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December 22nd

December 22, 2003 Canadian News

Canadian News

December 22, 2003 International News

International News

December 22, 2003 Features

Understanding Cuba

Revolution and Misinformation
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    Cuba: A revolution in motion
    by Isaac Saney
    Fernwood Books 2003
Cuba. A small island nation. Cigars that Americans have to smuggle into their own country; sublime music played by old men; Caribbean vacations; quaint old buildings. They had a revolution, years ago. Some guys named Che Guevara and Fidel Castro were involved. There were others, but what were their names again? They overthrew Batista, the guy with the solid gold telephone in The Godfather: part II. They seemed to have good ideals at the beginning, but eventually turned into yet another corrupt communist dictatorship. Castro the despot rules with an iron fist, jailing those who dare to defy him. The country remains poor due to outdated, inefficient socialist policies. The US and others are biding their time, waiting for Castro to die so that democracy can be restored, and the Cuban people freed from his authoritarian grip.

Aside from the cigars and music, these are a few of the well-worn images of Cuba that Isaac Saney, a history professor at Dalhousie, would like you to reconsider.

- Reviewed by Dru Oja Jay -

Revolution and Misinformation

December 22, 2003 Accounts

Barn-Raising on Air: the Prometheus Radio Project

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Janna Graham helps the Prometheus Radio Project out with a radio barnraising in Immokalee, Florida.

December 22, 2003 Comics

The Uptown

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"The Uptown," by Heather Meek

December 22, 2003 Arts

Democracy and Fascism

Myth, Propaganda and Disaster provokes controversy in Australia
reichstag_fp.jpgMyth, Propaganda and Disaster in Nazi Germany and Contemporary America: A Drama in 30 Scenes made headlines because each of the major theatres in Sydney failed to pick it up for 2004, even though it completed successful runs at both The Playbox Theatre in Melbourne and The State Theatre Company in Adelaide.
- by Lynda Ng -

Myth, Propaganda and Disaster provokes controversy in Australia

December 22, 2003 Arts

Proffessor Undressor

Sumi-E Experiment (2003)
Many of today's most acclaimed electronica albums are recorded in the cramped bedrooms of computer-literate music nerds. Meanwhile journalists have invented the curious genre of "laptop music" to describe the trend.
- by Matt Brennan -

Sumi-E Experiment (2003)

December 22, 2003 Environment

Mustard Gas and Seismic Blasts

underwater-barrels_fp.jpgThe threat of chemical dumps in Atlantic waters
The coastal waters of Atlantic Canada have been polluted with a legacy of chemical, biological and nuclear weaponry. The primary culprits include the Canadian, American and British militaries, which have obsessed over our safety from alleged weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, while the communities and eco-systems of the Atlantic region have been under attack from the very same weapons of mass destruction since the 1940's. Now, with corporations being given permission to do seismic testing in Atlantic waters, the impact of these dumpsites may be compounded.
- by Pierre Loiselle -

The threat of chemical dumps in Atlantic waters

December 1st

December 2, 2003 Canadian News

Canadian News: December 1

December 1, 2003 Features

Israelis Criticizing Israel

The occupation of Palestine from the inside, out

bulldozed_fp.jpg Public debate about Israel tends to be framed in terms of Israel as a unified country and its foreign opponents, anti-Zionist, anti-Semitic and otherwise. Widely ignored are the Israeli intellectuals and leaders who are strongly opposed to their country's actions, and the accounts that inspire their strong opposition.

Independent Canadian journalists Jon Elmer and Valerie Zink are currently reporting from the West Bank and Gaza. The following is a series of excerpts from interviews they have conducted with diverse critical voices within Israel. The full interviews and other coverage can be read on their web site, FromOccupiedPalestine.org.

The occupation of Palestine from the inside, out

December 1, 2003 Accounts

Interview: Guatemala After the Elections

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An interview with Simon Helweg-Larsen on US intervention, labour relations, and inequality in Guatemala after the elections.

December 1, 2003 Comics

The Curator

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"The Curator," by Heather Meek

December 1, 2003 Arts

From Margin to Main Character

deafening_fp.jpgDeafening brings disability to the centre of mainstream fiction

I always get suspicious when in coffee shops, on buses, trains, and coffee tables, or peering out of purses, I see the same book. It seems that everyone except me is part of the same book club, and they've all picked up the assigned reading for the month. Not too long ago, this novel was The Life of Pi, and the ubiquity of this brightly coloured, incessantly discussed novel made me want to avoid it, for the sole reason that nobody else seemed to. - by Laura Cardiff -

Deafening brings disability to the centre of mainstream fiction

December 1, 2003 Environment

Growth at Any Cost

miami_vice_fp.jpg"NAFTA on steroids" a site for protest and paramilitary-style police action

On November 20th, behind five ranks of riot police, a 10 foot high reinforced fence, water cannons, and light armoured vehicles, ministers representing thirty-four countries agreed to a "lite" version of the Free Trade Agreement of the Americas (FTAA). - by Yuill Herbert -

“NAFTA on steroids” a site for protest and paramilitary-style police action

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