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Canada Closes Embassy in Iran, Expels Iranian Diplomats

World  (tags: 'CIVILLIBERTIES!', 'HUMANRIGHTS!', Canada, conflict, death, freedoms, government, Iran, politics, society, terrorism, world )

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"Iran is among the world's worst violators of human rights. It shelters and materially supports terrorist groups," Baird said. "Unequivocally, we have no information about a military strike on Iran," he added.

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Cher C (1429)
Friday September 7, 2012, 9:12 am

Thnx so much for posting this sweetie!!

Scary stuff!


Paula M (39)
Friday September 7, 2012, 9:15 am
Good for Canada.

Kit B (276)
Friday September 7, 2012, 9:22 am

Thanks Cher for sending me this story, an interesting take by John Baird and the Canadian government.

Cher C (1429)
Friday September 7, 2012, 9:24 am

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Nancy M (197)
Friday September 7, 2012, 10:53 am
Good for Canada. Thanks Kit.

pam w (139)
Saturday September 8, 2012, 9:45 am
I agree...good for Canada.

Past Member (0)
Saturday September 8, 2012, 10:10 am
Well Pam, most Canadians aren't agreeing with your sentiment. Considering the PM and Baird were in Russia cobbled together a press conference in short order, regurgitated the same points they have been railing about for the past few years might demonstrate something is up.

This type of crap is what creates terrorism. Amping it up and continuing to demonize a people based on broad regurgitation of the same old, same old is irresponsible.

Past Member (0)
Saturday September 8, 2012, 10:36 am
John Baird, who is gay, stripped funding from the Court Challenges Program, a Chretien-era initiative that funded important gay legal battles, including the fight for gay marriage in 2006. He also "defanged" Status of Women Canada and cut funding for adult literacy and medical marijuana research.

This is typical of the our dear Tory government.

Kit B (276)
Saturday September 8, 2012, 11:47 am

Sorry but that is funny, a Tory government. That just brings a smile. If you have the Tories do you also still have the Whigs?

Lou Olive (41)
Saturday September 8, 2012, 12:27 pm
You can't criminalize a people because they are badly governed. There are many good and honest people who live there and are forced into that horrible regime.

Lin Penrose (92)
Saturday September 8, 2012, 1:14 pm
Thanks Kit, noted. I was very interested the part about the "aiding and abetting", does that go for the U.S. also, who have supplied arms (plus many other taxpayer paid items) to Iran in the past? May still for all I know.

Kit B (276)
Saturday September 8, 2012, 1:35 pm

Lyn, I don't have the answer. We have learned too many times in the past that our government continued to sell arms to countries that we also declared as enemies.

. (0)
Saturday September 8, 2012, 1:38 pm
Of course Israel would be pleased with Canada's decision. I don't know why England didn't leave ages ago. Diplomatically freezing out the Iranians can have a huge negative impact as well.

Shan D (49)
Saturday September 8, 2012, 1:52 pm
" If you have the Tories do you also still have the Whigs?" - Kit B. -

In Canada, "Tories" is a nickname for the Conservatives. Our nickname for the Liberal party is "Grits." No, I don't know why they're called that.

I honestly think there's some plan for Canada to participate in a future invasion of *somewhere* in the Middle East, else why would Stephen Harper be pushing those fighter planes? Unless he plans to shoot anybody in the Arctic, we don't need them.

But really, Zahra Kazemi's murder is sufficient reason in and of itself to sever all ties with this barbaric country. She didn't deserve what they did to her.

MarietteAWAY G (175)
Saturday September 8, 2012, 2:27 pm
Good for Canada! Thanks for sharing this Kit!

Kit B (276)
Saturday September 8, 2012, 3:32 pm

Thanks Shan and I did know that, and it's still funny to me, but I'm from the US and we haven't used words like whig and tory for a very long time. They just seem like dated terms, though I know that other countries still use the terms. Most particularly those under the Queen. That too is funny to some one from the US.

Stan B (123)
Saturday September 8, 2012, 4:19 pm
Hopefully other governments will follow Canada's example and kick this heinous regime out of the international community. The sooner the Iranian people rid themselves of these mad mullahs the better.

