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Trudeau continues Harper assault on human rights

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There's something about Justin Trudeau and his PR-spinning Liberal Team that reminds me of the Tennessee Williams character Harvey "Big Daddy" Pollitt from Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Pollitt famously uttered the line:

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PODCAST: Max Dashu reveals the suppressed truth behind the witch hunts (and the implications for women today)

June 2, 2016
| Meghan Murphy speaks with feminist historian, Max Dashu, about the gendered impacts of the witch-hunts.
Length: 49:13 minutes (22.53 MB)
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Four ways to prove Canada is serious about ending torture

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Our obligation to Omar Khadr

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The federal government recently announced they would not proceed with the Conservative government's appeal of Omar Khadr's release on bail. There was a collective sigh of relief from those who have followed his tragic case.

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From Cuba to Brussels, we need a uniform standard of justice

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ISIS militants attacked a European city this week, setting off three bombs in Brussels that killed 31 and injured 260. In the United States, the response was immediate, first with the outpouring of support from the public, then, unsurprisingly, with a flurry of bellicose pronouncements from most of the remaining major-party presidential candidates.

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Liberals dishonour generations of war and torture victims

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A once-in-a-lifetime selfie opportunity presented itself at a March 10 State Department luncheon in Washington, D.C., when Justin Trudeau and his team were being feted by one of the worst comedians on the touring circuit, Secretary of State John Kerry, whose stabs at humour could only be considered capital punishment.

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Our friends the Gulf sheikhs and the case of Salim Alaradi

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A question on torture for Canada's new defence minister

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Rideau Hall's glorious fall foliage produced the perfect backdrop for a series of memorable photo-ops during the Trudeau government's swearing-in ceremony, from the most diverse cabinet in Canadian history to the large crowds who waited patiently for selfies with the photogenic PM.

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A questionable record: Delusions of objectivity in the social sciences

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The American Psychological Association held its annual convention this past weekend in Toronto. It's a huge organization, about 100,000 members -- academics, researchers, practitioners. This is the seventh time in 37 years that they met here, a frequency or repetition compulsion that may be worthy of research and, possibly, therapy. Canadians belong to it, the way the Blue Jays belong to the American League. We're in it but not always of it.

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Thirty-seven per cent of Canadians think torture could be justified

"If the Canadian government used torture against people 'suspected' of terrorism, do you think this could be justified?" Thirty-seven per cent of people polled said yes.

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