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Israel-Palestine: a photographer's story
May 26 2004
&#147;What I fear most are checkpoints,&#148; says Miki Kratsman, a photographer with the Israeli daily <i>Haaretz.</i> &#147;It doesn't matter if it is an Israeli checkpoint or a Palestinian checkpo
Amnesty International
A war on global values
May 26 2004
&#147;Governments and armed groups have launched a war on global values, destroying the human rights of ordinary people.&#148; Urgent words from Amnesty International today as it released its annual
Citizens for Public Justice
Of icebergs and accountability
May 25 2004
This federal election campaign opens in the wild wake of a government accounting scandal. Most voters sense that this is not only about the transparent recording of how money was spent. But let's mak
Canada Cagematch 2004
May 24 2004
In John Duffy's indispensable history of Canadian elections, a &#147;great&#148; election is defined by three traits: (a) it could swing either way between strong competitors; (b) it should resolve s
Council of Canadians
Health care shell game
May 24 2004
Politicians dream of being all things to all people, and Paul Martin is surely giving it a good try. In his role as heroic deficit slayer, Martin folded health care funding for provinces into the Can
Vote for a change!
May 24 2004
Politicians can't hear you scream at your TV, but they <i>can</i> hear you vote. Here's a campaign for Canadians who are turned off by modern politics &#151; but who stand to gain the most from progr
The Pentagon's tortured legacy
May 22 2004
The world was stunned by video showing U.S. soldiers abusing Iraqi prisoners. And efforts to spin the footage as an aberration are still haunted by the Pentagon's Latin American legacy. For years, it
Court upholds election spending law
May 21 2004
Canadian election law controls the cost of running for office by constraining candidates and parties to spending limits. But these limits become meaningless when election messages can simply be deliv
Council of Canadians
Monsanto v. Schmeiser: Little guy loses
May 21 2004
Canada's Supreme Court today sided with biotech giant Monsanto over Saskatchewan farmer Percy Schmeiser. The court upheld a 2001 judgment that Schmeiser violated Monsanto's patent rights after its ge
Drugs of choice
May 20 2004
Fourteen million men, women and children die each year of treatable infectious diseases. Drugs that can save these lives exist, but the world's poor can't afford them. So a Canadian plan to get low-c
National Union of Public and General Employees
Ontario brings back health premiums
May 19 2004
In yesterday's budget, Ontario's Liberal government announced that it will re-impose health care premiums. The scheme will cost individuals $300 to $900 a year, generating billions in new revenues fo
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
Ontario budget underwhelms
May 19 2004
Tuesday was supposed to be a turning point &#151; the first budget of the government elected to repair eight years of Ontario Tory cuts. But the Liberals' effort, critics say, falls far short of what
Amnesty International
Sudan: End attacks on civilians
May 18 2004
Peace talks to resolve 21 years of civil war in Sudan have meant little for villagers in Darfur. Over the past year, hundreds of civilians have been killed, others raped, scores of villages burned by
Citizens for Public Justice
A ruinously costly shield
May 18 2004
Critics say George W. Bush's ballistic missile defence shield would be hyper-expensive, ineffective, dangerous &#151; an exquisite symbol of government gone bad, draining public resources into a mad
working TV
Is criticizing Israel anti-Semitic?
May 18 2004
It's one of the most persistent, laden questions of our times. And it's one that quickens the pulse of Dr. Norman Finkelstein, a scholar both acclaimed and controversial. He headlined a public forum
Canadian NGO stays carbon neutral
May 17 2004
Walking the talk: The International Institute for Sustainable Development has finished its second year of operating as a carbon neutral organization. The Canadian NGO worked on reducing its emissions
National Union of Public and General Employees
Ontario may impose health premiums
May 17 2004
Ontario may re-introduce individual and family health premiums in Tuesday's provincial budget. Premier Dalton McGunity has broken trail for that announcement in recent days by stressing the challenge
Europe uneasy over U.S. alliance
May 14 2004
Images of torture from Iraq's Abu Ghraib jail are straining European nations' support for the U.S.-led occupation. Even early supporters of the invasion are in withdrawal mode, suggesting that the Am
National Union of Public and General Employees
Cuts continue in Newfoundland
May 14 2004
Nearly 150 more public employees in Newfoundland received pink slips this week. The layoffs affirm that the province is forging ahead with cuts announced in its recent budget. Some 20,000 public work
Amnesty International
Iraq abuses should prompt end of torture
May 14 2004
Images of abuse meted out by U.S. soldiers in Baghdad's Abu Ghraib jail have shocked the world. Can that shock now propel a movement to finally eradicate the plague of torture from this planet? Amnes
Iraq minister says U.S. knew of abuses
May 14 2004
Iraq's first Human Rights Minister said he repeatedly informed the U.S. chief administrator last year that American soldiers were abusing detainees. &#147;He listened very well. But that was all he d
Monsanto in Oz: drops GE canola
May 14 2004
Canadian family farmers and consumers cheered on Monday as Monsanto cancelled plans to commercialize its genetically engineered wheat. Days later, the biotech giant is now hinting that it will close
Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation
Special needs teachers settle
May 13 2004
Some 240 special needs teachers in Ontario were back in classes Monday after a week-long strike. They say their new contract meets their goals: wages and working conditions closer to those of mainlin
Sierra Club of Canada
Recycling plan takes Ottawa backwards
May 13 2004
Ottawa residents have been &#147;entirely misled&#148; about plastic recycling, the Sierra Club charged this week. The city has just cut several types of plastic from its Blue Box program &#151; argu
NDP and the socialist left
May 12 2004
Under Jack Layton, Canada's New Democratic Party is on the rise. New energy. New talk of embedding the party in social movements. New strength in pre-election polls. But this sheer success has spawne
National Union of Public and General Employees
EI changes: election bait?
May 12 2004
Ottawa has announced changes to employment insurance (EI) that could help seasonal workers in Atlantic Canada and eastern Quebec. Critics say the federal Liberals &#151; who previously tightened EI e
Council of Canadians
Monsanto yields: no GE wheat
May 11 2004
Monsanto today dropped its controversial plan to bring genetically engineered wheat to Canada. The Council of Canadians calls it a &#147;tremendous victory for consumers&#148; and a &#147;serious blo
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
Ontario: uncut!
May 11 2004
The &#147;Common Sense Revolution&#148; eviscerated Ontario's public service infrastructure. Exit the Tories, enter the Liberals &#151; but can they undo the damage? Only by first rebuilding the prov
Farmers cheer Monsanto's wheat withdrawal
May 11 2004
Canadian family farmers are breathing easier now that Monsanto has pulled its plans to commercialize genetically engineered wheat. The herbicide-resistant crop was designed for large monoculture oper
Amnesty International
A 'pattern' of U.S. brutality
May 10 2004
U.S. Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld declared that he was &#147;stunned&#148; last week by video showing soldiers abusing Iraqi prisoners &#151; that this was &#147;an exception ... not a pattern or pr