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issue 199
Terry George discusses his upcoming Armenian genocide film The Promise with Christopher DiCarlo>

This issue includes:
  • The Quiet Tragedy of Orilla;
  • In Search of a Secular Hospice;
  • A Magical Place;
  • Libya's Bloody Bedlam Enabled by Canadian "Humanitarians";
  • George Williamson reviews Daniel Dennett's Caught in the Pulpit: Leaving Belief Behind;
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issue 198
Malthus' 200-year-old Inconvenient Truth

This issue includes:
  • Religious Naturalism;
  • The Supremes Shall Set Us Free;
  • Cross-Cultural Minefields;
  • Critical Thinking in a Deeply Religious Society;
  • On Faith;
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issue 197
Love & Marriage

This issue includes:
  • Educated for Murder;
  • The Role of Educators in Desacrilizing Ideas;
  • The Death of a Giant;
  • The Long Apprenticeship;
  • Things That Go Beep in the Night;
  • A Tribute to Andy Mulcahy On the Occasion of his 94th Birthday;
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issue 196
John Jofsess helped 8 people die, including poet Al Purdy

This issue includes:
  • Why are we still criminalizing compassion in Canada?;
  • A Farewell Note;
  • The Consensual Death of Al Purdy;
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issue 195
Blasphemy Laws: Violence and Victimization in the 21st Century

This issue includes:
  • Writing about science, reason and Humanism made Avijit Roy and Rafida Ahmed victims of a dogmatic ideology;
  • How the Grinch Stole Peace;
  • On the Importance of Culture;
  • The Toxic Elephant;
  • Blasphemy Laws: An Abomination that Continues to Plague Humanity;
  • The Migrant Crisis;
  • A review of Headscarves and Hymens;
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issue 194
The Impossible Plight of John Calvin

This issue includes:
  • “Israeli Kindness Changed my Life,” says Hamas Escapee;
  • John Calvin visits Ottawa;
  • Mercy and Canadian Law: The Prohibition of Assisted Suicide;
  • Founts, Frauds and Forgeries of Religion;
  • Insanity and Christianity in the Nineteenth Century;
  • The Golden Rule;
  • Who’s Actually Being “Gross and Racist”?
  • A review of the film “Ex Machina”;
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issue 193
Speaking of Humanism

This issue includes: Notable Canadians and their thoughts on Humanism
  • Bruce McCullough, The Flickering Flame;
  • Christopher DiCarlo, Guest Editor;
  • Abe Morgentaler: On Being Henry's Son;
  • Jan Narveson: Humanism and Democracy;
  • Ralph Benmurgui: I Married a Humanist;
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issue 192
Critical Thinking and the Big Problems

This issue includes:
  • Critical Thinking in High Schools;
  • Gaza's Agony;
  • Reflections on the State of Israel;
  • Slow Violence Fast-Forwarded: Inuit Knowledge and Climate Change;
  • Finding Our Way Back to the Garden;
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issue 191
How Hard Could It be to Get a Bus Ad? Richard Thain's fight to get the message out

This issue includes:
  • The Saguenay Prayer Case;
  • Goodbye & Good Luck!;
  • The Supreme Court Deliberates Assisted Suicide;
  • Terrorism or Mental Illness;
  • Sex Workers' Rights;
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issue 190
Globalization Meets Limits to Growth

This issue includes:
  • Earth's "Wisest" Species Heads for the Cliff (Again);
  • Israel or Islam: Which is the Real Roadblock to Peace in the Middle East?;
  • Imagine No Religion 4;
  • Humanism: A Viable Road into the Future;
  • God's Wrath?;
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issue 189
Is it Already Too Late for Humanity to Stop its Collapse

This issue includes:
  • The Most Endangered Species;
  • Genopolitics and the Future of Secular Humanism;
  • The Land of Cain;
  • Eric Thomas Reviews Two Books by Roméo Dallaire;
  • On Puritanism;
  • The Demise of the Arab Narrative;
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issue 188
Native Spirituality

This issue includes:
  • Christoslovakia: A Thought Experiment;
  • Human Nature;
  • Louise Martin reviews the BBC TV series “Call the Midwife”;
  • 75 Years of Atom Splitting;
  • Me and My Microbiome;
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issue 187
I Did It My Way: Humanizing assisited suicide laws

