Posted in Geopolitics

Is film ‘Iranium’ so damaging Iran doesn’t want Canadians to see it?

[Originally published at The US Report]

A scheduled screening of a controversial new documentary in Canada has reportedly caused threats of violence, protests, and even a request from the Iranian embassy for its cancellation.

The Free Thinking Film Society of Ottawa, which shows films with a “healthy and patriotic respect for Western culture and traditions,” had planned on showing Iranium to an audience at the Canadian National Archives on Tuesday evening followed by a special appearance by Middle East expert Clare Lopez, who appears in the film. Iranium addresses the dangers posed by a nuclear Iran and is scheduled to premier on February 8. However, the Iranian embassy sent an official request to cancel the screening over the weekend, and the Archives  received numerous complaints and threats.

The Archives also received two suspicious letters Tuesday afternoon connected to the event, prompting officials to shut down the entire building. A hazardous materials team responded to the incident, and concluded that the letters were safe. Officials determined that complaints and threats accompanying the Iranian request posed too serious a security threat, and the National Archives decided to cancel the event.

“I’m outraged that in the capital of Canada the Iranians have been able to shut down a movie,” said the film society’s president, Fred Litwin. “Bad enough in Tehran, but in Ottawa?”

The Iranian embassy has not responded to attempts to contact them.

“That the mere prospect that this film, which is a factual review of the threat to international stability from the Iranian regime’s nuclear weapons program, should prompt such a fearful response from Tehran, I think, is testimony to the vulnerable status of the mullahs’ regime,” Ms. Lopez told The US Report. “That regime knows it is going to be held to account by its own people, whose aspirations for liberty will not be denied.”

Canada’s Heritage Minister James Moore and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney both voiced their disapproval of the decision to cancel the event, and Mr. Moore ordered the event to go ahead, albeit with appropriate security measures.

“Canada does not accept attempts from the Iranian Embassy to dictate what films will, and will not be shown in Canada,” a statement from Mr. Moore’s office read.

Lopez applauded the minister’s decision and says she will attend the event when it is rescheduled.

Posted in National Security

Canada shuts down movie at Iran’s behest

Update 19 Jan, 2011 @ 14:19 – Canada’s Heritage Minister has ordered the Library & Archives Canada to proceed with the screening.

I just finished screening the upcoming documentary Iranium. This excellent film exposes what politicians and the media are afraid to tell us: that Iran has apocalyptic intentions and a focus on destroying the United States and Israel. Historically, nations have always denied their development of a nuclear weapons program, but Iranium shows Iran’s leaders proudly announcing to their people that they (1) are developing nuclear weapons, (2) nothing can stop them, and (3) they plan on using them. Iran tells American media an entirely different – and much more pleasant – story, and unless you stay on top of geopolitics or watch this video, you won’t hear about the imminent threat Iran poses to the West – and Americans in particular.

Iranium has already generated controversy as a screening at the Canadian National Archives was shut down Monday following a cancellation request from the Iranian Embassy. On Tuesday, Canadian officials received threats of violence and protest, and a hazardous materials unit investigated two suspicious packages related to the incident.

Viewers will be able to watch Iranium free online on February 8, 2011. You can register at the website or buy the DVD.

Posted in Politics

Why government-run healthcare is a bad idea

If government-run healthcare was such a good idea, then we could look to other countries who have it in place already and see examples of efficiency, innovation, and a more healthy population.

But here is what we see instead, from Mark Steyn’s book America Alone (pgs. 51-52):

In 2004, Debrah Cornthwaite gave birth to twin boys ath the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton. That’s in Alberta. Mrs. Cornthwaite had begun the big day by going to her local maternity ward at Langley Memorial Hospital. That’s in British Columbia. They told her, yes, your contractions are coming every four minutes, but sorry, we don’t have any beds. And, after they’d checked with the bed-availability helpline, “BC Bedline,” they brought her the further good news that there was not a hospital anywhere in the province in which she could deliver her babies. There followed seven hours of red tape and paperwork. Then, late in the evening, she was driven to the airport and put on a chartered twin-prop to Edmonton. In the course of the flight, the contra ctions increased to every two and a half minutes – and most Lamaze classes don’t teach timing your breathing to turbulence over the Rockies. How many Americans would want to do that on delivery day? You pack your bag and head to your local hospital in Oakland, and they say: Not to worry, we’ve got a bed for you in Denver.

