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Wishful Thinking About the Middle East

Wishful Thinking About the Middle East

By | July 18, 2014 at 9:38 am

In 2006, the Toronto District School Board restricted access to Three Wishes: Palestinian and Israeli Children Speak following complaints that the book dealt with issues that were too complex. Auhtor Deborah Ellis looks back on the debate and what it means for today’s conversations.

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Where did ISIS come from?

Where did ISIS come from?

By | July 14, 2014 at 4:13 pm

Souad Sharabani and foreign correspondent Eric Margolis discuss the rise of ISIS and its relationship with other other political groups in the country.

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In the Shadow of Morsi and Mubarak

In the Shadow of Morsi and Mubarak

By | July 8, 2014 at 3:48 pm

On June 23, 2014, Al Jazeera journalists Mohamed Fahmy, Peter Greste and Baher Mohamed were sentenced to seven, seven and 10 years respectively for conspiring with the Muslim Brotherhood and “spreading false news.”  Although their trial and sentencing has provoked widespread condemnation, this is not the first time that journalists have suffered such a fate in […]

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Paradox in India

Paradox in India

By | June 22, 2014 at 3:14 pm

Why do we defend free expression? PEN Canada’s latest annual report asks a simple question that lies at the heart of our work. In this excerpt, Haroon Siddiqui looks at the political contradictions of contemporary India, and some of the ways in which free expression in the world’s largest democracy “has never been so imperilled”.

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Virtual Mobbing

Virtual Mobbing

By | June 17, 2014 at 10:20 am

Tom Flanagan considers the phenomena of “virtual mobbing” over Twitter, Facebook and email, and how it has created a hostile environment for speakers who attempt to address the public.

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Tiananmen, 25 Years Later: What Have We Learned?

Tiananmen, 25 Years Later: What Have We Learned?

By | June 4, 2014 at 8:48 am

Charlie Foran argues that the Tiananmen crackdown on June 4, 1989 has had much more influence outside of China than within. Alan Chin shares historical photos of Tiananmen Square.

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Tiananmen, 25 Years Later: What I Saw

Tiananmen, 25 Years Later: What I Saw

By | June 3, 2014 at 4:53 pm

Writer Sheng Xue shares a harrowing account of what it was like to be there. Photographer Alan Chin shares his archive photographs.

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How to Request Information Disclosed by Telecom Providers

How to Request Information Disclosed by Telecom Providers

By | May 22, 2014 at 3:06 pm

An outline of existing laws Canadians can use to request details on the disclosure of their personal information.

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Journalists Face Criminal Defamation Charges in Thailand

Journalists Face Criminal Defamation Charges in Thailand

By | April 25, 2014 at 9:48 am

Lana Willocks retraces the most recent developments in the case of two journalists in Thailand fancing criminal defamation charges and examines the bigger picture of how Thailand’s Computer Crimes Act is threatening press freedom.

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Video: Miriam Toews on her PEN Pick Marwencol

Video: Miriam Toews on her PEN Pick Marwencol

By | April 10, 2014 at 5:02 pm

On March 24, 2014, Miriam Toews, winner of the Governor General Award for Fiction, hosted the third event in the PEN Picks series presented in partnership with Hot Docs, at which celebrated authors are invited to present a documentary of their choice.

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