This issue includes:
  • Death Without Hysteria;
  • Quebec's Secular Charter;
  • The Devil's Advocate;
  • Letter to Edward Snowdon;
  • Educating for a Secular Humanist Canada;
  • The Hidden Hand of Terror;
  • Donald Hatch reviews Freethinkers by Susasn Jacoby;
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issue 186
Rethinking the Cult of Multiculturalism

This issue includes:
  • When Critical Thinking Gets Under Our Skin;
  • A Tribute to Henry Morgentaler;
  • Henry Morgentaler: The Man, the Hero, and His Legacy;
  • Atheophobia Hysteria?;
  • Seeking an Ecological Rescue: 14 Do We Need a Spiritual Awakening – or a Scientific Understanding?;
  • Darkness in Academia: The Shadow of Stalin;
  • Evolution of Islam;
  • Canadian Perspective on 34 the US Financial Crisis;
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issue 185
Free Will?

This issue includes:
  • Nuclear Power in Canada;
  • A Canadian Perspective on the US Financial Crisis (Part 1 of 2);
  • The Trouble With Humanists;
  • Deep Future and Flight Behaviour;
  • A Poet's Voice: Monty Reid;
  • Photography by Zoe Wiseman;
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issue 184
A Critique of Canada's Banking System

This issue includes:
  • Clair Culhane's Life of Activism;
  • Islamophobia? A Few More Thoughts;
  • Jon Legg reviews The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars by Michael Mann;
  • A Poet's Voice: Steve Ormond;
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issue 183
Dumbing Down the CBC News

This issue includes:
  • The Islamic Tipping Point;
  • A Poet's Voice: Henry Beissel;
  • God's Psychiatrist;
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issue 182
The Challenges of Bringing the Truth

This issue includes:
  • Sex and Secularism;
  • Justice on Trial;
  • Man of Law on Right to Die;
  • When everybody got religion;
  • Why are Believers willfully ignorant about Atheists?;
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issue 181
Why Does Religion Always Get a Free Ride in an Armoured Car?

This issue includes:
  • Andy Mulcahy Found Humanism on the Battlefield as a World War II Veteran;
  • The Gospel According to Zimmy: A Poem in Ten Cantos;
  • Understanding Harper's Evangelical Mission;
  • A Poet's Voice: Walter Bauer;
  • A Mother's Story;
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issue 180
Occupy This

This issue includes:
  • Stephen Harper and the Caging of Canada;
  • How the US Private For-profit Prison System Works: The booming business of American slavery;
  • Christopher Hitchens: An Intellectual With the Instincts of a Street Brawler;
  • Dutch Government Abandons Multiculturalism;
  • Secularist Crusade Frees Three Municipalities From the Lord’s Prayer
  • A Poet's Voice: Dave Margoshes;
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issue 179
OCCUPIED

This issue includes:
  • Peace Makers;
  • Occupy Canada: Media Pundits vs Reality;
  • Local Implications of Corporate Media Concentration;
  • Legal Euthanasia Is Necessary But Not Enough;
  • A Poet's Voice: Thomas R. Verny;
  • Humanitarian Bombing?
  • BC's Gas Fracking Industry Expands;
  • Worlds Within Worlds;
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issue 178
Feeding the RAGING MONSTER

This issue includes:
  • Fair Sharing Instead of Rampant Greed;
  • Who Will Dare Address Separate School Funding?
  • Palestine Becomes the Modern State of Israel;
  • A Poet's Voice: Peggy Fletcher;
  • From Faith to Facts;
  • Unfertile Ground: Religious Mutations in the Scientific Community;
  • The Perverse Rewards of Society;
  • Betrayal of Faith and Trust: A Review of Just Business by Don MacAlpine;
  • COMIC: God's Re-election Campaign;
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issue 177
The Rise of Neoconservatism in Canada

This issue includes:
  • From Myth to Science: The Role of Ancient Materialism in the Rise of Science;
  • The Mongrel;
  • Dr. Knight Would Have Smiled;
  • A Poet's Voice: John B. Lee;
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issue 176
All Things Weird and Wonderful

