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University of Ottawa Activist Student Persecutions

trainradioThe Case of Marc Kelly

On October 21, 2008, for the first time in school history, the University of Ottawa (U of O) Faculty of Science, without cause, deregistered undergraduate Marc Kelly, an exemplary student, expelling him for the semester and preventing him from completing the final three courses he needed to graduate. The official email sent him read:

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Tourists Urged to Skip Morocco

King Mohammed VIMoroccan tourist officials may well boast of their luxury hotels designed to lure European and North American tourists but the regime of King Mohammed VI has much less to say about the hell-on-earth that is his prison system and of the torture of those inside.

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Don't Do That Voo Doo that You Do Do

World financial systems were devastated in 2008 and 2009. Now, in 2010, nobody is sure where we're headed. There seems to be general agreement that we will not get back to where we were. Wall Street is doing okay apparently. Profits are soaring. Main Street continues to suffer and ominous clouds remain on the horizon.

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The Big Gamble

Salam Fayyad, rightI MET Salam Fayyad, the Palestinian Prime Minister, two weeks ago, and was again impressed by the calm and modesty he radiates.

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Is Murder the New Torture?

By David Swanson

I've been reading about the history of torture, including John T. Parry's new book "Understanding Torture: Law, Violence, and Political Identity."  Parry gives a history of torture in Europe and the United States through the twentieth century, establishing its pervasiveness, and the repetitiveness of the excuses and legalistic machinations used to allow it.  Parry sees torture as an absolutely normal activity in our society, but an activity that at least until now was always treated as an aberration, no matter how systemic.  Parry even tries to suggest at times that torture is required, necessary, or "essential" for western democracies.

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