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Malcolm X addresses a rally in Harlem in New York City on June 29, 1963.

By Any Means Necessary: Malcolm X and the Struggle Today

By Any Means Necessary: Malcolm X and the Struggle Today

By Noaman G. Ali Fifty-two years ago today, Malcolm X was gunned down in Harlem. He was killed most likely by agents of the US government, but also, the fact is, the Nation of Islam wanted him dead, too. It may be worth thinking about Malcolm X and his relevance to the way we engage

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Scarborough Residents Hold Vigil for Quebec Mosque Shooting Victims

By: Nooria Alam and Harshita Singh On February 5th, People’s Defence, an organization based out of Markham and Eglinton, held a vigil to honour the six Muslim brothers killed at the Quebec City Islamic Centre on January 29th. As temperatures dropped well below zero, more than 130 residents from the Scarborough neighbourhood gathered in the

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Muslims Are Not Safe in Justin Trudeau’s Canada

The Quebec massacre and the hate that the Canadian state produced By Noaman G. Ali & Shafiqullah Aziz Muslims are not safe in Justin Trudeau’s Canada, and it is not because of Donald Trump’s anti-Muslim language and actions in America. For the last sixteen years, Canadian politicians, including Trudeau, have created and fueled a climate

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The Fentanyl Crisis: Another Crime of Capitalism

By Aiyanas Ormond These days I arrive to  work braced for the worst.  As a community organizer working for the Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users, I expect  to hear that we’ve lost yet another member, and I live in dread that the next death will be  of a friend’s. On Thursday December the 16th

CUBA. Santa Clara. 1959. Fidel CASTRO greets the crowd in the court yard on one of the stops.

Vas Bien, Fidel

By Noaman G. Ali When I went to Cuba quite briefly last year, I don’t know what I was expecting. I wasn’t exactly a tourist of the resort variety, because I was there for an academic conference and I wasn’t particularly interested in sitting on a beach and drinking. Nor was I there on a

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Profile of a Revolutionary: Kathleen Cleaver

By Harshita Singh Kathleen Cleaver was a member of the Black Panther Party (BPP) from 1967 to 1971, serving as the Communications Secretary on the first Coordinating Committee. She is currently a professor of law at Emory College, and one of the few surviving leaders of the original Party. As a child, Cleaver was heavily

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Profile of a Revolutionary: Huey P. Newton

By Nooria Alam and Saeed Mohamed Huey Percy Newton was the co-founder and Minister of Defense of the Black Panther Party (BPP). He was also a revolutionary, philosopher, intellectual, aggressor, and a tortured man. Huey’s accomplishments as well as his downfalls are part of his legacy in seeking self-determination for Afro-Americans. His popularity, particularly from

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Once a Panther, Always a Panther

Reflections on the 50th Anniversary of the Black Panther Party October 22, 2016 By Tom “Big Warrior” Watts This month marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Black Panther Party for Self Defense in Oakland, California. As an original White Panther, my involvement with the Panthers began in 1968, when I hooked up

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Presto May Be a Good Idea – But Only If You Can Afford It

By Saeed Mohamed It has been over a year since the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) introduced Presto, an initiative spearheaded by the provincially owned agency Metrolinx. Presto will replace tokens, tickets and possibly cash fares by 2017, and this transition is going to be disproportionately burdensome for low-income people in the city. Presto is a

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