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By Charles Blattberg, Université de Montréal
Flags on your backpacks!
Flags on your backpacks!

        Gordon Downie, to the crowd
        at a Tragically Hip concert

Surely the time has come for us to stop hiding from the truth. It is that, like the English, Scots, Welsh and Irish in Britain, like the Spanish, Basques and Catalans in Spain, like the Flemish and Walloons in Belgium, like the Jews and Arabs in Israel, and like the Québécois and First Nations in Canada, we English Canadians form a nation. Oh we pretend otherwise, of course, but the reality is that here we are, a nation living within a diverse multicultural country, some of whose cultures also happen to be national ones. (Full Story)

The RCMP Community Outreach unit has asked members of the Ottawa Community Outreach Program to attend, on October 28, a conference that features prominent Islamist speakers. (Full Story)
by Sajjad Ghaderzadeh, son of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani

Perhaps I am not in a position to write a letter to 27 European and Western countries, but what can I do? I have no other hope but you, dear ones. I have no more tears to shed. The only thing I have left is a lump in my throat. I only hope that God helps me in writing this letter. I have lost my father, and now this government wants to take our mother from me and my sister for a crime that she has not committed.
  (Full Story)

By Farshad Hoseini

This is the second year that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s presence is causing a storm of international protests.
  (Full Story)

By Sajad Ghaderzadeh

Our mother is innocent and should be released unconditionally.
I ask the eight industrial countries and the governments of Turkey and Brazil and the entire world to continue the pressure against the Islamic Republic and don’t assume that the case is resolved. (Full Story)

By Marc Lebuis on behalf of the Point de Bascule team
Translation by Point de Bascule

In a letter published by Le Devoir on July 13th 2010, Phyllis Lambert* and Serge Joyal** ask the Charest Government to reconsider its decision to purchase the building that the Muslim Association of Canada (MAC) was going to acquire in downtown Montreal in order to establish a mosque and a community center. (Full Story)

By Jasmina Munteanu

Romania entered the European Union on the 1st of January 2007. Romanian emigration to Italy is relatively high, with the Romanian community in Italy numbering 796.477 as of December 2008. (Full Story)

by David Kilgour

The main conclusion of the book (1) "is that there has been and continues today to be large-scale organ seizures from unwilling Falun Gong practitioners". (Full Story)

By Uri Avnery

IT IS already a commonplace to say that people who don’t learn from history are condemned to repeat their mistakes. Some 1942 years ago, the Jews in the province called Palaestina launched a revolt against the Roman Empire. In retrospect, this looks like an act of madness. Palestine was a small and insignificant part of the world-wide empire which had just won a crushing victory against the rival power – the Parthian Empire (Persia) – and put down a major rebellion in Britain. What chances could the Jewish revolt have?
  (Full Story)

by Claire Tremblay

The Alternative Report issued in response to the Federal government's report on women's progress in Canada 15 years after the 1995 Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action is a refreshing counterpoint to the Harper government's manipulation of the facts.

  (Full Story)

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