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Canada's complicity in the Saudi-Yemen war

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The richest country in the Arab region wasted no time quoting their American arms dealers when they declared an end to their bombing campaign on the poorest Arab country last month.

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Women of The War Room: The Alberta NDP

Photo: flickr/ Don Voaklander

There are many things that will be written about the rise of the NDP in the recent Alberta election. One very important thing to note right away is that, in addition to an incredible woman leader Rachel Notley and over 50 per cent women candidates, the central campaign staff was also made up of well over half women.

While there were of course many talented people of both genders responsible for the NDP's success, I wanted to have a photographic record of these amazing women to illustrate that it's not all a back room boy's world anymore. 

So, I present to you the women of The War Room:

 

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Five things Albertans need to do in a post-PC province

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Dear Alberta,

Let me be among the many to congratulate you on accomplishing on May 5 what everyone thought was impossible. Within a few years, Alberta's reputation as a conservative stronghold has been completely turned on its head. Electing an NDP majority government and reducing the PCs -- the longest-ruling political party in any province -- to a pitiful 10 seats was astounding and inspiring.

No doubt you're feeling quite optimistic and proud. This is excellent! It is high time Albertans felt that they mattered and had a real say in how they are governed.  

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Notley wins the province, but can she win the Alberta civil service?

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The Alberta election saw a historic win with the Alberta NDP winning 53 seats and a majority government, supplanting the ruling PC party, who were first elected in 1971.

The Alberta NDP is not only taking over the office of the Premier, but also inheriting a large civil service that has not seen a government change in over four decades.

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Harper government moves to block supervised injection services for drug users in Canada

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Update: Health Canada has granted Insite an exemption to operate for another year. However, Health Canada has yet to decide to grant an exemption for Dr. Peter Centre, which has operated a three-booth injection room since 2002.

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The Israeli election is a game-changer

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Dramatic as they were for returning Netanyahu to power, the Israeli elections did not witness a major shift in political forces; in fact, the center-left (albeit Labor now pandering to the right by rebranding itself the "Zionist Camp") did better than in the 2013 elections, while the right polled considerably less than half the votes.

Indeed, with Labor becoming Likud Lite and many of its supporters defecting to Lapid's neo-liberal Yesh Atid party, right-left differences are hard to specify. Even Shas, whose ultra-orthodox politics have always been extremely hawkish, became the darling of many leftist Mizrahi intellectuals who believe that Aryeh Deri is a closet "bridge" between Israeli Jews and the Palestinians.

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Chris Hedges on C-51: They have won, and it is up to us

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This is the speech Chris Hedges would have delivered at the Toronto protest against Bill C-51 on Saturday, if he had made it to the city in time. Weather delayed his plane, but rabble.ca was able to obtain the text of his address and present it here.

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Bill C-51 wants you to stop protesting in support of Palestinians

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One of the less discussed questions of the Harper government's anti-terror bill, Bill C-51, is whether Palestinian rights advocates and advocates of boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) will be targeted by CSIS agents armed with new powers to target and disrupt, courtesy of a judicial warrant.

Admittedly, the legislation and its intended objects are vague, except that what constitutes "terrorism," seems to be broadening beyond wanton acts of violence.

So, we need to be on guard when Public Safety minister Steven Blaney, the author of Bill-C-51, also talks about "zero tolerance" for promoters of the international BDS campaign against Israel.

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ISIS, Harper and the true threat to Canada



Photo: flickr/Stephen Harper

"Belief in the inevitability of conflict can become one of it's main causes."
 -- Donald Rumsfeld

Defence minister Jason Kenney has been making the mainstream media rounds, dropping hints about Canada's potentially expanded role in the battle against ISIS. A move that could see Canadian troops in Syria and Libya, in addition to Iraq, for a mission that is not NATO, UN or humanitarian.

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A snapshot of Canadian women for International Women's Day 2015

Photo: flickr/rabble.ca/John Maclennan

March 8 is International Women's Day! The United Nations theme is 'Empowering Women -- Empowering Humanity: Picture It!'

Here's a snapshot of Canadian women and girls.

According to the website 'Justice for Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women,' Indigenous women are five times more likely to die as a result of violence. It's time for an inquiry into our murdered and missing Aboriginal women. Recommendations from the inquiry must be implemented in a timely manner.

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