Pierre BEAUDET, 30 May 2003
Landowners already doubt him, while landless peasants see him as the one who will finally restore justice to the most inequitable country in the world. Brazilian Minister for Land Reform Miguel Rossetto will be coming to Montreal at the beginning of June, on an invitation from Alternatives. A former trade unionist and vice-governor of the state of Rio Grande do Sul, the young minister knows he has quite a challenge ahead of him. One thing is for certain: it is land reform, promised for years now, that will make or break the new government of Luis Inacio da Silva, whom they call Lula.
Catherine Pappas, 30 May 2003
In Burnt Islands and Isle-aux-Morts, as in all of New Foundland, fearless fishermen have always braved the cold and storms to make their living from the great wide ocean. Today this seemingly permanent way of life has been shattered, leaving an uncertain economic future in its wake. In the face of this crisis, Atlantic fisherpeople are questioning the effectiveness of the government’s measures to keep the fisheries open and viable.
Andrew ELKIN, 30 May 2003
The suicide bombings that rocked Casablanca on May 16 also shook the foundations of Moroccan society. Although the targets seem to have been chosen for their Western and Jewish links, the victims were mostly Moroccan. On May 21 the Moroccan government responded by pushing its proposed anti-terror law back into Parliament for a hastily organized vote.
Sara SCHROETER, 28 May 2003
As Friday dawns in Dakar, Senegal’s capital city begins its weekly ritual of parading its paradoxes. West African haute couture is flaunted in honor of the week’s most important day of prayer, and the city’s poor take to the streets to beg as Muslim teachings on giving are more widely practiced (...)
Karine PROJEAN, 28 May 2003
"My parents gave me my passion for peace," admits Martin Duckworth. Twenty-six thought-provoking documentaries later Duckworth became the 2002 Quebec Artist for Peace. For Duckworth this award was particularly rewarding. While his work has been recognized around the globe, this was the first (...)
Shannon DEVINE, 28 May 2003
Across the country, citizens are demanding greater influence over decisions in their communities, making politicians accountable to their constituents once again. Inspired by the participatory democracy flourishing in the Brazilian city of Porto Alegre, where residents set priorities for 20 (...)
Murray DOBBIN, 28 May 2003
Citizens and taxpayers in the Lower Mainland are on the verge of getting fleeced through what is euphemistically called a public private partnership - a P3 - for the Richmond-Airport-Vancouver Rapid Transit line. Having seen lots of these proposals, I can say that this one is about as bad as (...)