Gaza Blog 28/29 December 2009

Well, the government of Egypt, kowtowing to Israel and the United States, has gone to great efforts to thwart the travel of 1364 internationals, gathered in Cairo from 43 countries, to the Rafah border crossing from Egypt into Gaza. The first evidence was not permitting the Gaza Freedom Marchers (GFM) to meet Sunday night at the Jesuit College in Cairo. Instead, we met in an open square downtown without a sound system. This too was without a permit and unlawful but the police looked on without harassment. National groups (US, Canada, Italy, etc.) and affinity groups (Interfaith, artists, journalists,...
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Spurious and scurrilous reasons given by Harper Government for elimination of KAIROS funding

  This is to let you know about a troubling development with regard to CIDA’s funding cuts to KAIROS. On Wednesday December 16th, Minister Jason Kenney (Minister for Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism) gave a speech in Jerusalem at the Global Forum for Combating Anti-Semitism. In his speech, he talked about a growing anti-Semitism in Canada and the government’s efforts to work against this trend. Then he pointed to the de-funding of KAIROS as an example of these efforts. He suggested that KAIROS has been involved in a campaign of boycotts, divestment and sanctions against...
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Celibacy and the Rediscovery of the Androgyne

After a few meteoric attempts to appropriate its power, the declaration that in Christ there is no more male or female faded into innocuous metaphor, perhaps to await the coming of its proper moment. Wayne Meeks. Androgyny seeks to liberate the individual from the confines of the appropriate. Carolyn Heilbrun. Two key concepts are being explored in this essay: Celibacy and Androgyny. Celibacy is popularly understood as a rejection of anything to do with sex because we assume that God is asexual, and that sex is a gross distraction from an authentic spiritual life. In more positive terms, celibacy is...
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Beyond the crisis: propositions for a resurgence of the progressive movement

  Virtually all governments in the developed democracies agree on one thing: our political and economic situation is the worst since the 1930s. So far most governments, including Canada’s, believe any action taken must simply deal with the present crisis. This has meant short-run stimulus and minor regulatory adjustment. Then return to the 2008 status quo. Instead of asking how we can go back to the pre-crisis status quo, it’s precisely when confronted with a shock of this magnitude we should be asking a different question. Instead of demanding a modified version of the world as it...
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JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It  Matters

  Despite a treasure-trove of new information having emerged over the last forty-six years, there are many people who still think who killed President John Fitzgerald Kennedy and why are unanswerable questions. There are others who cling to the Lee Harvey Oswald “lone-nut” explanation proffered by the Warren Commission. Both groups agree, however, that whatever the truth, it has no contemporary relevance but is old-hat, history, stuff for conspiracy-obsessed people with nothing better to do. The general thinking is that the assassination occurred almost a half-century ago, so...
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