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Build a frontier, you get cowboys: part I

Renowned actor and filmmaker John Cusack recently sat down with Naomi Klein, whose new book The Shock Doctrine is on bestseller lists around the world. Cusack and Klein discuss the implications of the Blackwater scandal, and the shocking extent of the privatization of war and occupation in Iraq.

John Cusack: The Blackwater scandal broke just as you hit the US on your book tour. What do you make of the coverage?

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The 2007 UAW-GM negotiations: one sided class war

In 1978, then United Auto Worker (UAW) President Douglas Fraser, frustrated with corporate America's new aggressiveness, accused U.S.

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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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CIDA: foreign "aid" in name only?

A Senlis Council report released in August detailed the failure of Canadian programs supposedly aimed at alleviating poverty in Kandahar province. The mainstream media criticized the Canadian International Development Agency's (CIDA) inability/unwillingness to successfully distribute aid and even questioned Canada's justification for a military presence in Afghanistan.

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The right to say no?

Before 8 a.m. on Sunday September 16th, hundreds of campesinos, many kept warm by heavy wool ponchos, were already lined up in front of the municipal stadium in Sapalache. In some cases they had traveled for more than a day to reach the highland capital of El Carmen de la Frontera District in the remote Eastern Andes of northwestern Peru, very close to the border with Ecuador.

Arriving on horse, by foot, or cheek to cheek in a shared truck with neighbours, they had come to participate in a voluntary referendum.

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'Getting in the way' for peace

Eight weeks into her stay in Hebron, Israel, Esther Kern was getting in the way.

It wasn't an accident that landed the mother of two and retired nurse face to face with Israeli soldiers. She, backed by two other foreigners and a Palestinian woman, had entered the soldiers' post, demanding that the soldiers revoke their order that the Palestinian children stop playing soccer at night.

“The soldiers had their guns aimed at us all the time,” the soft-spoken lady recalls.

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Empty promises: the hard truth about getting rich

Broken promises are something we normally associate with politicians at election time.

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Harry Potter parody praised

A pot-filled parody of Harry Potter that started out as a spoof on rabble.ca's discussion forum, babble, is now a published novel that has grabbed international media attention.

Dana Larsen posted drafts of each chapter of Hairy Pothead and the Marijuana Stone, on babble over the course of six months, from December 2006 to June 2007, to the amused and delighted feedback of other forum participants.

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Protesting the disposable society

Everyone—everything—is dying. But in this urban jungle we only see the endless repetition of the same. When a cell phone dies, we get a new one. When the ink in this pen runs dry, one can just get another. Living in this way, it's hard to believe that things could change in a way that can't be undone.

Spending last summer inside a tent in the Whiskey Jack Forest, about 1500 miles northwest of Toronto, I became very aware of my mortality.

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Lockout highlights dangers of media concentration

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) began hearings aimed at setting new policies for media consolidation and diversity last week.

Canada's largest media corporations have been making the case against restrictions that would limit their further expansion. CTVglobemedia Inc., for example, is demanding that proposed restrictions take the form of guidelines instead of formal rules.

This is an important opportunity for Canadians to reflect on the impacts media convergence has had on journalism and journalists in this country.

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