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  1. Anti-hijab protesters defy Iranian authorities after the arrest of nearly 30 women for not wearing headscarves

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    Protests against the compulsory wearing of hijabs in Iran have continued despite the arrests earlier this week of 29 women for appearing in public without a headscarf.

    Symbolic protests took place throughout the country this week with women posting videos and photographs on social media of themselves standing on utility boxes, street sidewalks and other public places as they defiantly waved their hijabs.

    Chief Prosecutor Mohammad Jafar Montazeri played down the escalating protests on Wednesday, saying they were ‘trivial’ and ‘childish’ moves possibly incited by foreigners.

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  2. Cop Hurt as Cycling Mob Rides Wrong Way Through NYC Streets, Attacks Drivers: Witnesses, Police
    One driver says he was punched and his car window was smashed by some of the bicyclists

    A mob of dozens of bicyclists roamed through the streets of Manhattan against traffic and attacked drivers who confronted them, witnesses say, and police say an officer was injured after being hit by a driver trying to chase down the unruly group.

    Some of the cyclists were wearing masks as they zig-zagged through cars on Seventh Avenue in Chelsea on Saturday evening and clashed with drivers. Cell phone video shows the group rolling through the streets between cars.

  3. A 37-year-old man in a wheelchair was injured during a robbery attempt in Frankfurt, Germany. The man, called Mario Zivkovic, was dragged out of his wheelchair and was hurt on his hands and knees.

    According to Zivkovic the man tried to steal his bag: “He pulled really hard, so that I fell on my side from the wheel chair. That’s how I hurt both my knees, because he kept pulling me. I was already on the floor, and he dragged me a couple of meters, and I didn’t let go of the bag.”

  4. The College of the Holy Cross is keeping its century-old sports name “the Crusaders” after eight weeks of campus reflection amid concerns the name could offend Muslims.

    The Worcester college’s board of trustees voted yesterday to keep the name, explaining it sees the moniker in a modern light.

    “While we acknowledge that the Crusades were among the darkest periods in Church history, we choose to associate ourselves with the modern definition of the word crusader, one which is representative of our Catholic, Jesuit identity and our mission and values as an institution and community,” Holy Cross President the Rev. Philip L. Boroughs and Board Chair John J. Mahoney wrote yesterday in an email to students, staff, faculty and alumni.

    • The Catholic school in Dubuque, Iowa, Clarke University, switched its team name from “Crusaders” to “Pride” (as in a pride of lions, sometime eaters of early Christian Martyrs) in 2017.

    • While we acknowledge that the Crusades were among the darkest periods in Church history, we choose to associate ourselves with the modern definition of the word crusader, one which is representative of our Catholic, Jesuit identity and our mission and values as an institution and community

      Please. A little more with the bowing and scraping towards Mecca.

    • Why was fighting to kick Islamic Invaders out of Christian majority countries a dark era? Remember with the exception of Arabia all of the Islamic nations from the Western Iranian border to the Atlantic were Christian nations before the Islamic conquest.

      Another fact of history no longer taught.

  5. It’s when, not if: Singapore worries, and prepares, for militant attack

    SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Armed officers patrol a train station where television screens and giant posters warn of the threat from militants. Nearby, fake gunmen storm a shopping mall in one of many recent terror attack simulations.

    But this is not some war-ravaged country. It is one of the safest in the world, Singapore.

    The wealthy island-state has a near-perfect record of keeping its shores free from terror, but as it prepares to host defence ministers from around Southeast Asia this week, it appears to have good reason to have prioritized stopping the spread of militancy in the region.

    The cosmopolitan financial hub, which was second only to Tokyo in The Economist Intelligence Unit’s Safe Cities Index in 2017, says it has been the target of militant plots for years, some stemming from its Muslim-majority neighbors, and that it’s a matter of ‘when’ and not ‘if’ militants will strike.

    “Singapore continues to face a serious security threat from both homegrown radicalised individuals and foreign terrorists who continue to see Singapore as a prized target,” Singapore’s Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said in response to e-mailed questions from Reuters.

