Mar. 30th, 2011

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Greetings Friends & Strangers! If you are beyond the borders of my rather large country, you may have only heard the faintest rumblings of an election being called in Canada! You may have heard it was called because the government "toppled" (which sounds so dire!), or you may have heard it was called because "Acting Deputy Mayor of Toronto Jack Layton" did something or other. Yes, we in Canada actually have news stories about what news media in other countries write about us, and yes, we have been laughing at you, but mostly in a way that says "Gosh, we really are boring and uninteresting to the rest of the world, aren't we?"

So, in light of the vast amounts of misinformation out there about this most important of elections, the 41st in our history, I thought I would give you a handy-dandy guide to sorting out what the heck is going on here so you can decide whether or not you care.

This is Part 1: What is a Parliamentary Democracy and how does it work? Chances are, if you live in another commonwealth country, this will be terribly boring except for the niggling details, so you may want to skip it, but I promise to try and make it fun as well as informative!

Tell me about democracy in Canada! )

I don't care about all that, tell me about the parties and that sexy sexy Orange! )

Q: Skip the commentary, Anna, just tell me where to get more information myself!

A: I am really liking the Defeatist.

That is all for Part 1! Part 2 will have a video from Rick Mercer and an explanation about the dreaded C words! You'll like the video from Rick Mercer, he's actually funny, not like me.
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USA

2005 The Housewife theory of History


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Reflections from Detroit: Reflections On An Opening: Disability Justice and Creating Collective Access in Detroit

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Sins Invalid: An Unshamed Claim to Beauty in the Face of Invisibility

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2010: Domestic Workers Organize for Workers Bill of Rights; MUA 20th Anniversary in San Francisco, May 27th

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CANADA


PDF - Immigrant Women Organizing for Change:Integration and Community Development
by Immigrant Women in the Maritimes


DisAbled Women Network: DAWN ONTARIO Herstory



AUSTRALIA

March 21, 2011 Australia: Lake Tyers Women Holding Blockade Against the Government

For the past two weeks, Indigenous women from the community of Lake Tyers, in East Gippsland, Victoria, have been holding a blockade against the state government's self-imposed rule over their community.

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BOLIVIA


Jan 2011 Bolivia: People with Disabilities Demanding Rights and Payment


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COLOMBIA


We Women Warriors

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NEW ZEALAND



Maori Women's Welfare League


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2007 New Zealand’s Maori Women’s Welfare League: Working Toward Women’s Rights in Saving Maori Culture

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TUNISIA EGYPT YEMEN


Arab Women: The powers that be

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BANGLADESH & INDIA


Grameen vs Bangladesh

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Q&A: Ela Bhatt on SEWA, Harvard Award

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Survivors of Mumbai Bombings Trained to Recover

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Dalit Women Organize Against Caste, Gender Discrimination

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Vandana Shiva: Environmentalist and founder of Diverse Women for Diversity


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NEW GUINEA


ANF demands release of jailed striking nurses in West Papua

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SOUTH AFRICA



War declared against domestic worker abuse

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MEXICO


Welcome to Mujeres Libres; a celebration of the struggle of the Zapatista Women (Website)


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1994 Chiapas and the women? free electronic book

2007 Zapatista Women: 'We Are What Holds the Community Together': A Year After the Passing of Comandanta Ramona, Civilian and Insurgent Women Tell of Their Movement Within a Movement

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'WE LEARN AS WE GO' - ZAPATISTA WOMEN SHARE THEIR EXPERIENCES

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Zapatismo, a feminine movement

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Indigenous Feminism in Southern Mexico

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2008 The First Zapatista Women's Encuentro: A Collective Voice of Resistance


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NIGERIA

2010 Censored Story, Nigerian women act against abuses of Big Oil, Sign on letter to Secretary Clinton

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Nigeria: Niger Delta Demands for Justice Undaunted By Decades of Violence

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2003Hands up or we strip!

Six hundred Nigerian women held a US oil giant to ransom armed with a simple weapon - the threat of taking all their clothes off. And it worked. Tania Branigan and John Vidal explain


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2002 NIGERIAN WOMEN IN OIL-RICH DELTA REGION PROTEST

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WORLD

The Guardian: Top 100 Women Campaigners and Activists Ongoing series

Sweatshop Warriors By Miriam Chin Yoon Louie

The Global Women's Movement by Peggy Antrobus Interview with Grenadian Peggy Antrobus 2003
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Ouattara forces enter Cote d'Ivoire's capital: Forces loyal to internationally recognised winner of presidential election are parading through streets of the capital.

Up to one million Ivorians have now fled fighting in the main city of Abidjan alone, according to the UN [EPA]

Witnesses say fighters supporting Cote d'Ivoire's internationally recognised leader are parading through the streets of the capital after a dramatic advance on the city.

Alassane Ouattara's military spokesman confirmed on Wednesday that his forces had entered the capital of Yamoussoukro but told The Associated Press news agency that pockets of resistance still existed.

With the sounds of gunshots cracking over the telephone line, a woman at the downtown Hotel La Residence said rebel forces were doing a victory tour of the city, shooting into the air. Residents came out in the streets to welcome them, she said.

Still many believe a final bloody battle over the presidency is destined for the commercial capital of Abidjan.

Guillaume Soro, Ouattara's prime minister, said on Wednesday that Gbagbo has "a few hours" to relinquish power peacefully and there is no room for any further negotiations.MORE

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