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Canadian mining company expelled from Bolivia

Protesters have been demanding the expulsion of South American Silver from Bolivia. (Photo:
After weeks of protests, which included one death, the Bolivian government has announced it will nationalize a Canadian-owned mining project in Mallku Khota.

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Canada vs. the OECD

Hennessey's Index: The monthly listing of numbers about Canada and its place in the world.
Canada and its place in the world.

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UN defeat reflects uneasiness about Canada's shifting role

After its humiliating rejection at the UN last week, the Harper government wasted no time in signalling it didn't plan to pay the slightest attention to the judgment of the world's nations.

Perhaps it is too much to expect some humility -- or even a moment of reflection -- in Ottawa after the international community declined for the first time ever to grant Canada's bid for a seat on the UN Security Council.

Like a kid who can't get along with the other kids in the sandbox, our prime minister promptly implied he never wanted to play with them anyway, that he wasn't interested in winning "based on popularity." Meanwhile, Conservative commentators suggested Canada's rejection by the world's nations amounted to a "moral victory."


Ten points in Canada's real economic update

The minister of finance has made his Fall Economic Update. We wanted to hear what he had to say about government spending -- but we didn't. Why? Because the real story is one of austerity.

The federal finance minister promised Canadians a look at what is happening with the economy. On the surface, the job is fairly straightforward. James Flaherty has to say whether the economy is growing, or not; and he has to say what he intends to do about it.

Money flows uphill: An update from Cité Soleil

Haitians in Cité Soleil queue for food after the earthquake, in January 2010. Photo: The United Nations
It's simply extraordinary to see how corporate power continues to profit at every turn in Haiti.

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Help Haitians help Haiti: An open letter

United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti's Brazilian peacekeepers and United States soldiers distribute food and water in the slum of Cité Soleil, Haiti, on Jan. 24, 2010. Photo: Sophia Paris/United Nations Photo/Flickr

July 12, 2010

The original letter, sent to Le Devoir in French, is available here

Open letter to Mario Renaud, executive director, Centre for International Studies and Cooperation/Centre d'étude et de coopération internationale:


Federal government undermining workplace safety

On April 28, the National Day of Mourning for workers killed on the job, we are reminded that although workplace injuries and fatalities may be accidents, they are preventable. While preventing injuries and deaths benefits both employer and employee, it is always left to government to create and enforce regulatory regimes that keep Canadians safe.

Many Canadians may not realize that the federal government has significant health and safety responsibilities. Unfortunately, federal underfunding and understaffing of safety inspectors are putting employees of federal departments, crown corporations and cross-provincial companies, such as trucking, air transport, banking and the like, in harm's way.


We're celebrating our ninth birthday!

We're nine! We're feeling full of life and flush with our successes and we invite you to help us plan for our second decade as Canada's independent, progressive online news source. celebrates it ninth birthday this Sunday -- April 18th -- and we will rejoice our successes and plan for the next nine years. But before we do, we want you to know more about our team.

First credit and thanks goes to publisher Kim Elliott and the rabble staff for their effort and devotion. is run by a mash-up of about a dozen part-time staff and interns and many, many volunteer hours put in by a broad range of people from across the country.


Last three members of Cuban Five released

Photo: flickr/workers party of Ireland

Three members of the so-called Cuban Five, who have been imprisoned for 15 years on spying charges, have been released from prison in the United States.

Gerardo Hernández, Antonio Guerrero and Ramón Labañino were released from a Florida jail Wednesday and flown back to their native Cuba. The two other members of the five, Fernando González and René González, were released in 2012.

Accused of espionage, the members of the Cuban Five maintained that they never spied on the United States government. They were were convicted of conspiracy and murder charges in 1998.


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