Tags – Government
What Indigenous diplomatic traditions can teach us
Treaties are not about the cession of land but rather a commitment to stand with one another.
A champagne magazine on a beer budget
There are two schools of thought. One is that government should be neutral and provide funds for magazines. The other is that if you’re reliant on government for funding, chances are that you’ll back off from criticism, which we never did, and we paid the price.
Imprisoned activist Alex Hundert on incarceration and solitary confinement
This is the kind of place where Ashley Smith died in 2007. It is also the kind of place where Julie Bilotta gave birth on a cement floor last year.
Changes to Canada’s spy agency oversight give CSIS even greater power
Even with the recommended oversight, CSIS has not proven immune to abuses of power and the law.
Women on the front lines of a continental struggle
Across the Americas, Indigenous women are working to restore values of harmony, co-operation, balance, and respect within their communities.
Quebec has much to teach social movements across Canada
In the final days of Quebec’s 2012 election campaign, many journalists and federalist politicians warned Canadians of the dangers of a Parti Québécois victory. Progressive movements across Canada have a lot to learn about what is made possible when the question of independence is raised.
Fighting terror with torture
The shift in modern warfare toward counterinsurgency carried out by states against diffuse populations, rather than organized armies, calls for new instruments of domination.
The Métis registry and politics of state recognition
“I will never know exactly why and when my own family’s Métis history was buried; I only know that it was.”
Drugs, gangs, and Harper’s war on the poor
If the drug war is a tool of social and territorial control and capital accumulation, it’s not enough to simply accuse Harper’s Conservatives of pursuing a misguided strategy.
Doctors, torture, and national insecurity
“It’s going to be very painful without the anaesthetic in your toe.” My face twists in anticipation. “Maybe we could give you something to relax a little, send you off to sleep.”