China’s genocide: 1 for Mr. Biden and 0 for Mr. Trudeau

Mr. Biden changed his position about China’s current genocide of the Uighurs (https://www.rfa.org/english/news/uyghur/account-02242021183743.html).

Bravo to Mr. Biden for having the wisdom of changing the rhetoric (i.e., much more logical than “cultural norms” to justify the abuse) whilst keeping many if not most of the policies of his predecessor about China (e.g., Huawei, etc.). This ensures continuity. Plus, if something seems to be working well, why revert it?

It is Bambi’s hope that Mr. Trudeau will learn something from Mr. Biden.

It is Bambi’s hope that Mr. Biden will learn something from Mr. Trudeau (yes, it is possible 😊) when it comes to Iran.

Bambi worries about Iran’s hegemony in the Middle East (that directly affects her birth country and its neighbourhood). What will happen with the nuclear saga, she wonders? What would be the consequences on Lebanon?

To conclude this post, dealing with countries intimidating other sovereign entities requires leadership. Good leaders need to be courageous (in addition to other skills like wisdom, etc.). In the end, whether acts of intimidation are occurring at the macro- or at the micro-levels, Bambi sees a similarity: Omitting to interfere to stop an abusive process between two (or more) countries/entities, or empowering the source of the abuse, becomes part of the abuse, even with the best intentions in the world.

Mr. Lokman Slim was shot in Beirut. Mr. Dany Turcotte was cancelled in Canada. Why is our world that intolerant?

Mr. Lokman Slim was a talented Lebanese publisher, political commentator, and film maker. He was assassinated in Beirut because his opinions bothered those who did not share them.

Bambi paid tribute to him, and through him to all the critical thinkers of our world (sadly many have been also eliminated in tiny yet courageous Lebanon).

If she may, she will dedicate a song to his memory called “un berger vient de tomber” [or a “Shepherd has just fallen under arms“] by Mr. Enrico Macias. This beautiful song was originally written for President Sadat on the second day after his assassination in 1981(lyrics by Mr. Jacques Demarny and music by Mr. Macias):

That was the tragic story of Mr. Slim… and before him many other intellectuals.

Now, what happened to Mr. Dany Turcotte from Radio-Canada (the French CBC)?

His story is well described below by Mr. Mathieu Bock-Côté. His article was published three days ago in the Journal de Montréal. Bambi will quickly translate it to you below.

Who knows? Perhaps like Bambi, you can also see the similarity between the stories of those killed in the Middle East and those cancelled (or silenced) in Canada? In both cases, the underlying issue is the same, even if the degree is (luckily for us) different: It is all about the intolerance (of another opinion we do not necessarily agree with). Yes, a lack of critical thinking fuels intolerance. Of course, there is sometimes malice on top of all this absurdity.

Anyhow, here are the words of Mr. Bock-Côté about this story. It is nice to see his support of Mr. Turcotte at the very end (https://www.journaldemontreal.com/2021/02/20/dany-turcotte-victime-des-pros-de-lindignation):

Dany Turcotte victim of the pros of indignation

Dany Turcotte has just left his position at Tout le monde en parle. Rumor had it that he was uncomfortable with the new live format.

But we can understand that he is paying the price for his joke on the last show that he made with Mamadi Camara [Bambi does not know the person in question or his story. She just read his own message online, telling Mr. Turcotte that he did not mind the joke. Imagine he is the person concerned here, but yet the CBC did not have the courage to stand up to the mob]. The lynching pack of outrage professionals, specializing in media caning and public humiliation, pounced on him. On Twitter, he was singled out for public revenge.

Twitter

It wasn’t his first joke, though. Not even his first awkward joke, if you want to.

But apparently, in our egalitarian world, some social “groups” are outside the scope of humor. Whoever does not respect the prohibition commits a sacrilege. The awful culture of lynching, which turns a clumsy joke into a culprit, has had its skin. He was to serve as an example.

Some say he should have resisted the pack. They might not know how grueling it can be to have an army of aggressive and malicious little canines on your back. The latter never miss an opportunity to spit in your face. Not everyone knows how to resist a permanent public defamation campaign.

Whether you are left, right, centre, sovereignist, autonomist or federalist, we should be worried.

TLMEP [name of the French show “Tout le monde en parle”]

Please allow me to come back to a recent event.

At the beginning of December, during my time at TLMEP, I had a small heated exchange directly with Dany Turcotte. It received some attention. There was nothing personal about it. And I would be remiss if I did not say that I am sorry for his plight. There was a benevolent, quintessentially Québecois humor about him that fitted in well with the show [indeed, Bambi has always appreciated his humour, like all his guests including our own Mr. Trudeau. Indeed, Bambi posted about this specific beautiful show where even our PM seemed to have had fun and… in this show, he was fun to watch].

