Peace in the Middle East?

Well, the papers have been filed. The president of the Palestinian National Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, has officially gone to the UN with a request for statehood. The U.S. and Israel, however, seem less than impressed with this move, and as a result, the bid will most likely be more symbolic for Palestinians than becoming an […]

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Alarm bells sound at UN

Last month will always be remembered as the beginning of an historic new chapter in the Israel-Palestine saga. On Sept. 23, an application from the Palestinian Authority for full statehood began winding its way through the UN Security Council. It may be many months before a decision is reached, but in any event, relations between […]

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Extremism’s price

The entire world was shocked as news spread of the devastating bombing and shooting massacre that occurred in Oslo, Norway on July 22. Norwegian Anders Behring Breivik planted a car bomb near a government office in Oslo and then proceeded to travel to the island that housed a youth camp run by the country’s Labour […]

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A tragic situation

It was saddening to see that 26 Shiite pilgrims were brutally killed in southwest Pakistan. In what was another in a long line of killings, the gunmen ordered pilgrims off their bus, lined them up and assassinated them. A banned radical militant Islamic organization has claimed responsibility for the attack. Twenty-six people were shot in […]

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Injustice will not lead to justice

In a recent news article in the Manitoban, the topic of creating a new racialized student representative came up once again. I have written on this topic before, in an article entitled “Don’t Divide by Race.” In that article, I described my concern with a position that could potentially divide students into two groups, and […]

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Harper uses new math to kill the CWB

I’ve come to the disturbing conclusion that Canadians in general and the Conservative Party of Canada in particular can’t count. Here are some examples: -Between 2006 and May 2011 Stephen Harper and his Conservatives led two minority Parliaments, and yet they tried to run this country as if they had a majority of the seats […]

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Who’s afraid of Anna Hazare

The last two weeks of August saw India go through an unprecedented people’s movement, an Arab Spring of sorts. Maybe you have heard of the 74-year-old Anna Hazare, social activist and prime mover of a recent anti-corruption stir. Following a 288-hour fast in protest of government corruption, he is currently being touted as a Gandhi-come-again […]

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