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Powerful reflections on the Oka Crisis at Red Post Art Exhibit

Photo: Onehkwéntara Kanehtsóte - the Red Post Art Exhibit facebook page

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Onekwenhtara Kanehtsote - the Red Post Art Exhibit, curated by Katsi'tsakwas Ellen Gabriel of Kanehsatà:ke and Jolene Rickard of Tuscarora, commemorates the 25th anniversary of the Crisis of 1990, also known as the Oka Crisis, by demonstrating its impacts through art.

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The dark side of human rights

The Human Right to Dominate

by Nicola Perugini and Neve Gordon
(Oxford University Press,
2015;
$24.95)

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For many of us, human rights are somewhat like puppies: fluffy, benevolent things, a source of unalloyed happiness and good (although perhaps somewhat lacking in the tooth department). All upsides, no downsides; the world is an incontestably better place with them in it.

Critical scholarship on human rights, however, raises a host of serious questions about the ability of human rights to achieve or promote justice.

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July 31, 2015 |
Bradley Hughes talked to Scott Clark, a Salish activist in Vancouver, who is the Executive Director of Aboriginal Life In Vancouver Enhancement – ALIVE about his work.

Reflections on the power of the Unist'ot'en Camp

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WINGS

Women Gun Survivors in Indian-colonized India

July 20, 2015
| Interview recorded at the WILPF Women's Power to Stop War conference in April 2015 in The Hague.
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Watch: Robert Lovelace on colonialism in Canada and Israel

In this interview, Robert Lovelace speaks about the commonalities between the colonialism of Canada and Israel.

Lovelace is a member of the Ardoch Algonquin First Nation and he was a delegate on the Tahrir, (Freedom Flotilla II) and is presently a delegate on Freedom Flotilla III.

Lovelace and Kevin Neish, remain in custody after their ship, the Marianne de Goteborg was illegally seized by the Israeli navy early Monday morning, in international waters.

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Early Canadians shed light on barbaric cultural practices in the present

Photo: Yousuf Karsh/Library and Archives Canada/Wikimedia Commons

Consider this a pre-Canada Day column on pre-Canadians and what became of them. One effect of solemn national origin days is often to obscure any downsides that might've existed then or since. On the U.S.'s first Independence Day, only about a third of colonists were supportive. At Confederation, P.E.I. opted out and support elsewhere was shaky. A stark example is Palestine-Israel. On the Israeli side it's Independence Day; among Palestinians, Catastrophe Day.

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Photo: Anthony Easton/flickr
| June 19, 2015

Indigenous activist joins the Freedom Flotilla to Gaza

Photo: by Freedom Flotilla used with permission

Freedom Flotilla III has set sail for Gaza and on board is respected Queen's professor and Indigenous activist Robert "Bob" Lovelace.

The Flotilla is sailing to Gaza to deliver humanitarian aid and to collect artisanal goods made by Palestinians for sale.

"Every little bit of material aid helps," said Richard Day, spokesperson for Lovelace while he is travelling. "There's that first, very material, goal of bringing medical supplies, of bringing blankets and basic stuff that's next to impossible to get in there."

Lovelace, who is a member of the Ardoch Algonquin First Nation, sees a parallel between the settler-colonial occupation of land in Canada and in Gaza. He has referred to Gaza as "the world's largest Indian reservation."

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Open veins and conciliation on the path of U.S.-Cuban relations

Photo: PresidenciaRD/flickr

For the first time in more than half a century, the presidents of the United States and Cuba have had a formal meeting. Barack Obama met with Cuban President Raúl Castro at the 7th Summit of the Americas, held this year in Panama City. Cuba's participation has been blocked by the U.S. since the summit began in 1994. This historic moment occurs with some sadness, however: Eduardo Galeano, the great Uruguayan writer who did so much to explain the deeply unequal relations between Latin America and the U.S. and Europe, died as the summit ended.

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