I sincerely hope that we will see him again on our airwaves soon, in a project where he can show all his talent” [Bambi too!].

Why is Boyden Canada, a job recruitment agency that offers “solutions of Executive Search, Interim Management and Leadership Consulting” now into the business of Apartheid of talents, “black” versus all the others?

Bambi would like to thank her friend Samer (name changed to protect his privacy) for sharing the following link:

https://www.boyden.ca/canada/opportunities/board-members-18686504/index.html

From Boyden Canada, you can read the job description (shown further below), calling for “Applicants/Nominations to the Inaugural Board of Directors for Black Opportunity Fund.”

From this call, we learn about Black Opportunity Fund (BOF) meant to “combat anti-Black racism in Canada”. Yes, Canada is SO racist and so anti-black that it needs such initiatives now? As Samer wondered in a very candid way: “Is there a white opportunity fund… or are you telling us that all the funds available before were destined for whites only?!!!

Do you also see the hidden message underlying all these initiatives: If you have a black skin, you are not good enough to compete for the usual funds or usual business opportunities? Don’t you see this as an insult, like Bambi does? Had she been a black (not just a so-called BIPOC) deer wanting to use the services of Boyden Canada, she would have been insulted to see this initiative, despite the good stated intentions. She bets many other business leaders would be asking the same question as Samer. Keep in mind that both him and her are so-called “people of colour”.

Why aren’t we simply valuing the richest capital ever—whom we are as a person in life, that is with all our richness that has been built on the integration of our heritage with our culture/environment, along with our personal choices/decisions in life. Why aren’t rewarding hard work, creativity, and agency?

Plus, how are we going to assess the eligibility of those Applicants/Nominations? Is it by relying on Teams or Zoom platforms’ images (looking for a tanned appearance?). What if they may be Middle Eastern like Samer, but who tans beautifully over the summer? Are we going to administer a skin hue test to them then?

Once again, we are putting ALL so-called blacks together. We are not looking at a Canadian say from Nova Scotia who happens to be of black heritage or a recent immigrant from Nigeria or a Québecker of Haitian descent.

We are also telling Canadians that they are racist in such as systemic and systematic way that we are now creating a two-tier society (or two-tier system of everything). Is this the ideal way to be truly inclusive?

The tragedy according to Bambi is that our governments, big companies, and even charities are talking this talk and/or taking acts in this direction. What will be the end result of all this? Will it truly bring more social justice and more equality?

Not only our federal government is behind with vaccines, compared to other countries, and decent basic living conditions to our first nations (i.e., running water, etc.), it is also dividing us further and further without any vision of unity and development of talents/skills (https://nationalpost.com/news/canada/from-vaccines-to-pipelines-to-clean-water-on-reserves-why-canada-cant-seem-to-get-anything-done). For Bambi, fostering tribalism in a society is VERY worrisome. It is the antidote to progress in a country. It is a dangerous game of playing with fire that can burn us all, just like how Lebanon burned for 15-years during civil war.

To conclude this post, further below you will see the text of Boyden Canada about this job application. Before that, Bambi feels like sharing the following: some of her friends who left Canada to work abroad many years ago do not realize how worrisome our situation is. They think Canada is still where they have left it. It is hard from far away to realize what Bambi is trying to explain in this post and in others. Some kindly still read Bambi’s blog (thank you), even if they do not agree (others sometimes take some self-boycotting breaks from it). Yet many others  thank Bambi for the posts or privately share opinions (some generously and even courageously nowadays write comments). Bambi hears sometimes comments about why is she talking like the “far-right” (😊), perhaps when she denounces the extremism of the far-left (we all know that the far-right is bad!). Well, Bambi’s answer to all this is the following: If in her own family, one beloved relative known to be to the right, herself historically to the centre-left, and another beloved relative who was a communist in his youth are now all on the same page… Well, this must tell us something about what Bambi and Samer are denouncing. Why don’t our political leaders stop and wonder about how to envision Canada (i.e., what are the implications of their flirt with this or that ideology on our best interests, as a society)?

Whether we are to the left, right, a hardcore federalist (lover of big governments and Trudeauists even), a hardcore socialist or environmentalist, a proud Québecker or Albertan, or maybe simply a Conservative/Libertarian (advocating for small governments like Mr. Maxime Bernier), or if we do not care about directions in life (just about Canada and the future of our children)… let’s pause and then critically use our brains before endorsing this or that policy. Plus, let’s not accuse each other being racists because we are not anti-racists enough, etc.

