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Why it’s OK for young Muslims to be radical

When policymakers talk about preventing “radicalisation”, they are missing the point: there’s nothing inherently wrong with being radical. The term can simply mean rejection of the status quo. The French and American revolutions, universal suffrage and the end of colonialism all involved political subversion. Politics has long been ideological and international.

Yet still we talk about Muslim youth in the hackneyed language of the early 2000s, in which “radical” ideas must be neutralised through social engineering. A good (Muslim) citizenry, in this logic, is politically docile, disengaged from world affairs and discouraged from combining religion with political activism.


Protecting Canada’s elections

When Yves Côté became commissioner of Canada Elections nearly seven years ago, enforcing Canada’s elections law was straightforward.

Make sure people didn’t try to vote twice. Ensure candidates didn’t spend more than the law allowed. Check that the list of people who voted didn’t include names culled from a nearby cemetery.

One of the toughest challenges the long-time lawyer had was trying to get to the bottom of a series of low-tech automated phone calls in the 2011 election that directed voters to the wrong location.

But now, as Canadians prepare for the next federal election in October, Côté and Stéphane Perrault, chief electoral officer, are facing threats to Canada’s elections that they could have never even contemplated a few years ago.


Yellow Vest: Left-wing MP BEATEN by police during protests – ‘Macron is right to panic!’

Leftist firebrand Jean-Luc Mélenchon took the lawmaker’s defence, denouncing the centrist government’s drift towards brutal “authoritarianism” following months of unrest. “Beaten with a baton as I was quietly leaving the protest. And yet [the Interior Ministry] says police violence doesn’t exist? Enough is enough, you’re causing chaos!” Mr Prud’homme, a member of the far-left La France Insoumise (France Unbowed) party, said on Twitter.


Anti-capitalist, pro-Palestine, sadomasochistic punk techno-band to represent Iceland in Eurovision

Iceland made its pick to represent the country at the upcoming Eurovision song contest, choosing the punk techno-band Hatari which themes its performances on bondage, domination, and sadomasochism, known as BDSM.

The group won the local selection contest with its song “Hatrid Mun Sigma”, Icelandic for “Hatred will prevail” and will now go on to compete in the semifinals scheduled for May 16, in Israel.


Burnaby resident ‘disgusted’ by parachute candidate Jagmeet Singh

A British Columbian is sounding off on NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh for running in a riding he’s not from.

In a letter to the editor of the Burnaby Now, Peter Tamminga says he’s “disgusted” by the idea of a “parachuted candidate” seeking to win the federal riding of Burnaby South. The Burnaby resident’s opinion comes a week after Singh said he was “disgusted” by the rhetoric from fellow candidates on the resettling of refugees in Canada.

“What I find ‘disgusting’ is that a parachuted candidate who is not a Burnaby citizen dares to criticize Burnaby candidates who live here and are running here (that is what democracy is supposed to look like) and who exercise their right to free speech (or does the NDP want to take that away?),” the Burnaby resident writes in a letter published Monday.

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