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The destructiveness of war-mongering

White poppies. Sometimes something rings a little bell amid the gloom, like a bird singing after a catastrophe, or a light in a raging storm. It's a symbol of peace, first introduced in Britain by the Co-operative Women's Guild in 1936. The notion that hope for peace might live, however, is apparently so outlandish that the symbol is little known and only makes rare appearances, as it did in P.E.I. this Remembrance Day, and always seems to upset someone.

Will Canada disengage from its increasingly militarized culture?

Photo: Ashwin Kumar/flickr
Matthew Behrens provides insightful reflections about the violent events that happened in Ottawa on Wednesday Oct 22.

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Reflections on a violent day in Ottawa

Photo: Ashwin Kumar/flickr

I often find it hard to feel empathy for Prime Minister Stephen Harper. But when I saw the grim picture of him talking on the phone following the end of his confinement in the locked down House of Commons yesterday, I sensed in him a vulnerability he rarely exhibits. Harper, like his fellow MPs, Parliamentary staff, media, visitors and children in the downstairs daycare, had likely hunkered down behind locked doors, no doubt traumatized by uncertainty when an armed gunman entered the building. Because no one knew who the gunman was after, all were potential targets.

| September 10, 2014
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Understanding the roots of the current conflict in Mali

February 17, 2013
| The French military intervention should be seen in the context of a decades-long effort to re-colonize Africa. Roger Annis says this goes hand in hand with a militarization of the continent.
Length: 18:17 minutes (16.75 MB)
| December 18, 2012
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Book: The Ugly Canadian

October 30, 2012
| With his new book, Yves Engler is hoping to spur Canadians to take action to oppose Stephen Harper's foreign policy.
Length: 16:29 minutes (15.1 MB)
radio book lounge

Episode 37 - The War of 1812: Whose war was it, anyway?

June 2, 2012
| This is the bicentennial year of the War of 1812 and the federal government has dedicated millions of dollars to commemorate it, but what are we really commemorating and why? Jamie Swift weighs in.
Length: 12:36
Redeye

Understanding the roots of the violence in Mexico

February 16, 2012
| President Calderon launched his war on drugs shortly after he came into office in December 2006. He brought the army out onto the streets and began a campaign of confrontation with drug cartels.
Length: 16:32
Progressive Voices

Professional sports and militarism: Tyler Shipley

January 5, 2012
| We speak with musician, freelance journalist and political activist Tyler Shipley on the militarization of the NHL and other sports leagues in North America.
Length: 26:12
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