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Peace in the Middle East: A simple matter of 'recognition'

It is hardly surprising that Avigdor Lieberman, the newly-minted extreme-right Israeli Foreign Minister, is continuing to plod along with Israel’s state policy of shunning Hamas.

Israel thought it was okay to talk to the Palestinian Muslim militants, and even to give them a hand building their organization, back in the 1980s when they were a small thorn in the side of (and a convenient counterweight to) the PLO’s secular Fatah movement. But now Hamas has been elected by a majority of Palestinians, by the twisted logic of the colonizer, that means it has lost all legitimacy.

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Stephen Harper announces cancellation of Earth Day

LONDON, UK -- "Canada, among all the advanced countries, is best positioned to prosper and profit from the ecological crisis," announced Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper shortly after arriving for the opening of the G20 summit.

"Earth Day is a pessimistic and -- frankly -- socialistic concept, and we would rather focus on the many causes for optimism in the 21st century," explained Harper. "Some people see the Arctic ice cap as half melted, but I prefer to see a new shipping route as half freed up."

"The only thing we have to fear about climate change is fear of climate change itself."

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How to mourn a girl you'll never know

This piece was performed aloud by Farhat Rehman, the author's mother, at a candlelight vigil for Aqsa Parvez on January 10 at the Women's Monument in Minto Park, Ottawa. January 10 was the first day of the Islamic New Year; sadly, it also marked one month since the day 16-year-old Aqsa Parvez was killed.

Try to imagine what it would be like to be someone else. It's one of the hardest things anyone can do, pull themselves out of the infinite fascination of being themselves, and imagine that they are moving, stiff and unfamiliar, within a stranger's habits and dreams.

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Rethinking political parties: part II

A useful framework for deepening our critique and highlighting the importance of the new methodologies implicit in many of the social movements of recent years is provided by critical realism. This is a philosophical school that was itself a product of the political and cultural struggles of the 1960s and 1970s and provides a necessary alternative to both the limitations of structuralism and the dead ends of postmodernism.

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Rethinking political parties

The need for radical social change is pressing and the desire for it widespread. Traditionally, political parties have been the means of giving shape, leadership and coherence to such desires. But in present circumstances they are simply not up to the task. There's never been a golden age for parties of the left but there have been periods âe" the 1920s until the late 1960s âe" when the majority of people desiring change in a broadly socialist direction would be members or supporters of mass socialist or communist parties.

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It's time to take action on global emergency

While governments and industry focus on the economic costs of dramatically reducing greenhouse gas emissions, they act as though there are no economic costs associated with hurricanes and tornadoes, massive flooding, or entire populations rendered unproductive by heat waves that leave them gasping to survive.

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Electricity quotas: an idea whose time has come?

In a 2006 survey by the Dominion Institute, 72% of Canadians said they believe that, by 2020, global warming will have become the greatest crisis facing humankind. While the cause of global warming is still being debated in a few dusty corners, the scientific mainstream believes that global warming is caused by our continued and expanding use of fossil fuels. This crisis seems exacerbated by the apparent lack of political will, in Canada and the US to address the cause of greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs), the combustion of fossil fuels to produce energy.

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O Michaëlle Jean, I want to lick your boots

Your Excellency the Right Honorable Mme. Michaëlle Jean: I just want to say that it is so cool to have you as our Governor-General!

Like John Ibbitson in The Globe and Mail, Andrew Coyne in the National Postand countless other gushers of purple prose in the media punditry, I am sogoddamn proud that when it comes to choosing a local stand-in for ourdynastic monarch, we only go for the best.

You are such an inspiration to all us colonial plebs, Your Excellency. Justlooking at you, it's so obvious why you were chosen.

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Memo to Bush: The case for invading Canada

MEMO
TO: The President of the United States
FROM: Steven Laffoley

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Martha's away and Henry will play

(Editor's note: Martha and Henry — Ralph Klein's imaginary Albertans — have changed roles this month. The Alberta government has suddenly made a change to the Employment Standards that will now allow 12- and 13-year-old Albertans to work in restaurants. Now children can go from working at their elementary school's School Patrol straight into working at their local McDonald's.

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