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Banks Are "Where the Money Is" In The Drug War
Big Lenders Face Few Hard Consequences for Violating Anti-Money Laundering Laws
Man of the largest banks in the world have been accused of failing to comply with anti-money laundering laws — thereby enabling, collectively, hundreds of billions of dollars worth of suspicious trans...
Connexions Library: Race, Racism, Ethnicity, Multiculturalism Focus
Connexions Information Sharing Services
Selected articles, books, websites and other resources on race, racism, ethnicity, multiculturalism, identity.
Covering Israel-Palestine: The BBC's Double Standards
An Exchange With The BBC's Middle East Editor Jeremy Bowen
The priorities of the news media mean that the more Palestinians are killed, the less importance their deaths have to news organisations. Conversely, the fewer Israelis killed the more seriousness the...
'Free speech' - as long as it doesn't offend anyone
Canadian Dimension - Volume 43, Number 1 - January/February 2009
On the issue of free speech most of the right and much of the left are in agreement, and so too are many liberals, activists, and human rights apparatchiks. They hold essentially the same position on ...
Free speech for me - you shut up
The right to express offensive views is at the very heart of the principle of free speech.
Free Speech in an Age of Identity Politics
Transcript of Malik's TB Davie Memorial lecture on academic freedom at the University of Cape Town.
How Can the US Accuse Russia of Violating International Law?
Not Funny, But it's Still Hard Not to Laugh
If you want to make moral or legal pronouncements, or to condemn bad behaviour, you have to be a moral, law-abiding person yourself.
How Truth Slips Down The Memory Hole
John Pilger, applies to current events Orwell's description in '1984' of how the Ministry of Truth consigned embarrassing truth to a memory hole. He highlights the killing of a Palestinian cameraman b...
"If not now, when?" On BDS and 'singling out' Israel
This is an edited version of a letter I've sent to a relative in the US who's been trying to figure out the BDS issue in the wake of the recent onslaught against the American Studies Association's dec...
ISIS and the IDF: Canada's Double Standard
Who are the Real Terrorists?
Why can westerners join the Israeli Defense Forces while westerners joining Islamic State are despised and killed? In what sense is the IDF scenario any less reprehensible than the IS one?
Israel/Palestine: Resources for peace, justice, and human rights
Diemer, Ulli (ed.)
Connexions Information Sharing Services
A selection of resources for those looking for a solution to the situation in Isreal/Palestine based on peace, justice, and human rights.
Israeli Deaths Matter More
The reality is that by devoting disproportionate coverage to Israeli deaths over Palestinian deaths, the BBC's claims to 'impartial' reporting are simply demolished. With great consistency, lives in t...
Let's talk about Gaza, Sderot and the racist valuation of lives
David, Ben Lilach
A frank discussion about everything we don’t mention when talking about rockets and bombs and Gaza. Let’s talk about fear, about poverty, about angst and about racism.
Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - June 18, 2015
Diemer, Ulli (editor); Richwood, Darien Yawching (production)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
Corruption - or at least some types of corruption - are much in the news, with the ongoing scandals in the Canadian Senate and the recent U.S. targeting of the Swiss-based football federation FIFA for...
Puerto Rico's default is fine, as long as Wall Street is repaid
On August 1, 2015, Puerto Rico defaulted on part of its enormous $72 billion debt, paying back only $628,000 on a relatively small $58 million loan that was due at the start of the month. The default,...
The Right Kind Of Terror
Cromwell, David; Edwards, David
When is an act of terrorism not terrorism? When the victims are officially sanctioned state enemies.
Russia misses out while former drug cheats take their place in Rio
While Russia’s track and field team, including athletes with no doping history, sit out the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, there's a host of athletes who will be allowed to compete in Brazil despite having h...
The Selective Compassion of the Media & Human Rights Establishment
Ignoring the Victims of State Crimes
“Human rights” doctrine has devolved into a mere tool used by the U.S. to carry out its imperial aims, and many times by means (such as war) which cause many more human rights violations than they pur...
Some Deaths Really Matter
The Disproportionate Coverage of Israeli And Palestinian Killings
Media Lens editor
Israeli deaths matter much more than Palestinian deaths. This has long been a distinguishing feature of Western news media reporting on the Middle East. The recent blanket coverage afforded to the bru...
Some deaths really matter - The disproportionate coverage of Israeli and Palestinian Killings
Documening that the deaths of Israelis is far more heavily weighted than those of Palestinian deaths, garnering more media coverage.
Somebody Else's Atrocities
Atrocities commited by official enemies are routinely condemned, but atrocities for which our own country is responsible are rarely mentioned.
Why is India so bad for women?
Of all the G20 nations, India has been labelled the worst place to be a woman. How is this possible in a country that prides itself on being the world's largest democracy?
Why make a fuss about the murder of a brown-skinned Muslim girl?
History gives us numerous examples of social movements which come, over time, to adopt positions directly opposed to the principles on which they were founded. It appears this has happened to the 'fem...
Will ANC government ever prosecute South Africans in Israeli Army?
When South African security services prevented a Cape Town girl from boarding a plane allegedly to join ISIS, many South Africans were pleased but at the same time surprised at how swift the reaction ...
The Missing News
Filters and Blind Spots in Canada's Press
Hackett, Robert A.; Gruneau, Richard; with Donald Gutstein, Timothy A. Gibson and Newswatch Canada
Asks a number of questions, including: How well do the news media filter reality, for what purposes, through what processes and in whose interests? How do newspapers and TV stations choose what news i...
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