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Fascinating that people are downvoting a CBC/Radio-Canada report piece about barriers facing immigrants to Canada.

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There is no consensus on the actual size of India’s middle class. Using the classification of those spending between US$2–10 per capita per day, over 600 million people — half of India’s population — were in the middle class in 2012, up from less than 300 million or 27 per cent of the population in 2000. Nearly 75 per cent of the middle class is comprised of the lower middle class — those spending US$2–4 per capita per day, a figure that’s only slightly above the global poverty line.

If using a higher income band — where a person is considered middle class if their daily income is approximately US$17–100 — 432 million Indians can be included in the middle class as of 2021, comprising 31 per cent of the population, up from 14 per cent in 2005.

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These are people who are able to care about more than subsistence. Not “middle class” in a western sense, but secure enough in their own community to be able to push their politicians to do something about them not dying of heatwaves.

Israel’s obstruction of investigation into 7 October rape allegations risks truth never being found, advocates warn (www.middleeastmonitor.com)

Israel’s leadership is pushing the allegations that Hamas fighters raped Israeli women during the October 7 attacks for its own political objectives while the government’s ongoing refusal to allow the United Nations to conduct a full investigation into the matter threatens to hinder any evidence, advocates have warned.

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Covering up war crimes of your enemies against you, though? That’s not at all typical.

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Sure, provided that the EU, pays reparations to the countries that it gouges the last 50 years, and provided that former colonial European countries, pay reparations to their former colonies.

What, no?

You can’t colonize Algeria and then complain about Algerians in France. You can’t import gastarbeiter and then complain about Turks in Germany. You can’t genocide the Kongo, Namibia, etc and then complain about Africans. You can’t keep West Africa in a perpetual chokehold with the franc and complain about the Senegalese.

Basically, you simply can not fundamentally alter the rest of the world to serve your interests and then pretend that you don’t have to change yourself.

The funny thing is that the European project as a supra national project is actually perfectly placed to overcome these old wounds by promoting peace and prosperity and encouraging regional integration outside Europe. The basic tenets of Europeanism are wildly successful at promoting peace and prosperity internally. The European experiment seems to have worked and Europe could very well foster similar projects around the world. Instead, they play the role of Vikings…

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Yup. So what is your take?

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Phew, for a moment there I thought all that electoral shenanigans and voter intimidation might have been for nothing, bit it turns out they did pay off.

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Outdoors teaching is an idea we should really be doing more. It would have been useful to have during the pandemic, and it is still a good idea.

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Arguably the hard right foreign policies of the US from the last 10-20 years are responsible for a lot of the migrant waves Europeans are fearing. You guys blew up the middle east…

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God no, the EU countries are not blameless. But they by far not the prime mover of the blowing up of the Middle East.

Junior partners are junior.

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Are you aware of the concept of “orders of magnitude”?

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None of this negates my argument.

I’m making the argument that the Europeans, while being junior partners in imperialist domination are not the main drivers, and are in fact an order of magnitude less powerful than the US. Wtf is your argument? That they are co-equal to the Americans?

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Sure, but why stop in the 1600s? Let’s go all the way back to the agricultural revolution. I blame Sumer.

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“The story so far:

In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move”

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How dare they threaten one of the few democracies in the Iberian Peninsula! Spain has a right to defend itself.

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I think 4 counts as a few, no?

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This happened in Montreal too. Utterly despicable and outrageous in every way.

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You assume the perpetrators were thinking humans. That’s a wild assumption.

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Your whole comment is based on the assumption that what that guy did was theft, and morally reprehensible. It fucking isn’t though. Intellectual property of the generic material of plants is just capitalist made up bullshit.

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Or else any last semblance of the rules-based international order is out the window.

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There are still “semblances”.

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The amount of sheer sense of entitlement is just mind boggling.

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Fixed, thx.

Blinken hints at US sanctions against ICC over arrest warrants for Israeli leaders (www.independent.co.uk)

Antony Blinken has indicated that he will work with American lawmakers on potential sanctions against the International Criminal Court after it sought arrest warrants for Israel’s prime minister and defence minister, setting the stage for a confrontation with the world court in the Hague.

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They kill off international law and then act all surprised when autocracies do crimes.

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I wish the German government saw Palestinians as human as they see the Ukrainians.

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There are 143 (soon 146) countries that recognize the Palestinian state.

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The US is ready to nuke what’s left of international law in order to protect a couple of criminals.

That are ready to bring us back to the era of the League of Nations just so that Bibi fucking Netanyahu doesn’t go to trial.

Canada, the EU, and a bunch of other Western countries are signatories to the treaty of Rome. What do they have to say about this bullying behaviour of the US government?

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I’m really getting tired of fucking American politicians these days.

Shut the fuck up and let the court decide.

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That’s why cities in such climates also need really good public transit systems.

Canadian immigration asks medical worker fleeing Gaza if he treated Hamas fighters (kitchener.citynews.ca)

Kelly O’Connor, an immigration lawyer in Toronto, said she gasped out loud when she saw the text. Any medical worker who denies care to someone hurt in a war zone is committing a “serious breach of the Geneva Convention,” she said in an interview....

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Weed is legal in Canada, illegal in the US.

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The far right always cries censorship. Fuck the far right.

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In the middle of a housing crisis, this is just good news.

But frankly, the developers themselves don’t deserve too much hate. They are just local optimizers and ultimately if we want to build more housing they are the ones that know how to do it.

If anyone deserves hate and schadenfreude here it is the Canadian banking sector. They are the global optimizers that turbocharged the bubble. They created and made insane amounts of money off of the bubble. And they are in an oligopolistic position and with enough political pull that if this turns into a crunch they would be getting bailed out at the taxpayers’ expense.

Police crackdown on Gaza protest encampments [at the University of Alberta] campus sparks outcry (montrealgazette.com)

Students and academics at the University of Alberta reacted with outrage on Saturday after Edmonton police dismantled a pro-Palestinian encampment on campus, describing the operation as violent and contesting assertions that demonstrators were breaking the law....

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It’s so disorienting that the IJV spokesperson quoted in the article is named Kahane.

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Twenty years from now: “The Canadian Prime Minister has issued a formal apology and ordered that Canadian flags fly half mast”.

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Don’t be silly, nobody is taking away UK government officials’ visas.

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Yet, in typical European fashion they would much much much rather interpret “reduce immigration” to mean “be mean to poor people here” than to mean “help stabilize developing nations and allow their economies to grow without squeezing them out using our country’s dominant economic position (so people don’t become economic migrants) and without support for bombing them every other decade (so people don’t become war refugees)”, which of course includes “address climate change (so people don’t become climate refugees)”.

No upstream thinking, just fascism fascism fascism.

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Yea right, I’m sure AfD voters are all for raising up other countries.

Buddy, I’m Greek. I know first hand what German right wingers think of “irresponsible southerners”. So far up their righteous asses that expending economic resources for a European country that basically buys everything Germany produces was too hard for them to swallow. Don’t tell me they would not turn uber-protectionist the moment helping some brown people place comes up.

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He integrated successfully.

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Thank you, yes, exactly. The reason why right wing extremist/fascist talking points often sound convincing is because they usually have some kernel of truth, that they then twist to their agenda.

Western Media has failed spectacularly to report faithfully and objectively for decades. They have been sucking up to their economic and political overlords, shooting their own credibility in the foot. This has created a weakness that their opponents to the right are loving to exploit, be that US alt-facts/Maga Republicans, European neofascist “identitarians” or putinist ultranationalists.

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I’m not that person, so I won’t argue their point.

I am making a different point, that has to do with Palestine as a whole, not about individual criminals.

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