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Cause and effect. Action, reaction. Trump just couldn't keep his mouth shut - he just couldn't keep his stubby little thumbs away from Twitter - and he made things markedly worse for himself by threatening Mueller. Same thing happened with Comey.
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Sanctuary cities are more than a series of flawed municipal laws and administrative directives. They represent an opportunity to strengthen communities, foster democratic participation, and reframe political organization.
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Will the members of the Congress take a sobering look at themselves and the part they have played in the anger of the country at the same time as they bemoan the state of civic decline across the nation? Can they acknowledge that their spiteful and anger-filled words are often the seeds of eventual physical violence?
Those millions who voted for Donald Trump in hopes that he would turn government on its head and make it sensitive once more to the average family have been enduring weeks of increasing disappointment. Instead of draining the swamp, Donald Trump has become mired in it.
Even if the GOP hadn't gerrymandered the House, even if Trump had won the popular vote, even if there weren't all these new voter restriction laws in place, the Senate still gives voters in smaller, whiter states more power than those in big diverse ones. This democratic defect was built in since day one.
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As the CPC strategizes for a new party leader, some right-minded pundits of market fundamentalism are touting the inexperienced political outsider as a serious contender for party leader. That imprudent direction may well prove to widen the chasm between the CPC and wiser-than-previously-anticipated average Canadian voters.
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One of the great lessons we are now learning since World War Two is that democracy is fairly useless if it is merely inherited. Growing up in countries that have enjoyed advanced political systems doesn't guarantee that they will automatically function effectively. For it to truly work democracy must be reinvented in every generation.
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It's at times like the present when Vaclav Havel, former independence activist, playwright, and president of Czechoslovakia, might have something to offer us, despite the fact that he died some six years ago. It wasn't by accident that the New York Times called him the "global ambassador for conscience."
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They launch crusades of violence against the easiest of targets: the racialized Other, the immigrant, the slum dweller, the refugee. They promise a return to a Utopian past at the expense of their chosen scapegoats - each one of a certain colour, geographic origin or religion - only to guarantee an impoverished future for us all.
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Not all that long ago, peace was viewed as the occasional pause between a long lists of conflicts. If we aren't careful, we will soon be in danger of replicating such a timeline. Peace becomes an investment in what we can accomplish; war morphs into everything that we can lose.
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CETA, the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, has everyone talking about Canada in Brussels, the EU capital, ahead of February 15's vote - and it's not always good. So, here is a tip for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau ahead of his Thursday speech at the European Parliament.
GMOs have the potential to irreversibly alter the genetic core of the food supply. It is very worrying that Health Canada seems more concerned about jumping on the industry bandwagon by trying to convince the unwilling public about the perceived benefits of GMOs than actually carrying out its own safety studies.
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I ask a simple question: should a party with less than 40 per cent of the popular vote control 100 per cent of the power in our democracy? There is an overwhelming consensus that the answer is "no." Democracy's legitimacy lies in its authority from the people.
While the operating principle in our modern politics has been partisanship, its equivalent in our communities has been polarization. More than a few are now worried that this practice has carried over into how we treat one another as citizens.