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Irene and the road to Amuru

Patrick, our driver, uses all of the red dirt road ahead. He gingerly steers our Land Rover from ditch to ditch to avoid the potholes and ruts in hopes of giving the “visitors” a smooth (let's say smoother) ride as we make our way along Amuru Road.

“You would not have survived this trip at the height of the conflict,” announces our translator Evelyn.

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Online voters to select most abusive corporations

Online polls are now open for the Corporate Hall of Shame, a competition created by Corporate Accountability International.

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Job losses trigger soul-searching on the economy

Suddenly, something big seems to be adrift. Here in Nova Scotia, after the Trenton railcar works near New Glasgow and the Maple Leaf poultry plant at Canard, now it's the Moirs chocolate factory in Dartmouth.

All closing. Moving to Mexico, Winnipeg and wherever. How concerned should we be and what can we do about it?

At the very least, there's a wakeup call here, a summons to dust off our thinking caps lest we turn out to be one of the plucked chickens of the global economy.

The time has come to put the economy on the frontburner in a way that it hasn't been for some time.

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When 'fill'er up' means starvation

Grandfather used to sneak off to his camp in the woods where he'd brew a few gallons of “firewater” for special occasions. He would have doubled up in laughter if someone had suggested that one day, cars, trucks and his own farm tractor might run on this stuff.

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Energy security for U.S. = insecurity for Canada

Today (April 26) and tomorrow, the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), an American right-wing think-tank based in Washington is the lead host to two closed-door meetings in Calgary. They are discussing ways to enhance American energy security by getting more Canadian oil and gas. Why are Canadians involved in discussing American energy security when Canada has no energy policy, and no plans ensuring oil for Eastern Canadians during a supply crisis?

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Building popular power in Carora

Carora's streets are much like other Latin American cities — bustling commerce on every corner, traffic, noise, people going about their daily routine. But there is something that distinguishes Carora and the Municipality of Pedro Leon Torres in the state of Lara, Venezuela from any other municipality I've visited in Latin America, and in particular, any other in Venezuela.

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How hard-won rights can be taken away

Sometimes the toughest fights are ones that we assume are already won. For instance, as a woman in her 20s, I know that one of the greatest victories of the women's movement in North America is a woman's right to choose. Our generation has, however, been able, for the most part, to take that victory for granted.

Last week's U.S. Supreme Court decision, which fundamentally limits women's access to abortions, even if her own life is in jeopardy, is a stark reminder that we need to be vigilant in defense of our right to control our own bodies.

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War is no place for children

About a year or two ago, I read a book by Eric Lomax entitled The Railway Man. In the autobiographical novel, Lomax is sent to Singapore as a signals officer at the beginning of World War II. Lomax is taken prisoner with his squad when Singapore is captured by the Japanese.

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Western students fight back against hate

Students at the University of Western Ontario, angry and offended by their student newspaper's “Spoof” Issue (please see previous rabble.ca article) have been mobilizing through letter writing campaigns to The Gazette Editor-in-Chief Ian Van Den Hurk, the university, and the media, and through a protest held on campus last Thursday.

Some students have also written to Police Chief Murray Faulkner who is explicitly named in the article, to ask him to make a public statement about his portrayal and his stance on violence against women.

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'Spoof' at Western is hate, not satire

The Gazette, the University of Western Ontario student newspaper, published an issue on Friday March 30, 2007 which claimed to be a satirical issue, intending no harm to anyone involved in the stories. However, it then proceeded to violate both the Ontario Human Rights Code regarding harassment on the grounds of both gender and sexual orientation.

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