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This is your brain on conservatism: this week's blog roundup

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What do conservatives and reptiles have in common? Linda Leon sheds some light this week on the cranial workings of our curious counterparts on the right.

Another riddle: what do you stick squabbling politicans in a giant incubator for insanity? Parliament, of course! Geoffrey Stevens admonishes the high school dynamics in Ottawa.

Speaking of high schools, Alberta's Bill 10 on support groups for LGBT youth in secondary institutions is still caught in a gridlock between gay and religious rights. Mercedes Allen explains, however, that attempting to legislatively balance human rights is an impossible task.

Now we turn to reserve schools, where the news is bleak indeed: literacy rates amongst First Nations schoolchildren in Ontario is nearly on par with Sub-Saharan Africa. Cherlie Angus illustrates the danger of leaving Indigenous schools behind.

But it isn't all bad news: environmental warrior/national treasure David Suzuki is bringing green spaces to urban centers with the Homegrown National Park initiative. Read what he has to say on the importance of urban ecology here.

Finally, Canadian-Israeli Gill Rosenberg, who recently joined Kurdish forces in their battle against ISIS, made headlines this week when it was reported that she had been kidnapped. Rosenberg is safe, but the story raised questions about Canadians' who are fighting extremism overseas, and the government's duty to protect them. J. Baglow sees the government's quick response to Rosenberg's perceived disappearance as indicative of a "colour-coded citizenship." Mercedes Allen, meanwhile, encourages us to remember a few things when a Canadian joins the Kurdish forces.

Jessica Prupas is a freelance journalist based in Montreal and rabble.ca's blogs intern.

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