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Cowichan Conversations: For the countless Canadians humiliated by anti-gay policies, healing can finally begin

Svend Robinson was Canada’s first openly gay MP. He is now based in Geneva with The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria. Originally published in the Globe & Mail Read more… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: For the countless Canadians humiliated by anti-gay policies, healing can finally begin

Slap Upside The Head: Our Progress

The LGBT community is a community of fighters. We may never make sense of the tragedy in Orlando, but look at the reaction; look at the outpouring of love, compassion, and support. Compare it to the widespread indifference after the 1973 UpStairs Lounge attack, which claimed 32 lives. That’s our progress. And that’s what we […] . . . → Read More: Slap Upside The Head: Our Progress

Things Are Good: Holding War Criminals to Account

War is a messy business with the victorious side usually cleaning up how it all looks to outsiders. This is obviously problematic, particularly as we ought to hold people accountable for crimes they commit. When one rogue state let’s their war crimes go unpunished it calls into question the international agreements on how to handle […]

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Trashy's World: Here there be dragons…

… are words that you can find on old sailor navigation maps that are meant to say: “Hey fools! Stay away from here! Like, don’t even THINK about it!”. The American people would serve themselves well to heed these warnings. Rach… . . . → Read More: Trashy’s World: Here there be dragons…

Larry Hubich's Blog: The owner of Best Western 7 Oaks Hotel in Regina assaults peaceful picketers

Support workers at Best Western Seven Oaks
Tell the owner of Best Western Seven Oaks in Regina to stop bullying workers and get back to the bargaining table. Watch the video below and send a message now at www.ufcw.ca/bestwestern (UFCW Canada Local 1400)
Posted by UFCW Canada on Friday, February 26, 2016

. . . → Read More: Larry Hubich’s Blog: The owner of Best Western 7 Oaks Hotel in Regina assaults peaceful picketers

Larry Hubich's Blog: The owner of Best Western 7 Oaks Hotel in Regina assaults peaceful picketers

Support workers at Best Western Seven Oaks
Tell the owner of Best Western Seven Oaks in Regina to stop bullying workers and get back to the bargaining table. Watch the video below and send a message now at www.ufcw.ca/bestwestern (UFCW Canada Local 1400)
Posted by UFCW Canada on Friday, February 26, 2016

. . . → Read More: Larry Hubich’s Blog: The owner of Best Western 7 Oaks Hotel in Regina assaults peaceful picketers

Dead Wild Roses: The Rape/Revenge Genre’s Gender Revelations

“Rape/revenge is replete in tension and bloody cathartic release; there is terrifying violation, and then there is revenge you can feel good about. The films use women’s trauma to justify stereotypically male pleasures of hyperbolic violence. So Thelma and Louise get to pick up guns and shoot people like they’re in a Western, while Furiosa […] . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: The Rape/Revenge Genre’s Gender Revelations

April Reign: December 6th. Just a date.

April Reign

Re-posting as unfortunately it is still relevant 6 years on. December 6th. Just a date. Maybe an early Christmas party or a school play. Perhaps a time to start putting out decorations or maybe – a time to purchase candles and roses. A purchase not made in anticipation of a celebration but one made in […]

April Reign – In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.

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Writings of J. Todd Ring: Will Ferrell does a mock music video of gangster rap – and it’s a scathingly hilarious critique of the genre

A musical commentary, followed by social and political analysis, followed by hilarious spoof rap videos, and more This is scathingly funny. Will Ferrell does a mock music video of macho gangster rap. Man, how I despise that music. As Rage Against the Machine said, “So-called rap’s a fraud.” Worse, most of it is disgustingly offensive, . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: Will Ferrell does a mock music video of gangster rap – and it’s a scathingly hilarious critique of the genre

LeDaro: Chicago Violence Rises With the Heat of the Summer

It looks that the U.S. is the most violent society in the western hemisphere. Why is to so? According to one estimate 12000 people are murdered every year in the U.S.

Chicago is one example. Rest of the country has similar incidences of violence.

“The figures can be numbing: There were more than 2,000 shootings . . . → Read More: LeDaro: Chicago Violence Rises With the Heat of the Summer

Cowichan Conversations: Steves–BC Doesn’t Need Site C Dam

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

It is incredible that our BC Liberal government, prodded along by the foreign owned LNG corporations, are still pushing ahead with building a massive Site C Dam.

We do not need

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Things Are Good: Violent Video Games can be Good

Violent video games get attacked a lot. Media and news companies are quick to blame the influence video games have on youth to be the reason that youth commit acts of violence. This is not the case though. Every year there is more evidence that it’s not true that violent entertainment leads to real-world violence. . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Violent Video Games can be Good

Dented Blue Mercedes: BDSM, Gender, Entitlement, and Jian Ghomeshi

Whether anybody wanted the conversation right now or not, it’s become time to have a conversation about BDSM, gender and entitlement.

