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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.

| January 9, 2015

Residents fight plans for new base in Okinawa, Japan

November 21, 2014
| The island of Okinawa has been a military outpost for the United States since the end of World War II. Now there are plans to build new bases. Okinawan residents are resisting fiercely.
Length: 14:47 minutes (13.54 MB)

Will Canada disengage from its increasingly militarized culture?

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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

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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

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

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)
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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
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