For an inspiring reading, if you want to take the time, Bambi discovered this thoughtful article over the weekend. Food for thought… https://www.persuasion.community/p/john-mcwhorter-the-neoracists

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Job Description

Call for Applications/Nominations to the Inaugural Board of Directors for Black Opportunity Fund.

Black Opportunity Fund (BOF) has been established to combat anti-Black racism in Canada by building a sustainable and long-term pool of capital for the Black community.


To fulfill its mission to raise and mobilize the world’s largest permanent pool of capital to serve and empower the Black community, BOF will be established as a registered charity with three distinct pools of capital: a Philanthropic Giving Pool that provides support to charitable organizations that meet BOF’s giving criteria, a Black Business Pool used to provide financing for Black businesses, and an Investment Pool used to make responsible investments to generate income for BOF.

BOF is currently governed by a Steering Committee, serving as an interim Board of Directors. Early in 2021, the Steering Committee will transition fiduciary, strategic and generative duties to a Board of Directors comprised of 15-20 accomplished individuals who are members of and/or have a demonstrated track record of commitment to Canada’s Black communities.

Comprised of exemplary individuals from across Canada, the newly formed Board of Directors will bring a mix of skills in Investments, Accounting/Audit, Legal, Governance, Communications/Marketing, Strategy, Investment Risk, Non-profit/Granting, and Entrepreneurship/Venture Capital. The Board will also include representatives with experience in the areas of Social Justice, Education, and Health.
To explore this exciting opportunity further, please click Apply to submit your resume and information.

To nominate someone, email their name and bio to nchambers@boyden.com. Be sure to write “BOF Board Nomination” in the subject line of your email.

We would like to thank all the applicants but regret that we are only able to personally contact those individuals whose backgrounds best match the requirements for the role.”

“Adeus” Ms. Kavana Wa Kilele… Hard to believe you already left our world!

Bambi’s heart is heavy and she is speechless since this morning…

Kavana (Ms. Wa Kilele) is no longer with us (at least in a physical sense because her memory will be eternal!)… Yes, tragically, Kavana died from an asthma attack.

Kavana is a talented Mount Allison University alumnus (Sackville, NB, Canada). It is hard to find words to describe her kindness, her vivid intelligence and talent, her big heart, and openness to the world.

To Bambi’s knowledge, she lived in at least three countries: in Mozambique where she was born and raised (and where her family still resides), in Kenya where she has more recently moved, and earlier in Canada where she touched so many lives!

Bambi sends her love first and foremost to Kavana’s grieving family, to her relatives, to her friends in Sackville, in Africa and literally around the world (from out of Lebanon where she is now, Gloria’s heart is broken as she appreciates your “amazing soul”, to use her own words. Bambi also sends her condolences to Gloria’s family), former fellow students, the Mount Allison Student Union (MASU), the teachers, staff, and administration of Mount Allison University, the Argosy student newspaper family, the Sackville Refugee Response Coalition, the United Church, the Town of Sackville, the Rotary Club of Sackville, and many more… Please forgive Bambi if you do not read your organization’s name here. Everyone loved/loves Kavana. Everyone adopted her and, most importantly, she also adopted us… like a family.

Just to make you smile Kavana, if you can ever see deer blogs from heaven, Bambi will never ever forget when/where she bumped into you the first time. It was on York Street, a few weeks before she officially met you at social events with our dear newcomers to town and then at Lebanese parties at Goya’s Pizza place. We ate together, we laughed, we danced. As a reader, you may perhaps wonder how can someone recall where she precisely met someone. Well, if it is Kavana, you simply remember. It was during a snowy and windy day where Bambi was walking fast to work. Kavana, you were getting out of a store (was it the Knuckles Truffles Chocolates Chocolate shop?). We were the only two human beings on the street in this crazy weather. As Bambi shared with you later, our human brains can surprise us with their reactions sometimes… Well, Bambi’s brain had a spontaneous thought (funny as it was in French): “Oh une autre femme de couleur comme moi en ville…”, she was surprised by her own thoughts. Yes, Bambi identified with Kavana as another woman of the same colour as herself (keep in mind that Bambi is not much into this language of categorization of people like BIPOC, which means “Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour“) Who knows? Perhaps Bambi simply identified with another member of a (visible) minority? Perhaps she felt some warmth in the cold by bumping to a smiling Kavana? Perhaps Bambi felt a fast connection to your beautiful smile (a mirror to your “awesome soul” to use your friend Gloria’s words)? When our paths crossed again at a public social event in town, Bambi shared this thought with you. She will always recall how we both smiled/laughed at this souvenir and then engaged in a fun and enriching conversation.

