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Yanukovych's run out of options for Ukraine

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When a government announces that it is going to launch an "anti-terror operation," that generally means that it has decided to kill some people. That was what the police said at 6 p.m. local time Tuesday in Kiev, as they launched their assault on the protesters who have occupied the main square of the Ukrainian capital for 11 weeks -- and sure enough, people started to die.

Other people had already died in clashes elsewhere in Kiev on Tuesday, including some policemen, and the more excitable observers have started speculating about the forcible imposition of a police state in Ukraine or even civil war. But the likeliest outcome is that the president will be forced out without a civil war.

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Venezuelan government shows restraint and resolve during anti-Chavista protests

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The Council on Hemispheric Affairs (COHA) views with great alarm the violence perpetrated against the democratically elected government and civilians in Venezuela that has resulted, as of February 12, 2014, in three confirmed deaths, 61 persons wounded and 69 detained. The carnage and destruction in Caracas on Wednesday comes on the heels of generally peaceful marches held on the 200th anniversary of the battle of La Victoria, a battle in which students played a critical role in a victory against royalist forces during Venezuela's war of independence.

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Revisiting the 'Orange Crush' with NDP MP Laurin Liu

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National Council of Canadian Muslims sue PMO for libel

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What does it mean to be Canadian when you belong to a visible minority?

Growing up on a steady diet of pseudo-liberal Canadian cultural mosaic pride and regular renditions of "This Land is Your Land," I thought that it meant my citizenship; my childhood memories and the rest of my lived experience were enough to legitimize my identity as a 'Canadian,' and afford me the corresponding rights.

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'Right-to-work' laws and their roots in racial segregation

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Five things you need to know about the Fair Elections Act

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The Conservative government on Tuesday tabled their so-called Fair Elections Act in the House of Commons -- 70 weeks late.

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Why does Harper insist on playing the nerd?

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Stephen Harper's been singing again. In Israel this time. And, boy, was it unhip.

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Got Land? Improve your treaty literacy

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This past October 2013, I was walking with many of my family, friends who were mostly children on a historic walk to create awareness about an oil spill by Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. (CNRL). The spill started in May 2013 near Cold Lake, Alberta within Treaties 6 and 8 territories. To this day, CNRL still has no idea how to stop it. 

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Harper's big show in Israel silent on human rights

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There was considerable fanfare and red carpet during Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s trip to Israel this week.

After nearly eight years in office, the prime minister visited the country with which he has forged closer links than almost any other. The spectacle was breathtaking, with a delegation of over 200 people, including six cabinet ministers and other government MPs. With that sort of political heft, the opportunity to press important issues was considerable.  

How disappointing, though not surprising, that Israel’s numerous human rights shortcomings did not make that list.

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Disrupt Harper's austerity and save Canada Post

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