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Downsizing democracy: The end of the world as we know it? | Jan 26 2015 | Murray Dobbin | The exceptionally successful neoliberal campaign to change the "ideological fabric" of society has put western civilization on a track to irreversible collapse. How can we shift course?
Animal rights film garners four Canadian Screen Awards' nominations | Jan 24 2015 | John Bonnar | The Ghosts in Our Machine was nominated for four Canadian Screen Awards during a press conference held on January 13 at the TIFF Bell Lightbox cultural centre in Toronto.
Churches and mosques in Damascus, 2010
Christians persecuted in the Middle East: What can Canada do? | Jan 23 2015 | Dennis Gruending | Christians and other minorities are being persecuted in the Middle East. We must insist on protecting human rights, which include religious rights.
Liberals, you can do better | Jan 22 2015 | Eva Prkachin | The Liberals disappointed millions of Canadians when they voted for Online Spying Bill C-13, after speaking out against it.
Picking our targets wisely: How progressives should frame freedom of speech | Jan 19 2015 | Nora Loreto | In the aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo shootings, many progressives wrongly bought into the freedom of speech frame peddled by the right-wing.
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No Chelsea morning for hypocritical world leaders in Paris | Jan 19 2015 | Matthew Behrens | In the wake of the Paris shootings, as voicing uncomfortable truths becomes increasingly risky, governments get set to introduce more repressive measures that mock freedom of expression.
GroundWire | January 19, 2015: Charlie Hebdo, punk accessibility, Dalhousie dentistry | Jan 19 2015 | GroundWire | This week's episode of Groundwire covers Charlie Hebdo, accessibility in the Ottawa punk scene, and the Dalhousie dentistry scandal.
Why I won't be wearing a 'Je Suis Charlie' button anytime soon | Jan 16 2015 | Corey Levine | The latest issue of Charlie Hebdo has immediately sold out everywhere it seems. But with the rise in violent acts against French Muslims and arrests for 'hate speech' what does it all mean?
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Conservatives back Gaza military siege, as BDS movement grows | Jan 16 2015 | Stefan Christoff | The Harper government continues to give full support for Israel's apartheid policies against the Palestinian people. But here is a clear way to show support for Palestine: BDS.
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Crown drops charges against animal rights activists | Jan 16 2015 | John Bonnar | The Crown withdrew criminal mischief charges against six animal rights activists who had been arrested last November for blockading an entrance to a slaughterhouse in the west end of Toronto.
African Americans face increasingly militarized police forces | Jan 16 2015 | Redeye Collective | The deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown at the hands of white police officers have ignited a national debate in the U.S. about police militarization, corruption and impunity from prosecution.
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The people led the solidarity march in Paris, not world leaders | Jan 15 2015 | Amy Goodman | Among the world leaders who flocked to Paris to condemn the Charlie Hebdo attacks were some of the worst perpetrators of repression of journalists, all too often Arab and Muslim journalists.

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