

  • grandpamike1

    Sounds like the USA, does it not ?

  • Hue-Man

    Harper’s a national embarrassment. His Israel policy is more extreme than AIPAC – he’s a Talibangelical. He wanted Canada in the Bush Jr. Iraq invasion and occupation and has dragged Canada into this useless bombing of Iraqi desert. He’s turned Canada from a (light-weight) “honest broker” into a farcically belligerent anti-Russia, anti-Muslim irrelevancy.

  • Dave of the Jungle

    Nationalism and Imperialism are making a comeback under Putin. This is very dangerous.

  • …and that’s the entirety of Stephen Harper’s diplomatic and negotiation skills.

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