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By Anna de Aguayo
Anthropology professor.
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Remembrance Day : The Symbolics of Poppies
Every year for several weeks before November 11, a field of scarlet poppies appears on coat lapels across Canada. This wearing of the poppy has a complex history ... (Full Story)
Columbus Centre project to commemorate WWII internment of Italian-Canadians
Toronto (Ontario, Canada) — An educational project to commemorate the internment of Italian-Canadians during the Second World War will receive federal funding, Senator Consiglio Di Nino announced today, on behalf of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney. (Full Story)
Brothers in Arms - for Over 20 Years, Cuba Helped Africa's Freedom Struggle
Fidel Castro says Cuba's contribution to the independence struggle in Africa has never been properly acknowledged. Soon, Cuba will open its archives to researchers and historians working on the history of Africa. (Full Story)
Benny Morris' 1948: The First Arab-Israeli War
By Stephen Scheinberg, contributor
Benny Morris has been one of the best known of Israel’s “new historians” or revisionists who have challenged accepted versions of their state’s history. Morris first came to broader public attention with his challenging work on the origins of the Palestinian refugee issue, in which he ably demonstrated that the tide of refugees was not merely the result of Arab radio broadcasts or their leaders calling on them to desert their villages but also of Israel’s deliberate use of force, even terror and the thorough destruction of their villages and mosques. (Full Story)
The Rosenberg Case Again: A Canadian Perspective
By Stephen Scheinberg, contributor
Once again the case of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg and their co-defendant Morton Sobell has been featured in the news. Most of you will recall that the Rosenberg couple was executed in 1953 on the charge of conspiracy to commit espionage and Sobell received a 30 year sentence. The case aroused passions around the globe with those on the left condemning it as a legal lynching and those on the right defending the sentences as a reasonable response to Soviet spying. Both sides were wrong. (Full Story)
Living in a Post-Soviet World: Implications that Cross Borders
By Miriam Rabkin, Contributor to®
Certain dates are more significant than others. November 7th, 2007 marked the 90th anniversary of the Russian Revolution. This did not seem to be noted in the Canadian press. Yet, it is an event that is not one to be forgotten. I was recently surprised when a friend told me that some of his university students did not know what the Cold War was. Has the divide between East and West been forgotten? (Full Story)
Forty Years Ago the Six-Day War Began
By Jim Teeple 

Forty years ago Tuesday, June 5, the 1967 Arab-Israeli War began. Lasting just six days, the war was an unqualified victory for Israel and a complete defeat for the armies of Egypt, Syria and Jordan. As VOA's Jim Teeple reports, nowhere did the war have a greater impact than in Jerusalem, where - 40 years later - the future of this historic city and its residents remains unresolved. (Full Story)

Tolerance and Canada's Communist Party : An Historical Perspective
by Desmond Morton, Emeritus Professor
Department of History, McGill University 

Except for a few years during the Second World War, when Stalin made himself Hitler's ally, and Communists around the world quit fighting Fascism and allied themselves with Nazism, Canada never banned the Communist Party. Ontario's brief experience of persecution had been a lesson. It was not hard to persuade a judge that Tim Buck and the CPC leadership had defied Section 94 of the Criminal Code and most had received long prison sentences. (Full Story)

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