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Five years on: Haiti's suffering continues under occupation

Five years ago, on February 29, 2004, Haiti's popular, elected president, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, was overthrown by a right-wing paramilitary rebellion that received essential material and political backing from the United States, France, Canada and neighbouring Dominican Republic.

Tens, probably hundreds, of thousands of Haitians will commemorate this event with angry protests at the end of this month, directing their anger at the foreign occupation authority that took control of their country and has brought it to ruin.

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Brazil's Sin City: The view from above

It was our last day in Rio de Janeiro and we still hadn't visited Christ the Redeemer, Cristo Rendentor. That's the big grey statue of Jesus Christ that watches over 7 million cariocas (Rio's citizens), mostly Catholics, from its perch high above the cidade maravilhosa (marvelous city) on Brazil's Atlantic coast.

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Take action today to keep Canada's Internet open

In just over ten days, nearly 4,500 Canadians have written the CRTC demanding that they put a stop to discriminatory Internet throttling by big ISPs. Canadians made it known that they will stand for nothing less than full and open access to all the Internet has to offer, free from ISP control. Big telecommunication companies want to become gatekeepers of the Internet, deciding online winners and losers, and making our online choices for us.

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Real must see TV: The case for Al Jazeera in Canada

I first noticed Al Jazeera on a mission to the Palestinian territories in 2002. Every home I visited was tuned to Al Jazeera, all the time. Even the children watched it.

When I watched with the help of my Arabic speaking hosts, I realized that this was television with a difference. It told stories from the ground up. In addition to generals and politicians, we heard from and saw ordinary people and the conditions of their lives. And for my Palestinian hosts, it was the only place they could find out what was really happening in the Middle East.

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Afghanistan on life support

Afghanistan appears stuck in a decades old calamity of continuous war, and now Canada and its NATO allies are in the thick of it. Since the initial ouster of the Taliban from the seat of power, things appear only to be getting worse and no clear route to success illuminates the future.

This is not how it was supposed to be.

"The Canadian Forces are making an immense sacrifice to bring freedom, democracy and self-reliance to the people of Afghanistan, all the while protecting Canada's values and security," reads a recent statement by Prime Minister Stephen Harper, following the death of yet another Canadian soldier.

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Yes We Can end the war in Afghanistan

It is increasingly clear that a dramatic reduction in military spending has become an economic necessity. Yet, the Harper government is doing the opposite, while trying to conceal it. And so, as President Obama makes his first visit to Canada, Prime Minister Harper is busy forging ahead with a stealth 'war stimulus' that will actually stoke the fire of the economic crisis.

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Obama visit puts Canada on the defensive

When President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Stephen Harper meet in Canada this Thursday, the growing economic crisis will be the main point of discussion.

And Harper could quickly find himself in a position he doesn't like to be in: on the defensive.

Canada, as the smaller of the two trading partners, has become much more an exporter of raw and semi-processed resources in recent years -- accounting for almost 60 per cent of our exports -- and it is deeply dependent on exports to the U.S.

The collapse of U.S. demand and of commodity prices is the main factor behind Canada registering in December a major drop in exports and its first trade deficit in 33 years.

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One deadly reputation: Canadian company accused of 'killing communities'

Johannesburg, South Africa-Last month South African mineworker, community and environmental justice activists celebrated an important victory. On January 23, the South African Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) granted an arbitration award in favour of workers from Dominion Reefs Uranium mine, owned and operated by Toronto-based company Uranium One. Significantly, this case affirms Uranium One's responsibility for systematic violations of the workers' rights.

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Darwin Day: Celebrating an achievement for humanity

February 12, 2009 is Darwin Day, the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin. His masterwork, On the Origin of Species, was published 150 years ago, in November 1859, initiating a revolution in science that continues to this day.

Although Darwin’s political views were far from radical, his insights became the central weapons in the battle to establish materialist science as the basis for our understanding of the world, and contributed to the development of Marxism.

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Civilians pay the price of conflict in Sri Lanka

On more than one occasion in Sri Lanka's long drawn out ethnic conflict, government forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) - commonly known as the Tigers - have been locked in a stand-off. And civilians living in the area have been caught in the crossfire and used as the "sand bags" with which the Tigers barricade themselves.

Tigers in a corner, civilians feel the squeeze

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