Brazil the latest country to fall to fascism

10.28.2018

The worldwide rise of fascism continues, with Brazil only the latest example: Mr Bolsonaro’s pledge to fight crime and corruption following a string of scandals have won him mass support. However critics are worried by his praise of Brazil’s former dictatorship, and by his comments on race, women and homosexuality. In one infamous incident in […]

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Pittsburgh shooting: Actions, not words

10.27.2018

If you’re struggling to make sense of the horrific violence of today’s Pittsburgh synagogue shooting, a few thoughts: Judaism has never really been a “thoughts and prayers” kind of religion. It’s an action religion. Judaism teaches that we are all judged by the way we behave towards our fellow human brings, and the things we […]

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We minorities are in this together

10.27.2018

More than ever, we need to stop petty squabbling between minority groups, and unite together to fight hatred, xenophobia, and white supremacy. This shit’s only gonna get worse before it gets better. An article in the Forward reminds us that we can’t focus on attacking one another when this is our collective fight: American Jewish […]

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Pittsburgh synagogue shooting

10.27.2018

Four thoughts on this morning’s shooting in a Pittsburgh synagogue: 1. Of course it was a hate crime. 2. Yes, Trump incited it. 3. We’ve seen this before. 4. It’s gonna get worse. Much worse. We Jews are sick of being the canary in the coal mine. We have lots of experience at it. 2,000+ […]

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Neutrality of the state, not of individuals

10.09.2018

I’m glad to see so many people recognize the hypocrisy in François Legault wanting to prohibit religious symbols worn by public servants, and yet keep the cross in the National Assembly: Simon Jolin-Barrette, a spokesman for the transition team, said Tuesday there is no contradiction between the new government’s plan to impose strict secularism rules […]

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Religion is a private matter

10.05.2018

“Religion is a private matter. People should keep it at home, not out in the streets.” — said by members of the Quebecois majority who are nonetheless perfectly fine with: Public Christmas tree displays. Christmas lights hung by private citizens outside their homes. Easter egg hunts for kids organized by the city. Every store, from […]

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Couillard quits politics, exits on a high note

10.04.2018

As speculated, Philippe Couillard has announced he will be retiring from politics. And he’s chosen to base his exit speech on an impassioned plea for minority rights and respect for diversity: “It’s a fundamental democratic principle. Quebec must remain a welcoming and inclusive society where all are invited to the table — a place where […]

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Legault says he’ll use notwithstanding clause to target religious minorities

10.02.2018

So our new premier-elect, who swept to power last night on votes from people living in places where they’ve probably never met a member of a religious minority, thinks it’s such a priority to ban Quebecois citizens — most of whom live in ridings that DIDN’T vote CAQ — from being able to freely practice […]

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Quebec Solidaire: Think twice

10.01.2018

I have a lot of friends — federalists, minorities, anglos, even — who say they are voting Quebec Solidaire this time around. In many cases, I can even understand why. In this cynical era of politics, they’re the “feel good” option — a vote for the environment, for equality, for reduction in poverty, etc. But […]

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Vote smart. Vote strategically. Vote compassionately.

09.30.2018

I’m equally cynical and fearful of what tomorrow’s election results will bring. I cynically sense it will be nothing good, and I’m worried for the people and groups who will be most hurt by the fallout. And I’m fed up by people who don’t bother voting because they know that their privilege will protect them […]

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