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SlutWalk one year later: A movement or a moment?

One year ago, a Toronto police officer made a comment that would become a definitive point of debate among feminists: "Women should avoid dressing like sluts in order to not be victimized," he said.

A few women sprang to action, responding by having what they called a 'SlutWalk.' That first event, on April 3, 2011, was followed by many others across North America, Europe, and Australia.

Vancouver held their own SlutWalk on May 15, 2011 and is now planning for their second, scheduled to take place on June 30, 2012.

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Israel's blood diamonds: Why the free pass from regulators and civil society?

Solidarity activists outside diamond industry offices in London, UK. (Photo: londonbds.org)

As members of the international diamond-regulatory system known as the Kimberley Process (KP) prepare for a meeting in Washington, D.C. on June 4, the chances of them agreeing to end the trade in all blood diamonds looks bleaker than ever before.

Last November, Partnership Africa Canada (PAC), a member of the Kimberley Process Civil Society Coalition (KPCSC), issued a communiqué stating, "We are making our full engagement with the KP dependent on the adoption of substantial and sufficient reforms such as those listed herein."

Polishing the image of a dirty industry

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Occupy feminism: Start of a fourth wave?

Photo: petitefeministe.wordpress.com

The First Feminist General Assembly, which took place in Washington Square Park in New York City the evening of Thursday, May 17, could mark a historical turning point. Emerging out of the Occupy Movement, the event brought together a cross-section of the hundreds of thousands of women already mobilized from a broad progressive spectrum.

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How Occupy and the Indignados helped inspire Quebec, where 'every street is Wall Street'

Sitting in the living room of a friend's Mile End apartment just shy of 8:00pm of Thursday, I am called into the street by the deafening sound of clanging pots and pans.

On the residential street lined with Montreal's classic triplex townhouses, people of all ages are gathering with their cookware. Children clang at the doorstep of their friends calling to them to come out.

The now nightly "casseroles" are the latest form of popular outrage to premier Jean Charest's new special law that curbs freedom of assembly and association rights, in a bid to break three months of social unrest.

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Spread the red square everywhere: Why solidarity with Quebec students is crucial

The Charest government has turned to repression to try to break the largest and longest student strike in Quebec history. Students had already endured heavy-handed policing, including hundreds of arrests and brutal attacks by riot cops on campuses and in the streets.

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Globalizing resistance: Marxism conference this weekend in Toronto

This time last year, the effects of the Arab Spring had already inspired millions of people around the world to think about the possibility of revolution - and the role that they themselves could play in creating a better world.

While political pundits and right-wing leaders argued that the revolutions would never last (and that they had no connection to what was going on over here), activists had other ideas.

Occupy shines light on capitalism's inequality

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Important things missing from report on G20 policing

During the G20 meetings in Toronto in June 2010, police arrested over 1000 people. In the lead-up to the G20, police carried out extensive infiltration of activist groups, and a number of activists remain in jail today. Victims of the police repression have waited two long years without anything resembling accountability. rabble.ca correspondent krystalline kraus reported live from the streets of Toronto during the G20.

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Appeal from Quebec: Solidarity and legal support needed

Sisters, brothers,

We write you during a dark time for democratic, human and associative rights in Quebec with the following appeal for your help and solidarity.

As you have no doubt heard, the government recently enacted legislation that amounts to the single biggest attack on the right to organize and freedom of expression in North America since the McCarthy period and the biggest attack on civil and democratic rights since the enactment of the War Measures Act in 1970. Arguably, this recent law will unduly criminalize more law-abiding citizens than even McCarthy's hearings and the War Measures Act ever could.

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UN report bolsters Canada's right to food movement

Food Secure Canada has been calling on the government to take action. (Photo: http://foodsecurecanada.org)

"Canada has long been seen as a land of plenty. Yet today one in ten families with a child under six is unable to meet their daily food needs. These rates of food insecurity are unacceptable, and it is time for Canada to adopt a national right to food strategy." - Olivier De Schutter, UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food. 

Yesterday Olivier De Schutter concluded his first official visit to Canada as the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, a whirlwind fact-finding mission and tour across the country conducted on the invitation of the Canadian Government.

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Has the Arab Spring given way to a Dark Fall?

Tahrir Square. (Photo: Hossam el-Hamalawy / flickr)

In order to provide an intelligible understanding and analysis of the current situation in the Middle East, especially regarding Syria, it is important to briefly discuss the current Middle Eastern context within the larger frame of U.S. and European imperialism.

Throughout the last year, people all over the globe - especially on the left, the young and progressives - have been living the excitement of the achievements of the peoples in various parts of the Arab world, especially Tunisia and Egypt.

I am sure that also many of us were cheering for the NATO invasion - at the request of most members in the Arab League - which at the time we thought of as a life-saving intervention!

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