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Former Member of Parliament Jim Manly to join Ship to Gaza challenging Israeli blockade

Former NDP MP Jim Manly leaves Canada for Italy today, where he'll be joining the Ship to Gaza challenging the Israeli blockade.

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The importance of QuAIA's win at the Toronto Pride Parade

B'nai Brith tried to stonewall Queers Against Israeli Apartheid (QuAIA) from marching in the Toronto Pride Parade. This effort by the 'thought police' failed.

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One year after first attempt to sail, Israel still holding Canadian Boat to Gaza

July 4, 2011. Activists on board the Tahrir, which was prevented from sailing by the Greek authorities. (Photo: Tahrir.ca)
One year ago today, the Canadian Boat to Gaza was denied free passage by the Greek coast guard. Israel continues to refuse to return the ship, the Tahrir, so activists are turning to legal action.

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Vancouver joins international actions for Nakba Day

Photo: vanremo / flickr
Vancouver Palestine solidarity activists, seen here protesting the Gaza flotilla massacre, are marking Nakba Day with a community event tonight.

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Ilan Pappe on cross-Canada speaking tour

Ilan Pappe will be addressing audiences across Canada this week. (Photo: electronicintifada.net)
Israeli historian Ilan Pappe returns to Canada this week on a speaking tour with stops in seven cities.

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No NATO war machine in Libya

Banghazi, Libya, on February 28, 2011. Photo Al Jazeera/Flickr.
It is not the Gadhafi regime that worries Harper and his allies, but a revolutionary people’s movement.

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Canada deserves a thoughtful and intelligent foreign policy in the Middle East

For almost three weeks, the Egyptian people took peacefully to the streets to change the system that deprived them of their rights and freedoms. Canadians and peoples around the world stood up in solidarity with the people, but not Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

Not only was he slow in addressing the uprising but when he finally did, it was to publicly express his support for President Hosni Mubarak, insisting that he wanted "those in power in Egypt to lead change."

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Egypt: Days of Anger in the Age of Terror

Montreal protest in support of Egypt, Jan. 28, 2011. Photo: Sarah Ghabrial

On Friday afternoon, starting around 2 p.m., 175 people gathered in front of the Egyptian consulate in Montreal to show their solidarity with the Egyptian protesters who have been calling since Tuesday for the end of Hosni Mubarak's regime.

Montreal supporters chanted for three hours in French, Arabic, and English, calling for an end to rampant poverty, police brutality, torture, corruption, economic stagnation, and dictatorship. "The youth want liberty and dignity!" they cried. "Down with Mubarak and all dictators!" Their signs and banners showed solidarity with the Tunisian movement that was seen to have sparked the protests in Egypt.

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What George Galloway's successful tour of Canada proved

U.K. politician and anti-war activist George Galloway enjoyed the bracing air in Immigration Minister Jason Kenney's constituency in Calgary on Nov. 24.
Lessons and what is next.

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What George Galloway's successful tour of Canada proved

It lasted over 18 months, but Jason Kenney's attempt to ban George Galloway ended in complete and utter failure. On November 27, the former British MP, who was declared inadmissible to Canada in March 2009, joined hundreds of supporters on Parliament Hill in Ottawa where he completed an 11-city, 12-day pan-Canadian speaking tour. In just under two weeks, Galloway sprinted across the country at break-neck speed, addressing in person nearly 8,000 people at sold-out meetings, reaching hundreds of thousands more through wall-to-wall media coverage.

"As any bookseller will tell you, the book you try to ban always ends up on the best-seller list," Galloway quipped in Ottawa. "Thanks to Jason Kenney, I have drawn thousands to my speaking events all across Canada."

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