PUSSY RIOT

The Top Three Democracy Bloopers of 2012

Bloopers have always been fun. A good collective laugh is a healthy thing for a society. This would be a perfect year to start the "Democracy Blooper Awards." Here are my favourite anti-democratic moments of 2012. Even at its best democracy has proven to be an out-of-control PR performance where points are given for best spin, rather than outcome.
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Pussy Riot Girls Aren't the First Artists to Fight the Power

"Pussy Riot": a Russian feminist punk band convicted and sentenced to prison for publicly denouncing, through their music, Russian President Valdimir Putin. It proves that art can challenge political power. Artists are inevitably on the frontlines of that conflict between power and expression. History is littered with examples like Pussy Riot, of artists exiled, imprisoned, or tortured for criticizing authority and official policies of their leaders. Here are just a few examples.
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Peaches Talks Pussy Riot

When news of the arrests of the feminist punk collective riot Pussy Riot hit the mainstream, singer, filmmaker and activist Peaches was less than impressed with the response from some of the bigger ac...
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Why Pussy Riot is Our Riot

Why should we care about Pussy Riot? Short answer -- freedom and democracy. Around the world supporters have protested their detention, conviction, and sentence by saying "I am Pussy Riot." They are right. As Canadians we have a stake in freedom and democracy everywhere, including in Russia, and in the case of Pussy Riot.

The Week That Was: Go West, Young Website

So declared our main news splash on Thursday, announcing the birth of two new regional editions of HuffPost, in Alberta and British Columbia. As other major media organizations across the country lay off staff and shutter their presses, HuffPost's expansion west is good news -- great news -- for readers who are rapidly running out of sources of local news and opinion. Meanwhile it's starting to feel a lot like Christmas -- which is a parent's way of saying it's Back to School time. I need advice on how to a contrive a sympathetic and sorrowful look on my face when my kids and I bump into the stacks of school supplies at the mall. My impulse is to shout, "YES!"