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Whodunit? Counterinsurgency and police violence in Zapatista territory | Nov 6 2014 | Justin Podur | What happens when a detective novel moves beyond the regular narrative of police and criminal and the law, and looks at the political context? You get 'The Demands of the Dead'.
Global movement of Internet users create a crowdsourced agenda for free expression | Nov 5 2014 | Digital Freedom Update, Josh Tabish, Steve Anderson | Internet users around the world have come together to shape a new agenda for how we share and collaborate online.
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Harper government silences pain of Gazan children | Nov 5 2014 | Jeremy Wildeman | After Israel's military bombardment of Gaza this summer, 11,000 were injured including 3,400 children. Dr. Abuelaish wants to bring severely injured children to Canada for treatment. Harper says no.
 Jason Kenney announces major changes in refugee law early in 2012.
Appeals Court orders Harper to restore refugee health program today | Nov 4 2014 | Karl Nerenberg | In July the Federal Court ordered the Harper government to restore refugee health by Nov. 4. The government appealed and asked for a stay of the ruling. The higher court refused to grant that stay.
Health for All balks at new federal health benefits for refugees | Nov 4 2014 | John Bonnar | The temporary measures are not a complete reversal of the cuts the government made in 2012, with certain classes of refugee claimants still not covered for drugs or supplemental health benefits.
Photo: Mark Blevis/flickr
Inconvenient questions for Stephen Harper about the attack on Parliament Hill | Nov 3 2014 | Murray Dobbin | Two weeks after the senseless murder of a soldier on Parliament Hill there are several things we know and many we don't. Obvious questions have been asked and inconvenient ones have been left aside.
Harper's Canada: Using omnibus budget bills to deny health and social assistance to refugees | Nov 3 2014 | Michael Butler | Buried in the omnibus budget bill C-43 are sections 172 and 173, designed to deny health and social assistance to refugees.
Federal Court rejects government's request to delay reinstating refugee health care | Nov 2 2014 | John Bonnar | On October 31, Judge Wyman Webb rejected the government's request to delay reinstating the Interim Federal Health Program, leaving Ottawa until November 4 to restore access to the benefits.
Photo: Brandon Payne/flickr
The role of sanctuary as opposition to political power | Oct 31 2014 | Rick Salutin | What is this -- the Middle Ages? A Toronto church has given sanctuary to a Hungarian Roma family who came here as refugees. How did it come to this?
Photo: kristin_a (Meringue Bake Shop)/flickr
2014 U.S. midterm elections marked by widespread voter disenfranchisement | Oct 30 2014 | Amy Goodman | Purging of voter rolls is just one way that Republicans are working to limit the vote. Key court decisions have all but guaranteed that many U.S. voters will be denied access to their right to vote.
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Child welfare funding on reserve now in hands of Human Rights Tribunal | Oct 30 2014 | Jocelyn Formsma | The First Nations child welfare case is the most important Indigenous children's rights case. Why? Here's three reasons.
Photo: flickr/Martin Cathrae
Toronto election results reveal a polarized city | Oct 30 2014 | Dr. Kara Santokie | The Ford era is over for Toronto (for now). But as bleary-eyed Torontonians return to reality, what are they really waking up to?

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