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Archive - 2004

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June 25, 2004 Features

Day to Day: Life in Occupied Palestine

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photo essay by Jon Elmer

A photo essay

June 24, 2004 Comics

"Hero"

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June 24, 2004 Accounts

Fair's Fair

coffee_ft_fp.jpg Meribeth Deen visits Fair Trade coffee farms in Nicaragua.

Marketing and reality in the coffee trade

June 24, 2004 Arts

Zen and the Art of Gender Maintenance

tootall_fp.jpgAre you really in love? Does your best friend really hate you? Are you an annoying person? There is now a new quiz on the market to help with an even more important question: What gender are you, really? Kate Bornstein's My Gender Workbook uses the artistically neglected literary form of the women's magazine quiz to address the realities of gender politics. Since the demographic that magazine quizzes usually address is overwhelmingly female, and a fairly specific spin on female at that, Bornstein's quiz creates a tension within women-focused "literature".

- by Max Liboiron -

June 24, 2004 Environment

Crop Control

silo_fp.jpgThe battle over genetically engineered (GE) foods raged on in the month of May, with uncertain victories declared on two fronts. On May 10th, biotech giant Monsanto announced that it was "deferring all further plans to introduce Roundup Ready wheat" into the marketplace. While opponents to GE foods were still celebrating, however, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled in favour of Monsanto on May 21st, in the controversial Schmeiser case. As the dust settles on fields across Canada, farmers, consumers, and activists are struggling to understand the implications of these decisions.

- by Hillary Lindsay -

Genetically modified crops threaten organic growers

May 27th

May 27, 2004 Features

Accounts Unsettled

Independent reporting from Iraq

ambulance_fp.jpgThe past two weeks have seen a remarkable effort on the part of the US government and numerous media outlets to directly contradict reality. The single most remarkable instance of the contradiction came from US military spokesman Mark Kimmitt, who said that "the stations that are showing Americans intentionally killing women and children are not legitimate news sources. That is propaganda, and that is lies."

Independent reporting from Iraq

May 27, 2004 Accounts

Independent Journalism Under Occupation

woman_shot_by_us_sniper_fp.jpg Dahr Jamail describes the current state of independent journalism in Iraq.

May 27, 2004 Comics

Chi

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"Chi," by Heather Meek

May 27, 2004 Arts

Plunderphonics

greyalbum_fp.jpgMix the Beatles' The White Album with rapper Jay-Z's Black Album and what do you get? DJ Danger Mouse's experimental CD, The Grey Album. You also get a cease-and-desist order from EMI Music. Tracks from the 3000 now-illegal copies of this CD have spawned countless downloads and are just one of hundreds of examples in the current debate over what is art and what is piracy.

- by Jane Henderson -

May 27, 2004 Environment

Like Water for Profit

ghana_fp.jpgAccording to Amenga-Etego, the World Bank has left this critical component out of its plan for water delivery in Ghana. "Their formula does not include communities. Basically, they promote a development that transfers money from banks to governments to multinational corporations. The multinational corporations then deliver the resources to the people who have no say."

- by Hillary Lindsay -

An interview with Rudolph Amenga-Etego

April 6th

April 7, 2004 Ottawa

Ottawa's Homeless Fight Back

scharfbeltmore_fp.jpgThe number of homeless in Ontario is on the rise. So is the enforcement of the Safe Streets Act, which bans panhandling, and various other legislation designed to keep people off the streets.

- by John Dunn -

April 7, 2004 Ottawa

On the Need for a Street Newspaper in Ottawa

During a protest that I conducted on Rideau Street in the summer of 2002, I noticed some very disturbing things about the homeless population. The vast majority were youth, and almost all the long time street people that I had met over the years were nowhere to be seen. And despite the massive cuts to the welfare system, I noticed that the number of homeless persons had remained constant. This did not make any sense. I knew by experience that the vast majority of people who were cut off welfare would not have been capable of going to work because of the major barriers to employment.

- by Jane Scharf -

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