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Trudeau breaking UNDRIP promises brings warning of '20 Standing Rocks'

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[The point of Trudeau's new-found attitude toward the UN Declaration (support for which was part of his election platform) is to remove any suggestion that Aboriginal 'consent' is required for resource extraction. See also: Breaking the shackles of the Indian Act; and RCMP intelligence centre compiled list of 89 Indigenous rights activists considered “threats”. Making their list and checking it twice. *RON*]
Brent Patterson, rabble.ca, 7 November 2016

The Liberal party promised in their election campaign to support the work of reconciliation and continue the process of truth telling and healing. So far, they're failing.

"We will work alongside provinces and territories, and with First Nations, the M├ętis Nation, and Inuit, to enact the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, starting with the implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples," the party stated on Oct.…

Kinder Morgan braces for Standing Rock-type protests

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[Say, Mister Trudeau, how is your promised moratorium against oil tankers coming along? Rhetorical question. See Trudeau's $1.5 billion national coastal strategy paves way for Kinder MorganKinder Morgan is already in consultation with the RCMP to organize police deployment against protesters when pipelines are approved. 2017: the Year of the Pipeline? This could really pour gas on the fires. See also: National security is not fighting terror it's protecting the interests of capital. *RON*]

By Kyle Bakx, CBC News, 5 November 2016

A person only has to read a few of the stories about the Standing Rock protest or see some of the pictures and videos to get a sense of the hostile stalemate over the construction of the new Dakota Access pipeline.

The protests in North Dakota began small and peaceful, but grew in support and captured the attention of the continent.

The tension continues to escalate as protestors chant, wave flags and set fires…

The Hyper-Polarization of America

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[A timely piece in Scientific American. This year's campaign might be the worst yet, but the anger and divisiveness didn't start with Trump and Clinton—and it won't end anytime soon. *RON*]

By Alexander George Theodoridis, Scientific American, 7 November 2016

America’s satire show of record, Saturday Night Live, bid farewell to the 2016 campaign with a sketch that featured the actors who have played Hillary Clinton (Kate McKinnon) and Donald Trump (Alec Baldwin) feeling so soiled by the negativity of the campaign that they needed a cathartic hug fest in the microcosm of the U.S. body politic that is Times Square. Moving on from the rancor of this election season is something the nation as a whole will not be able to do so easily. This is because of the scope and nature of the partisan polarization that shapes the current moment in American politics.

World leaders react to Trump victory

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[Putin, Netanyahu and Duterte are happy campers; France and Germany have had better days; EU President Schultz damns with faint praise, saying the "result must be respected;" Erdogan is barking orders. *RON*]

Associated Press, CBC News, 9 November 2016

Leaders from around the world were quick to react — by tweet and telegram, with congratulations and requests — to Donald Trump's election as U.S. president.

Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin has sent the Republican a telegram congratulating him on winning the U.S. presidential election early Wednesday. In a brief statement, the Kremlin said Putin expressed "his hope to work together for removing Russian-American relations from their crisis state."

Putin also said he has "confidence that building a constructive dialogue between Moscow and Washington that is based on principles of equality, mutual respect and a real accounting each other's positions, in the int…

Justin Trudeau congratulates president-elect Donald Trump

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[Canadian dollar crashes on prospects of President Trump, oil plunge – levels to watchFears of a renegotiated NAFTA must be top of mind in Ottawa. But see: Trade and Trump: president-elect may be stuck with free-trade agreements. Meanwhile Kelly Leith is crowing: "It's why I'm the only candidate who will ensure that every visitor, immigrant and refugee will be screened for Canadian values." Kathleen Wynne 'shocked' by Trump's win over ClintonOMG, Canada's Immigration site has crashed*RON*]
By Kathleen Harris, CBC News, 9 November 2016
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has congratulated Donald Trump on his election as the next U.S. president, and promised to work with him to bolster trade and international security.

"Canada has no closer friend, partner, and ally than the United States. We look forward to working very closely with president-elect Trump, his administration, and with the United States Congre…

'Oh America, what have you done?' Canadians shocked by Trump win

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[Another Brexit. Donald Trump's stunning win is 'uncharted' political territoryUn-freaking-believable! The pundits will go insane. 'How could we be so wrong?': Clinton's stunning election loss floors supporters.*RON*]

Josh Elliott, CTVNews.ca, 9 November 2016

Canadians expressed their disbelief on social media Wednesday morning, as they woke up to a world with Donald Trump elected to be the next President of the United States.

The phrase "Oh America" was trending worldwide after the election results rolled in, handing the White House to Trump with a solid victory over opponent Hillary Clinton.

Several Canadians simply tweeted "Oh America, what have you done?" Many others said they felt particularly grateful to live in Canada after the election result. "Hug your Canadian passports a little tighter today," Twitter user Olivia Honas said. "We are the blessed."
I'm especially grate…