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The Views Expressed

The Views Expressed here showcase a variety of progressive voices from critics, writers, thinkers and activists across Canada. You'll find ideas and commentary on politics, cultural happenings, activist actions and more! Submissions can be sent to [url=mailto:[email protected]]editor@rabble.ca[/url]. The [i]rabble.ca[/i] editorial team promises to read them all, and publish our favourites.

Blog - The Views Expressed March 8
Person wearing mask looks out window. Image credit: Hedgehog Digital/Unsplash
Sylvia Bashevkin | On International Women's Day, a year into this pandemic, Canada and the world face a major she-curity crisis -- which deepens long-standing patterns that disadvantaged women long before the pandemic.
Blog - The Views Expressed March 5
Young person looking out a window. Image credit: Sharon McCutcheon/Unsplash
Benjamin Rempel | As we approach the one-year mark of navigating a pandemic, Canadian adults owe children an apology.
Blog - The Views Expressed March 3
Image credit: Catholic Church England and Wales/Flickr
Carl Hétu | Despite a pandemic, political instability and rumours of threats to his life, Pope Francis is going to Iraq from March 5 to 8.
Blog - The Views Expressed March 2
Berta Cáceres. Image credit: UN Environment/Wikimedia Commons
Tracy Glynn | Activist Berta Cáceres would likely look at the inequalities that COVID-19 has made more visible and still demand more of the activists concerned about climate change and forced migration.
Blog - The Views Expressed March 1
Niki Ashton. Photo courtesy of Niki Ashton
Niki Ashton | As progressives, we must find ways to build solidarity at home and around the world, work with movements and activists who share our values and put forward a bold vision for our collective future.
Blog - The Views Expressed March 1
Bob Gallagher. Image courtesy of Bob Gallagher
Libby Davies | Libby Davies pays tribute to activist and organizer Bob Gallagher, talking to her friend and colleague about the moment 40 years ago when everything changed for Toronto's LGBTQ community.
Blog - The Views Expressed February 25
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Kim Ives | The film provides a devastating analysis of the last four decades of Haitian history and the collusion between Washington, Ottawa, and Paris in Haiti's domination and exploitation.
Blog - The Views Expressed February 25
Indian soldiers, Kashmir, 2012. Image credit: flowcomm/Flickr
Karen Rodman | While on its surface, the restoration of 4G internet in Kashmir seems like positive news, it raises some questions, including: why now, and why would mainstream media pick up this story?
Blog - The Views Expressed February 23
Man holds sign reading "United Against Islamophobia." Image credit: Felton Davis/Wikimedia Commons
Ehab Lotayef | It is only when the people lead that the politicians will follow. Now we need to keep pushing Canada's politicians to continue fighting against Islamophobia.
Blog - The Views Expressed February 22
Inauguration of new president of Haiti in 2017. Image credit: United Nations Photo/Flickr
Yves Engler | As Haiti's neo-Duvalierist regime becomes ever more dictatorial it's worth revisiting Canada's history in facilitating fraud and money laundering in the hemisphere's most impoverished nation.
Blog - The Views Expressed February 22
Image credit: Quibton Gordon
Sharmarke Dubow | Every February, people across the country celebrate the contributions of Black Canadians, both past and present. Black Canada is diverse and we all have a tale to tell.
Blog - The Views Expressed February 18
Sainte-Catherine Street, downtown Montreal,1968. Image credit: Archives de la Ville de Montréal/Flickr
Karl Nerenberg | Our class at Outremont High came of age in the turbulent '60s. For the most part, however, the political and cultural upheaval we associate with that decade had not yet happened.
Blog - The Views Expressed February 17
Rally on Parliament Hill calling for justice for Hassan Diab. Image credit: justiceforhassandiab.org
Frances Deverell | For Canadian professor Hassan Diab and his family, the case against him has been a battle against injustice that has gone on since 2008, almost 13 years.
Blog - The Views Expressed February 17
Jewish children, fleeing postwar antisemitic violence in Poland: Prague, Czechoslovakia, July 15, 1946. Image credit: American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee/The Holocaust Encyclopedia
Karl Nerenberg | We were the Outremont High School class of 1964. A Zoom reunion of the graduating class became, in a way, our own Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
Blog - The Views Expressed February 15
Norwegian Petroleum Museum. Image credit: Delphinidaesy/Flickr
Bruce Campbell | Both Canada and Norway face epic challenges in weaning themselves from petroleum dependence. But Canada is a long way from winding down the oil and gas industry while Norway is a climate leader.
