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The rhetoric of war

The rhetoric of war

Posted by Rebecca Kneen on

We in the west seem to have been taken by surprise by Russia’s terrible invasion of the Ukraine - but we shouldn’t have been.  For one thing, we’ve been underserved by media who have been obsessed by Covid and who have elevated local acts of selfishness to news, to the exclusion of everything else happening in the world. For another, we have once again ignored history. In the short term, we’ve forgotten that Trump spent four years emotionally propping up Putin as a leader, while sending increasing military aid to Ukraine, in a transparent effort to create conflict. We have...

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Sacrifice, remembrance and change

Sacrifice, remembrance and change

Posted by Rebecca Kneen on

This week (November 11) we Canadians are asked to wear a poppy to remember those who fought and died in WWI, along with all other veterans. For many of us, this is both a very important remembrance, and a time of conflicting emotions. For us, there are many more to remember, and the wars are not over.    Across the world today, there are wars raging. Canadian forces are present as peacekeepers - or absent. We are not living in a time of peace, except within our own borders. Many of those who are dying now are not combatants, not...

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