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The 'selectivity argument' around criticizing Israel

I'm really disturbed about this argument that criticizing the state of Israel can become anti-semitic, because you're applying a double standard--so if human rights abuses are going on elsewhere and you aren't talking about them, you must be anti-semitic (Irwin Cotler uses this argument routinely). THis is also in the Interparliamentary Coalition to combat anti-semitism (which is disingenious, because it then says, criticism of Israel is fine as long as you aren't applying a double standard...but you're left wondering where's the line between legitimate criticism and anti-semitism because double standard).

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Organizing For Justice - day of workshops

Nov 13, 2010
University of Ottawa, Lamoureux Hall first floor
www.uottawa.ca/maps - LMX building
Ottawa , ON
Canada
45° 24' 41.6592" N, 75° 41' 53.4984" W
Ontario CA
A full day of workshops on different aspects of social, economic and environmental justice and healthy communities.
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Love is a telephone

Love is a telephone which always keeps silent when you are longing for a call, but rings when you are not ready for it. As a result, we often miss the sweetness from the other end.

Love is a telephone which is seldom program-controlled or directly dialed. You cannot get an immediate answer by a mere "hello", let alone go deep into your lover's heart by one call. Usually it had to be relayed by an operator, and you have to be patient in waiting. Destiny is the operator of this phone, who is always irresponsible and fond of laying practical jokes to which she may make you a lifelong victim intentionally or unintentionally.

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Indigenous Sovereignty Week, 2nd annual

Oct 27, 2010 to Nov 5, 2010
different venues Ottawa
Canada
45° 24' 41.6592" N, 75° 41' 53.4984" W
CA
The week is a part of a national grassroots initiative to build relationships and raise awareness about the issues and struggles of indigenous people that are often marginalized in Canadian society.
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Juan Williams Fired from NPR for Anti-Muslim Comments

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National Public Radio has terminated journalist Juan Williams after remarks he made on Fox News about Muslims, the network announced Thursday.

Williams was asked by Bill O'Reilly during Fox's "The O'Reilly Factor" earlier this week whether the U.S. is facing a "Muslim dilemma."

According to an NPR statement, Williams responded: "Look, Bill, I'm not a bigot. You know the kind of books I've written about the civil rights movement in this country. But when I get on the plane, I got to tell you, if I see people who are in Muslim garb and I think, you know, they are identifying themselves first and foremost as Muslims, I get worried. I get nervous."

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Panel discussion: Islamophobia and the presumption of innocence

Oct 21, 2010
JK Wyllie Board Room, PSAC building
23 Gilmour (at Metcalfe)
Ottawa , ON
Canada
45° 24' 56.5308" N, 75° 41' 28.5216" W
Ontario CA
Check out this panel discussion featuring human rights campaigners Matthew Behrens, Monia Mazigh, Rania Tfaily and Yahya Abdul Rahman.
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The Philippine Women Centre of Ontario 10th year anniversary: Maleta Art Exhibit

Oct 10, 2010 to Oct 31, 2010
The Beit Zatoun House
612 Markham Street one block west of Honest Ed's (Bathurst and Bloor)
M6G 2L8 Toronto , ON
Canada
43° 39' 53.2584" N, 79° 24' 44.6868" W
Ontario CA
The Philippine Women Centre of Ontario invites everyone to celebrate a decade of Filipino Canadian women's struggle and resistance at the opening of the Maleta Art Exhibit on October 10.
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DisOrientation 2010 @ York University

Political and Social Justice - Radically Different, Politically Progressive

DisOrientation 2010 @ York University ::Taking Back OUR Campus!::

- Keele Campus: September 23 to October 1
- Workshops :: Actions :: Film Screenings :: FREE Concert
- ALL Welcome :: ALL Events are FREE & ACCESSIBLE :: Child Care Available

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What Would You Do?

I just saw this on my morning Facebook feed.

It's a clip from what looks like an intelligent tv show called "What Would You Do?"

It's about 6 minutes. Please watch before commenting.

YouTube clip here

The set-up is a public park on a bright sunny day. In full view, a young white man is trying to steal a bike, clearly does not have keys to the lock, and variously hammers, saws, uses bolt cutters and finally an electric saw to cut the chain. Over 100 people pass him, some look, but except for one couple they all do nothing, including not call the police.  

Some are interviewed after.

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Europe's Enduring Campaign Against the Roma People

Roma deportations by France a disgrace, says EU

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The European Commission today threatened legal action over the French government's crackdown on its Roma population, branding Nicolas Sarkozy's policy disgraceful and comparing it to second world war era deportations.

In her first direct criticism of France after being widely reviled for prevaricating, Viviane Reding, the European commissioner for justice and fundamental rights, attacked the Sarkozy government over the mass expulsions of

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Your House is on Ground Zero (and quite without permission) by Tim Wise

What a perfect piece to post on this day.

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In all the rancor over whether or not one group of Muslims should be allowed to build a cultural center and worship space near the site of the 9/11 attacks -- which were committed by a separate and totally unrelated group of Muslims --there is one thing above all else that no one appears anxious to point out: namely, that for any white Christian to say "Ground Zero" is off limits to anyone is possibly the most deliciously and yet grotesquely ironic thing ever suggested.

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Freedom Rider: Prison Rape, America’s Torture

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Movies and jokes told by stand up comics elicit bizarre interest or laughs if the subject is rape behind bars. The horror of sexual assault is usually not considered amusing, unless it takes place in America’s prison industrial complex.

Talking about prison rape means acknowledging the full horror of this nation’s reliance on the prison system to keep some groups, black American’s in particular, in a place of ultimate control and subservience. The 2 million person prison population is fully one half black, a statistic which in and of itself ought to create outrage and protest.

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Project Samosa

This thread isn't really about the suspects arrested in Ottawa earlier this week on terrorism charges.  I'm starting this thread because I've been party to relatively little discussion about the actual name of this investigation that the RCMP has dubbed "Project Samosa."

When I was in high school (come to think of it, in the mid-90s, in suburban Ottawa, possibly with some of the same RCMP investigators who worked on this case) the word samosa was often used interchangeably with other derogatory slurs such as paki, towelhead, raghead, sand n*****, etc.  The nation/culture of origin itself of the targetted individual(s) wasn't important.  They were used as synonyms that both informed and reflected the ignorance of their user.

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