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Issue 32 – Winter / Spring 2013

The Arab Spring, Occupy Wall Street, Quebec’s student movement and British Columbia’s referendum on sales taxes, among other events, have led to an explosion of ideas and arguments about democracy. Inroads 32 brings some of these ideas and arguments together. Henry Milner expresses concern that “social media politics,” as exemplified by the Quebec student movement, may be incompatible with representative democracy, while Judy Rebick argues that the innovations created by the Quebec students and Occupy Wall Street are deepening and broadening democracy. Irene Martín Cortés takes us inside a protest movement that has become a model for others throughout the Western world, Spain’s 15M. And John Richards warns of the dangers of determining tax policy by referendum.



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The Northern Gateway to nowhere

Every few decades an issue arises that unexpectedly becomes a defining moment for the country. Such issues can creep up and catch decision-makers unawares. Reg Whitaker looks at the issue of the Northern Gateway. [From Inroads ...
by Reg Whitaker

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A war for hemp, iron and timber

A response to John R. Grodzinski’s “Remembering the War of 1812” from Issue 31 by Alastair Sweeny, author of Fire Along the Frontier: Great Battles of the War of 1812 [From Inroads 32, 2013]
by Alastair Sweeny


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How did Netanyahu come to believe he runs the world?

Arthur Milner writes about Netanyahu and his free rein to do whatever he pleases. [From Inroads 32, 2013]
by Arthur Milner

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Social media politics

Are the new movements, from Quebec to Wall Street, compatible with representative democracy? [From Inroads 32, 2013]
by Henry Milner



Harper’s axe hits Canadian Studies abroad

The end of the Understanding Canada program reflects changing foreign policy priorities [From Inroads 32, 2013]
by Richard Nimijean

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A generation that is deepening democracy

Judy Rebick believes the new generation rising up under the banners of the Quebec student strike and Occupy Wall Street are creating innovations that will profoundly deepen and broaden democracy. [From Inroads 32, 2013]
by Judy Rebick



Spain’s Indignados: For a better representative democracy, and more

Irene Martín Cortés looks into Spain’s Indignados as example of better representative democracy, and more. [From Inroads 32, 2013]
by Irene Martin

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Tax policy by referendum: British Columbia’s unharmonized tax reform

British Columbia’s unharmonized tax reform [From Inroads 32, 2013]
by John Richards


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Language policy 
without the emotion

With the Parti Québécois winning the September 4 general election, language politics has once again been primed in Quebec and across Canada. [From Inroads 32, 2013]
by Bruce Hicks


An ex-politician’s Quebec election blog

Excerpts from Joseph Facal's blog, containing some of his more trenchant observations on Quebec’s recent election campaign. [From Inroads 32, 2013]
by Joseph Facal


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Obama 2012 versus Obama 2008

Finally, it’s over. What are we to make of the 2012 U.S. election campaign? [From Inroads 32, 2013]
by Donald Cuccioletta


The Marikana tragedy: South Africa’s social contract with its working poor breaks down

South Africa’s social contract with its working poor breaks down [From Inroads 32, 2013]
by Robert Cohen



Class, as seen from the right

Gareth Morley reviews Coming Apart: The State of White America 1960–2010 by Charles Murray. [From Inroads 32, 2013]
by Gareth Morley


The questions that hard power advocates don’t ask

Andrew Nurse reviews "Canada’s National Security in the Post-9/11 World: Strategy, Interests, Threats" by David S. McDonough [From Inroads 32, 2013]
by Andrew Nurse



Are Muslims a threat?

Saunders demonstrates that Muslims are not going to become a majority of Europe’s population, and that most Muslim immigrants want to integrate with their new country of residence. [From Inroads 32, 2013]
by Garth Stevenson


What happened when Quebec’s 20th-century government encountered its 21st-century social movement

What happened when Quebec’s 20th-century government encountered its 21st-century social movement [From Inroads 32, 2013]
by Pierre-Gerlier Forest



Making policy by e-referendum

Should Canada’s political system be overhauled to incorporate 21st-century technologies? [From Inroads 32, 2013]
by Brad Kempo