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Refugees being repatriated to Sudan

Kakuma, Kenya — “We are seeing many [Sudanese refugees] come into Kenya to benefit from the system in Kakuma [refugee camp],” says Emmanuel Nyabera, a spokesman for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). “We are encouraging them to go back to Sudan to be part of the reconstruction process,” he adds.

UNHCR plans to repatriate 20,000 refugees to Sudan this year. UNHCR came to the decision with Kenyan and Sudanese government officials on February 27 to do everything in their powers to persuade repatriation of refugees back to Sudan.

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No place for the homeless in Waterloo

On February 1, 2007, an article was published in The Record, Kitchener-Waterloo's main newspaper, which noted the sale of a prominent downtown property. What made the sale newsworthy was the fact that it occurred despite prior plans to turn the building into subsidized housing for the city's homeless.

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Criticizing Israel is not an act of bigotry

A grassroots revolt is underway in Jewish communities throughout the world, a revolt that has panicked the élite organizations that have long functioned as official mouthpieces for the community. The latest sign of this panic is the recent publication by the American Jewish Committee of an essay by Alvin H.

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Meeting aimed at integrating North America

North American integration will be the primary focus of a high-level trinational meeting taking place in Ottawa today. U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff will meet with Foreign Affairs Minister Peter MacKay, Public Safety Minister Stockwell Day, Trade Minister David Emerson and their Mexican counterparts.

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Food risk: a result of industrial farming

Throughout evolutionary history, the omnivorous human species has been guided almost entirely by experience and consequence in deciding on possible foods. One negative consequence of eating widely is that we risk stumbling upon something toxic.

Millions of years of this kind of food testing has undoubtedly left us pretty anxious eaters. Today, we look to the processes of civilization to provide us with a modicum of power over the natural world. We rest assured that our Ministry of Health will tell us what is safe to eat.

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Africa joins the World Social Forum

If you have read anything about the World Social Forum in Nairobi, Kenya, including in these pages, most of what you have read has been critical and even negative. I have a different perspective.

It's true that poor people from around Nairobi protested their exclusion from the Forum by an entrance fee of 500 Kenyan shillings, much too much for a low income person to afford. Even when poor activists gathered around the gates, they were excluded.

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Two months without food, no medical care

“We are slowly dying in here,” Mohammad Mahjoub saysover the phone on day 67 of his hunger strike, day 56 for Mahmoud Jaballahand Hassan Almrei.

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Ambassador appeals for more deadly operations

Canada's ambassador to Haiti, Claude Boucher, demonstrated a remarkable indifference to Haitian suffering two weeks ago.

In a January 15 interview with Haiti's Radio Solidarité, Boucher offered unrestrained praise for the UN military forces currently occupying Haiti (identified by the French acronym MINUSTAH), and urged them to “increase their operations as they did last December.” These forces have operated in Haiti with Canadian backing since shortly after Haiti's elected government was overthrown in a coup d'état in February 2004.

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Student movement stalled in mid-'90s

Ryerson University's Oakham House meeting room is full of student organizers from around the Greater Toronto Area — York, University of Toronto, Ryerson. They're giggling, embracing, handing out campaign material and attaching Day of Action stickers to paper cups.

Spirits are high at the Toronto-wide student Day of Action planning meeting, organized by the Canadian Federation of Students' Ontario office.

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Kenyans unite with foreign allies at WSF

Brilliant beads and brightly coloured garbs of the Masaii, and long white habits of nuns intermingle with simple jeans and t-shirts stating “Time for action.” The appearance of attendees at Uhuru Park in Nairobi, Kenya is as diverse as the nation's ethnicities. This is the scene at Thursday's closing ceremonies for the 2007 World Social Forum (WSF).

Since Porto Alegre in 2001, the WSF has existed as a space for activists, scholars and organizations to network and envision a world beyond neo-imperialism.

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