Indeed, Kavana was talented in connecting with everyone. What a great listener. She was also a pleasure to listen to, to get to know, and learn from. Thank you Kavana for whom you have been. Thanks to your family for having raised you and for them and life who brought you to us. Our lives would have not been the same without your journey among us… Sackville and our province of New Brunswick are grieving today with all your loved ones worldwide.

Among many of Kavana’s amazing contributions to our campus and town are her articles in Argosy (2016-2017):

https://www.since1872.ca/author/k-wakilele/

As you can see in the link above, she was passionate about social justice and she wrote MANY informative and thoughtful articles on various topics listed below (with links):

For those who checked the box labelled “other”

What’s new in NB? (April 5, 2017)

What’s new in NB? (March 22, 2017)

Focus group on mental health accommodations held on campus

MASU Executive 2017-18

Francyne Joe at MTA

Salt use on slippery Mt. A sidewalks

A day in the life of a snow plower

Indigenous speakers discuss MMIW

Mt. A students upset about Trump win

Student-led mental health groups aim to break down stigma

Sackville Commons opens to community use

This Week in New Brunswick

Decolonization of academics not happening on campus

Passports at The Pond

Queerphobia in communities of colour teeming with hypocrisy

All-gender bathrooms to be the norm at Mt. A

Changes to racism policy in progress

To conclude this post, it is not easy to say good-bye in any language… Bambi does not know if you or your family speak Makhuwa, Changana, Sena, Nyanja, Ndau, Chwabo, Tswa, or another language, perhaps most likely Portuguese. So, Bambi will choose the latter to say: “Adeus” Dearest Kavana… Thank you, we all love you, rest in peace, may your memory be eternal and inspiring, and may God knows how to comfort your loved ones’ hearts during their grieving journey.

A New York city public school “sent a survey to white parents asking them to identify their level of whiteness”. If this insanity is not racism, what is it then?

Imagine that you are the parent of a child attending this school and you receive such as survey, what would be your reaction? In all honesty, would one of your reaction be one of the options below?

  1. Shock at this apparent racism and ignoring the survey.
  2. Shock, but filling the survey whilst laughing at the school administration.
  3. Considering changing your child’s school over the level of stupidity.
  4. Considering homeschooling (for the first time of your life).
  5. Considering moving to a sane place (if possible).

Now, for those of you who know the Lebanese context, imagine that you receiving a similar survey from your child’s school in Beirut. It is asking you the same, but replacing the absurd concept of “whiteness” with another identity characteristic like you religion affiliation (or at least your parents’) or being tall or being short, etc. Imagine if a school is asking Sunni Muslim parents to do this reflection or Shia Muslim parents or Christians versus Muslims or Druze and Jews. How do would you feel about it if you are that target group of parents?

https://nypost.com/2021/02/16/nyc-public-school-asks-parents-to-reflect-on-their-whiteness/

Why are the Americans (and with them the Canadians… and maybe by extension the whole Western world) doing this to themselves? Why are they accepting and endorsing this non-sense wokeism? See the “8 levels of whiteness” below, if you do not believe Bambi.  

Why do we see society’s elite like Hollywood stars, politicians and even governments, companies like Apple, schools/universities or rich people like Bill Gate and Melinda (through their foundation) endorsing the woke ideology and competing to virtue signal, whilst being among the blessed ones with jobs, high salaries, and recognition?

When will all this stop? And how will it end?

Pushed to the extreme, stupid ideas can kill a civilization: Should we laugh or cry when even maths is called racist?

According to school authorities in Oregon (USA), maths is racist 😊. Thus, from now on, they must teach it in an anti-racist manner in order to “dismantle white supremacy” (https://equitablemath.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2020/11/1_STRIDE1.pdf):

In their illogical logic, maths teachers should no longer insist on the “right answer” or on the mistakes that need to be fixed. Can you imagine? We are talking about maths here. How can 1+1 not equal 2 and how can a number be racist because it is the (only) right answer?

It would be naive to think that this is only an Oregon story. Do a quick search of the internet or find out what students are being taught. With this regard, you may also wish to read some titles of our funded Canadian grant applications in scientific fields like physics or medicine. You may have also heard about scholars calling to “decolonize” bookshelves, maths, and science degrees, whatever this means.

