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Book Note: Mary Barton, by Elizabeth Gaskell (1848)
Book Note: Mary Barton , by
Elizabeth Gaskell (1848) As I’ve mentioned before on this blog, I belong to a
book club in Hamilton, Ontario led by Laura Ludwin, who arranges for speakers
to choose books for us to read. Our last book for 2014-15 was Mary Barton...
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Book Note: Country Girl: A Memoir by Edna O'Brien
Book Note: Country
Girl: A Memoir by Edna O’Brien, Little, Brown and Co, 2014 On May 7, 2013 I posted a blog entitled “Forced
Labor by the Irish Catholic Church (or was it Slavery?). It was about an
apology by the Prime Minister of Ireland to women who had ...
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Book Note: Joacim Fest, Not I: Memoirs of a German Childhood
Book Note: Joachim Fest, Not I:
Memoirs of a German Childhood Joachim Fest (1926-2006) was a German historian,
journalist and public intellectual. He is perhaps best known outside Germany for
his position in the Historikerstreit, or historians’ debate, abou...
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African Union Chooses Dictator Mugabe as New Chair
African Union chooses Dictator Mugabe as New Chair At the end of January 2015 Robert Mugabe was
appointed Chair of the African Union (AU). Mugabe has been President of
Zimbabwe since its independence in 1980. Although the honorary position of AU
Chair norma...
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Book Note: Condoleezza Rice's Extraordinary, Ordinary People
Book Note: Condoleezza Rice’s Extraordinary,
Ordinary People People who read this blog will know that I don’t
generally like U.S. Republicans, nor do I like people who support the American
gun lobby. Nevertheless, I have just finished reading Condoleezza Ri...
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Solitary Confinement: A Barbaric Canadian Practice
Solitary Confinement: A
Barbaric Canadian Practice On August 2, 2012 I posted a blog called, “Torture
in American Prisons,” which you can find here. https://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=6700283514603333187#editor/target=post;postID=2920370963420447024;o...
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Charlie Hebdo Redux: Another Blog on Freedom of Speech
Charlie
Hebdo Redux: Another Blog on Freedom of Speech   Introductory
Note:   On January 9, 2015 I posted a
blog entitled “Charlie Hebdo and Freedom of Speech,” which you can find here. http://rhodahassmann.blogspot.ca/2015/01/charlie-hebdo-and-freedom-of-s...
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Book Note: Joachim Fest, Not I: Memoirs of a German Childhood
Book Note: Joachim Fest, Not I:
Memoirs of a German Childhood Joachim Fest (1926-2006) was a German historian,
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Guest Blog: Full Freedom of Association Wins Canadian Charter Protection
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Blog: Full Freedom of Association Wins Canadian Charter Protection   Note : The blog
below is by my friend and colleague, Roy J. Adams, Sallows Human Rights Chair
Emeritus, University of Saskatchewan and Professor Emeritus, McMaster University . Roy s...
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Solitary Confinement: A Barbaric Canadian Practice
Solitary Confinement: A
Barbaric Canadian Practice On August 2, 2012 I posted a blog called, “Torture
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Charlie Hebdo and Freedom of Speech
Charlie Hebdo and Freedom of Speech As everyone reading this blog knows, two days ago (January 7, 2015) the offices of a French satirical magazine called Charlie Hebdo were attacked in Paris by Muslim extremists a reporters and police outside the Charlie He...
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Charlie Hebdo and Freedom of Speech
Charlie Hebdo and Freedom of
Speech As everyone reading this blog knows, two days ago (January
7, 2015) the offices of a French satirical magazine called Charlie Hebdo were
attacked in Paris by Muslim extremists and twelve people were killed. Two of
them, a...
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This blog is about human rights. It will contain observations about human rights issues, short book reviews, and some personal reflections.
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Rhoda E. Howard-Hassmann is Canada Research Chair in International Human Rights, holding a joint appointment in the Department of Global Studies and the Balsillie School of International Affairs at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Canada. She is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. In 2006 the Human Rights section of the American Political Science Association named Dr. Howard-Hassmann its first Distinguished Scholar of Human Rights.  Since arriving at Laurier in 2003 she has published Compassionate Canadians: Civic Leaders Discuss Human Rights (2003), Reparations to Africa (2008) and Can Globalization Promote Human Rights? (2010), and has also co-edited Economic Rights in Canada and the United States (2006) and The Age of Apology (2008). She established and maintains a website on political apologies, which can be visited at political-apologies.wlu.ca.

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