  6. Mexico City – Mexico’s foreign relations secretary said Friday that it might come as a surprise but his country’s relationship with the United States today is “more fluid” and “closer” than it was with previous U.S. administrations.

    Mexico has had well-publicized disagreements with President Donald Trump during the past year over trade, immigration and payment for a proposed border wall. But Foreign Relations Secretary Luis Videgaray said that “with the Trump administration, we’re committed to having a very close communication and that has proven to be a tremendous benefit for the relationship.”

    • The same cannot be said about Canada. We’re doing the opposite and sending envoys to Washington to work with the Dems and the globalists in the hope of influencing Trump.

  7. German gun ownership hit a record high in 2017, local newspapers reported Thursday. More than 256,000 small arms permits were issued in last two years, almost doubling the total number of license holders in the country to well over half a million.

    The latest statistics on increased gun ownership comes just weeks after a government study explicitly linked the soaring crime rates in the country to migrant arrivals. The detailed study commissioned by Germany’s Ministry of Family Affairs found that in the state of Lower Saxony, where crime surged by 10 percent between 2014 and 2016, more than 90 percent of the additional crimes could be attributed to the newly arrived ‘refugees.’ Similar trends were witnessed across Germany.

    Note: the big question is how many of these guns are in hands of citizens rather than stockpiled in Mosques…

    • Wait, you think jihadis would get a gun permit? I really cannot see muslims joining a shooting club in order to get their permit or joining a hunting club.

      Besides the kind of firearms they prefer, you can’t legally own in Germany they are forbidden under War weapons control Act.

      • She is like many on the gun control issue, in her mind the only place to get a weapon is a gun store and this means permits. Never mind that this hardly ever happens this paradigm grows to include more people all the time.

  8. A New York high school has canceled a production of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” after a student activist group complained about a white student being cast in a lead role.

    The school now will be putting on an alternative production.

    Members of Ithaca High School’s Students United Ithaca — all five of them (below, left) — got together and wrote up a letter and list of demands after the role of Esmeralda went to a Caucasian peer.

  9. Students’ Union Campaign ‘Has Become Vehicle for Extremist Interests’, Warns Think Tank (breitbart, Feb 4, 2018)

    “A National Union for Students (NUS) campaign to abolish the government’s anti-extremism programme has become a “vehicle” for Islamic extremist interests, according to a leading think tank.
    Students Not Suspects, which became an NUS official policy in 2015, has hosted extremist speakers who have links to Islamic fundamentalists such as CAGE, MEND, the Islamic Human Rights Commission (IHRC), and Friends of al-Aqsa, according to the report published Wednesday by the counter-extremism think tank The Henry Jackson Society.

    “‘Students Not Suspects’ has effectively become a vehicle for extremist interests,” author Richard Black warns. “It advances extremist tropes, extremist speakers and extremist narratives – all the while attacking anybody, NUS officials or otherwise, who distance themselves from its position.”

    “They have accused critics and fellow students of being motivated by racism and Islamophobia,” the report adds, and noted that some activists involved in Students Not Suspects have previously made anti-Semitic remarks and still enjoy influence in the union…”

  10. Alleged Video of Fight Between Russian Su-25 Pilot, Terrorists Surfaces on Web (sputniknews, Feb 4, 2018)

    “Militants from the Tahrir Al-Sham terrorist group shot down a Russian Su-25 on February 3, while flying over the Idlib de-escalation zone. The pilot of the downed plane managed to bail out, but was killed during a fight with the terrorists. This video shows another version of events.

    According to a video footage, released by the Directorate 4 Telegram-channel, the pilot of the downed Russian Su-25 blew himself up in order to avoid captivity by militants.

    Before taking this step, the pilot was shooting at the terrorists who surrounded him…”

    • This is from 2015 so it is a little out of date, ISIS is for all practical purposes already destroyed. It can be regrown but the Bortherhood will probably move on to another group.

      The US isn’t going to break apart, we settled that in the first civil war.

