Former President Barack Obama is actively meddling in the political affairs of Canada, urging voters to support Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in upcoming elections.
I was proud to work with Justin Trudeau as President. He's a hard-working, effective leader who takes on big issues like climate change. The world needs his progressive leadership now, and I hope our neighbors to the north support him for another term.
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) October 16, 2019
Canadians will head to the polls to decide their country’s political fate on Oct. 21. Trudeau’s support has fallen to a record low as the Conservative Party looks to regain control over the nation’s government.
Conservative Party leader Andrew Scheer hopes to supplant Trudeau as Prime Minister. His approval ratings remain relatively low, however, and it is possible that the marginal party candidates – Jagmeet Singh of the New Democratic Party, Elizabeth May of the Green Party, and Yves-Francois Blanchet of Bloc Quebecois – could emerge as the kingmakers.
Even amidst a relatively strong economy, Trudeau could lose power because of his embarrassing actions. Trudeau’s popularity has cratered in part because of his embarrassing blackface scandals that emerged last month. He was caught wearing blackface on three separate occasions in his youth:
A video has emerged of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in blackface, making it the third instance that has emerged of the liberal social justice warrior engaging in the racist practice since Wednesday.
Global News Canada broke the scoop of Trudeau pictured on video in black face from the early 1990s. In the video, he can be seen waving his hands and making offensive, stereotypical gestures.
“Even though we’ve moved forward in significant ways as a government, what I did, the choices I made, hurt people — hurt people who thought I was an ally,” Trudeau said at a press conference earlier today.
“I am an ally, but this is something that obviously I deeply regret and I never should have done,” he added.
Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer is not willing to let Trudeau off the hook for his pattern of racist displays, and does not accept the authenticity of his apologies.
“Canadians might have been able to accept his apology if he had been truthful and open, if he hadn’t based that apology on a lie,” Scheer said.
“But he was specifically asked if there were other instances where he engaged in this type of racist behavior and he indicated that there was only one other incident and now we know there are at least three,” he added.
The fall-out over blackface-gate has resulted in some surreal scenes, such as this staged Trudeau apology:
— Mattea Merta 🇨🇦 (@MatteaMerta) October 9, 2019
Obama is apparently unconcerned about Trudeau’s offensive racial improprieties, and is urging Canadians to rally around their disgraced Prime Minister in next week’s elections.
Baghdad Bombings Could Give Biden Administration Excuse to Increase US Presence in Iraq
The first major Baghdad bombings in three years happen on Joe Biden’s first full day as president.
Two suicide bombings rocked a marketplace in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad on Thursday, killing at least 32 people and wounding over 100. As of now no one has claimed responsibility, although Iraqi military leaders suspect the Islamic State, the paramilitary group often referred to as “ISIS” in years past.
Major General Tahsin al-Khafaji said that the first suicide bomber shouted in the marketplace that he was not feeling well, and when a group of people drew near him, he detonated an explosive belt he was wearing. Not long after that, a second suicide bomber then detonated his own belt several feet away.
This was Baghdad’s first major bombing in three years, and interestingly enough it came on the first full day of Joe Biden’s presidency. Even the Associated Press pointed out that “many questioned the timing of the attack.”
“The US-led coalition recently ceased combat activities and is gradually drawing down its troop presence in Iraq,” the article reads.
The Jerusalem Post also writes that the bombings provide Biden with “an early opportunity to show US support for Iraq.”
“Biden has said that the US is ‘back’ and the world can expect the US to care again about foreign policy and work multilaterally to solve problems,” said the Post.
All this leads many to believe that the Biden administration will once again increase the US presence in Iraq, thereby dragging us deeper into a situation that the Trump administration had been eager to get out of.
This is not the first time that a Middle Eastern tragedy has coincided with a change of power. In March of 2017, two months after Donald Trump’s inauguration, the Assad government in Syria allegedly used chemical weapons against its own people, leading to international outcry and the Trump administration’s unilateral decision to launch an April 7 missile strike on the Syrian government’s Shayrat Airbase.
Bombings and attacks have also been known to happen shortly after the US announces commitments to scale back military operations.
Perhaps groups like the Islamic State feel emboldened by such announcements and power changes. In any case, the military-industrial complex often uses such attacks to justify never-ending involvement in the Middle East. As of now, however, it still remains to be seen what they will do as a result of Thursday’s bombings, if anything. Fingers crossed that it’s not much.
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