Vol. 7 No. 6
Chad LUBELSKY, 4 March 2003
During the last decade, the militant movement in the disputed Indian territory of Kashmir has gone through several phases - what began as a secular movement for democratic self-determination (whether to be part of India, Pakistan, or an independent state) has now taken on militant religious overtones. The silver lining in these dark clouds is the local organizations working for peace, dialogue, and reconciliation - unfortunately, they have their work cut out for them.
David SUZUKI, 3 March 2003
One of the unfortunate results of globalization has been an increase in the influence of corporations on government policy. Industry has insinuated itself throughout our government in relationships that many argue are just a tad too cozy. Thus, for example, promoting the controversial salmon farming industry has become part of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans’ mandate. Similarly, Agriculture Canada has an arm dedicated to the promotion of biotechnology. And Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources routinely goes to bat for the oil industry, in spite of the industry’s anti-Kyoto stance.
Daphnée DION-VIENS, 3 March 2003
There is a building global consensus that the Iraqi people have suffered long enough under the dictatorship of Saddam Hussein and that his regime needs to be dismantled. It’s the one place where the hawks and the doves agree. The question is not whether the regime will survive, but how the transition will come about and who will be leading it.
Sara COLLIN, 2 March 2003
"Society needs to accept sex work as work and just move on from there," said Jenn Clamen, organizer of the Festival for the Rights of Sex Workers, which took place in Montreal during the third week of February.
ALTERNATIVES, 1 March 2003
Afghanistan is exhausted from decades of war, repeated droughts, and overwhelming poverty. Eight years of fighting the Soviets, followed by a 13-year internal conflict, have exhausted the population and exasperated ethnic rivalries.
Ingrid HEIN, 1 March 2003
PHOTO: Eza Paventi For nearly 20 years, Godfrey Seneso has been guarding cars on 7th street in the Melville district of Johannesburg. He guides cars to an open spot, then keeps an eye on the car while its owner wines and dines or goes shopping. He makes sure nobody steals the car or anything (...)
Jeremy GANS, 1 March 2003
On February 4th, representatives of South Asian nations - including ministers, members of parliament, religious and civil leaders, youth groups, and people living with HIV/AIDS - convened in Kathmandu, Nepal, to develop a coherent strategy for waging war against the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
Andrew ELKIN, 1 March 2003