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Eleanor Roosevelt, Chairman of Human Rights Commission, and Charles Malik, Chairman of the General Assembly’s Third Committee (second from right), during a press conference after the completion of the Declaration of Human Rights in December 1948. UN Photo

Seventy years of international human rights

Dec. 10, 2018 is the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, proclaimed in 1948 by the United Nations General Assembly.
A family of Ahiarmiut, including David Serkoak pictured behind his mother Mary Qahug Miki (centre) at Ennadai Lake in the mid-50s before the Canadian government forcefully relocation them.

Canada’s genocide: The case of the Ahiarmiut

Once we understand genocide as something that can take awhile, with victims dying of starvation and disease rather than outright murder, we can recognize the genocide of Indigenous peoples in Canada.
Record-shattering heatwaves and exceptional wildfires have occurred throughout the northern hemisphere this summer. U.S. Department of Agriculture

Policies on petroleum and pipelines move us closer to a ‘Hothouse Canada’

The Earth is on the edge of being pushed over a planetary threshold that could lead to a "Hothouse Earth." But if we take the risks seriously there is room for a more benign future.
Unpaid interns protests in Geneva in 2016. Activism has played a big part in how unpaid internships are now being regarded with disdain. (Global Intern Coalition)

How youth activism is kicking unpaid internships to the curb

Global activism has played a big role in outlawing unpaid internships. Here's how protests and social media shaming spurred negative media coverage of unpaid internships.
A migrant worker picks peaches in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont., in the summer of 2015. (Shutterstock)

The cruel trade-off at your local produce aisle

Every year, migrant workers come to Canada to pick the fruits and vegetables we take for granted. They aren't paid well and get none of the benefits they pay into. It's time to treat them fairly.
Rey (Daisy Ridley), in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, ponders the light and dark sides of the Force. (Handout)

The Force of biology is strong in Star Wars

Star Wars: The Last Jedi leaves many questions about the saga in a galaxy far, far away unanswered. Fortunately, biology may offer a insights on the Force, midi-chlorians, clones, and Rey's lineage.
The framing of Motion 103, combatting Islamophobia, may seem like a distant concern to the free speech debate in universities, but it is in fact related in the way the so-called “alt-right” uses free speech as a rhetorical prop in their campaigns of ideological intimidation. Here: Protesters rally over motion M-103, the Liberal anti-Islamophobia motion, on Parliament Hill in Ottawa in March. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick)

Transphobia, Islamophobia and the free speech alibi

Right-wing ideologues use free speech as an alibi for their transphobic and Islamophobic rhetoric.
U.S. President Donald Trump, right, talks with British Prime Minister Theresa May in Italy in May at a G7 summit. Trump has crowed about a “very quick” U.S.-U.K. trade deal. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

A ‘quick’ British-American trade deal? NAFTA suggests not a chance

Donald Trump views himself as a deal-maker, so the prospect of a "quick" trade deal between the U.K. and the U.S. seems unlikely, despite the American president's earlier optimism.
A patient suffering from dengue fever lies in a hospital bed in Peshawar, Pakistan, in October. Cases of dengue fever – a painful mosquito-borne spread disease – have doubled every decade since 1990. Environmental health experts are pointing the finger at climate change. (AP Photo/Muhammad Sajjad)

Thank you for not driving: Climate change requires anti-smoking tactics

What if we treated climate change as a health problem rather than an environmental one? There are lessons to be learned from the successful public health campaigns against smoking.

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