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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Fostering open dialogue.

Re: "Why Gaza Remembrance Week misses the point" by Adam Winer (26.1.10) Although Adam Winer's commentary concludes on a somewhat optimistic note - calling on us to have open dialogue and broaden our knowledge about the Arab-Israeli conflict - the manner in which he wrote his op-ed makes clear that he has yet to follow this important piece of advice.
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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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EDITORIAL: A double standard for Olympic women’s hockey

One of the best things about the Olympic Games is its commitment to gender equality. Eschewing the common male-dominated athletic hierarchy, almost every event in both the Summer and Winter Games awards medals to both genders as equals. And after some of the great female athletic performances we've witnessed during the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics - by Joannie Rochette, Petra Majdic, and Clara Hughes, to name just a few - it has been refreshing to see people who normally ignore women's sports sit up and take notice.
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MY POINT … AND I DO HAVE ONE: supressing debate: Ontario’s language politics

The Ontario legislature - like most political bodies representing a diverse range of opinions - is a place where it's hard to achieve consensus. One in five children in Toronto go to school hungry in the morning and asthma and cancer-causing coal power generate much of the province's electricity, but no consensus can be found among the provincial political parties to address such dire issues.
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FRESH HELL: The over-hyped Olympics

The Winter Olympics are pointless. They feature sports that are generally boring to watch or better showcased in other competitions (at the X Games, for example). They cost a lot of money, create headaches for people living in host cities, and don't attract enough tourist dollars to offset the large taxpayer expense.
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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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BLACK & WHITE: Halfway on humanities

Over the past four years, I have alternated between feelings of repulsion and uncertain excitement when thinking about graduate school. After attending the department of English Symposium - an event where English professors present the papers they have been working on - I experienced these feelings side by side and learned that conflicting feelings, if they had a colour, would be the baffling tint of ashy water.
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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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