‘Legal discrimination is alive and well’: Canada’s indigenous women fight for equality | World news | The Guardian


“We’re the only group in Canada that has got legislated discrimination still active, alive and well,” said McIvor.

Early versions of the Indian Act – the 1876 colonial-era legislation that attempts to wrangle Canada’s more than 600 First Nations bands into a bureaucratic category – defined First Nations as “a male Indian, the wife of a male Indian or the child of a male Indian”.

Campaigners have long challenged this definition, managing to chip away at some of the inequality.

But today – in a country with a prime minister who proclaims himself a feministand whose government has sought to usher in feminist foreign policy around the world – the law still continues to discriminate.

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My family has a Nazi past. I see that ideology returning across Europe | Géraldine Schwarz 


“Today’s far-right parties want to downplay Nazi crimes as a first step towards reawakening ideas from that era: the notion that a hierarchy can be drawn among humans according to their race or their religion, the acceptance of violence and hatred, mendacious propaganda and devotion to a strong leader.”

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Source: My family has a Nazi past. I see that ideology returning across Europe | Géraldine Schwarz | Opinion | The Guardian

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What exactly dominates the US economy? Fights over tax cuts and deficits? Protections of specific industries like steel? Individual trade deals, without coordinated strategies? The waste produced by private sector companies? The deregulation of industries increasing risks for citizens?

The zig-zags of Trump’s scattered decisions are connected by their disconnect: rather than creating conditions that support growth, policies that help families, planning that puts the country ahead in the long term, or working to insure the nation is healthier, smarter, better paid with stronger liberties, Trump has focused on corporate and private wealth.

What dominates the US economy is the degree to which income inequity is discounted; lower wages lower demand. Lower wages diminish production and limit future prosperity. Lower wages reduce family choices, from housing to health to education.

Economic narratives, used to frame view of economic factors, still blame China while overlooking the technological shifts the world has adopted; the blame narratives hide that US corporations buy innovation overseas rather than building it at home, making wages the scapegoat for holding wages down at home.

These narratives ignore US technological success; esp. WV’s Chemical Alliance Zone. Coal dominates the WV narrative more than the billion in annual exports from the Zone. Words matter. Misleading narratives set the wrong values, move the economy in wrong directions.

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