From Simferopol, Crimea, reflections on the war in eastern Ukraine

rabble news - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 5:19pm

Simferopol, Crimea -- Yesterday, I spent the afternoon walking through central Simferopol, the administrative capital city of Crimea. You may know Crimea as the former region of Ukraine that recently voted to join the Russian Federation. It was a warm and sunny day with a strong breeze blowing.

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Omar Khadr one step closer to justice

rabble news - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 4:30pm
Thursday, July 10, 2014 While we celebrate the latest court victory for Omar Khadr, we need to continue to push for the lawful response of his immediate release from jail. Especially as the government threatens to appeal.

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Omar Khadr has once again been vindicated by the courts. The unanimous ruling by the Alberta Court of Appeals affirms what Omar's lawyers and supporters have maintained since his 2012 repatriation -- that he has been illegally and unlawfully held in a federal prison. For those who value a fair judicial system and the rule of law, it is incomprehensible that despite previous rulings in his favour, Omar is still incarcerated and fighting his way through the courts. 

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Putting people before profit with a price on carbon

rabble news - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 2:24pm

My week in late June began by shaking the hand of President Obama. It ended by interviewing First Nations and Métis living in the heart of the Athabasca Tar Sands.

I went from meeting the most sought after person in the world, whose every statement is analysed, to some of the most dismissed people, whose illnesses caused by the tar sands have been downplayed or ignored by government and the media.

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'We must compete': Corporate elite leveraging public universities into private profit

rabble news - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 2:21pm

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#Notalljohns: Notes from the hearings on Bill C-36

rabble news - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 1:28pm

The hearings on Bill C-36, the federal government’s proposed prostitution law, continued today. You can watch all of the testimonies, which began on Monday, on CPAC.

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Conservative deficit fear-mongering takes aim at dream of activist government

rabble news - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 12:12pm
Thursday, July 10, 2014

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Moody's decision to downgrade Ontario's credit rating last week was manna from heaven to commentators and media pundits bristling at the notion that activist government could be making a comeback.

For years, pundits have kept governments in a straightjacket when it comes to spending, intimidating the public into believing that the deficit gods are vengeful and unforgiving, and that Greece is only a short hop, skip and a jump away.

Moody's decision to downgrade Ontario's credit rating last week was manna from heaven to commentators and media pundits bristling at the notion that activist government could be making a comeback.

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Khaled Al-Qazzaz' torment is an affront to liberal democracy

rabble news - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 11:49am

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SlutWalk, three years later. Where has the movement taken us?

rabble news - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 11:07am
Friday, July 11, 2014 A lot has changed since 2011. Natalee Brouse attended the first SlutWalk and has been official organizer since 2012. rabble.ca's Steff Pinch spoke with her about how the SlutWalk has changed.

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All sex workers will be harmed by Bill C-36, #yesallsexworkers

rabble news - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 10:51am
Friday, July 11, 2014 Bill C-36 disregards sex workers' lived experiences, the Bedford decision and social science evidence and will create more harm. This is how each diverse group will be affected.

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This piece was written in collaboration by the editors and a group of contributors of Selling Sex: Experience, Advocacy, and Research on Sex Work in Canada.

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