      • The US isn’t going to break apart, we settled that in the first civil war.

        I am morally obliged to support your assertion, Richard. If anything, Alaska and Texas are well behind California when it comes to any potential secession from the Union.

        Given that California (which, as a separate NATIONAL economy) currently ranks as number SIX in the entire world, any notion that Washington D.C.—much less so many other less-prosperous American republics—would quietly allow The Golden State to slip its leash and deprive these other less productive entities of some $405,851,295,000 FEDERAL TAX DOLLARS PER YEAR is, not just laughable, but totally beyond the slightest comprehension.

        As in; were Abe Lincoln alive today, he might well choke himself into unconsciousness on hearing the merest suggestion of allowing America’s FIFTH largest state to wriggle away from its historically massive monetary and agricultural role in making The United States of America into the indisputable superpower that it is right now.

        • The people who want the US to break up so the smaller nations would be easier to take over never think that way. Those that do hope we will not think of that, the cost of sending in the military to stop the secession would be less then one years tax revenue. It would have the added avantage of scaring a lot of the illegals back over the Southern Border.

  11. Richard: I don’t know much about this channel Global Conflilct but this video seems to know what it is talking about.

    The Coming India-Russia Split

    • While the video only marginally limns out whatever potential “split” between India and Russia, such a thing would be rather welcome news for the USA.

      It is long overdue for India to wean itself of dependence upon Russian manufactured armaments. Having lost enough pilots at the stick of MIG-21 “widow-makers”, one would think that New Delhi might have rethought its drink by now.

      If it was Trump’s idea (or that of his advisers) to back India’s seat on the UN Security Council, then such genius deserves massive applause. Driving a wedge between Moscow and New Delhi is a top priority in terms of re-balancing the entire East Asian constellation currently being dominated by Communist China.

      The West needs a strong, fully industrialized India to serve as a strategic counterweight against Red China’s increasing regional hegemony. Only India has the “throw weight” (population-wise) to answer The Mainland’s ongoing attempts to cow (as it were) its various neighbors.

      • This Channel has more videos but I want to watch them before I post them, I have learned my lesson on just skimming the videos and then posting them.

      • I have posted more videos from this channel, they are interesting but in most give only limited info, this may be because of some ties between the man supposedly running the channel and the Indian Government.

  12. ABU NUWAR, West Bank (Reuters) – Israeli authorities on Sunday tore down two EU-funded classrooms that were part of a school for Bedouins in the occupied West Bank because they said they were built illegally.

    Palestinians condemned the move.

    Israeli authorities say such demolitions carry out court rulings against unauthorized building by Palestinians. Palestinians see it as part of a broader move to seize land for potential Jewish settlement expansion.

  13. Don’t ask me how I stumbled on this but it is a fantastic documentary on German art and culture post WWI and pre WWII. Terrific video of Germany during that time and also the art; literature,music, sculpture and painting that Hitler deemed “degenerate”.

    “You know, one of the, most grotesque kind of, unintended results of this…. I remember
    seeing as a kid one of the newsreels of the liberation of the camps… I never forgot that shot of the bulldozer rolling the mass of starved corpses, the typhoid dead, the murdered, into this mass grave… and it always comes back to me strangely enough when I look at the distortion and elongation in German, in certain German expressionist pictures… as though the, uh, the aesthetic distortions of expressionism had been made real, absolute and concrete on the real suffering human body by the Nazis, you know as though this was some kind of climactic work of art which ended up mimicking what they had attempted to suppress. This is a very superficial way of looking at it, I know, because it leaves out the actual content of the suffering, but for a, a gentile boy seeing that in Australia, forty-some years ago… uh, on a grainy movie – I compare the two images and I can’t help thinking of it.” – Robert Hughes, 50:52?

  14. Lawmakers in the state of California are now pushing for families who homeschool their children to be subject to involuntary home visits from state employees—treating those parents with the same oversight and involvement that they would give parents who have abused their children.

