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Media ignores Canada's record in the Congo

The mainstream mediaâe(TM)s hypocrisy during the Olympics would be funny if it werenâe(TM)t so ignorance-producing.

So many words written or spoken about human rights violations, lip-synching, suppression of Tibet, taped fireworks, Communist dictatorship, evil Chinese nationalism and yet what about context? Or what about how Canada might seem to them?

Has any media discussed Canadaâe(TM)s decades-long support of British imperialism in China? Opium War anyone? Dividing the country up among European powers?

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Rabble Summary of the Summit

An Arching Peace in Vancouver Jessie Smith, April 22
Anti-FTAA activists weren't just in Quebec City. At the Washington-B.C. Border, demonstrators could kick back and have a good time. Call it a millennial Be-In.

8:20 p.m., Quebec City Judy Rebick, April 21
Outside the Summit of the Americas, police and protesters clash.

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Cease and desist? I don't think so

This is a tale of two cities - and two cease and desist orders. The cities are Cambridge and Calgary. First, to Cambridge.Back in September 2003 Torstar turned out the lights at Canadaâe(TM)s oldest newspaper, the Cambridge Reporter. The Reporter had been a viable paper for 157 years. Torstar gave the community five days notice before ending its historic paperâe(TM)s publication. When Torstar dropped the Reporter it also let the domain names associated with it lapse. Fast forward five years.

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Say "I Do"? I Don't

There was a flurry of publicity at the beginning of the year when the predominantly lesbian and gay Metropolitan Community Church in Toronto married two same-sex couples in January. Not surprisingly, the marriage was not recognized by the Ontario government. A court challenge has now been launched, joining three other marriage-related cases already heading towards Canada's Supreme Court.

It is important to challenge the heterosexual monopoly on official state-recognized marriage.

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E-Book Fad is Fading

To hear Kelly Ford tell it, the heyday of the electronic book was just over a year ago, in the spring of 2000. Back then, Stephen King had just released his sixty-six-page novella, Riding the Bullet, exclusively as a digital publication. Its success had set the publishing industry all atwitter with e-book buzz. Bookstore owners were trembling, writers saw their futures bright with pixels, publishers imagined zero-cost delivery, and trees everywhere breathed a sigh of relief.

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News of Peaceful People

Thousands of people took to the streets last weekend to protest Canada’s role in the war against Afghanistan.

November 17 was designated a day of non-violent action for global justice and peace by the September Eleven Peace Coalition, a cross-country coalition of groups for peace, faith, anti-globalization, students and women, as well as unions. Activists demonstrated in more than twenty-six centres across the country.

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Dopey Ruling

In one of the dopiest rulings ever issued by the United States federalgovernment, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has announced a banon hemp-based food products. The ban, which is scheduled to come into forceFebruary 6, 2002, threatens the livelihood of an environmentally consciouscottage industry which generates an estimated US$7-million a year in that country.

Hemp comes from the same plant that produces marijuana, but containsnegligible amounts of THC, the chemical that gives pot its psychoactivekick.

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Twilight on Fission Avenue

The following is rabble’s final instalment from Gordon Laird’s new book, Power.

I venture out again into the deserted part of Uranium City. The sheer size of the decaying suburb is impressive: I estimate twelve city blocks of homes, abandoned and skeletal. Some still show signs of the former tenants: a crucifix on a kitchen wall, a crayon drawing on peeling wallpaper, lawn chairs scattered across a front yard. There’s even a tricycle buried under the snow of a ditch.

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Front Lines and Bottom Lines

Meagan Smith-Windsor left Saskatchewan a few years ago to join the front line of a bloody civil war. She wanted to help the people of South Sudan in their fight for survival against a brutal military dictatorship in Khartoum.

And so off she went. But she didn’t wear a soldier’s uniform, and she didn’t carry a rifle. Nor did she become a foreign-aid worker. Her front line was Calgary. Her weapon was information.

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