Mark Taliano is a retired high school teacher. Currently he is a writer and activist residing in the Niagara region.
The illegal coup in Ukraine that violently overthrew the democratically-elected government of Viktor Yanukovych, another structural deep event -- this one international -- is changing the face of the world. Details of U.S clandestine funding of regime change have been suppressed though not entirely ignored by corporate media. But some core facts about the coup itself have been entirely omitted by North American media.
The largely undetected coup, as revealed by the wikileaks cable, goes a long way towards explaining Canada's current predicament. This secret intervention in Canada's political landscape will continue to undermine our country's prosperity and security, unless we become more conscious of its insidious impacts and choose instead trajectories towards peace and national security.
11/09/2014 06:12 EST
In an article entitled "Why Canada And The U.S. Are On The Wrong Side Of Democracy", I describe the shocking downward spiral of Honduras since the illegal coup, and the concurrent loss of economic and political self-determination. This, then, is the consistent pattern when Empire intervenes in the internal affairs of other countries.
10/19/2014 10:30 EDT
The Admissions Committee Law, for example -- which was recently upheld by the Israeli Supreme Court -- legalizes racial segregation. According to this law, 43 per cent of Israeli residential areas are legally entitled to deny entrance to Palestinian Arab citizens of the Israeli state. Most of this land, to which the Palestinians are not welcome, was originally confiscated from Palestinian refugees.
09/29/2014 05:35 EDT
The dismantling of our emblematic health care system is happening beneath our very noses. We are assured that it is in or best interests, and that corporate, multi-tiered health care, like corporate globalization, is inevitable. Nothing could be further from the truth. Each promise about corporate healthcare is false. Comprehensive documentation shows that a "two tier" system is inferior to a universal publicly funded system, by any measure.
08/25/2014 06:37 EDT
The open-ended War On Terror is yet another Big Lie. It is used as a cover for on-going imperialism, not only in Afghanistan and Iraq, but also in the Ukraine, Syria, and Palestine. Those who oppose Empire are said to be terrorists, and the monstrous crimes continue unabated. The most recent culprit is Israel -- thought to be an appendage (or driver?) of the U.S empire -- which is currently committing genocide in Palestine.
08/03/2014 11:25 EDT
Israel's largely American-supplied war machine--though Canada is increasingly adding to the mix -- is perpetuating the imperial cycle of conquest: a technologically advanced force is imposing its monstrous will on a vilified, relatively defenceless people.
07/22/2014 12:48 EDT
Ukraine is the next Iraq. Beneath the lies, the war fever, the Putin bashing, the shameful western support -- and orchestration -- of the illegal Nazi/Banderite coup, and the daily toll of corpses, there are resources to exploit for foreign gain: primarily shale gas.
07/04/2014 12:49 EDT
Fear of a re-occurrence of a similar incident could make a population more amenable to police state security, including the loss of freedoms, in exchange for perceived protections. Police state measures would likely include increased surveillance, normalization of lock-downs, plus more and better police armaments: a ramping up of the police-industrial complex.
06/21/2014 11:41 EDT
Hanna Arendt describes a peculiar dynamic of mob mentality in her classic The Origins Of Totalitarianism, that resonates with the world today. She explains that "one could make people believe the most...
06/13/2014 05:06 EDT
The manufactured health care crisis is a case in point. Solutions to challenges of cost, quality, and access are fairly straightforward but wilfully ignored, and current trajectories towards corporatization are leading us in the wrong direction. Here are some solutions.
05/18/2014 09:14 EDT
According to neo-con politicians, union bosses and their minions, as well as public servants, and public institutions, are the causes of our economic woes, even as these are some of the few remaining polities that mitigate the damages caused by predator capitalism. Two of Canada's "emblematic" institutions, currently being undermined so that they can be replaced by inferior models, are "universal" health care, and Canada Post.
04/27/2014 11:40 EDT
Once freed from the devastating tentacles of the transnational monopolies, Canadians will realize that it's time to call 911 on the corporatocracy. We might then recapture real democracy and freedom, rather than settle for their bankrupt facsimiles.
04/13/2014 10:42 EDT
All of the destabilization tactics are designed to convey the impression that the government is incompetent, and that it needs to be changed. Ultimately, though, widespread support is needed, and in this respect, the opposition -- though well-funded by the U.S. -- has so far failed.
03/12/2014 05:27 EDT
When Canada announces that it is ramping up its arms dealing to Colombia and Saudi Arabia, the media coverage is accurate in the details but lacks comprehensiveness. The corporate agenda, as reflected in media messaging, prefers to suppress the far-reaching consequences of Canada's growing military-industrial complex.
03/03/2014 12:58 EST
Corporate globalization entrenches parasitical monopoly capitalism. In agriculture, for example, large agribusiness monopolies, often funded by international banking institutions, push out smallholders -- thereby reducing economic diversity -- so that they can grow monoculture cash crops for export.
02/04/2014 05:38 EST
Canada's corporate extension into Honduras is emblematic of this neocolonial pillage of public resources that impoverishes the majority as it enriches oligarchs and foreign investors. Corporate globalism has everything to do with profit and exploitation, and nothing to do with fair trade, human rights or labour rights.
01/08/2014 05:12 EST
In March of 2007, Gildan Activewear Inc., a Montreal-based textile manufacturer decided to leave Canada for sunnier climes. Corporations and their government subsidiaries repeated messaging about "competitiveness and efficiencies" in Canada while Hondurans were promised economic revitalization and jobs. The end result?
12/14/2013 01:17 EST
Canada is currently finalizing a parasitical "Canada-Honduras Free Trade Agreement", which promises to further entrench and empower the elites in Honduras, to the detriment of most Hondurans, and the country. The agreement, negotiated in secret, will increase the economic activity in the country, but it will not enrich the majority of Honduras.
11/13/2013 12:16 EST
If the goal is mid-east hegemony, for example, manufactured hatred for Muslims (Islamophobia) becomes a necessary first step. The 9/11 terror attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon created a huge shock on the mental landscapes of the U.S and the world. This shock created a collective numbness, and a window first for Islamophobia and then for military action.
11/01/2013 11:55 EDT
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