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RIGHT MINDED: Haiti’s real problem

On February 9, Max Silverman wrote an article that viewed the aid effort in Haiti through the prism of Naomi Klein's "shock doctrine" theory. The shock doctrine posits a theory of "disaster capitalism," where practitioners take advantage of emergency or upheaval to force free market reforms onto a rebuilding country.
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THE SITUATION: Let’s talk about the GA

In last Thursday's McGill Daily, Sana Saeed wrote a General Assembly follow-up column in which she boiled down the cause of passions over the Middle East conflict to identity politics, and claimed that clampdowns on campus debate amount to a second front of the conflict here at McGill.
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OFF THE BOARD: A stereotypically Canadian ceremony

Stereotypes can sometimes be funny. Although insensitive and often in bad taste, where would "guy-walked-into-a-bar" jokes be without them? Despite their comedic value, the Olympic Games are not an appropriate forum for stereotypes, and it would be far beyond good taste to greet the Italian teams with pizzas and Mario Kart.
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PIÑATA DIPLOMACY: Reforming ourselves

What the hell was that? My first General Assembly is, of course, today's topic. But don't go! I understand your weariness - the front page article, the editorial, and all the guest commentary pieces from student politicians with an overestimation of their own importance, as if we the constituents waited impatiently all weekend for their straight-talk account of things.
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: What a Winer

Re: "Why Gaza Remembrance Week misses the point" by Adam Winer (09.02.10) Mr. Winer seems to have entirely missed the point in believing that SPHR should be neutral in its display and presentation of speakers for the Gaza Remembrance event. When an entire population becomes the target of Israeli amunition and unjustified sanctions, then logically people have to stand up in defence of human rights and to lobby governments and intellectuals to stop the suffering of the Palestinian people.
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COMMENTARY: Eye-fucking hate Avatar

I am worried about the future. There are many things that make me think that the future will not be as exciting as Back to the Future 2 and The Jetsons, such as global warming, international strife, the possible collapse of capitalism, and other similarly serious problems.
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Be careful, name calling can hurt

I think the Financial Ethics Review Committee cares a lot about human rights, social justice, and environmental protection. I also think that the Israeli army and the Israeli government sometimes do things that are morally questionable, if not repugnant. However, I think that Wednesday's motion is not primarily a function of anybody's commitment to human rights, social justice, and environmental protection, but of condemning the State of Israel.
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EDITORIAL: Buying Haven Books was a costly, irresponsible mistake

Haven Books was doomed from the start. In March 2007, the Students' Society paid approximately $40,000 for a consignment bookstore in a poor location, with an unmemorable name and a bad business model. They did so despite a Memorandum of Agreement with McGill that prevented SSMU from advertising the bookstore on campus, and a report from their auditing firm that showed Haven had lost about $95,000 in the previous year.
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: The weekly letter about Brendan’s column

Re: "Right Minded: An offensive motion" by Brendan Steven (09.02.10) Columnist Brendan Steven makes an argument that the upcoming (as of this letter) General Assembly motion on discriminatory groups constitutes a vote on freedom of speech. However, his analysis is significantly misguided.
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COMMENTARY: The “P Word”

Has history not taught us anything? Aren't we the ones who hold our predecessors accountable for the human rights atrocities that occurred due to their complicity in events such as European anti-Semitism, the centuries of slave trading, and most recently, the Rwandan and Darfur massacres? How contrite do we feel that past generations stood idly by and permitted Apartheid in South Africa? Better yet, why do we still slip into a vacuum of radical nationalism that blinds objective thinking? It's as though we have yet to learn that this road will only lead to self-destruction - but somehow we keep submitting to this primitive train of thought.
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