Blog - The Views Expressed February 12
Prime Minister Trudeau attends question period, September 2020. Image credit: Adam Scotti/PMO
Yves Engler | The Canadian government is a big supporter of corporate power and imperialism in global affairs. The good news is that the pushers of an unjust world order do not always get their way.
Blog - The Views Expressed February 11
Israel Defense Forces soldiers. Image credit: Israel Defense Forces/Flickr
Karen Rodman | Over 50 organizations in Canada and around the world have joined the call to stop illegal Israeli military recruitment in Canada.
Blog - The Views Expressed February 1
View of rooftops in Haiti. Image: Banco Mundial América Latina y el Caribe/Flickr
Yves Engler | There is a broad and deeply entrenched anti-Haitian discourse running through media reports about public health concerns linking COVID-19 and Haiti.
Blog - The Views Expressed February 1
Vigil for the victims of the terrorist attack at the Centre culturel islamique de Québec in Quebec City, January 30, 2017. Image: Adam Scotti/PMO
Ehab Lotayef | As well as remembering the Quebec City mosque attack on January 29, 2017, we have to work to eliminate the root causes of what happened on that dark night, four years ago.
Blog - The Views Expressed January 29
U.S. Army Soldiers with the National Guard stand outside the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., Jan. 20, 2021.Image credit: The National Guard/Flickr
Jacob Scheier | Government expansion of power is the wrong way to go about protecting democracy from those on the far right who threaten it.
Blog - The Views Expressed January 26
Woman holds happy face sign. Image credit: Sydney Sims/Unsplash
Andrew McEwan | It's revealing to question the Bell Let's Talk campaign's framing of mental illness, as well as its ties to a capitalist understanding of health.
Blog - The Views Expressed January 22
Israeli West Bank barrier. Image credit: Montecruz Foto/Flickr
Karen Rodman | Apartheid in Palestine was named 50 years ago by Reverend A. C. Forrest and brought up repeatedly since then. It's not a new message, but one that keeps getting shut down over and over again.
Blog - The Views Expressed January 20
ICAN campaigners protest outside Australia's permanent mission to the UN at Geneva. Image credit: International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons/Flickr
Yves Engler | Activists will mark a high this week when the UN treaty banning nuclear weapons enters into force. Why has the Trudeau government not signed the treaty?
Blog - The Views Expressed December 18
Foreign Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne (Image: Francois-Philippe Champagne​/Twitter)
Karen Rodman | Perhaps the Canadian government needs to be reminded that Canadians and the world are watching, and sees Canada's complicity in crossing "the red line" in blatant disregard for international law.
Blog - The Views Expressed December 17
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Reem Bahdi | The rule of law and justice, as minister Chrystia Freeland has stated on many occasions, is not a "smorgasbord" from which one can pick and choose. The same applies to Palestinian human rights.
Blog - The Views Expressed December 11
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Svend Robinson, Robert Hackett, Tom Sandborn | The NDP should present a motion at an upcoming opposition day that calls on the government to cease TMX construction and end other corporate welfare to fossil fuel industries.
Blog - The Views Expressed December 11
Image: Agung Raharja​/Unsplash
Stacey Hannem, Christopher J. Schneider | Sweeping changes are necessary to protect survivors within a rapidly changing technological environment. Such changes could be achieved with personal copyright protection.
Blog - The Views Expressed December 11
Image: Joel Muniz​/Unsplash
Jade Guthrie | Mutual aid projects care for the people made vulnerable by unequal conditions, while also advocating for changes to dismantle the systems that produce that vulnerability in the first place.
Blog - The Views Expressed December 4
Image: British Columbia Emergency Photography/Flickr
Pam Palmater | The RCMP, and federal and provincial governments have known about the long-standing and widespread problems of racism, misogyny, homophobia and violence within the RCMP for many decades.
Blog - The Views Expressed December 3
RCMP sign in Surrey, B.C. Image: Waferboard/Flickr
Christopher J. Schneider | Any further expenditures on police body-worn cameras should cease until the public has clear information on how the cameras will definitively contribute to transparency and accountability.