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World | The propaganda war over Crimea's break from Ukraine | Dec 19 2014 | Roger Annis | The decision of Crimea in March of this year to secede from Ukraine and join the Russian Federation is a key pretext for in eastern Ukraine. What lies behind Crimea's decision?
World | Easing of U.S. embargo on Cuba is a triumph for the Cuban people and for the 'Cuban Five' | Dec 19 2014 | Roger Annis | Historic announcement in Washington and Havana on December 17 of shift in hostile U.S. policy towards Cuba.
Anti-Racism | Political Action | US Politics | No justice, no peace. Revolutionary advocacy is everywhere, but D.C. | Dec 18 2014 | Tiffany MacLellan | There is a tension at the #BlackLivesMatter protests in D.C., not between police and protester, but between grassroots and local activists and the liberal agenda.
Arts & Culture | Canadian indie publisher: Gerbil Meets Mouse | Dec 18 2014 | Lauren Scott | Gerbil Meets Mouse is a Canadian children's book publishing company that publishes books specifically about gerbils, that aim to bring certain social issues to light in a fun and relatable way.
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Arts & Culture | Good News | Episode 160: Eggnog edition | Dec 18 2014 | Victoria Fenner | No news, no protests or letters to write to politicians. Instead, some philosophical ideas to mull over in front of the fire. Your holiday break.
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Arts & Culture | Best book reviews of 2014 | Dec 18 2014 | Kaitlin McNabb | Book reviews! Get your book reviews here! We reviewed numerous books in the book lounge this year and here are a few of the standouts.
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Civil Liberties Watch | Technology | Playing Secret Santa this year? Why not try Crypto Santa? | Dec 18 2014 | Bob Chandler | Here's a fun way to learn about how Internet anonymity tools like the Tor Project work!
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Civil Liberties Watch | Economy | World | TISA leak reveals U.S. demands would impact net neutrality, data protection | Dec 18 2014 | Scott Harris | A new leak of U.S. proposals to the ongoing Trade In Services Agreement reveals that U.S. negotiators are seeking sweeping obligations that would lift restrictions on data storage and other rules.
Civil Liberties Watch | Political Action | Politics in Canada | Taking the fight for housing rights to court | Dec 18 2014 | Pro Bono, Safia J. Lakhani | Last week, the Ontario Court of Appeal released its decision on a landmark Charter application on housing rights. Safia Lakhani considers what it means for the housing rights struggle in Canada.
Civil Liberties Watch | Labour | Political Action | Politics in Canada | International Migrants Day: Canada's exclusionary immigration practices have got to go! | Dec 18 2014 | Amy Cohen, Elise Hjalmarson | Today is International Migrants Day. We need to reflect on Canada's current exclusionary immigration policy and demand changes.
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Civil Liberties Watch | Politics in Canada | The U.S. Senate report and Canadian complicity in torture | Dec 18 2014 | Linda McQuaig | The Harper government has noted that Canada doesn't torture people -- but ducks the question about whether Canadian authorities have used information obtained by others through torture.
Economy | Watch: Wealth inequality in Canada | Dec 18 2014 | Broadbent Institute | Is wealth inequality a problem in Canada? Short answer: yes.
Environment | Indigenous Rights | First Nation disappointed by NAFTA commission decision on wild salmon | Dec 18 2014 | Brent Patterson | Between 1994 and 2012, 80 complaints have been filed with the Commission on Environmental Co-operation. Eighty-five per cent of those submissions have been dismissed or terminated.
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Environment | Politics in Canada | World | Canada's lobbying tars EU climate legislation | Dec 18 2014 | Andrea Harden-Donahue | The European Parliament has narrowly voted to allow a weakened Fuel Quality Directive -- a modest climate measure to reduce emissions from transport fuel by six per cent by 2020 -- to proceed.
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Environment | Indigenous Rights | José Tendetza's murder is more blood on Canada's hands | Dec 18 2014 | Jennifer Moore | José Tendetza did not have to die. The Canadian government was aware of the tensions that implicate a Vancouver-based mining corporation -- and could have acted.