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COMMENTARY: Why we need the Trib

Let's talk about accountability. I realize that sounds about as enticing as "let's shovel horse manure" or "let's talk about our relationship," but bear with me. Right now, a student politician is wasting your money. Or maybe - if it's a good day - they're just saying something stupid on your behalf.
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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: 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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