    The new regulations could consist of forced meetings with child protective services and other government agencies, which would leave the burden on the parents to prove to the government that they are fit to be parents who homeschool their children, according to the state’s guidelines.

  15. The British housing market is now dealing with a new special entry: former Christian churches. A former Methodist church in Surrey was recently put on sale for the first time in its 154-year history. And a few days later, a church in London and went on the market — converted into apartments.

    Religious symbols are an integral part of a civilization. When old symbols vanish, new ones — with their own identities — take their place. Europe’s public imagination today is being flooded with Islamic symbols, from veils in schools, swimming pools and workplaces, to the volume and height of mosque minarets.

    We impenitent secularists might be happily indifferent to the fall of the old religious symbols — but we should not be indifferent to the new religious symbols taking their place.

  16. BREITBART – Canadian Public Broadcaster Claims Quebec Public Sector Employees ‘Too White’

    According to an investigation by the French language version of the publicly-funded Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), the public sector workforce of the province of Quebec is “too white”.

    The investigation claims that white Canadians are overrepresented in the public sector workforce in comparison to their overall population in Quebec.

    White Quebecois are increasingly becoming a smaller segment of the overall population of the province, with visible minorities almost doubling from 7 per cent to 13 per cent of the population between 2001 and 2016.

    The author of the report, Thomas Gerbet, lists several publicly-owned companies and lists the number of minority employees, such as Quebec’s public liquor corporation Société des alcools du Québec, which has minorities as only two per cent of its overall workforce.

    Nine out of 10 non-white residents of the province live in Montreal and, according to the report, the Montreal Transit Corporation (STM) is one of the few public organisations to meet government diversity quota targets.

    Publicly-funded Quebec universities, known as CEGEPs, are also subject to diversity quotas. According to Mr. Gerbet, universities which do not actively promote diversity targets for new hires could face action from the province’s human rights tribunal.

    The Quebec police force is also lagging behind the diversity quotas, with Montreal having only 14.5 per cent of its police and administrative staff coming from minority backgrounds compared to the 34 per cent minority population of the city.

    Over the last year, Quebec has born the brunt of illegal mass migration to Canada, as Haitians and others have rushed across the U.S. border by the thousands. Many of the illegal migrants seeking asylum have been housed in Montreal, where the Olympic stadium was converted into a makeshift asylum home last summer.

    After the influx of asylum seekers, believed to have been encouraged following a tweet from Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the government has now started to advise asylum seekers not to cross into the country illegally.

    Earlier this month, immigration minister Ahmed Hussen warned illegal migrants: “We don’t want people to illegally enter our border, and doing so is not a free ticket to Canada.”

    He added: “We are saying, ‘You will be apprehended, screened, detained, fingerprinted, and if you can’t establish a genuine claim, you will be denied refugee protection and removed.’”

    In the United Kingdom, police forces and public companies like the BBC have also embraced diversity quotas, sometimes even advising that white people need not apply for certain positions.

  17. UK: Clashes erupt at pro-Kurdish protest in North London

    Hundreds of pro-Kurdish protesters marched through Haringey, North London, on Sunday to protest against the Turkish military operation in Syria’s Afrin.

    The protest led to clashes after people reportedly identified as Turkish nationalists engaged with the demonstrators. The police detained several people before the protest ended in Wood Green.

  18. Germany: Locals react to ban on mosque’s use of loudspeakers for call to prayer

    Residents of Oer-Erkenschwick responded to a recent court ruling, on Sunday, which dictated that a mosque in the town may no longer broadcast its call to prayer through loudspeakers.

    Members of the mosque’s congregation criticised the decision, with one man declaring, “[I] don’t understand this prohibition because it doesn’t affect anyone in the surrounding area.”

    • I would be interested in seeing an English translation of this.
      But I think I have a pretty good idea about why the Islamic center wants to use a loud speaker. It’s about power. It is a passive aggressive way to force the neighbors to submit whether they want to or not, you will be subject to the call to prayer. Because let’s face it, if you want to call people to prayer in 2018 you can call them on their cell phones and not bother anyone else.

