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This may be the worst comments section(Disqus administered)I've ever seen on this site

https://disqus.com/home/discussion/rabbleca/how_free_speech_was_used_as_...

 

This was a discussion of what happened at a Halifax Pride meeting, in which straight people took over the meeting to prevent the adoption of an anti-"pinkwashing" motion proposed by a LGBTQ Arab group.

In reaction to it, a Holocaust denier and a supposed "class struggle" supporter have tried to tie the question of dissenting about Israeli treatment of Palestinians to their revisionist(denialist) views on the Holocaust.

 

I've tried to stand up to them, but they won't stop.

Could really use some anti-fascist reinforcements here.

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Neoliberal times make referenda essential

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Neoliberal times make referenda essential

Where governments recklessly refuse to exercise due diligence and flout democratic values the public must insist on its right to referenda.

 

It has been said that democracy is a fragile egg easily broken and there are those more than willing to break eggs persistently.

Democracy is about process and most importantly the integrity of the process.

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Neoliberal times make referenda essential

Open Letters

Neoliberal times make referenda essential

Where governments recklessly refuse to exercise due diligence and flout democratic values the public must insist on its right to referenda.

 

It has been said that democracy is a fragile egg easily broken and there are those more than willing to break eggs persistently.

Democracy is about process and most importantly the integrity of the process.

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How are you going to make reconciliation a reality in 2016?

The final report from The Truth and Reconcilation Commission will be released on December 15.

This holiday season, rabble.ca is  partnering with Aboriginal Legal Services of Toronto to provide the tools to make reconciliation a reality in Canada.

We're taking the calls to action from the TRC, and showing how ordinary folks can make them come to life. There were 94 calls to action.

These are the TRC calls to action.

Here is the latest installment, on recommendation #59 - educating about churches' role in the residential school system.

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Austerity as a Neoliberalism tactic to their limited success to cut social programs

Earlier this week I sat through a very two dimensional discussion of austerity politics. I believe we do disservice when we describe neoliberalism as benefit cuts to the social state. I believe it is much more.

I suppose that in the arguments about "austerity" necessitating more cuts is in large part a response to successful challenges in the limitations to access to benefits enacted by neoliberal governments.

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We've already forgotten Lac-Mégantic - Québec election day

This seems like just so much Toronto.  Everyone (including corporations, but why not children or other creatures who depend on us who are at least sentient beings) can choose to meet our reduce-pollution responsibility which we have whether we like it or not and work towards a greener, cleaner life but we must pay more for it thanks to all the corporate bend-overs infesting Canada's government, so it's "I can't afford it" meanwhile they have at least one vehicle making the air cancerous, or it's "why should I pay?" and the middle class waits for the rich to take the lead.  I think it's because not enough people with money have children and so they just don't care if Earth's habitable for humans after they're gone. 

 

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Fair Elections Act (Part ???)

Over the past few weeks the Minister of Democratic Reform has been trying to defend his crappy bill inside parliament as well as out.  Justin Ling who is a freeland reporter has been a thorn in his side writing pointed articles about the flaws and stupidity of the bill.

I guess he was able to interview the Minister over the weekend.

Would have liked to have been a fly on the wall to listen because sounds like it was testy.

Not sure if the Minister will finally listen to everyone else and hold open meetings across the country.

 

 

 

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Movements against Islamists in Sindh, Pakistan

Yesterday Sindh province of Pakistan observed a massive outpour against the religious extremism, victimizing Hindus and humiliating the corpse of a Hindu Bhil. A few days ago some Islamists dug the grave of a Hindu, Bhuro Bhil, and thrown it away since he was a Hindu and according to them had not right to be buried.

Bhils are one of the oldest clans of the human society associated with the Indus Civilization, the centre of which is Sindh province of Pakistan.

Jeay Sindh Qomi Mahaz (JSQM), banned Jeay Sindh Mutahida Mahaz (JSMM), and some civil society forums that strive for the indigenous sovereignty and movement for self-determination mostly organized the protests yesterday.  

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"Support our Troops" means "Support war policy"

I had no idea that the military had invaded our sports events.
Supporting someone, or an organization, or our soldiers, means just that - to watch out for them, care for them, send them money or food or offer them shelter. They are our kids, our neighbour's kids. To send them into a warzone for no good reason is the opposite of support.
So the term as it is used actually means "Support the politicians who decided to send our troops into danger". If we sincerely wanted to support our troops, we would take them out of harm's way, but the Harper government does not support the troops. They use them for personal profit and gain. Criminal.

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