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Human Rights

  • Resistance towards resilience: Suicide and the settler colonial state

    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.

  • Anti-blackness

    Two black boys doing something as innocuous as walking home from school being stopped as the muzzles of seven armed weapons were pointed at them is symbolic of the way blackness is engaged and encountered in Canada. This incident, and so many like them that occur every day, are common renderings of the anti-blackness that — contrary to popular belief — is not random or mistaken but rather constitutes Canada’s very social fabric.

  • A brief for equality

    Liberal critics of economic inequality are willing to say that it’s wrong for the richest one percent of households in the US to own 42 percent of the nation’s financial wealth or to pocket 20 percent of all annual income. But even mild criticism of economic inequality is often accompanied by the disclaimer “but I’m not saying that everyone should get the same.”

  • ‘Police Wife’: The secret epidemic of police domestic violence

    Domestic violence takes place in up to a staggering 40 percent of law enforcement families, but police departments mostly ignore the problem or let it slide, write ex-police wife Susanna Hope and award-winning investigative journalist Alex Roslin in their new book Police Wife: The Secret Epidemic of Police Domestic Violence.

  • CMHR: The unbearable lightness of inclusion

    Few buildings in Winnipeg, or Canada, have been as contested prior to their construction, let alone their opening, as the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. Plagued with controversy — rather, witlessly courting it — its edifice has been lurking on the horizon for years, while critique after compelling critique assailed its neoliberal ideology: some more damning than others, but none what one would call “good press.”

  • No room for anti-Israel commentary in Canadian politics

    In an international context, it would now appear that Canada has the least control of any G7 country over its own foreign policy. Bizarrely, no matter who wins the upcoming election, Canada’s Middle East policy now seems to be firmly based on Likudist agendas.

  • Noam Chomsky: The World in August, 2015

    Hopes for the future are always about the same: courageous people, often under severe duress, refusing to bow to illegitimate authority and persecution, others devoting themselves to support and to combating injustice and violence, young people who sincerely want to change the world.

  • Canada’s bloody political consensus on Israel and Palestine

    The all-party consensus on Israel/Palestine is a consensus on slaughter, a consensus written in blood. It operates on silence, fear and half-truths and only by speaking up can we end it.

  • The Refugee Crisis in Context

    As long as one of us is deemed rubbish, the rest of us have a vested interest in identifying and addressing the underlying cause. The refugee crisis riddle will not be solved until we repel the forces that created it.

  • EU’s military strategy to deepen Mediterranean tragedies

    According to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), between 23,000 and 24,000 migrants had tried to cross over to Italy since the beginning of the year, while just under 21,000 migrants made the same journey between January and April 2014. While the number of migrants rose to some extent, migrants perishing at sea have hit the roof.

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