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Jillian Skeet

Writer, Political Activist

Jillian Skeet is a national and international affairs consultant who has worked with organizations at the United Nations in Geneva and New York, and also worked for a brief period in the Canadian Parliament. In 1999, she travelled to Iraq on a fact-finding and humanitarian mission. She played a major role in organizing a number of Canadian initiatives including keeping Canada out of the 2003 Iraq War and US Missile Defence, and was the celebrity coordinator for the Canadian Make Poverty History campaign. She lives in Vancouver.
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Violent Extremist Infiltrators In Peaceful Protests? Not So Fast

A recent intelligence report warns that peaceful anti-petroleum protests could be infiltrated by extremists to incite violence. While the report itself was just released, the actual study likely pre-dates the new Liberal government. It was probably intended as a companion to Bill C-51, which many Canadians have seen as an attempt to curtail the right to demonstrate on hot-button issues like proposed pipelines.
12/11/2015 05:00 EST
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The Truth About Terror Isn't That Complicated

Like all westerners, I watched in horror at the terror that was unleashed across Paris. But my horror quickly turned to frustration when, immediately in the aftermath, western leaders took advantage of the situation to reinforce a false narrative, and to justify the very policies that have brought us to such a crisis. Our governments do not want us to understand that wittingly or unwittingly (the jury is still out on what role they have really played) they created the conditions for the rise of ISIS, and they did so through exactly the same disastrous policies that they now claim are the only way to destroy it.
11/24/2015 04:10 EST