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Netanyahu Speech Cancelled

MONTREAL, September 9, 2002 (2:37pm) — Montreal riot police usedpepper spray and tear gas inside Concordia University against Palestiniansolidarity demonstrators this afternoon. The main building at Concordia has beenevacuated by security guards as the air in the building became unbreatheable.Several individuals were bent over, coughing and vomiting, as they triedto get away from the fumes.


Peace, Can

Across Canada this past weekend, despite miserable weather, more than 35,000 people demonstrated against the threatened war on Iraq.

Actions were held on November 15, 16 or 17 across Canada, from Victoria to Thunder Bay to Charlottetown, in communities big and small.


Lula Speaks to Crowd of 100,000

The World Social Forum has succeeded in changing the global politicalagenda, said Brazilian president Luiz Inacio “Lula” da Silva in PortoAlegre last night.


Blogs Not Bombs

Blogging is changing the media world and could... foment a revolution in how journalism functions in our culture.


The New Oil

There’s something an American television anchor saidduring the opening moments of the U.S. invasion of Iraqthat I just can’t get out of my head. “One ofthe key aims of this campaign is to avoid damaging theIraqi infrastructure,” he said. “After all, in a fewdays we’re going to own this country.”

President Bush has been careful to avoid this kind of talk. This was, let’s not forget, a war of pre-emption and liberation, not of conquest and acquisition.


A glimpse of history in the marketplace

Sheâe(TM)s smiling. They often do here. This part of town is called Nambu Shi-jang (Nambu Market), and though it isn't the only traditional market in Jeonju, it's thelargest. Itâe(TM)s run in large measure by middle-aged women called ajumas. (Ajuma means aunt.


Therapy for a psychotic electorate

A reporter from Moncton, fresh from the open and straightforward politics of New Brunswick, called me a couple of weeks ago completely baffled. He had gone over the border to Cumberland and Colchester Counties to cover the Nova Scotia election and felt as though he had wandered onto a strange planet.

Mention the election, he said, and people became snarly and uncommunicative, but couldn't or wouldn't explain why. Could I explain this?


Education: good for your health

University students returning to class this week are facing an average 7.4 per cent increase in their tuition costs. This rise in tuition fees will almost certainly mean a reduction in accessibility to post-secondary schooling — especially for those from poor and working class families — which, in turn, will have significant detrimental health effects.


Bangladesh launches war on terror

In a major attitudinal shift, Bangladesh's mainstream Islamic parties have joined forces with the right wing government and the people to crack down on extremist Islamic groups in the country — a move aimed at boosting the country's international image.

In a new trend, about a dozen Islamic parties including the leading Jamaat-e-Islami, wedded to establishing Islamic rule through election, have begun openly opposing militant Islamic groups.


Women push to pass law against wife-beating

Alarmed by the rise in domestic brutality, last week the provincial assembly in Pakistan's eastern Punjab province introduced a stringent law against wife-beating, despite stiff opposition from the six-party ruling religious alliance, Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA).

Women lawmakers both from the Opposition and the ruling alliance joined hands to get the law passed.

Dr Anjum Amjad, a member from the ruling alliance, tabled The Punjab Prevention of Domestic Violence Bill 2003 for protection of victims of domestic violence.


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