Analysis and Articles
Roger BURBACH, 23 June 2003
After nearly six months in office President Luis Inacio "Lula" da Silva is encountering opposition from within his own party while he stakes out foreign policy positions that challenge the Bush administration. As Emir Sader, a political analyst at the State University of Rio de Janeiro, proclaims: "The government has adopted a fairly traditional economic approach that arouses the ire of some in Lula’s Workers Party, while he is using Mercosur, the South American trade bloc, to confront the Bush administrations’ efforts to impose its commercial agenda on the region."
Shula SUTKER, 20 June 2003
June 28, 2003 marks the one year anniversary of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, commonly known as IRPA. Several major differences from the previous immigration law have made it even more difficult for refugees to be accepted into Canada.
Phyllis BENNIS, 18 June 2003
The "roadmap" is a negotiating plan created by a diplomatic four-some — the U.S., Russia, the European Union, and the United Nations — known as the Quartet. The group came together in August 2002 at the height of the international crisis that resulted from Israel’s re-occupation of Palestinian cities in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. The roadmap was designed, ostensibly, to be presented to the two sides in a more or less take-it-or-leave-it fashion, to impose on the recalcitrant parties an internationally-sanctioned resolution of the conflict.
17 June 2003
Amnesty International has been campaigning for a number of months on behalf of a Canadian citizen, Maher Arar, who has been held without charge or trial in Syria since the end of October 2002. Most of you have likely heard of the case as it has received considerable media coverage. The case (...)
Timothy A. WISE, 16 June 2003
When the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) passed in 1993, Mexico was free trade’s poster child-the model for a globalizing world. A decade later, Mexico’s smiling face no longer shines from those posters. Instead, the images are of angry farmers protesting U.S. grain exports, the unemployed selling goods on the street, maquiladora workers demanding basic labor rights, and indigenous communities marching for respect and a route out of poverty.
Feroz MEHDI, 12 June 2003
The process reaches its fourth year. As the world watched the baby grow, there came a giant leap across oceans. And when peoples social movements makes that leap, earth trembles, dollars turn white, oceans churn. The road towards universal social justice continues to be paved by millions of struggling people all over the world. The word is Hope, the word is Confidence. The evil empire will die its death.
11 June 2003
Currently in Montreal, Quebec there are over 100 Palestinian refugees facing deportation in the coming days, weeks and months. Most of the refugees are from the refugee camps of Lebanon and from Occupied Palestine. They have claimed refugee status in Canada over the last couple of years. (...)
Andrew ELKIN, 9 June 2003
6 June 2003
Alternatives’ partners from India and Pakistan will be recieving Nuremberg Human Rights Award for the year 2003 in Germany: Ms Teesta Setalvad, Editor of Communalism Combat, based in Bombay India and Mr. I. A. Rehman, Director of Human Rights Commission of Pakistan. We have been working wih them (...)
3 June 2003
Sunday, June 1st, 2003 The extent of police brutality against unarmed immigrant protesters and their supporters emerged on Friday after their release from jail. Ten members of the Action Committee of Non-Status Algerians, and two supporters with the No One Is Illegal Campaign of Montreal — (...)