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The Politics of Human Rights

By David Camfield

There has never been more talk about human rights than there is today. Social media is full of calls to sign petitions or send e-mails about human rights causes. Almost no one says they’re not supporters of human rights, from radicals on the left to people on the hard right like Stephen Harper. Governments of Western countries justify war in the name of defending human rights. We now have a Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg. 

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Another Politics

By Steve D’Arcy

Review of Chris Dixon, Another Politics: Talking Across Today’s Transformative Movements (University of California Press,, 2014)

If there’s one thing that activists often lack, it is opportunities to reflect about what they’re trying to do, and how it might be done differently and better. Often overworked and pressured to focus on pragmatic and tactical questions under urgent timelines, it can be difficult to give political and strategic reflection the attention it deserves.

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Student Power, Worker Activism and the Democratic University

By Alan Sears

There are some very important campus struggles unfolding in early March 2015.

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Taxing Times and T-Birds in Alberta

By Paul Kellogg

Alberta's conservative finance minister Robin Campbell announced in February that his government was looking to slash nine percent from its annual budget in response to declining oil prices. The news caught few by surprise. Oil prices were collapsing in late 2014, and New Alberta Premier Jim Prentice, just before the holidays, cautioned about the economic and fiscal instability looming in that oil-dependent province. "We don't know what's around the corner", he said. "We don't know how long prices are going to be low". He gave this advice to the province's citizens: "it is a time to be careful on personal expenditures". The next month, the premier went to Arizona and carefully bought himself a present - a vintage 1956 Ford Thunderbird, costing US$59,400 or about $71,000 Canadian.

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Syriza's Mauling at the EU Negotiations

By Richard Seymour

Syriza has been defeated in the first round of negotiations.

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