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  • Anti-Zionism equals anti-Semitism?Reuel S. Amdur
    November 10, 2010

    Before I went to Montreal on October 22 to attend the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions event held at the campus of the University of Quebec at Montreal, I came across an article in the webzine Shalom Life. "Among the speakers will be Bongani Masuku, a top official in the Confederation of South African Trade Unions who has been found guilty by the South African Human Rights Commission of anti-Semitic hate speech."

  • For Harper's government, treason is a Canadian virtueThe Canadian Charger
    November 4, 2010

    Last week, a U.S. military court sentenced Canadian citizen and former child combatant Omar Khadr was sentenced to 40 years behind bars for killing a U.S. soldier. Upon hearing the verdict, Khadr's lawyer Dennis Edney uttered this priceless piece of understatement: "Justice was not served today."

  • Islamophobies welcome Angela MerkelThe Canadian Charger
    November 4, 2010

    When German Chancellor Angela Merkel declared, in front of young members of her Christian Democratic Union party, that multiculturalism is dead in Germany, it fit a pattern whereby extremist views are becoming more commonplace and more acceptable in the mainstream of European society.

  • US judge bans defendant from sacking her legal team - even after convictionYvonne Ridley
    November 4, 2010

    Throughout her trial in New York Dr. Aafia Siddiqui tried in vain to sack her legal team as is the right of any defendant in any court in the world today.

  • Canada's homeless youthReuel S. Amdur
    November 4, 2010

    What is the difference between a young person in care with the Children’s Aid Society who makes a successful transition to adult life and one who does not? According to Kelly Raymond, a social worker with the Ottawa Children's Aid Society (CAS) currently working on a doctorate from the University of Montreal, stability is the key. If a child has the same foster family throughout childhood, that child has a better chance of making it.

  • Montreal: Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel, part 1/2Reuel S. Amdur
    November 4, 2010

    The conference opened on October 22 with a panel composed of Areej Ja'fari, Stephen Faulkner, and Omar Barghouti. Ja'fari coordinates the West Bank Palestine Freedom Project and has organized BDS campaigns in refugee camps. Faulkner was there representing the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU). His talk drove the hall wild. Omar Barghouti is a founding member of the Palestinian Campaign for BDS and the author of The Global Struggle for Palestinian Rights, soon to be published in English. A French version is already available.

  • Montreal: Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel, part 2/2Reuel S. Amdur
    November 4, 2010

    Health care in Gaza was under attack during Operation Cast Lead. It still is. Ewa Jasiewicz, an English-Polish journalist and organizer, was there. She rode in the ambulances with the medical rescuers. She could not tell anything about conditions in the West Bank and Jerusalem, as she has been barred from those places for the last seven years. Her entrance to Gaza was via blockade-crashing ships.

  • The End of the Sarkozy Romance? Steven Zhou
    November 4, 2010

    On Oct 26, the French parliament finally ushered in the Sarkozy government's pension reforms, which include the highly contentious extension of the minimum retirement age from 60 to 62, and the raising of the minimum pensionable age from 65 to 67.

  • The Arctic: not up for grabsReuel S. Amdur
    November 4, 2010

    The popular view that the Arctic is an area of massive unresolved claims is simply wrong. So says Michael Byers, Canada Research Chair in Global Politics and International Law at the University of British Columbia.

  • Iran in OttawaReuel S. Amdur
    November 4, 2010

    Dr. Saeid Ameli, dean of the faculty of global studies at Tehran University and the keynote speaker at the Ottawa conference called for the media to stop its general negative representation of his country.

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