      • Jerusalem has a Shabbat-is-starting siren. It notifies me of just who exactly is in charge because that body gets to choose which customary time to follow.

    • President Trump last week used his first State of the Union address to push for the merit-based immigration system that admits skilled people, a proposal that could benefit technology professionals from countries like India.

      The only reason why Indians are so popular in the high tech sector is that they’re willing to take low pay and work overtime for free to get their green card. This allows behemoths like Google, Facebook, and others to avoid hiring far more skilled individuals that they would have to pay much higher wages to.

      As it is, much of India’s higher education system is peppered with diploma mills. Although the following article is from 2011, it is doubtful that much has changed since then.

      From: India Graduates Millions, but Too Few Are Fit to Hire

      Business executives say schools are hampered by overbearing bureaucracy and a focus on rote learning rather than critical thinking and comprehension. Government keeps tuition low, which makes schools accessible to more students, but also keeps teacher salaries and budgets low. What’s more, say educators and business leaders, the curriculum in most places is outdated and disconnected from the real world.

      “If you pay peanuts, you get monkeys,” says Vijay Thadani, chief executive of New Delhi-based NIIT Ltd. India, a recruitment firm that also runs job-training programs for college graduates lacking the skills to land good jobs.

      Muddying the picture is that on the surface, India appears to have met the demand for more educated workers with a quantum leap in graduates. Engineering colleges in India now have seats for 1.5 million students, nearly four times the 390,000 available in 2000, according to the National Association of Software and Services Companies, a trade group.

      But 75% of technical graduates and more than 85% of general graduates are unemployable by India’s high-growth global industries, including information technology and call centers, according to results from assessment tests administered by the group.

      Hindus also tend to be incredibly racist and rarely marry outside of their ethnicity. This makes them very much like Muslims in terms of poor prospects for long-term assimilation. Similarly, they frequently wed spouses from India instead of seeking mates from within the existing American population. They also are source of chain migration which sees far too many elderly parents from the Subcontinent become a massive burden on the US health care system.

      Finally, the issue of remittances sent to India is quite serious as they represent an outflow of some $10.96 billion per year from America alone. Claiming 12% of the entire world’s remittances, India is a gigantic economic sinkhole. Accounting for 4% of India’s entire GDP, this infusion amounts to US$68.91 billion yearly.

      It’s time for India to become more responsible, less corrupt, and stop relying upon non-resident Indians (NRIs) to bolster their economy. As is the case with other nations where corruption is epidemic (e.g., Mexico), by importing lots of this human capital, there is also imported their culture of corruption. Only Mexico sends more people to America every year. Enough already!

  19. Iraqi forces ‘displaced, beat and imprisoned’ family members of Isil fighters, report claims (telegraph, Feb 4, 2018)

    “raqi forces have displaced, beaten and imprisoned members of at least 235 families of suspected Isil fighters, Human Rights Watch said on Sunday.

    The rights watchdog accused the Popular Mobilisation Front (PMF), a group of government-linked Shiite militias that answer to Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, of “waging collective punishment on civilians”.

    Human Rights Watch said it conducted interviews with at least 235 families as well as officials, managers of camps for displaced people, and international organisations.

    From these, it alleges that PMF forces removed the families of suspected Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) militants from their homes around the Hawija area and sent them to camps in the Kirkuk area.

    During the displacement of these civilian families, groups within the PMF are alleged to have destroyed homes, forced parents to leave children behind, stolen families’ livestock and beaten some of the men.

    “Retaliatory actions like these have no basis in law. Collective punishment is a violation of the laws of war,” Human Rights Watch’s Lama Fakih told the Telegraph…”

  20. A Muslim student tried to get another student expelled Thursday, which was World Hijab Day, after the second student refused to wear a hijab.

    A Muslim student at the University of Central Florida said that she invited fellow student Kathy Zhu to try on a hijab, reported Twitchy. After Zhu declined her offer, the Muslim student, identified by Zhu to The Daily Caller News Foundation as UCF health sciences student Rayyan Sukkarieh, took to Twitter, posting “let’s get this girl expelled.”

