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A Palestinian protester throws a Molotov cocktail during clashes with Israeli troops during demonstrations against the Israeli offensive on Gaza in November 2019. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)

What constitutes fair and unfair criticism of Israel?

There's little hope as we head into 2020 that Israel will negotiate in good faith with Palestinian leaders. Yet Israel will never be safe from attack until it does so.
This image captures the hope felt by many Canadians four years ago as Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, centre, posing for selfies with airport workers, greeted refugees from Syria arriving on a government-sponsored airplane in Toronto, on Dec. 10, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Syrian refugees in Canada: Four years after the welcome

The overall outcomes of Syrian refugees’ resettlement experiences are positive, but challenges remain.
Don Cherry, seen here in 2014 as Rogers unveiled its team for the network’s NHL coverage, has rasied difficult questions for Canadians. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Don Cherry’s xenophobia forces Canada to grapple with tough questions

Can Canadians pick up Don Cherry's discussion from here, and have respectful and inclusive discussions about how we can do better in terms of how we treat and regard newcomers?
L'activiste suédoise Greta Thunberg prend part à la marche pour le climat à Montréal, le 27 septembre, qui a réuni quelque 500 000 personnes. La Presse Canadienne/Paul Chiasson

« Notre maison est en feu! » Pourquoi Greta Thunberg exaspère les conservateurs

Greta Thunberg a interpellé de nombreux politiciens dont l'inaction met en danger son avenir. Elle a posé la question clé de savoir qui sont les vrais radicaux dans les discussions actuelles.
Justin Trudeau speaks to Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg in Montreal on Sept. 27, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

‘Our house is on fire!’ Why Greta Thunberg infuriates conservatives

With her climate strike, Greta Thunberg has upended climate politics and posed the key question of who are the real radicals in current discussions.
Carvings and barbed wire illustrate the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial on Bainbridge Island, Wash. The site, designed by architect Johnpaul Jones, opened in 2011. (AP/Seattle Times/Jordan Stead)

Why Japanese-Americans received reparations and African-Americans are still waiting

Social movement theory helps to explain why Japanese-Americans received reparations but the same will be much more challenging to provide for African-Americans.
A member of Mexico’s National Guard watches for migrants on the Rio Suchiate between Guatemala and Mexico at sunrise on July 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Idalia Rie)

As Mexico appeases Trump, migrants bear the brunt

The U.S. will likely continue to threaten Mexico with trade tariffs due to Central American migrants, and Mexico will respond with more drastic, inhumane measures. None of it will stop migration.
Starvation, kidnapping and neglect policies add up to ongoing genocide. An eagle feather is held up during the release of the MMIWG report in Québec. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Colonial genocide is a composite act: A human rights analysis

The final MMIWG report says that genocide does not refer only to the deliberate murder of some or all members of a particular social group. It also refers to the destruction of a group as a social unit.
People hold up signs as they march during a demonstration in Montreal, April 7, 2019, in opposition to the Quebec government’s newly tabled Bill 21. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

Clashing rights: Behind the Québec hijab debate

The proposed secular law (Bill 21) in the province of Québec appears to be directed primarily against Montreal and Québec City, and reflects a fear of strangers in Québec’s more homogeneous regions.
Honouring religious freedom and behaving faithfully in public not only protect the rights of individuals but also safeguard the integrity of democratic governments. Peter Hershey/Unsplash

A cautionary tale: The unintended consequences of Québec’s Bill 21

Respecting religious freedom not only protects the rights of individuals, it safeguards the integrity and accountability of democratic governments.
An academic expert on Islamophobia attended a ‘free-speech’ conference in Toronto, where she was assaulted after challenging speakers for promoting hatred against Muslims. Shutterstock

I had a front-row seat to hate and was physically assaulted: The liberal-washing of white nationalism

Covert power brokers are using cultural, political and economic ideas to influence, shape and inform white nationalist views. They help circulate bigotry by dressing it up as patriotism.
Members of Jehovah’s Witnesses wait in a court room in Moscow, Russia, on April 20, 2017. Russia’s Supreme Court banned the Jehovah’s Witnesses from operating in the country. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

Jehovah’s Witnesses: Neglected victims of persecution

Last week a Russian, Sergei Skrynnikov, was charged with “participating in an extremist organization" because he is allegedly a Jehovah’s Witness.
Senator Yvonne Boyer, a Metis lawyer and former nurse called tubal ligations carried out on unwilling Indigenous women one of the “most heinous” practices in health care happening across Canada. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Forced sterilizations of Indigenous women: One more act of genocide

It may not be legally called genocide, but the impact of the Canadian government's actions, including the sterilization of Indigenous women, still add up to genocidal practices.
In 2016, parents protested the previous Ontario Liberal government’s decision to cut therapy for autistic children aged five and older. Moves by Ontario’s Conservative government have also raised concerns. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

How changes to the Ontario Autism Program will hurt kids like my son

An autism policy researcher and the mother of an affected child weighs in on the recent changes announced to the Ontario Autism Program.

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