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Documentary follows cartoonists under threat of jail, attacks, censorship and lawsuits

Photos from Cartoonists: Foot Soldiers of Democracy.

"I wanted more than anything to denounce terrorism," is the plaintive explanation from the Danish cartoonist whose infamous caricature of the Prophet Muhammad with a bomb under his turban sparked violent protests around the world in 2005.

Kurt Westergaard is one of many cartoonists featured in the French documentary Cartoonists: Foot Soldiers of Democracy (director: Stéphanie Valloatto), which has its Ontario premiere March 27 and 28 at the Reel Artists Film Festival in Toronto.

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| March 2, 2015
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The World Social Forum: Building alternative forms of globalization

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The greatest progressive innovation of our century -- to this point -- has been the World Social Forum (WSF). In the book Another World is Possible: popular alternatives to globalization at the World Social Forum, William Fisher and I first contended that the World Social Forum represented the beginning of building a new left and a new global civilization, grounded by a desire for participatory, radical democracy.

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Downsizing democracy: The end of the world as we know it?

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If you are searching for significant anniversaries for 2015 one that you might find illuminating is the publication of a book published 40 years ago entitled The Crisis of Democracy. The title would seem fitting today but that's not the crisis its authors had in mind. It was commissioned by a new international boys' club of finance capitalists, CEOs, senior political figures (retired and active) and academics from Europe, North America and Japan.

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| December 31, 2014
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| December 15, 2014
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| November 10, 2014
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The battle for democracy in Thailand and regional labour updates

September 26, 2014
| Labour news from the region. Interview with Lee Siewhwa, Malaysian support group for democracy in Thailand, on the repression in Thailand and political prisoners.
Length: 29:21 minutes (13.44 MB)
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| September 26, 2014

Scotland votes no: U.K. muddles through

Photo: Kyoshi Masamune/flickr

It was not to be. With an 87 per cent turnout, Scottish independence was rejected by 55 per cent of voters in the September 18 referendum.

Following vigorous debate and discussion throughout the country, the Yes campaign gained strength leading up to the vote, up 20 percentage points in support, but it still fell short of the No side.

Vote-counting from each of 32 local authorities (councils) went on through the night until the decisive result from Fife at 6 a.m. local time Friday. Early returns revealed No strength with a series of wins reported by locality. The capital, affluent Edinburgh, and the oil capital, Aberdeen, gave some 60 per cent votes to the No.

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