  21. An oil tanker with a crew of 22 Indian nationals is missing in the Gulf of Guinea off Benin in West Africa.

    There has been no contact with the Panama-registered Marine Express since Thursday.

    The incident occurred less than a month after another vessel was taken by pirates in the same area.

    The International Maritime Bureau said the Benin navy was searching for the Marine Express, which is carrying 13,500 tonnes of gasoline.

    In January, a ship was hijacked in the same area but was released six days later when a ransom was paid.

  22. An entrepreneur in the south of Sweden who took a pay cut in order to save his own company has been handed a deportation order by the country’s Migration Agency, who say he was in breach of collective salary agreement rules.
    Hussein Ismail came to Sweden from Lebanon in 2014 to continue his work with Birka Biostorage, which he co-founded remotely in 2011.

    “In the beginning, I was helping from abroad until we reached a point where I needed to join physically because of the demands of the job, that’s why I moved. We started expanding then, until we reached the situation we’re in today,” Ismail explained.

    “I’ve also been involved in three other start-ups in Lund, of which I’m a co-founder and part owner.”

  23. This is not a joke. In Sweden, the four “center-right” parties of the Alliance — the Moderate Party, the Centre Party, the Liberal Party, and the Christian Democrat Party — want newly arrived Muslim migrants to be enrolled in Sweden’s volunteer home defense organizations. They think this will “contribute to the integration process.”

    In those defense organizations, the volunteers learn how to handle machine guns and other weapons. If Muslim migrants join these organizations in large numbers, what could possibly go wrong? They’ll be integrated!

  24. A man found not criminally responsible last month for vandalism attacks at the Ottawa Islam Care Centre and the Ottawa Muslim Association Mosque last spring has continued to post anti-Muslim and neo-Nazi comments online, including praising Norwegian mass murderer Anders Breivik as “the greatest hero since Hitler.”

    Shawn Le Guerrier, 28, was charged with wilfully promoting hatred, uttering threats and several counts of mischief in connection with the attacks on April 12 and April 25 at the Islam Care Centre on Somerset Street West and the Ottawa Mosque on Northwestern Avenue. He was also charged with two counts of assaulting a police officer, resisting arrest and several counts of violating his release conditions.

  25. Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed pushed back on demands from local Black Lives Matter supporters for the city to boycott Israel by standing behind a police training program between his city and Israel.

    “I happen to believe that (Israel) has some of the best counterterrorism techniques in the world,” Reed said at a July 18 press conference. “It benefits our police department from that longstanding relationship.”

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  26. tlanta Mayor Kasim Reed pushed back on demands from local Black Lives Matter supporters for the city to boycott Israel by standing behind a police training program between his city and Israel.

    “I happen to believe that (Israel) has some of the best counterterrorism techniques in the world,” Reed said at a July 18 press conference. “It benefits our police department from that longstanding relationship.”

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  27. US troops in Kurdish uniform may be targeted by Olive Branch forces – Turkish Deputy PM (RT, Feb 4, 2018)

    “US troops fighting alongside Syrian Kurdish militias in the same uniform may be targeted by the Turkish army due to the difficulty of distinguishing them in the heat of battle, Turkey’s Deputy PM has warned.

    The unambiguous warning comes at a time when Turkish troops are making further advances into the Kurdish-held Syrian province of Afrin as part of ‘Operation Olive Branch’.

    Previously, Ankara complained that the American troops’ embedding with Kurdish militias – regarded as terrorists in Turkey – is unacceptable for the US-Turkish alliance…”

  28. New EKOS/CP polling explores populist sentiment bubbling in Canada. Here’s how.

    OTTAWA — Across the world, citizens who have felt sideswiped by technological, cultural and economic progress have sought to regain some measure of control by seeking to upend the political status quo in their home countries.

    EKOS Research and The Canadian Press sought to explore to what extent similar discontent exists here and in particular, where, by devising an index to measure attitudes.

