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  • Ben Ali and his family are not welcome in CanadaThe Canadian Charger
    January 20, 2011

    Well-informed sources are saying that Tunisian ex-president Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali, his wife, his family and his wife's family are expected to head to Canada after a stay of several months in Saudi Arabia. Canadians hope that the Harper government does not welcome one of the world's most corrupt leaders. France did not grant Ben Ali's plane landing rights and asked all members of his family already there to leave the country.

  • The U.S. acceptance of violenceThe Canadian Charger
    January 26, 2011

    Five days after the shooting in Tuscon Arizona that killed six people and wounded 14 others, including Congresswoman Giffords, the CBC reported that in the four days after the shooting, 350 people died of gunshot wounds in the United States, yet this doesn't seem to be an issue, as little or no concern is being shown. Where is the moral outrage toward such senseless carnage?

  • Ottawa deporting Salvadorean José Figueroa The Canadian Charger
    January 26, 2011

    José Figueroa is currently facing deportation as a threat to national security. When he was a high school student in El Salvador he joined the FMLN (Frente Farabundo Martí para la Liberacíon Nacional). The FMLN began as a left-wing guerilla organization opposing the military dictatorship and the death squads and their political masters in the ARENA (Alianza Republicana Nacionalista).

  • Israel has no right to exist, but only to coexistThe Canadian Charger
    February 3, 2011

    "Peace is not a process. It is a state of being. You either have it or not. The Palestinians have not had peace since 1949. They have been under siege." That is how Trevor Purvis, Carleton University professor of international law summed up the situation of the Palestinians in the Occupied Territories and in Israel itself.

  • Libya: Canadians call for action nowThe Canadian Charger
    February 23, 2011

    (Ottawa) A delegation met opposition parties, the Liberals, NDP and BQ, to demand immediate action by the Canadian government and NGOs to save the pro-democracy revolution in Libya. The delegation included Dr. Mohamed Elmasry, Ms. Safia Aghliw, a young Libyan Canadian, Mr. Ahmad Zarrug, a Libyan Canadian businessman who has just returned from the Libyan capital Tripoli and Mrs Faizah Ghadban-Kandar, an active member of Ottawa's Arab and Muslim communities.

  • Asmaaa Mahfouz, a woman behind Egypt’s pro-democracy revolutionThe Canadian Charger
    February 5, 2011

    So much has been written about women's rights in Muslim countries, even citing this issue as a justification for the western military invasion, but the western feminist movement remains largely silent about the current pro-democracy uprising in Egypt.

  • Mubarak to leave "in dignity"?The Canadian Charger
    February 10, 2011

    What next in Egypt? The U.S. has gone back and forth, at one point saying that change must occur "yesterday", and then the tune changed. "We need to get a national consensus around the pre-conditions for the next step forward. The President must stay in office to steer those changes," said special envoy Frank Wisner.

  • Mubarak is out, no thanks to the U.S.The Canadian Charger
    February 10, 2011

    After years of lamenting the lack of democracy in the Arab world, the U.S. has met the Egyptian pro-democracy revolution with fear and trepidation. Indeed it was doing everything it can to stop it.

  • Arab revolutions: For democracy, liberty and social justice The Canadian Charger
    March 3, 2011

    For the last 10 weeks the winds of change have been sweeping the Arab world, in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Yemen, Algeria and Bahrain. The people of these countries are making history by peacefully demanding democracy, liberty and social justice.

  • Canada's writers and journalists: late to a revolutionThe Canadian Charger
    February 17, 2011

    Since January 25, during Egypt's pro-democracy revolution, many of the country writers and journalists were harassed, denied access to internet and cell phone service, forced to communicate lies to readers and viewers, lost their jobs and some were shot dead. Where were Canada's writers and journalists from all of this? Why have they not issued statements? Why did PEN wait until February 4 to issue a statement?

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