Canadian Dimension: BDS Movement Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

Photo from Public Domain Norwegian parliamentarian Bjørnar Moxnes has officially nominated the BDS movement for Palestinian rights for a Nobel Peace Prize. He did so with the support of his party, the progressive Rødt (Red) Party, explaining why BDS “should be supported without reservation by all democratically-minded people and states.” The following is his statement ...

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading. – David Brady, Ryan Finnigan and Sabine Hubgen challenge the claim that there’s any relationship between single motherhood and poverty. And Doug Saunders writes that there’s an opening for progressive movements to take back the theme of family values which obviously bear no relationship to the policy cruelty ...

Canadian Dimension: Statement on Anniversary of Quebec Mosque Shooting

Photo by Sonia Aslam The terrible murder of six Muslim men of Quebec City, one year ago today, demands that we Quebecers speak out about what kind of society we want for all. These men are: Mamadou Tanou Barry, accountant, married and father of three children; Ibrahima Barry, computer technician, married and father of four ...

centre of the universe: Keep ’em separated

Recently the Government of Canada included on its summer student funding program a check box that asks whether the business (non-profit/agency/charity/etc.) applying for federal tax funding complies with Canadian law. Normally, that’s not a problem. Normally, if you apply for federal funding, you’re all, hells yes we comply with federal laws. It’s exceedingly rare for ...

Canadian Dimension: Justice for Hassan Diab and the Unbearable Banality of Evil

Photo by Tony Caldwell Great joy and relief came with the news this January 12th that French investigative judges issued an “order of final release” for Dr. Hassan Diab from a French maximum security prison. Dr. Diab, a sociology professor and Canadian citizen, was charged with bombing the Rue Copernic Synagogue in 1980. His release ...

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading. – Tom Parkin duly slams the Libs for a “middle class” tax message being used to sell a giveaway to the rich: Here’s the blunt facts: the tax cut by Finance Minister Bill Morneau gives $0 to anyone earning under about $45,000. Then the benefit starts phasing in. ...

wmtc: why i write for rights and how you can too… redux #write4rights

Trying to compose my annual Write For Rights post, I thought I would recycle a good one from 2014… only to learn I had already recycled it in 2015! And here it is again — slightly edited, with new cases linked below. Tomorrow, December 10, is Human Rights Day. The date commemorates the adoption of ...

Canadian Dimension: Race, class, & The Revolt of the Black Athlete

“I sit with Kaepernick” poster in Brooklyn • Photo from MassAppeal.com Next year marks the 50th anniversary of Dr. Harry Edwards’s classic of activist scholarship, The Revolt of the Black Athlete. Edwards is the architect of the 1968 Olympic Project for Human Rights, a campaign remembered most for the famed medal podium pro- tests of ...

Dented Blue Mercedes: Free Speech, When The “Debate” is You (and You’re Not Invited)

Shout: “Help, I’m being silenced!” There’s a duplicitous game of sleight-of-hand that is taking place in discussions about freedom of speech in academia and the public square. Here’s how it works: at first, a person fishes for controversy by saying several things that they know will offend people.  If this garners enough attention, then the ...

Canadian Dimension: The Ordeal of Hassan Diab

Photo by Ottawa Citizen, via YouTube In December 2014, the former Carleton University sociology professor, husband to Rania, father of a lovely toddler daughter and one month before the birth of their delightful baby son, was whisked from his home by Canadian officials and extradited to France. The reason: suspicion that he was involved in ...

Canadian Dimension: McGill University and the Jewish National Fund

Photo by Independent Jewish Voices Canada While accusations of student anti-Semitism at McGill draw international headlines, the university administration’s open association with a Jewish supremacist organization has been ignored. In the latest iteration of a multi-year smear campaign against Palestine solidarity activists at the university, Canadian Jewish Political Affairs Committee activist Noah Lew cried “anti-Semitism” ...

Alberta Politics: Bill 24 passes, making it hard for Alberta schools to obstruct gay-straight alliances and illegal to out members to their parents

PHOTOS: Alberta Education Minister David Eggen, whose Bill 24, An Act to Support Gay-Straight Alliances, was passed by the Alberta Legislature yesterday. Below: UCP Leader Jason Kenney, former Alberta Liberal MLA Laurie Blakeman, and social conservative activist John Carpay. Bill 24, An Act to Support Gay-Straight Alliances, passed third and final reading by 42 votes ...

