Vol. 7 No. 3
David BERNANS, 4 November 2002
Is Concordia’s ban on free speech simply a temporary measure to calm down a tense conflict between pro-Israeli and pro-Palestinian factions, or is it an attempt to silence points of view unpopular with the university’s corporate donors? If it is only about the Middle East conflict, then why the October 16th arrest of Concordia Student Union Vice President Yves Engler?
France-Isabelle LANGLOIS, 3 November 2002
The recent election of the left-leaning Union Activist Lula in Brazil seems to be the exception that proves the rule. Everywhere else in Europe and the Americas, the right is sweeping elections. From Bush to Berlusconi, via Mario Dumont, why are voters shifting so far toward the right?
David SUZUKI, 2 November 2002
While Alberta and the fossil fuel sector trade jabs with clean energy advocates over the Kyoto climate treaty, the science of climate change marches on. The political world may have been slow to tackle the challenge of global warming, but the scientific community early on recognized the enormity of the problem and set about to better understand the earth’s climate system.
Daphnée DION-VIENS, 2 November 2002
In September, the political landscape of Cote-d’Ivoire (the Ivory Coast) was thrown into disarray. An attempted coup against President Laurent Gbagbo, and the occupation of several northern cities by renegade units of the army, exposed the social and political instability that has plagued the country since a previous coup in December 1999. But the real face of the rebellion remains obscure.
Chad LUBELSKY, 1 November 2002
Since the fall of the Soviet Union, Russians have experienced more than 10 years of economic collapse, and a series of authoritarian governments. A small number of businessmen, civil servants and politicians have become massively rich, but most people’s living standards have plumitted.
ALTERNATIVES, 1 November 2002
After a decade of war and instability, the people of South-East Europe are struggling to rebuild their devastated economies and reinforce their fragile democracies, in the shadow of a European Union that imposes "free trade" and political subservience as preconditions of development aid. (...)