Lois Jordan (63)
Saturday September 8, 2012, 5:14 pm
Just seems to me that there is much being hidden. If this makes Netanyahu happy, then I'm suspicious. Something smells rotten in Canada. Bet there's much more going on secretly that we will hopefully learn soon. Anytime I read an article with the words, "terrorism" and "military strike"....I have a lot of questions.

Past Member (0)
Sunday September 9, 2012, 1:41 am
"A popular 19th-century British liberal magazine, there is this line: “There arose up [in Canada] a political party of a Radical persuasion, who were called Clear-Grits, and the Clear-Grits declared for the secularisation of the Clergy Reserves.”

Tinkie K (71)
Sunday September 9, 2012, 3:22 am
Canada isn't a sovereign country anymore. Stephen Harper and his gang will do as their masters bid. Such fallacy ...

Jo Ellen H (3)
Sunday September 9, 2012, 4:09 am
thank you for sharing

Andrew Harris (3)
Sunday September 9, 2012, 7:04 am
So America sets out on a plan that General Wesley Clark went on film to expose. It starts with regime change in Iraq, then Libya, then Syria and finally Iran. This is done apparently to give the private bankers that run America, control over middle east oil. In spite of this the Canadians buy into this charade so completely they close their embassy in Iran and claim Iran supports terrorism. This is done while maintaining silence about the fact that America has been funding terrorists for years, has thousands of nuclear weapons and has an openly acknowldeged plan to overthrow the Iranian government. What a great example of hypocrisy.

Past Member (0)
Sunday September 9, 2012, 12:32 pm
wow, taking action for justice and prevention of world citizen genocide. Speaking out, standing up against what is wrong is admirable!

Ann Breeden (65)
Sunday September 9, 2012, 4:33 pm
I still feel that diplomatic negotiations are the only way to go. We don't need another war. We live on a small planet. Can't we just all get along?

marie C (163)
Sunday September 9, 2012, 6:18 pm
Nice thought Ann but it appears not likely

Kit B (276)
Sunday September 9, 2012, 6:25 pm

Nope, we can not and have proven it over and over. War is profitable, not just for the US it is a wretched truth that counties make money from war. American bankers, German bankers, Hong Kong bankers, Icelandic bankers, Irish bankers - same cookie cutter mold the world over.

Past Member (0)
Sunday September 9, 2012, 9:59 pm
Noted. Thanks.

Billie C (2)
Sunday September 9, 2012, 10:16 pm
wtg canada.

Susanne R (235)
Sunday September 9, 2012, 11:26 pm
I read about this in yesterday's paper. Considering that the situation there might become more volatile, I think the Canadian government made the right decision.

valda p (13)
Monday September 10, 2012, 12:11 am
If only more countries had the intestinal fortitude to stand up and do what this man has done.

Shan D (49)
Monday September 10, 2012, 12:49 am
Valda, you're equating Baird with "intestinal fortitude"?

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Oh good grief, that's funny (only it's not really)! All of the Conservative cabinet ministers do whatever Stephen Harper tells them. They're not allowed to hold a press conference or even speak in a scrum without Harper first giving permission and then telling them exactly what they're allowed to say.

M B (62)
Monday September 10, 2012, 6:01 am
As Kit says, most bankers are profiting from war. What's behind the propaganda ? Common people don't want another war, but politics mess it all up.

Kit B (276)
Monday September 10, 2012, 6:47 am

What is going on? I have some hunches, scan the US (DNC platform changes) and international news head lines for weeks leading up to this, and the sudden changes in Israel blustering about Iran. Some back room deals? Now Israel suddenly is back off from many years of threats about Iran? Well played.

Elizabeth M (65)
Tuesday September 11, 2012, 12:16 pm
Thanks for posting Kit B.
To me this is scary! Naturally Israels' Prime Minister thinks this is a good thing. I doubt that anything will be done in the USA until after the election.
I agree that there are a lot of atrocities committed in Iran, and other countries have to take a stand, but Canada used to be a peace keeping country, and we are not ready to get involved in any war.
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