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Blind Man with a Pistol

Michael Stewart is the blogs coordinator for [i]rabble.ca[/i]. BMWAP is a blog about culture and capitalism. Damn right, it's confusing; it's a gas, baby, you dig. Follow him on twitter: [url=https://twitter.com/m_r_stewart]@m_r_stewart[/url].

Blog - Blind Man with a Pistol January 25
Image: PMO/Adam Scotti
Michael Stewart | As Premier Notley and PM Trudeau cheer the rebirth of Keystone XL, don't forget the wave of racism, sexism and hate that delivered this prize.
Blog - Blind Man with a Pistol January 19
Image: Reddit.com
Michael Stewart | The CBC groomed and incubated Kevin O'Leary's persona -- a sociopathic blowhard with a desperate chub for capitalism -- and now Canada is paying the price.
Blog - Blind Man with a Pistol December 20
Michael Stewart | Breaking: 2016 sucked. But maybe not all of it.
Blog - Blind Man with a Pistol December 1
Image: Facebook/Maryam Monsef
Michael Stewart | The special committee of MPs tasked with studying electoral reform in Canada released its report today, on schedule. Min. Maryam Monsef's response was a disgrace.
Blog - Blind Man with a Pistol November 29
Image: PMO/Adam Scotti
Michael Stewart | Cynicism is part and parcel of the Liberal strategy to get elected at any cost -- but the disconnect between rhetoric and action is impossible to maintain for any length of time.
Blog - Blind Man with a Pistol October 31
Michael Stewart | TD, Scotiabank and RBC are providing hundreds of millions in financing both directly and indirectly to the Dakota Access Pipeline. Enbridge also owns a 28 per cent stake in the project.
Blog - Blind Man with a Pistol July 8
Image: Flickr/niXerKG
Michael Stewart | Why do we need police? It's a provocative question -- but the lies we are told about the threat of racialized bodies are equaled only by the lies we are told about the virtuous role of the police.
Blog - Blind Man with a Pistol June 1
Photo: The New York Public Library
Michael Stewart | When property values earn 30 per cent more wealth for Vancouverites than all labour combines, it's time to stop with the platitudes.
Blog - Blind Man with a Pistol May 26
Image: Twitter/RTE
Michael Stewart | Canadians' social media feeds are lighting up with praise for the ambassador who tackled a man peacefully protesting British imperialism -- in Dublin. Not the most diplomatic response.
Blog - Blind Man with a Pistol March 28
Image by Donato Mancini
Michael Stewart | Vancouver's out-of-control housing market has exported its absurdities to Victoria. What used to be a refuge from exorbitant living costs has now become a nightmare.
Blog - Blind Man with a Pistol February 9
Image: YouTube
Michael Stewart | Most Canadians seem to believe that Ghomeshi assaulted the women now accusing him before the courts. But just as many seem to agree that the "credibility" of these truth-telling women is shot.
Blog - Blind Man with a Pistol January 12
Image: Netflix
Michael Stewart | After learning the intricacies of police corruption, why is our only impulse to free a single person who's probably guilty anyway? Oh, and you better believe there are spoilers.
Blog - Blind Man with a Pistol January 6
Image: YouTube
Michael Stewart | At least lefty and student organizers know to get their snack money in advance.
Blog - Blind Man with a Pistol November 24
Image: ubc.ca
Michael Stewart | Multiple women alleged a UBC PhD student is a serial abuser who committed a large range of sexual assaults including harassment, groping and rape. Nothing happened.
Blog - Blind Man with a Pistol November 16
Beirut tourism poster by Julien Lacaze, 1925
Michael Stewart | The histories of Beirut and Paris have been intertwined for almost two centuries. The responses to the terror attacks in each city are further testament to that bond.
Blog - Blind Man with a Pistol September 24
Image: Flickr/Queen's University
Michael Stewart | Thomas Mulcair became the frontrunner by igniting the imaginations of Canadians. Where did that go?
Blog - Blind Man with a Pistol August 17
Image: Flickr/zenjazzygeek
Michael Stewart | Nice one, Globe editors.
Blog - Blind Man with a Pistol June 30
Image: Flickr/Katie Tegtmeyer
Michael Stewart | The unstated assumption in the long history of grammatical policing is that women are always in the wrong and the status quo is right. Women, the monolithic group, should write like men.
Blog - Blind Man with a Pistol May 27
"I'm f**king bored of you," by id-iom (Marker pen, watercolour and ink)
Michael Stewart | After The Economist offhandedly called Vancouver "mind-numbingly boring," many people were quick to defend the city. But the real story is that we're all afraid it's true.
Blog - Blind Man with a Pistol April 9
Laura Robinson
Michael Stewart | Laura Robinson obtained eight signed affidavits alleging the former VANOC CEO John Furlong abused Aboriginal children while teaching in Northern B.C. It wasn't enough to save her career.
Blog - Blind Man with a Pistol January 28
Image: Nelson Tiny Houses
Michael Stewart | Lauding the 'tiny house' movement as a political solution spreads fantasy that we can find consumer-driven solutions to social problems. And that's dangerous.
Blog - Blind Man with a Pistol January 23
Michael Stewart | What is left to say about Vancouver's real estate market? That depends. How bitterly can you laugh before it turns to sobs?
Blog - Blind Man with a Pistol January 8
Image: Flickr/freshconservative
Michael Stewart | The attacks on the offices of the French satirical publication should not be read as an attack on free speech -- not until provocative utterances from marginalized people are defended as strenuously.
Blog - Blind Man with a Pistol November 12
Image: Flickr/thebuzzer
Michael Stewart | The policies and candidates on offer from Vancouver's leftist parties this election are more exciting than we've seen in years -- but greenwashed ennui from Vision threatens to squash them.
Blog - Blind Man with a Pistol October 3
Image: Flickr/Kshama Sawant
Michael Stewart | Kshama Sawant, the first socialist elected to Seattle city council in 100 years, spoke in Vancouver on Saturday night on the kind of politics that could transform a city malaised by vacuous debate.
Blog - Blind Man with a Pistol September 25
Image: Flickr/worldeconomicforum
Michael Stewart | While Canadians struggle to find even basic facts about our apparent incursion into Iraq, the President of Iran has been giving the gears to modern Western imperialism.
Blog - Blind Man with a Pistol September 19
Image: Flickr/Neil Winton
Michael Stewart | Many on the left saw the Scottish independence referendum as a rejection of neoliberalism -- yet another vote that came close, but not close enough, to a decisive win. How do we get over that hurdle?
Blog - Blind Man with a Pistol September 9
Michael Stewart | Dead colonial explorers attempting to discover land already discovered by the Inuit are "discovered" by present-day explorers using methods already discovered by the Inuit.
Blog - Blind Man with a Pistol September 5
Meena Wong talks with reporters on the steps of City Hall
Michael Stewart | Vancouver's oldest left-wing party, COPE, attempted to offer an alternative today to the two wealthy, pro-developer, white, male candidates vying for mayor of Vancouver.
Blog - Blind Man with a Pistol August 17
Michael Stewart | What is happening right now in Ferguson strikes at the heart of North America's most powerful trauma: racism. And the mainstream media is pulling out all the stops to make sure we forget about it.

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