Articles Human Rights

  • EKOS poll: Canada should support Israeli sanctions, not demonize them

    Canadian Politics

    What could possibly justify Trudeau’s irrational stance when it comes to promoting peace between Israel and the Palestinians? In determining its policy towards Israel the Trudeau government has three apparent motivations at play: defending Israel’s right to exist, tending to Canada’s specific national interests and reflecting Canadian values.

  • James Baldwin and the Meaning of Whiteness

    Culture

    The true credo of the white race is we have everything, and if you try to take any of it from us we will kill you. This is the essential meaning of whiteness. As the white race turns on itself in an age of diminishing resources it is in the vital interest of the white underclass to understand what its elites and its empire are actually about. These lies, Baldwin warned, will ultimately have fatal consequences for America.

  • We Must Understand Syria as a Popular Struggle Despite Its Complications

    Human Rights

    As leftists, our support must go to the revolutionary people struggling for freedom and emancipation. Only through their own collective action can the Syrian people achieve their goals. This concept, which is at the heart of revolutionary politics, faces profound skepticism from some sections of the left. This should not prevent us, however, from building our solidarity on this basis.

  • An appeal to Green Party of Canada members

    Human Rights

    Without international pressure, Israel will continue to steal Palestinian land, demolish olive groves, build Jewish-only roads, imprison without due process and impose collective punishment on innocent Palestinians. It will continue to violate international law and dominate a defenceless people. Canadians cannot wash their hands of Palestinians’ plight.

  • Bursting at the Seams

    Human Rights

    This video had it’s premiere outside the building where Toronto’s Mayor John Tory lives in somewhat better circumstances. News coverage by NOW, and pictures. See “Ontario’s Austerity Government Sets Basic Income Trap” and living wage news. Created by the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP), Sanctuary and a group of activists and filmmakers.

  • Canadian Mining Corporations in Latin America: Solidarity Rally

    Human Rights

    In 2008, after years of violence, conflict, environmental degradation, and water pollution at the hands of mining companies, then-president of El Salvador Antonio Saca stopped issuing new mining permits. This decision has widespread support in El Salvador; a recent poll of the University of Central America (UCA) indicates that that 79.5 per cent of Salvadorans are against any gold mining.

  • Water isn’t a human right in Canada, but it should be

    Human Rights

    There has been a brewing controversy over the use, ownership, and commodification of important natural resources like fresh and clean drinking water. And rightfully so, because while Canada has high amounts of fresh water in global terms, the reality of water insecurity is apparent even here, especially as it pertains to Indigenous communities.

  • Opposing the Discrimination of the JNF

    Canadian Politics

    In the face of these wild attacks Elizabeth May and the Green leadership needs to stop equivocating on Palestinian rights. Past efforts to mollify the JNF have only emboldened these groups. It is time to show them you won’t be intimidated by respecting the will of the membership and embracing the call for the CRA to revoke the JNF’s charitable status.

  • PEN Canada Surveillance Survey is Now Live

    Human Rights

    Whether you are an essayists, journalist, novelist, poet, playwright, short-story writer or “other,” we want to know if surveillance legislation like the Anti-Terrorism Act, 2015, has changed the stories you tell or the process of telling them. The results of the survey will be compiled in a report that includes both data and analysis.

  • Resistance towards Resilience: Suicide and the Settler Colonial State

    Human Rights

    When we heal which requires our existence, our ancestors will heal as well. We are lovers of life-the ultimate threat we have over the settler colonial state. We must not adopt the identity of the settler colonial state; a self-destructive life-hating way of being. This is why we must resist.

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