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Sense Project puts brave new spin on sex-ed

As of the end of October, a unique educational experiment is now playing out in several Montréal high schools. Local NGO Head & Hands has spent the past two years developing and perfecting a sex education program to be taught in part by students themselves. Their daring new initiative is called the Sense Project.

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Pakistan on the brink

The pretext for the recent declaration of a state of emergency by Pakistani President/General Pervez Musharraf was curbing lawlessness and violence by Islamist militants.

Astute observers, however, will recognize that the real target of Musharraf's emergency measures is Pakistan's independent judiciary.

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Music legends at Salvador Allende Arts Festival

Quilapayun, the legendary folk music group, is the closing act of Torontoâe(TM)s 4th annual Salvador Allende Arts Festival for Peace held at Harbourfront November 9 to 11, 2007. The group, renowned for their involvement in the socially conscious Chilean New Song Movement (Nueva Cancion), returns to Toronto after more than three decades.

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Rabble radio: The Ghosts of Abu Ghraib

This week's rabble radio features Reel Women Judy Rebick and Cathi Bond talking about the film The Ghosts of Abu Ghraib. Plus, Keith Gottschalk explains why he is approaching the holiday border with trepidation, and journalism students cover Heritage Day events in South Africa. Listen to the full episode here.

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Digital rights, digital wrongs

A couple of days ago, I was sitting in the offices of a Canadian publisher talking about digital books. I was urging the folks there to get into the business of distributing authors' work online with no digital rights management whatsoever.

Let me set the stage. Digital Rights Management (DRM) is code that is kludged on to online content, like music, to prevent purchasers from using that content in ways the distributors would rather they didn't. For example, DRM prevents you from making a copy of a song you've purchased from an online music store and passing it on to a friend.

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Rabble radio update

The latest installment of rabble radio, our flagship program, includes author Thomas Pawlick talking about his important new book, The End of Food. For his part, rabble.ca columnist Keith Gottschalk wonders if left-wing talk show hosts are targets for attack, and our tech issues columnist Wayne MacPhail tells us about his new tool, Mogulus.com. Meanwhile thereâe(TM)s something for fans of the Reel Women as well, as Judi and Cathi discuss a movie about a little disagreement between good and evil.

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The Colbert Nation knows no borders

Stephen Colbert is much more than a comedy sensation. The growing "Colbert Nation" is also a sign of our times, and especially a sign of the desperation felt by many Americans and observers of U.S. politics.

Colbert, 43, is the host of the popular Colbert Report on Comedy Central. He recently announced his intention to run for President in 2008. After hinting at a bid for the highest office, Colbert conveniently timed his announcement to coincide with the release of his new book, I Am America (And So Can You!).

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CCPA: tax cuts are not the solution

The radical tax cut and debt repayment plan announced in this week's Economic Statement does nothing to address the serious problems facing the country, the Alternative Federal Budget coalition says.

"Tax cuts will not do anything to help skyrocketing drug costs, our crumbling municipal infrastructure, nor provide clean drinking water on First Nations' reserves. They will not create affordable childcare spaces, build affordable housing, lower tuition fees, nor reduce greenhouse gases," says Bruce Campbell, Executive Director of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA).

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I have the touch

I thought it would make sense for me to write my first tech column for rabble.ca on my iPod Touch, during a morning GO bus commute to Toronto.

First, the act tells you a lot about me: a nerd who doesn't mind looking like a nearsighted hunt 'n' pecker with a flashlight in his lap. Second, and more seriously, it gives me a natural intro to my topic: mobile, touch-based interfaces and activism.

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Suspended Afghan parliamentarian visits Canada

In the Throne Speech, Stephen Harper included a promise to give honourary Canadian citizenship to Aung San Suu Kyi, a move that was whole-heartedly endorsed by all parties. Who could argue, after all, against highlighting the courageous efforts of a woman who has come to symbolize the struggle for democracy against a repressive regime?

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