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China’s Tempest in a Teapot

China’s Tempest in a Teapot

By | September 3, 2014 at 2:29 pm

Political science professor Jeremy Paltiel considers the challenges of democracy to rising China and borrows some words of advice the sage Confucius offered more than 2500 years ago.

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Reading into the Age of Maturity

Reading into the Age of Maturity

By | September 2, 2014 at 3:44 pm

Editors, publishers, and teachers working in the realm of young adult literature weigh in on the “age-appropriateness” of books they read as teens.

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Resetting Iran’s Agenda?

Resetting Iran’s Agenda?

By | August 26, 2014 at 1:41 pm

In this podcast, Souad Sharabani speaks with foreign correspondent Patrick Cockburn to gain insight into the motivations behind Iran’s foreign policy and what they could signal about the country’s relationship the United States and other Arab nations in the Middle East .

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CRA Audits of Charities – What’s the big deal?

CRA Audits of Charities – What’s the big deal?

By | August 12, 2014 at 5:21 pm

PEN Canada’s Executive Director Tasleem Thawar considers the discussions the CRA audit has spurred and the questions that still need to be answered.

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Charities, Politics, and PEN

Charities, Politics, and PEN

By | July 23, 2014 at 3:56 pm

In this excerpt, Hank Bulmash looks at recent examples of charities that have undergone audits and how the government has used the Canada Revenue Agency to wage a “war against charities.”

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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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