    The methodology:

    Two telephone polls from June and December probed respondents for their opinions in categories covering their economic outlook on the future and sense of class mobility, how well they know Canada’s ethnic makeup, their racial tolerance and finally, whether they believe so-called populism is a good or bad thing.

    The answer to each question was allotted a point value. Negative answers — such as respondents reporting they were falling backward — received more points than positive ones.

    The sum of the points determined where someone sits on
    a spectrum of views ranging from ‘open’ to ‘mixed’ to ‘ordered’
    . Put another way, it measures
    how insecure Canadians are feeling.

    The higher the point total, the more ‘ordered’ a person’s world view, meaning they were more likely to have a negative outlook on the economy and their future and also concerns about the diversity of the country.

    Taken together, the sample size amounted to 12,604 people, large enough to allow for a deep dive into the data to chart results not just nationally but regionally and by census metropolitan area. The polls had a margin of error of 0.9 per cent, 19 times out of 20.🙂 🙂 🙂

    The results:


    Most ‘open’ cities: In St. John’s, 61 per cent of respondents fell into this category. They were followed by Victoria at 59 per cent, and Kelowna, B.C. at 55 per cent.

    Most ‘mixed’ cities: Windsor, Ont., 34 per cent, followed by Sherbrooke, Que., at 32 per cent.

    Most ‘ordered’ cities: Oshawa, Ont., 38 per cent, followed by Saskatoon at 37 per cent and Calgary at 36 per cent.

    More broadly, people with an ordered world view were more likely to live in places with 100,000 people or less.

    By gender:

    Open: 47 per cent of male respondents, 44 per cent of female respondents.

    Mixed: 24 per cent of males, 26 per cent of females.

    Ordered: 30 per cent of males, 30 per cent of females.

    By age:

    Respondents under 35: 50 per cent open, 20 per cent mixed, 30 per cent ordered.

    35-29: 48 per cent open, 24 per cent mixed, 28 per cent ordered.

    50-64: 42 per cent open, 26 per cent mixed, 32 per cent ordered.

    65+: 40 per cent open, 31 per cent mixed, 29 per cent ordered.

    By party affiliation:

    The vast majority of all respondents have not held membership in a political party in the last five years, but of those who have, 18 per cent were classified as open, 16 as mixed and 15 as ordered.

    Liberals: 56 per cent were classified as open, 25 per cent were mixed and 19 per cent were ordered.

    Conservatives: 35 per cent open, 26 per cent mixed, 40 per cent ordered.

    New Democrats: 52 per cent open, 20 per cent mixed, 28 per cent ordered.

    Source: EKOS Research

    • New research suggests Rob Ford’s populist appeal could be duplicated across Canada

      Ask whether populist politics could ever gain national traction in Canada and the answer is immediate: well, Rob Ford already did it in Toronto.

      The now-deceased former mayor’s man-of-the-people appeal and his promises to “stop the gravy train” saw voters crown him king of Canada’s largest city in an electoral upset that many would later liken to Donald Trump’s surprise victory in the U.S.

      Was it a one-off?

      A new study by EKOS Research and The Canadian Press shows that the same world views held among Mr. Trump’s supporters still exist in the areas where Mr. Ford found a great deal of support in 2010, the suburbs around Toronto’s downtown.

      The aggregation of polls covering more than 12,000 Canadians suggests those attitudes are equally in play in the suburbs of Montreal and Vancouver as well – raising the question of whether there too is a fertile ground for the same 21st century populism.

      It’s what EKOS calls an “ordered” view of the world: people questioning the current political status quo, feeling economically and cultural insecure and believing neither they nor their children have a bright future and perhaps might even be slipping backwards.


      Rob Ford’s brother Doug is hoping to tap into those feelings in his current bid for leadership of the Ontario Progressive Conservative party. At a rally to launch his campaign on Saturday night, that message resonated with supporter Kim King who said she doesn’t usually vote conservative but will this year.

      “The poor is getting poorer, and there’s more of us than the rich,” she said.

