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Recognizing the Armenian genocide: Beyond selective memory

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Long overdue, Turkish recognition of the Armenian genocide is necessary not only for Turkey to face and confront its past, but also to potentially help sow the seeds of trust, understanding and peace between peoples who until the early 20th century shared a long history of co-existence.

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CBC's program q aimed at U.S. youth while most Canadians given a back seat

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When CBC management announced following the dismissal of Jian Ghomeshi last October that the radio program Q would be re-launched, I hoped that we might see a revival of true Canadian arts and culture programming in radio's morning time slot.  

I and tens-of-thousands of other Canadians yearn for the return of programming similar to some of the greatest radio broadcasting in the world that found its home on CBC Radio going back to the mid-1970s -- programs such as This Country in the Morning, Morningside and This Country.

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The crisis in higher education runs deeper than you think

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Cindy Gladue murder trial added to the indignity of her death

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More than a week after the verdict that found Bradley Barton not guilty of Cindy Gladue's murder, many people are still shocked.

She bled to death in the bathtub of the hotel room of Barton because of an 11-centimetre injury to her vagina in 2011.

Most shockingly is not how Cindy died, although it should be. What is most horrific is that a Canadian court allowed the most intimate part of a woman's body to be evidence in a jury trial. 

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Why the Crull controversy is a symptom of Bell Media's bad bundles bet

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The furor over Bell Media President Kevin Crull's banning of CRTC Chair Jean Pierre Blais from CTV news coverage following the pick-and-pay decision made for a remarkable news day yesterday.

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Guest in a stolen house: On immigration, colonialism and Canada

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I am a guest in a stolen house. I can sympathize with the victims, because a long time ago, my house was the scene of a crime as well.

Indigenous people in North America (and for that matter, Oceania) have suffered an unprecedented amount of discrimination, violence, silencing and long-reaching emotional and psychological damage. This violence has continually been denied by the white majority and protest has been stifled by governments and civilians alike.

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Connecting Palestinian and Indigenous peoples' struggles for freedom

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Boarded, arrested, impounded, sabotaged and finally shelled from the sea -- the Canadian Boat to Gaza and Gaza's Ark have not given up. Amid the hot-war conflicts today, peace activists are still at work, bringing attention to people who seek liberty and self-determination.

In the Spring of 2015, Freedom Flotilla III will sail, again.

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Alberta needs a low-carbon plan

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As Alberta's economic engine falters, now is a good time to rethink the province putting all its eggs in bitumen's basket.

When their crops failed, Alberta's farmers had the pluck to persevere. There's always next year. That resilience in the face of adversity served them well. But a next-year-country optimism is misplaced when applied to Alberta's unconventional oil. 

Sure the world oil price will eventually bounce back and might lead to another oil boom. But should or can Alberta go down that undulating road again? 

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Why are we afraid of naming and confronting capitalism?

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"The ideological deficiency, not to say the total lack of ideology, within the national liberation movements -- which is basically due to ignorance of the historical reality which these movements claim to transform -- constitutes one of the greatest weaknesses of our struggle against imperialism, if not the greatest weakness of all."[1] - Amilcar Cabral

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Harper's cuts to postal service are bad election strategy

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In the future, when people ask where Stephen Harper went wrong, the pundits will say that he messed with the postal service.

This might be the place where a union rep such as myself would do some chest-thumping about the militant history of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW). I could talk about the other Prime Ministers who took on the postal workers and lost. I could talk about the fight for maternity leave, or jailed union leaders... But it is not simply CUPW that is hitting back against Harper.

And that is the point.

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