Things Are Good: The Best Interrogation Technique is to Listen

Over the course of the last decade interrogation techniques involved violence, yelling, and trying to “outsmart” the person being interviewed. Sadly that’s how interrogations were shown in entertainment and in reality at places like Guantanamo (which is still running). This bizarre approach to information gathering bothered psychologists Emily and Laurence Alison so they set out ...

centre of the universe: Conscientious Objection shouldn’t mean dereliction of duty

Canada passed a law in June 2016 to make legal and to offer protection to the providers of medically assisted dying. Let’s just pretend for a moment that “Medically Assisted Dying” isn’t one of the lamest, most watered-down name for the practice of euthanasia. Predictably, there were a number of objectors to this bill, many ...

centre of the universe: Alouette

Way back in the nineteen somethings, Canada was going through the sort of identity crisis we all go through when we’re about fifteen. Québec was all stomping around the place, slamming doors and cupboards and shouting “JE PARS” everytime someone looked at it. “Hey, Québec,” we’d say, “I like your cheese. You have lovely cheese.”…

centre of the universe: Danger Zone

Please go read this article (https://www.huffingtonpost.com/gretchen-kelly/the-thing-all-women-do-you-dont-know-about_b_8630416.html). I’ll wait. If you’re already on Twitter, you’ve seen this already. I spent about a decade trying to look not-female (which was tough, given my body shape) and being very angry that I couldn’t go out to the club or the bar without having to be “on guard”. I was…

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading. – Stephanie Levitz reports on new polling showing an increasing number of Canadians self-identifying as part of the working class or poor, while also seeing little room for optimism about their futures. And Jared Bernstein offers his analysis as to why wages are remaining stagnant south of the border. ...

The Progressive Economics Forum: New book on Indigenous homelessness

I’ve recently reviewed a new book on homelessness among Indigenous peoples. The book, published by the University of Manitoba Press, was edited by Evelyn Peters and Julia Christensen. My review can be accessed at this link.

The Canadian Progressive: Chelsea Manning barred from entering Canada

In a development that will most certainly strengthen the view that the government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will do anything appease the Trump administration, Canadian immigration authorities just barred Chelsea Manning from entering Canada. The post Chelsea Manning barred from entering Canada appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: Chelsea Manning barred from entering Canada

In a development that will most certainly strengthen the view that the government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will do anything appease the Trump administration, Canadian immigration authorities just barred Chelsea Manning from entering Canada. The post Chelsea Manning barred from entering Canada appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: Re-thinking refugee protection: focusing on people and safe passage

Efforts in Canada to provide safe passage to asylum seekers crossing into Canada from the United States prove that people power and civil society action can change public policy and save lives. The post Re-thinking refugee protection: focusing on people and safe passage appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

centre of the universe: centre of the universe 2017-09-14 19:19:06

The following article is mean. It’s also plaigiarised. Responding to Catholicism With Logic and Charity In this article I will address the growing issue of Catholicism, give three examples of this crisis, and then conclude by suggesting three approaches to take when addressing proponents of this view. Let me begin by summing it up in…

The Canadian Progressive: Archbishop Tutu condemns Aung San Suu Kyi’s silence on Myanmar’s genocidal violence against Rohingya Muslims

This week, retired South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu released a letter condemning fellow Nobel laureate Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s continuing silence on the genocidal violence being perpetrated against Rohingya Muslims by Myanmar security forces and extremist Buddhists under her watch. The post Archbishop Tutu condemns Aung San Suu Kyi’s silence on Myanmar’s genocidal violence ...

The Canadian Progressive: Now is the time for Canada to walk away from the Safe Third Country Agreement

It’s disingenuous for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to publicly claim that Canada is safe for asylum claimants while the Bush-era Canada-US Safe Third Country Agreement (STCA) prevents refugees coming from the Unites States from seeking safe haven in Canada. The post Now is the time for Canada to walk away from the Safe Third Country ...

Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2017 Links

The latest from the federal NDP’s leadership campaign. – NDP McGill has prepared handy summaries of the background and policy proposals of each of the leadership candidates. – Tim Harper writes that Charlie Angus is relying on the NDP’s grassroots as the foundation for his campaign – particularly compared to the new members signed up ...