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The struggle for safe abortion in Latin America

There is a slogan commonly heard among Latin American feminists: “The rich women abort and the poor women die.” Among those who fall through the cracks of the extreme wealth inequalities of Latin America, the women who die or suffer health problems due to unsafe abortions are invisible victims.

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The Google plot: it all ads up

Lately, you've probably been wondering: "Man, what is Google's fiendish master plan?" I'm here to explain.

First, let's debrief. Just after Halloween, the search giant announced OpenSocial. That's a development platform that will make it easier for coders to create cool little applications that can work on any social network that adopts the OpenSocial standard. Ever used iLike or SuperPoke! on Facebook? Those are the kind of applications I mean.

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Canada's role in Bali was painful to see

Two days after the UN Climate Change conference in Bali concluded, with consensus on a "Bali Road Map" to steer negotiations over the next two years leading up to COP 15 in Copenhagen in 2009, I was diving in the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Australia.

It was a truly euphoric experience, witnessing the magical colours of coral and fish, and at one point slowly swimming alongside a magnificent manta ray as it made its way gracefully through the crystalline waters off Heron Island.

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Pakistan marches toward an illiberal democracy

Although often united in popular discourse, democracy and liberty are two separate and distinct ideas. The first signifying free and fair elections along with universal suffrage, the latter referring to a collection of rights and freedoms secured through the rule of law and constitutional limits on the powers of the state.

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Why we must march against war

"Courage, my friends, we can still make a better world"

The above quotation comes from Tommy Douglas, former CCF/NDP leader and longtime peace activist.

It reminds us why we must march, rally, and educate ourselves about Canada's mission impossible in Afghanistan.

It reminds us why this Saturday marks an important moment in stopping this war, and truly helping the people of Afghanistan.

We need courage to challenge the bluster of Canada's warmongers, and the politicians who support them.

Let's face it: Canada's war in Afghanistan is already over.

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Lowering the Peace Tower flag

Soldiers are killed in wars. Police officers are killed in the line of duty. Workers are killed on the job.

Women are killed âe¦ more often than not, just because they're women.

And why stop there? People are killed because they're homeless, because of their sexual orientation, because of their colour, religion, age, ethnicity.

Which of these lives lost are most worthy of being honoured in death?

That has become the stark question as controversy swirls around the lowering to half mast of the Peace Tower flag.

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Bill C-50 is a serious threat to immigrant rights

Harper's Conservatives are in the midst of an attempt to change Canadian immigration policy. Significant amendments to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act are being added to a budget motion, Bill C-50.

The changes are debatable in the way that all legislation is debatable, since, of course, the bill is open to parliamentary deliberation. The changes are also debatable in a second meaning, more as a matter of judgment: the bill is questionable, problematic, perfectly reactionary, and so on.

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Miami: 'Ground Zero' of U.S. housing crisis

As the Bush administration unveiled a publicly-financed plan to "save" mortgage giants Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, local residents at a town hall forum in Miami were calling for criminal prosecutions of the loan-shark mortgage brokers and investment firms that profited from poor people's housing despair.

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Deadly hurricanes: Are we getting the message?

As one behemoth storm after another slams into the United States, I'm all ears waiting for the words “climate change” to be uttered in the American election campaign. No luck yet, as the campaign stays bogged down in 30-year-old trivia. There was nearly the same detachment from environmental reality during recent provincial and federal elections in Canada.

But the U.S. is the big enchilada, and it seems as if the higher up you go, the worse it gets. The Bush administration, which denies that climate change is a reality, paid off the large polluters which bankroll it by deregulating the coal and oil industries, ripped up a bunch of Clinton-era environmental measures and declared that the solution to the energy problem is to drill for oil in national parks.

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Thousands expected at health protest Saturday

Actions speak louder than words.

As much as this adage applies to the Ontario McGuinty government and its repeated broken election promises on health care, it also applies to us.

Prior to the last election it looked like we were getting somewhere on key health care issues. The government had begun to stop the era of cuts and privatization that were the legacy of the Harris government. In fact, McGuinty made cornerstone to his last election campaign the promise to uphold and protect public non-profit health care, along with education.

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