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Amira Elghawaby is a journalist and human rights advocate living in Ottawa. Her work has appeared in various publications and online including the Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star. Her stories have also been broadcast nationally on CBC-Radio. Follow her on Twitter @AmiraElghawaby

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Prime Minister Stephen Harper famously said women who wear the face veil while taking their citizenship oath should know that it "isn't the way we do things here" in Canada. Amira Elghawaby explores.

Amira Elghawaby is Communications Director, NCCM and rabble.ca contributing editor.

 

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| July 31, 2015

Here's why Harper's vicious attack on democracy and media matters

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Stephen Harper's attack on democracy and Canadian media has been vicious and systematic. Here's why it matters.

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Oh, Canada: Harper's systematic attack on democracy and media

Kill the Messengers: Stephen Harper's Assault on Your Right to Know

by Mark Bourrie
(HarperCollins Canada,
2015;
$32.99)

If the state of Canada's democracy doesn't already reduce you to tears, it will once you get your hands on Mark Bourrie's latest book, Kill the Messengers: Stephen Harper's Assault on Your Right to Know. This book would be worth the time under any circumstances; in an election year, it's absolutely essential reading.

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The new Canada: A paradox of citizenship and belonging

Belonging: The Paradox of Citizenship

by Adrienne Clarkson
(House of Anansi,
2014;
$19.95)

I suspect many of us share Adrienne Clarkson's vision of what Canada is and should be: a place where everyone can belong.

Her latest book Belonging: The Paradox of Citizenship, based on the 2014 Massey Lectures she delivered on CBC Radio, offers plenty of philosophical and evidentiary reasons for promoting the admirable concept of shared citizenship.

Yet, somehow, I also suspect that many of us couldn't help wonder whether this grand vision she describes so convincingly is fading away into a past we are already beginning to lament.

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| December 24, 2014

What has Canada become under the Harper government?

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Harperism has been sweeping Canada! You know that blend of neoliberal politics, mixed with swift denial and blatant lies. How did we get here, and more importantly, will we ever get out?

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Harperism: How Stephen Harper and his think tank colleagues have transformed Canada

by Donald Gutstein
(Lorimer,
2014;
$22.95)

Does it ever feel like you've just woken up and found yourself living in a country you don't recognize? How did Canada get to where it is today -- a more militaristic, nationalistic, free-market-at-all-costs place that seems to have shed its world-renowned reputation as a land of peacekeepers, multiculturalism, social responsibility and scientific advancement?

It hasn't been by accident. In fact, as Donald Gutstein points out in the opening phrase of his book, Harperism: How Stephen Harper and his Think Tank Colleagues Have Transformed Canada, this is exactly what Prime Minister Stephen Harper promised he'd do.

And he did it with a little bit of help from his friends.

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rabble.ca in conversation with Glenn Greenwald

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Glenn Greenwald gave a lecture in Ottawa on Saturday night. The event was held in a week where two soldiers were killed in separate incidents in different parts of the country.

Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent was killed in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que. by Martin Couture-Rouleau. In a separate incident, a Cpl. Nathan Cirrillo was shot on Parliament Hill by Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, who then entered Parliament Hill Centre Block firing more shots. He was shot dead by the Sergeant-at-arms and RCMP.

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| September 5, 2014
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