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  1. SpankyMcFarland

    White South African Farmer Plight.

    South Africa is a dangerous place for everybody these days. White farmers are part of that reality.
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    White South African Farmer Plight.

    People of every ethnicity are vulnerable to attack in South Africa these days. For example, the relative I mentioned earlier was South Asian. Nobody is safe, especially the Africans who live in ‘informal settlements’.
  3. SpankyMcFarland

    White South African Farmer Plight.

    I don’t think white farmers are particularly at risk. Everyone is in peril there.
  4. Yes, scientists in Russia. I thought you had a rather low opinion of that country?
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    NAFTA negotiations.

    America milk industry relies heavily on illegal immigrant workers. You’d think they’d be embarrassed to bring the topic up, especially build a wall. The US enjoys a surplus of 474 million dollars with Canada on dairy products. Still not enough.
  6. SpankyMcFarland

    NAFTA negotiations.

    America milk industry relies heavily on illegal immigrant workers. You’d think they’d be embarrassed to bring the topic up, especially build a wall.
  7. SpankyMcFarland

    NAFTA negotiations.

    Says a former Harper operative.
  8. SpankyMcFarland

    NAFTA negotiations.

    At least 685,000 illegal workers in the US agricultural sector and all manner of subsidies encouraging the export of excess product. I can smell the hypocrisy from here. One concession I would like to see - upping our duty-free threshold, one of the lowest in the world. https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/de-minimis-free-trade-1.4801881
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    NAFTA negotiations.

    Hard to believe but...Trump’s friends in the US dairy industry hire an awful lot of immigrant workers and many of them are undocumented. https://lacrossetribune.com/news/local/immigrants-are-backbone-of-wisconsin-s-dairy-operations/article_7acae07a-ed29-557c-84f0-c4465de00e5f.html https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2018/08/24/iowa-murder-casts-spotlight-farms-hiring-undocumented-immigrants/1075320002/ So Canadian farmers are expected to compete against illegal workers in the US. Maybe enforcing US law might be an easier way to solve this particular problem than building a wall? I would expect to see the promise of action on this matter rather than any actual things being done.
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    US vs Iran

    The situation in Xin Jiang is impossible to clarify because of China’s oppressive policies but the Uighurs are definitely being badly treated by any standard: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-45147972 And the Muslim nations say nothing, even assisting China in its sectarian campaign: https://www.businessinsider.com/why-muslim-countries-arent-criticizing-china-uighur-repression-2018-8 And that’s just one story from China.
  11. SpankyMcFarland

    Will Bernier start new party?

    Like the BQ in Quebec, Reform had a strong regional base in the West. Where is Bernier’s regional base?
  12. SpankyMcFarland

    US vs Iran

    What you’re describing is fairly standard for that part of the world.
  13. SpankyMcFarland

    Will Bernier start new party?

    Politics is tribal and Bernier just betrayed his tribe. He could match what Conservatives might want perfectly and still most would not forgive him for splitting the vote.
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    Will Bernier start new party?

    He's going to get more votes on the right than anywhere else because he's a far right libertarian way out of the Canadian mainstream. In addition, I'm not sensing a Harper or a Chrétien here on the organization and work side, so I don't see him creating a viable national alternative to the Conservatives. There's a reason Harper constantly restrained his own party and kept it centrist - that's where the votes are.
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    US vs Iran

    My basic point is that I don't see anything uniquely wicked about Iran. Look at KSA, its beheadings, and mistreatment of foreign workers and women; any of the Stans with their vicious dictators most of us have never heard of; China and its minorities e.g. the Uighurs who recently featured in a UN report; Russia in Chechnya; Egypt and many other African countries; and so on.
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