To conclude this post on a positive and selfish note, when Bambi watches a video like the one below, she is grateful to life, thanking God: Even if she is sad for our civilizational malaise, as a result of three recurrent miscarriages, she does not have children to worry about their education…


Beirut, the land of contrast…

Bambi woke up early in the morning to wonderful news from Lebanon. Despite its destroyed capital, power outages, and challenged healthcare system, this country is managing its vaccination campaign from the best of its capacity. Yes, Bambi’s beloved relatives received their vaccine (75+ following healthcare providers). What a relief and what an ironic contrast with us here in Canada where Bambi’s beloved relatives, friends and senior fellow citizens are still waiting… Yes, look at our performance compared to countries like Morocco or even like Serbia or Roumania, and/or others… Yes, the world is truly upside down :(!

Now, the day is about to end in New Brunswick, Canada (in 10 minutes). Well, Bambi just toured the news and read the disappointing news about the “Lebanese judge removed from Beirut blast probe, according to a judicial source” to France 24. Remember this huge explosion of August 4, 2020 that destroyed Beirut, killed over 206 people (including at least two toddlers), injured 6500+, and made over 300/400,000 families homeless? Yes, this one. It was one of the largest non-nuclear blasts of the world (as per L’Orient Today). Well, families of the victims are upset. Many took the streets, despite the coronavirus pandemic:

https://today.lorientlejour.com/article/1252441/the-beirut-port-blast-investigation-is-on-hold-indefinitely-after-a-court-decision-to-remove-the-judge-in-charge-of-the-probe.html

https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20210218-lebanon-judge-removed-from-beirut-blast-probe-judicial-source

Bambi will not spend time talking about political interference, mafia-like players/politicians who seem to only care about protecting each other. She does not understand how all this operates. Plus, she did not have faith in this process from day 1. Mind you, she does not even trust international investigations, even if six months ago she joined her voice to all those demanding it.

Did Bambi give up on justice then? No, of course not, despite its imperfections, it remains the wisest, most brilliant, and logical tool human beings have ever created to bring a form of accountability. It is just a shame to see this happening in a capital with a long history of aspirations for justice. For those who do not know it, Beirut hosted the “Law School of Berytus” (= Beirut), teaching Roman law, in the classical antiquity era. When will impunity end in the wounded and traumatized Lebanon? Doesn’t it deserve better than this circus? Don’t Beirut citizens deserve respect by their so-called public servants?

May God give Lebanon’s people patience whilst awaiting to see the light of truth and justice at the end of the tunnel. Even if it seems far away now, one day this light will shine again on you Beirut!

To conclude this post with tenderness, here is a re-posted beautiful artistic gesture, along with Feiruz’s famous “Li Beirut” song. It is a tribute to the surrealistic Beirut port explosion’s victims, those in heaven… and victimized again today.

Mr. Biden & China: Is it wise or ethical to use a cultural excuse to justify human rights abuses?

Yesterday, we heard Mr. Trudeau struggling to pronounce the word “genocide” to refer to the Chinese mistreatment of the Uighurs.

Today, we read about Mr. Biden telling us that the Chinese authorities’ behaviour is due to “cultural differences” or “a cultural norm”. Does that make any sense? Perhaps it does when you seem to have sold your soul to the other side and you want to justify their behaviours to your supporters? With all due respect to Mr. Biden, this is reminding Bambi of some of the Lebanese politicians’ apparent loyalty to foreign countries over their own.

https://www.irishpost.com/news/joe-biden-defends-china-on-human-rights-record-and-accusations-of-genocide-and-torture-citing-cultural-differences-204074

https://thepostmillennial.com/watch-biden-excuses-genocide-of-uyghur-muslims-in-china-as-a-cultural-norm

Perhaps more specifically related to cultural relativism, this story is reminding Bambi of an awful one that took place in 1994 and shocked Bambi (as well as her sisters) at the time… it involved a Québec judge, called Ms. Raymonde Verreault (a woman on top of that!), who reduced the sentence of a father who raped his 9-year-old step-daughter from the maximum punishment of 10 years to 23 months only (with 1 year probation). Why? Listen well to this… because he sodomized his young victim, thus preserving her virginity, which is very important in his Muslim religion (the man is of Algerian origins)!! Can you imagine? Her argument was the following: This “seems to be a very important value in their respective religion. So, we can say that in a way, the accused spared his victim …

To conclude this post, Mr. Biden and Mr. Trudeau seem to have the same lover (China). Bambi wonders if Mr. Biden will use the same excuse (cultural norm) to justify his relationship with Iran? Sadly, when the latter is justified and empowered, Lebanon pays the direct price (by strengthening the Hezbollah’s hegemony on it).

https://www.journaldemontreal.com/2011/11/26/une-tragedie-evitable

Google translate of the article above from the Journal de Montréal (2011):

https://translate.google.com/translate?sl=auto&tl=en&u=https://www.journaldemontreal.com/2011/11/26/une-tragedie-evitable