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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Candidate's Annual Report

Dear all,
It has been a full year of our campaign for positive change here in Edmonton-Leduc, and I would like to sincerely thank you for your support.
In the past 12 months, among other things:
1) Numerous public meetings were organized throughout the riding, including all three municipalities. Topics varied from access to education to international affairs to hunger in Alberta. More events are coming up, so please stay tuned. The best source for updates is the campaign website at . Regular updates are also made on the campaign Twitter account, ArtemNDP.

2) A door-knocking and literature-distribution campaign was successfully started. We are constantly looking for new ideas for the brochure, as well as volunteers to adopt an area throughout the campaign. The contents of the current brochure are reflected on the front page of the campaign website.

3) A weekly radio show was started on Leduc Radio in August and has proven a very good way to get the message out. The show runs every Wednesday from 6:30 to 7 pm MST and can be listened to online at . Recordings of several previous shows are available on our website. I welcome your feedback and ideas for future shows/guests.

While it is still unclear when the next federal election may be, I would like to encourage you to get involved in the campaign. I believe that we are on the right track, but we cannot afford to slow down, which is why we need volunteers to design and distribute literature, write letters, arrange events and meetings, assist in communication work, move our online presence forward and conduct research. If you have any time at all, please contact me. I appreciate any help you can provide. The various ways you can contribute to the campaign are listed in the "Volunteer" and "Donate" sections of the website.

Once again, thank you for your kind support. I look forward to hearing from you! All of my contact information is shown below. Please feel free to forward this update as you see fit.

Artem Medvedev
NDP Candidate for the federal riding of Edmonton-Leduc
Phone: 780-421-4821
Mail: 14719-51 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6H 5E6

Monday, October 25, 2010

For the ugly experiment's validity

What would happen, if one put a regular Canadian or regular American or a representative of any other nationality through 8 years of torture, interrogation, hopelessness, and abandonment by their own government? Would that person eventually break and "confess" anything, just to try and end their misery?

As a human being, I cannot see any normal way in which a person can go from A) adamantly stressing that he will not enter into any bargains with an illegal "court" as such a bargain would legitimize the process that he was put through, to B) lowering his head and saying "yes" to every accusation thrown at him.

After all, this has all happened before. Milkmaids and schoolchildren had "confessed" that they had been plotting to kill Hitler. Hard-line communists had "confessed" to a Stalinist "court" that they were really monarchists trying to overthrow the regime. Christians had "confessed" that they erred in their beliefs in Roman "courts".

I have no idea whether Omar Khadr is or isn't guilty, but that's not the point. The point is that the thin line separating Guantanamo from totalitarian butcher-shop court-marshals is no longer clear. Shame on Obama for failing to live up to his promises! Shame on Harper for serving as a willing accomplice to such a disgrace! For humanity to have apparently gone a long way from the justice of the stone age and feudalism and then to throw it all away is a disaster that will linger with us for decades.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Liberals plagiarize NDP platform ideas... What else is new?

The blatant arrogance with which Ignatieff and his party can take the New Democrat ideas of focusing on the middle-class recovery, not allowing any more corporate tax cuts, and working to protect public health care in Canada and put their ubiquitous huge red tent on top of them would have been breathtaking if this behavior wasn't so expected. What is the Liberal program today? Where is that party going? Destined to rule Canada, eh? Oh, well, then nothing can stand in your way, guys. In the academic world, plagiarism is a serious offense. Wasn't Michael Ignatieff supposed to be related to the academia? Why does stealing other people's ideas not cause an outrage anymore? If this is genuine leadership...

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Friday, October 8, 2010

Discussing Tory math problems and Liberal plagiarism on live radio

I look forward to your comments on this week's radio show ( No co-host or guest this week, but I hope that the topics and numbers discussed will be of interest to you.