Over a week ago, Jian Ghomeshi, the then-popular then- CBC commentator, appeared to be coming out of the closet about engaging in what he referred to as “rough sex (forms of BDSM),” and . . . → Read More: Dented Blue Mercedes: BDSM, Gender, Entitlement, and Jian Ghomeshi

Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Sex, violence and TV shows

We just finished watching the third season of Game of Thrones on DVD this past weekend. Before that, we watched The White Queen, another DVD series (one season only, although it deserved more). As we watched both, I found myself wondering why directors and producers felt the need to insert gratuitous – but apparently obligatory . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Sex, violence and TV shows

Cowichan Conversations: Canadian PM Harper’s Government Complicit in Israeli War Crimes

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

Canada, once the peacekeeping nation of merit and respect has been downgraded in the eyes of international observers since being led by right wing ideologue, Conservative Party leader and Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

His unbalanced view and posture is nowhere more obvious that his absolute support for the extreme right-wing . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Canadian PM Harper’s Government Complicit in Israeli War Crimes

The Canadian Progressive: U.S. Taxpayers Subsidizing The Defense Of Palestinian Teen’s Alleged Killers

Controversial Israeli group Honenu is raising tax-exempt money in the U.S. to support Israelis charged with or convicted of violence against Palestinian tens.

The post U.S. Taxpayers Subsidizing The Defense Of Palestinian Teen’s Alleged Killers appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Dead Wild Roses: Palestine, Rockets and Reprisals

No one should have to live in fear. Death by airstrike, death by rocket. Same result. I cannot even imagine having to deal with every day life in Gaza, especially if I had children.

“I am used to the bombings, but my children are worried. So I have to keep reassuring them.” Explaining what is . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Palestine, Rockets and Reprisals

THE CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE: Public Education: School to Prison Pipeline (VIDEO)

To end the violence in Baltimore there must be radical reform of public education and the criminal justice system – a panel moderated by radio talk show host Marc Steiner

The post Public Education: School to Prison Pipeline (VIDEO) appeared first on THE CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE.

Melissa Fong: Bullet-Proof Blankets for kids? Not the solution.

My reaction to bullet proof blankets for children: When I was a kid we had fire and earthquake drills. When I became a teacher I had to verse the children […]

Melissa Fong: Why @Suey_park won’t “enact the labour”: Women of Colour don’t owe you an education- #CancelColbert Part 4

…she seemed to discount Zepp as a “White Male” and told him that she, “won’t enact that labour” of explaining to him why a White male probably couldn’t understand why a Woman of Colour’s point of view. I am here today to enact that labour. We are born into this history of racism and sexism. . . . → Read More: Melissa Fong: Why @Suey_park won’t “enact the labour”: Women of Colour don’t owe you an education- #CancelColbert Part 4

Melissa Fong: Proving male privilege: @suey_park @BlackGirlDanger @thewayoftheid @cheuya striking back #CancelColbert Part 3

Some of the most prominent women of colour, anti-racist, feminists are coming together to talk about male privilege. Except they aren’t talking about it. They are proving it.   @suey_park @BlackGirlDanger @thewayoftheid and @cheuya […]

The Canadian Progressive: Parliament’s Sham Report on Missing, Murdered Aboriginal Women Trashed

by: Obert Madondo

Many had hoped the Special Parliamentary Committee on Violence Against Indigenous Women would move Canada closer to addressing the perennial issue of more than 600 missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls.

The committee’s final report, delivered in parliament last week, turned out to be another government-sponsored sham. Most shocking is the . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Parliament’s Sham Report on Missing, Murdered Aboriginal Women Trashed

The Canadian Progressive: Eight Measures Against University of Ottawa’s Burgeoning Rape Culture

by: Obert Madondo

A student member of the University of Ottawa’s board of governors says the university’s response to recent report sexual violence against women is not enough.

Anaïs Elboujdaini, a political science student who spearheads the Independent Initiative Against Rape Culture, proposes eight measures against rape culture on campus and in society.

The measures . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Eight Measures Against University of Ottawa’s Burgeoning Rape Culture

Writings of J. Todd Ring: The prohibition of guns – and the violence it will create

Gerald Celente is right, as usual: he said, look at how the government handled the prohibition of alcohol – it was a disaster. They completely failed. All they managed to do, was to push organized crime through the roof. Alcohol didn’t disappear, but crime soared. Look at the so-called “war on drugs.” Over $300 billion . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: The prohibition of guns – and the violence it will create

The Disaffected Lib: As If You Needed Another Reason to Loathe Saudi Arabia.

From the House of Saud on down there’s a lot of rot in Saudi Arabia.  Here’s a new one – divorce.  In Saudi Arabia, it’s not necessary for the husband or the wife to sue for divorce.  They can actually have it imposed on them.

IN three months, 14 lawsuits have been filed calling for . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: As If You Needed Another Reason to Loathe Saudi Arabia.