      “And while yes, you can say he’s a rich man representing the poor, the truth is, he still hangs out in the same places as the poor, and he still hangs out as one of the guys, and I think that’s where the appreciation comes from.

      “The elitists, we only see them once every four years.”

      Leadership races and municipal elections might be the most likely places for populist politics to manifest, suggests Michael McGregor, a Ryerson University professor who is the lead investigator on a national study of municipal elections.

      In most municipal elections, there’s either no party system at all or the one that exists doesn’t align explicitly with the known organizations at the provincial or federal levels.

      “It’s not ideological in the traditional sense – is there anything ideological about transit or garbage collection?,” he said.

      “The other thing is that turnout at the municipal level tends to be lower. And when turnout is lower, elections are more susceptible to increases in turnout among certain groups. If there’s a group particularly hyped up about something they will turn up and turn the tide.”

      That’s often the case with leadership races, he pointed out ,where candidates scramble to sign up members by appealing to narrow interests.

      EKOS’ study to explore populist sentiment plotted attitudes along the open-ordered spectrum explicitly because the current political environment doesn’t cleave neatly between right and left, said company President Frank Graves.

      It’s become a question of what kind of future people see ahead of them, he said. Those on the open side are optimistic, those on the ordered side less so.

      “The debates, the things which are dividing people into these open/ordered camps, they are different (than those) which divide us historically on left and right,” he said.


      So what to make of the recent mayoral race in Montreal?

      The incumbent mayor, former Liberal MP Denis Coderre, had a party that bore his name while relative unknown Valerie Plante was running for Project Montreal, most often connected with the province’s sovereigntist and left-wing Quebec Solidaire party.

      Some argued Mr. Coderre once had the winning populist touch, but lost it by championing projects like car races while Montrealers wanted fixes for public transit and housing.

      He put forward few concrete policies during the campaign, and so Plante and her plans were able to capture the public’s demand for change.

      She triumphed, largely on the support of people who’d place best on the “open” side of the spectrum, said Chris Erl, a PhD student at McGill University who studies municipal elections.

      EKOS’ research suggests 46 per cent of Montrealers hold those views.

      Digging deeper into Montreal, some of the most “ordered” were in boroughs with the least amount of diversity, a phenomenon that exists in other Canadian suburbs.

      But populist sentiment isn’t the purview of Caucasians alone, despite a picture of the typical Trump voter, for example, as being white.

      The northern populism at play in Canada seems far less connected to attitudes on immigration than it is to class status and anti-elite sentiment, EKOS has found. The data potentially challenge one of the commonly-held myths about populism in Canada – that Canada is too diverse for it to take root.

      Put another way: Doug Ford’s anti-elite sentiment could well take him to the helm of the party, while in the federal Conservative leadership race of last year, the perception that Kellie Leitch was anti-immigrant tarnished her campaign.


      Richmond, B.C. has a visible minority population of 75 per cent, and nearby Burnaby’s is 63 per cent. Both are included in EKOS’ ranking of the suburbs with the most “ordered” world view.

      B.C. municipalities head to the polls later this year and whether changing political times will manifest in populist-style change is an open question.

      Many of the suburbs around Vancouver where EKOS found the more ordered world view have had the same mayors for years.

      In Vancouver, however, where about 51 per cent of those surveyed place on the open side of the spectrum, political change could be in the air.

      Longtime city mayor Gregor Robertson isn’t running again, so his party is in search of a new leader.

      Meanwhile, changes to campaign finance rules mean municipal politicians can no longer rely on a handful of major corporate or union donations, a move expected to force them to broaden their appeal.

      James Moore, a longtime Conservative politician who left federal politics in 2015, called both together a potential game changer.

      “It opens everything up,” he said.

  29. This reworking of Radioheads “Creep”
    is pure golden DonkeyMan.

    With the lyric, but I’m a male…..
    I’m a white male.

    Song: The Male Feminist Mind // Creep – Radiohead (Parody}

    • You set you defense spending according to what the external threat requires not according to some arbitary figure based on some socialist economic theory.

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