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Globe and Mail editorial: Canada 150

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Murray Sinclair:



Follow up reading

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Weapons of mass destruction, Invasion of Iraq

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12 arguments against war, rebutted
Andrew Coyne, National Post, Friday, March 07, 2003
Cached version on James Moore site

hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilian deaths — There is no basis to these forecasts. No one can say with certainty how many will die, on either side. But the choice is not between war, with all its costs, and peace. It is between war now, and war later — or a nuclear-armed Saddam, which is the worst outcome of all. – Andrew Coyne, 2003

The invisible crown : the first principle of Canadian government

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Title: The invisible crown : the first principle of Canadian government
Author: Smith, David E., 1936-
Edition: [2nd ed.].
Publication Date: 2013
Publication Information: Toronto, ON : University of Toronto Press, ©2013.
Physical Description: xvi, 274 pages ; 23 cm
ISBN: 9781442615854
Abstract: The Crown is not only Canada’s oldest continuing political institution, but also its most pervasive, affecting the operation of Parliament and the legislatures, the executive, the bureaucracy, the courts, and federalism. However, many consider the Crown to be obscure and anachronistic. David E. Smith’s The Invisible Crown was one of the first books to study the role of the Crown in Canada, and remains a significant resource for the unique perspective it offers on the Crown’s place in politics.The Invisible Crown traces Canada’s distinctive form of federalism, with highly autonomous provinces, to the Crown’s influence. Smith concludes that the Crown has greatly affected the development of Canadian politics due to the country’s societal, geographic, and economic conditions. Praised by the Globe and Mail’s Michael Valpy as “a thoroughly lucid, scholarly explanation of how the Canadian constitutional monarchy works, ” it is bolstered by a new foreword by the author speaking to recent events involving the Crown and Canadian politics, notably the prorogation of Parliament in 2008.
General Note: First edition published 1995 ; this edition, with new preface, 2013.
Subject Term: Monarchy — Canada.
Monarchy — Great Britain.
Heads of state — Canada.
Executive power — Canada.
Geographic Term: Canada — Politics and government.
Language: English

Idea: interview mom about Grand Centre circa 1971

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When my parents moved to Grand Centre around 1971 the bar (Lakeland Inn?) was segregated. There was a side for white folks and there was a side for white men and Indigenous folks.

NCCM guide for educators (PDF) and more

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Role of media in Islamophobia:

Since then, the ongoing conflicts and terrorism inflicted by those claiming to be acting in the name of Islam, has meant that Islam — and its sincere adherents — are often negatively portrayed in the mass media, and regarded pejoratively by wider society. This has led to a distinct rise in anti-Muslim incidents and Islamophobic attitudes, as evinced in countless polls and in Hate Crime statistics.

Muslim as the other:

Secondary trauma can be associated with all of the same events as those of first-hand trauma, except that the trauma is experienced vicariously through hearing stories of others, or seeing images or hearing reports through media. Vicarious trauma can also be experienced through contact with others who have been traumatized and by association (when people are linked by race, religions or other characteristics to others who have been involved in violent events). For Muslims, being marginalized and categorized as ‘the other’ in this context can be traumatic. It is important to note that the physical, emotional, psychological, spiritual and social impacts of secondary trauma can be as real and as deeply seeded as for those who have experienced the trauma directly.

Also this charter is awesome.

Desmond Cole quoting Ta-Nehisi Coates

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American writer Ta-Nehisi Coates has compellingly described racism as “not merely a simplistic hatred. It is, more often, broad sympathy toward some and broader skepticism toward others.” We can extend this observation to patriarchy and classism. The Power of Being Preppy

Original quote in The Atlantic, “Fear of a Black President”:

Racism is not merely a simplistic hatred. It is, more often, broad sympathy toward some and broader skepticism toward others. Black America ever lives under that skeptical eye. Hence the old admonishments to be “twice as good.” Hence the need for a special “talk” administered to black boys about how to be extra careful when relating to the police.

Jihad as just war, not “holy war”

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The Complete Idiot’s Guide has a section called Islam on War.1  

Peace on Earth is the ideal that the world of Islam works toward, and war is abhorred as the last, worst option. However, there are times when there is no alternative but to fight. Every society has its own view about a just war.

