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May 30, 2003

Does Canadian Culture Really Matter?

Andrew Potter
In a series published in the <i>National Post</i> last fall, historian Michael Bliss made a tremendous amount of hay out of his observation that Canadians had become culturally almost indistinguishab
May 27, 2003

No angry protests, just well-organized anarchists

Chris Arsenault
Is the idea of &#147;well-organized anarchists&#148; a contradiction in terms? Not according to Chris Arsenault, who went to Montreal's anarchist book-fair and was impressed and inspired by good orga
Apr 29, 2003

Brown was Beautiful

Judy Rebick
&#147;We were so na&#195;&#175;ve in those days,&#148; Rosemary Brown once said of the early days of the women&#146;s movement. &#147;We thought if we just explained the problems women were facing to
Apr 28, 2003

Why Do Lesbians Batter?

Helen Fallding
It&#146;s taken a long time to ask this question. After all, many both within and outside of queer communities believe violence between intimate partners is strictly a straight thing. University of M
Apr 21, 2003

Participating in a Riot

Jonathan Aspireault-Masse, Jaggi Singh and Christina Xydous
Or, er, protest. Three Montreal activists are currently on trial over charges that they participated in a riot while protesting the G-20 in October 2000. The riot charge laid against three individual
Apr 17, 2003

Other Hearts

Kathy Kelly
Baghdad is in ruins. Two musicians, Majid Al-Ghazali and Hisham Sharaf, come to our hotel, hoping to use our satellite phone. &#147;One month ago, I was the director of the Baghdad Symphony Orchestra
Apr 16, 2003

Armed and Delicate

Joanne Huffa
In Toronto, this city we claim is safer than any place in the U.S.A. because firearms are, for the most part, illegal, a woman with a gun is as much a curiosity as a menace to society. We Canadians p
Apr 9, 2003

From the Mouths of Stakeholders

Haven Anderson
The education system has a lot to learn  from its students. You just have to listen. &#147;Not surprisingly, adults resist being told what they can do and how they must do it. It&#146;s astonishing
Mar 31, 2003

From a Hospital in Baghdad

April Hurley
In Baghdad, at Al Kindi Hospital Emergency, Fatima Abdullah is screaming in outrage: &#147;Why do you do this to us??!&#148; Nada Adnan, thirteen, tells me: &#147;I wish that God would take Bush. Why
Mar 20, 2003

Auto-Response: War

Judy MacDonald
<b>From:</b> Judy MacDonald<br><b>Date:</b> Mon, 17 Mar 2003 14:12:25 -0500<br><b>To:</b>,<br><b>Subject:</b> rogue state<br>
Mar 19, 2003

Mixed Feelings

Lisa Ndejuru
Dispatch from Iraq: There are beautiful children here. There is one, Hassan, who has his portable business just in front of the hotel. He shines shoes. He&#146;s very good at it. I can&#146;t stand t
Mar 13, 2003

Why I Am Here

Lisa Ndejuru
&#147;When I left Montreal all I knew was that I could never again watch another war on TV.&#148; On 26 January, 2002, Lisa Ndejuru left Montreal for Iraq. She was going to join the Iraq Peace Team,
Mar 12, 2003

The Women of Iraq

Mina Sahib
Mina Sahib is a Canadian university student of Iraqi decent who is busy with her school work and &#147;trying to keep up with all the war rhetoric on the news.&#148; She delivered this speech on Marc
Feb 27, 2003

Learning Winter

Verena Stefan
Do you like winter in Quebec? is one of the standard questions for newcomers. When I came from Munich to Montreal in February 1998, I replied cheerfully, buoyed by an enormous wave of new love: I cer
Feb 17, 2003

Voices for Peace

Erin George
Toronto&#146;s peace march on February 15 saw many people out on their firstdemonstration, as well as long-time activists. <i>rabble</i> captured some of those80,000 voices for peace that braved the
Feb 12, 2003

Muslim Words

Irshad Manji
Taslima Nasrin is an internationally known feminist writer from Bangladesh. Living in exile since 1994, she has become one of the Muslim world&#146;s most vociferous dissidents. Her ammunition is lan
Dec 2, 2002

Dear Israel, I Object

Yigal Bronner
&#147;Why does a man of my age &#151; married with two children &#151; &#145;need all this?&#146; Why is it &#145;worth my while&#146; to refuse to serve in the Occupied Territories?&#148; A refusn
Dec 7, 2001

A Korean in Canada

Finn Harvor
Before I came to Canada to study, I worked in a hotel. So I understand how foreigners feel. They want people to smile. So I smile. But at first it was difficult. Because in Korea if a woman smiles, i
Oct 12, 2001

Lunch in Yorkville

Finn Harvor
Some of the restaurant staff objected to the presence of our protest, but could do little aside from issuing threats. This was a place where rich folks felt "safe" from the rabble that they kept out

What Obama's win means

Keith Gottschalk
In a land awash in pain, fear and cynicism, last night an upstart first term Senator from Illinois showed an Americastill weary from eight years of George W. Bush that dreams still do come true.

Next year, be a man

Roz Allen
When does the Halloween switch get thrown for little girls? When does it becometime to put away the demure Dora the Explorer and instead opt for the overtOfficer Pat U Down?

President Obama: Change the world can believe in?

Sunera Thobani
There will no doubt be much celebration in the U.S. and around the world for an Obama victory on November 4. But if this victory is to be meaningful, Obama will need to mobilize the American populat

It&#226;e(TM)s time for an electoral reform uprising

Larry Gordon
Another federal election. Another train wreck for democracy. We have seen it all before. The only question is whether we learned anything new this time. As Albert Einstein said, &#226;eoeInsanity is

Why we blockaded Highway 117

Norman Matchewan
The Barri&#195;&#168;re Lake Algonquins' decision to peacefully blockade Highway 117 was not easily made. We have always preferred co-operation to confrontation. We do not wish to disrupt the lives o


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