Euro-Canadian socialized health care is, in essence, subsidized by American taxpayers: since the end of World War Two, Washington has assumed the defense costs of its allies, thereby freeing up those countries to spend their revenues on lavish social programs.

The latest Rasmussen poll shows that 55% of Americans surveyed want Obamacare repealed. In fact, every poll the group has conducted since the law passed in March showed a majority of Americans want the law repealed.

26% of those polled thought that Obamacare would lead to the creation of more jobs. Perhaps we should ask the staff at Langley Memorial Hospital how that worked for them. Or anyone in the maternity field in British Columbia for that matter – in a province with over 4 million people, one pregnant mother had to be flown to a hospital 700 miles away.

How is this better for society?

Posted in Economics

‘Freedom index’ shows sharp U.S. decline

According to a recent report that analyzes the economic freedoms of countries worldwide, the United States rates a paltry eighth place.

The 2010 Index of Economic Freedom, jointly published by the Heritage Foundation and The Wall Street Journal, tracks the march of economic freedom worldwide.

Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Switzerland, and Canada all earned the distinction “Free” and placed higher than the United States, who rated “Mostly Free.” The U.S. finished in eighth place, dropping significantly from last year’s fifth place. In fact, only three of the scores for the top 100 countries fell more than ours – The Bahamas, Barbados, and Mongolia.

Why is the U.S. no longer ‘Free?’
“The U.S. government’s policy responses to the crisis and economic slowdown have been far-reaching and implemented at the cost of curtailing economic freedom,” the Heritage Foundation stated in a press release.

In contrast, the editors wrote, “Canada’s high level of economic freedom, coupled with its sound and prudent banking sector, has enabled its economy to emerge from the global downturn relatively unscathed.”

Indeed, the Canadian dollar, which for years has lagged behind its American counterpart, is on pace to become more valuable than the U.S. dollar.

The report  uses ten categories to determine each country’s score: business freedom, trade freedom, fiscal freedom, government size, monetary freedom, investment freedom, financial freedom, property rights, freedom from corruption and labor freedom. The U.S. declined sharply from 2009 scores in most categories.

With the Democratic leadership seeking to socialize the healthcare industry, which is estimated to be approximately 17 percent of our economy, a government takeover would considerably decrease our freedom rating.

As economist Adam Smith wrote more than 200 years ago, “When institutions protect the liberty of individuals, greater prosperity results for all.” Perhaps the media should question Democrats—President Barack Obama, Rep. Nancy Pelosi (Calif.), and Sen. Harry Reid (Nev.) as to why their policies are making the U.S. less free.

[Originally published at The U.S. Report]

Posted in Economics

Index of Economic Freedom

The Heritage Foundation/Wall Street Journal’s 2010 Index of Economic Freedom is out, and things are looking bad for the U.S..

Maybe if we had a free media, they could ask the president why we aren’t taking steps to move our nation towards #1. But that’s definitely not going to happen as they are far more concerned with Obama’s “legacy” than they are with freedom.

Hong Kong and Singapore have consistently placed #1 and #2 respectively since the index began in 1995. At that time, the U.S. was the world’s fourth-most free economy – our all-time highest ranking. Today we are a dismal eighth, one spot below Canada.

How is it that we are less free than Canada? Perhaps we should send them our Statue of Liberty as apparently Canada is a better place to for the tired, the poor, and huddled masses to “breathe free.” By the way, the Canadian dollar is about to become more valuable than the American dollar.

How far the mighty have fallen.

Posted in Geopolitics

Hezbollah Prepared to Hold the US Hostage

A Middle East terrorism expert has warned that Iran may use a terrorist group to strike the United States if it becomes threatened. “If Iran’s regime is in trouble, either from the outside or even from a democratic uprising, it may order Hezbollah to attack the U.S.” said Dr. Walid Phares during an appearance on FOX News last week.

This reiterates what Hezbollah themselves have said. “We have 2,000 volunteers who have registered since last year,” Hezbollah spokesman Mojtaba Bigdeli told Reuters in a 2006 interview. “They have been trained and they can become fully armed. We are ready to dispatch them to every corner of the world to jeopardize Israel and America’s interests. We are only waiting for the supreme leader’s green light to take action. If America wants to ignite World War III … we welcome it.”

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