These and other findings about the meaning of jihad, tell me that just war is a better definition of the secondary jihad

  1. The Complete Idiot’s Guide To Understanding Islam, Islam on War, page 170.

Media as “mercenary poets”

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The Complete Idiot’s Guide To Understanding Islam
Part 3, Chapter 14, page 170:

Virtually all muslims now feel that the modern western media have taken on the role of the mercenary poets of the past: presenting an overly negative view of Islam or unfairly connecting violent events with it.

Media Smarts on Islam

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The American-led ‘War on Terrorism’ led to an increase in Islamophobia (fear or hatred of Islam) across the globe. This increase in Islamophobia was in turn reflected in the way media outlets addressed and stereotyped Muslim populations. While some deliberately framed Islamic coverage positively in an attempt to counter Islamophobia, many of the portrayals of Muslims contributed to the formation of harmful Islamic media stereotypes.1

  1. This website means well, but they present “jihad” in an unclear, and potentially harmful light: “The most prevalent Islamic stereotype is the radical Muslim insurgent, bent on waging jihad, or holy war, against the West. This stereotype usually represents violence as an inseparable part of being Muslim, as well as religion as justification for violent actions.”

Jihad as social activism

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The Complete Idiot’s Guide To Understanding Islam
Part 3, Chapter 14, page 167:

There are many levels of jihad. An important part of our daily life as Muslims is to strive (or “make jihad”) to improve society. Judaism has its concept of Tikum Olam or perfecting the world, and many other religions have a similar idea. The key phrase for us comes from the Qur’an, which says that Muslims must “encourage good while forbidding evil.” Thus, Muslims must be active in the social affairs of any community they live in…

Islam is a proactive way of life, meaning we are taught to get involved and take action int eh defense and promotion of the truth. Why should Muslims try to get involved in the welfare of the society around them? Quite simply because God said, “You are the best community brought out of humanity. You encourage what is right and forbid what is wrong and you believe in Allah.” (Qur’an 3:110) That is quite a defining statement!

More about jihad

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The Complete Idiot’s Guide To Understanding Islam
Part 3, Chapter 14, page 166:

However, the word jihad is most often associated with the act of physically confronting evil and wrongdoing; hence, it can be applied to the act of fighting as well. But the goal of a physical jihad is not to have a big war, gain riches, or kill people; it is to further the cause of Allah and to create justice on Earth. Then, when the evil is removed, or the other side wants peace, Muslims are to make peace as well…

Islam is not a society of vigilantes. It’s not up to anyone who feels like it to declare a jihad. Although it seems everyone and their uncle is waving this word around, only an Islamic government or a worldwide leader of Islam has the authority to declare a jihad. Neither one exists in the Muslim world right now.

Jihad is one of the most misused words in the world today. It means to struggle in God’s way. If someone does something in a way other than what God ordained, then it is a crime that the individual will have to answer for on the Day of Judgment.

Jihad, definition, Complete Idiot’s Guide

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The Complete Idiot’s Guide To Understanding Islam
Yahiya J.A. Emerick, A Pearson Education Company, 2002
Google book

The word jihad literally means to struggle or strive or to work for something with determination. Although English translations define it as holy war, that is not the Arabic meaning. The Arabic word for war is harb, and the word for fighting is qital. This is important to know because “making jihad” is any action done to further the cause of God. Providing missionary services in a tough place, going to a far land to study, or donating money when it’s a hardship can be a type of jihad. Even just trying to curb your desires for the life of this world is considered a type of jihad.

Islam for Dummies, definition of jihad

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Islam for Dummies, A Reference for the Rest of US!, Malcolm Clark, Wiley Publishing 2003

Page 141: Go, team, go! What about jihad?

Jihad, typically translated as “holy war” in the West, is sometimes included as a sixth pillar in discussions of religious obligations (ibada means service or worship). Within Islam, you can find different explanations of jihad, often in conflict with one another. All agree that, whether it’s one of the pillars or not, jihad is required. All agree that the word itself means “striving” or “struggle” and is used in some places in the Qur’an without military connotation. But in other texts, jihad does include warfare, and certainly war on behalf of God is prominent in the Islamic tradition. You can out more about jihad in Chapter 17, where I look at some misconceptions about Islam.