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By Rabbi Michael Lerner

The defeat of the Democrats choice to succeed Ted Kennedy in the U.S. Senate is being treated as though there is a decided shift of mass opinion to the Right in the U.S. But it is the Obama Administration, not the people who supported him in 2008, which moved to the Right--in the name of being pragmatists or realists-- in the process emptying their own agenda in regard to health care, environment, human rights, social and economic justice, and global peace of the critical elements that made those programs sound hopeful, and leaving many of their supporters feeling confused, disillusioned, and unable to rally around the politics that seemed so very far from "the change you can believe in" that we had been promised.
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by Maryam Namazie, Coordinator, Iran Solidarity
The escalation and radicalisation of protests in Iran against the Islamic Republic bring with it the hope for a very different world to the one we live in. Don’t forget, the suppression of the 1979 Iranian revolution by the Islamists changed the world we knew for the worse. This time round, the fall of the Islamists via a people’s revolution will change things for the better.
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by David Kilgour

Based on the news emerging from Tehran, a second revolution could be in the making. While Iranians mourned their beloved Iman Hosein, the regime's response was to order its security forces to beat and kill fellow citizens. (Full Story)

Canadians are asking Conservative Industry Minister Tony Clement to give the gift of the Open Internet this holiday season. A title wave of citizens have already signed an online Christmas card through and social media services like Twitter. (Full Story)
By Rev. Pat Felske, Church of Scientology of Toronto

I would like to respond to Dorothee Moisan's article entitled "Scientologists convicted of organized fraud in France" (27 October 2009). We are blessed to live in a country that embraces the multifaith nature of our rich Canadian society. We pride ourselves on building a pluralistic world of peace, understanding and acceptance of different religions, all united in a common goal of freedom and peace. (Full Story)

Da’ud Mohamed Ali, governor of the Ogaden region of eastern Ethiopia, is heading up a delegation that is expected to tour North America, which includes a planned visit to Minnesota this weekend and on to Canada next week. Why Minnesota? Minnesota is now home to more Somali Ogadens than anywhere else outside of Ethiopia. (Full Story)
By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, October 2 -- Despite a vote in the UN last December supporting the decriminalization of homosexuality, not only the Libyan President of the General Assembly Ali Treki, but now also Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, refuse to follow through on that vote. (Full Story)

Rome - Anwar Basim Saleh, the 21-year old Iraqi gay activist from Baghdad, is at present in Holland, where he has applied for asylum. Anwar, before leaving his country of origin, was the coordinator of a “safe house” for homosexuals working alongside the Iraqi LGBT organization. (Full Story)
By Jan Niechwiadowicz

It is with regret that I notice in your article “US court stays deportation of ex-Nazi guard”; you refer to the German concentration camp in Poland as "Polish". I trust that this is an inadvertent mistake rather than a deliberate distortion. (Full Story)

By EveryOne Group, Italy

Sergio Cofferati, the Mayor of Bologna, and Leonardo Domenici, Mayor of Florence and President of A.N.C.I, have been among the forerunners of the racist and xenophobic policies for which Italy now finds itself at the centre of international criticism. His anti-immigrant laws and persecutory measures against the Roma people earned Cofferati praise from the Lega Nord back in 2005, when the Lega leaders described him as “Better than Guazzaloca” (Guazzaloca was Bologna’s first right-wing mayor). (Full Story)

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