What Canadians need to know about Sergei Magnitsky
Canada must undertake a critical review of its hardline Russiaphobic foreign policy
Stephane Dion was dumped from cabinet January10th 2016. It was touted as a routine cabinet shuffle. It was though a crucial shift in Canadian foreign policy. Where Dion was pursuing an open and balanced foreign policy that included rapprochement with Russia he was pushed aside as the decision had been made that Canada was adopting a hardline Russophobic foreign policy in concert with the US. Thus we saw the ascension of Saint Chrystia Freeland to the ministry of Global Affairs, a consummate Russiaphobe.
Dion opposed the legislation of a Canadian version of the US Magnitsky Act, and for good reason, as we learn more about Magnitsky and the controversy triggered by his death in a Russian prison in November 2009. Where American legislators jumped at the chance to further punish Russia, Dion obviously had legitimate concerns over the Canadian adoption of similar legislation.
Since the dumping of Dion Russiaphobia has grown to a fevered pitch largely driven by the political debacle in the US. Russiaphobia has become the convenient scapegoat for every American failing, the weapon of mass distraction and the casus belli for World War lll.
Russiaphobia has been one of many factors that have created the very dangerous and growing tensions among the major nuclear powers. Nations, however big or small, that foster Russiaphobia are culpable for future wars. Those who fan the flames for war become accomplices to it and potential victims- especially in a world where nuclear arms are so pandemic. Being silent appeasers is a despicable role, in denial of our responsiblity to ourselves to the larger global community.
Donald Trump’s Fort Myer speech is an alarming escalation of the rush to global and endless warfare. It also marks the formal debut of America as a military junta. The generals are now running the show and Trump is their nutty puppet. This speech is deserving of very rigorous scrutiny; found here.
Canada and so many other nations must develop a voice for peace and reject the Russiophobic hysteria. We must undertake a critical review of our hardline Russiaphobic foreign policy. We may even go so far as to call Parliament back into session.
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Following is a link giving an excellent perspective on the Maginsky case and its political and geopolitical implications. A key element is the film by Andrei Nekrasov, The Magnitsky Act. Behind the scenes; a film banned in the West but according to many who have seen it an authoritative version of events.The article provides many excellent links. One of particular interest is “25 minute interview” by the CBC’s, Anna Maria Tremonti.
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