Canada Must Demand Justice for PS752 Victims

By: Nima Ashtari Saturday, January 8th, marked exactly two years since Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) shot down Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 (PS752) over Tehran, killing all 176 passengers and crew on board (Al Jazeera 2020). Of the passengers, 138 had ties to Canada, and 8 were members of the University of Toronto community …

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Secularism or Western Cultural Imperialism? Reflections on the Burquini Ban

By: Jude Lobo Throughout the summer of 2016, armed police were found surrounding Muslim women on beaches in several cities in the French Riviera, ordering them to remove their burqini’s or be fined and forced to leave the beach in compliance with newly enacted laws. Such police acts were often carried out amidst many more …

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Secularist VS Islamophobic Sentiment in France

By: Kaamilah Moola Woven into the fabric of French politics are values of liberty, and republicanism, which most palpably manifests through France’s practice of “laïcite,” or secularism. A product of French philosophy and history, “laïcité” was signed into law in 1905, advocating for the separation of church and state (Villeminot, 2016). From its inception, laïcite …

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Blackademia: the Ostracization of Black Intellect

Academics are actively discouraging Black students from pursuing academia throughanti-Black sentiments. By: Jasmin Smith Portrait of the Black Student When I was fifteen years old, my favourite English teacher taught me a lesson:academia is more important than my comfortability. “Your fellow students will havepermission to say the n-word when reading,” she said, “and if you’re …

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(Copy)right to Life

By: Emma Thornley If you were asked to predict the next century’s emergent human rights issues, what would you say? There’s no shortage of crises to choose from. Anxieties among laymen and experts alike span environmental, political, and technological topics. The United Nations’ Office of the High Commissioner has issued warnings regarding climate change’s effects …

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Iran’s Evin: Prison or Torture House?

Murderers, robbers, kidnappers, or even the occasional white-collar embezzler come to mind when most people think of the type of people in jail. But behind the walls of a perpetually dismal-looking compound in northwestern Tehran, journalists, activists, and academics are detained in what is known as Evin prison, specifically Section 209, 240, and 235 (Saunders, …

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