this week language politics continued to broil in Montreal, but elsewhere, the world has moved on. For the rest of Canada the headline was instead a Supreme Court ruling on hate speech reaffirming the 20 year old law stating that any speech that “exposes or tends to expose any person or class of person to detestation and vilification on the basis of a prohibited ground of discrimination,” is hate speech. Freedom of speech activists are unimpressed – arguing that the definition of hate is not specific enough. It’s easy to be torn – some might argue that this limitation of freedom of expression is in Canada’s spirit of collectivism, where others, many journalists included, are on the side of the activists. However the concluding statement of the court does affirm one thing for certain, “Words matter”, and this week at this Bouillon; so do economics and ideology.
Politics and money go hand in hand. In fact, arguably, they are inseparable. One of the focuses this week was on the relationship between politics and economics in several different ways. First, check out Italian Elections: Gridlock in Rome by Alex Langer, for a look at how the Italian elections affected and will continue to affect domestic and international economics in Europe. More on economic in Europe and beyond in Currency Tensions Betray An Obsolete Monetary System by William Debost, with a currency war on everyone’s lips and the US nowhere to be seen, what will happen if they don’t step up? What happens when a government is bullied by a corporation? The citizens are the ones that truly lose – check out Australia’s Mining Industry Needs to Pay Up by Emile Bouffard for a look at the long terms consequences for the Australian environment and the peoples’ purses if the industry does not start to pay their dues.
Everyone knows the the Olympics are expensive, and the competition leads to intense infrastructural undertaking (come on Montrealers, you’ve all seen our own monstrosity). What does it mean for Brazil, a country where the rich-poor divide is still wide despite their economic growth? Read more in Rio’s Olympic Makeover by Paola Teulières. The question of the horse meat scandal in the UK is a place where economics, ideology, and politics clash in a very big and very messy way, but it brings to light questions society needs to be asking about consumption – Let Them Eat Horse by Jimmy Lou.
Ideological clashes abound – why are the Republicans changing their minds about homosexual marriage? The Changing Face of Marriage by Andrew Calame. Also by Andrew Calame, The Québec Connection. A new pope could mean a new direction for the church – what would it mean if he was from Quebec? Hezbollah has come to be known for their violent tactics, is it time for the EU to step up? Check out Why Hezbollah should be blacklisted in Europe, an editorial by Cody Levine.
That’s all for now, readers
see you next week!
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