This issue includes:
  • A Poet's Voice: Theresa Wolfwood;
  • Reflections on Mortality;
  • Tyranny of the Minority;
  • Islam or Secular Humanism;
  • The Canadian Council of Chief Executives:Northern Oligarchy;
  • Mouammar Kadha'fi and the Harper Brand;
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issue 175
How to make EARTHWURST

This issue includes:
  • Bolivia’s Dissent Strips the Cancun Deal;
  • Our Commons Future Is Already Here;
  • Fake Populism;
  • Your Money or Your Life;
  • Stockwell, Better Days and Sounder Ways;
  • Solidarity, the Ultimate Survival Kit;
  • A Poet's Voice: Bunny Iskov;
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issue 174
My Camera Has a Conscience

This issue includes:
  • The Golden Rule;
  • COP15 in an Uneven World;
  • An Alternative View of Retirement;
  • Kids, Wealth, Religion, Love and Hate;
  • A Poet's Voice: Rod Farmer;
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issue 173
Canada's Dirty Little Secret: Getting Schooled in Ontario

This issue includes:
  • Who's a Hero Here?;
  • My Epicurean Mom;
  • The Poverty of Accomodationism;
  • Canadians for Limits to Growth;
  • World People's Conference;
  • A Poet's Voice: Elka Enola;
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issue 172
Thomas Carlyle: Transcendentalism and Beyond

This issue includes:
  • Asimov's Next Revolution;
  • A Race of One's Own;
  • Darwin's Conflict With His Wife and God;
  • The Humanistic Value of Martial Arts;
  • Another Voice for Non-believers;
  • Why be Moral;
  • A Poet's Voice: Keith Garebian;
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issue 171
Now these are brothers in arms

This issue includes:
  • The Lynching of Louie Sam;
  • With God on our Side;
  • Which Green World? The Politics of Technology in the Sustainable Redevelopment of Benny Farm;
  • The Grass Was never Greener: A Benny Farm Memoir;
  • A Right to Die;
  • Science as a Voice for Morality;
  • A Poet's Voice: Kim Goldberg;
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issue 170
We Have to Stop Meeting Like This

This issue includes:
  • Conkers;
  • Act of God;
  • Palestine — A Tortured and Elusive Homeland;
  • A Poet's Voice: John Barton;
  • Human Rights Commissions in Canada: A Case of Counter-Intuitive Controversies;
  • A Major Setback for Secularism in Quebec Schools;
  • Dismantling the Temple;
  • On the International Scene;
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issue 169
Darwin: Between God and Nature

This issue includes:
  • An Evolution of Evil;
  • Darwin: Between God and Nature;
  • Palestine — A Tortured and Elusive Homeland;
  • A Poet's Voice: John Smith;
  • Zionism: The Real Problem in the Middle East;
  • Performing Solidarity;
  • The Psyche of Al-Qaeda;
  • Beyond Despair: Through the Lens of Palestinian and Israeli Filmmakers;
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issue 168
The Bus to Everywhere

This issue includes:
  • The Elephant in Your Child's Bed;
  • The Protection of Canadian Sovereignty;
  • The Bus to Everywhere;
  • Symbolic Democracy;
  • Beliefs for the 21st Century: A Humanist-Evolutionist Creed?;
  • The Nazi Pope;
  • Book Review: Understanding and Challenging the New World Order;
  • A Poet's Voice;
  • Life, Culture and Religion;
  • Does Secularism Imply Religious Neutrality?;
  • In Praise of Rational Discourse;
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issue 167
Rain Dances Won't Save Us

This issue includes:
  • The Obama Factor;
  • Rain Dances Won't Save us;
  • The Idea of Progress and the First Nations;
  • Canada's Policy of Mass Immigration;
  • A Poet's Voice;
  • Film Review: Telling the Truth about Torture;
  • Book Review: Understanding and Challenging the New World Order;
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issue 166
Militarism: What do we do about it?

This issue includes:
  • Support our troops;
  • Militarism in Canada and the World: What do we do about it?;
  • What Progress for Afghan women?;
  • The Political Economy of Afghanistan: Unthinkable thoughts and Unprintable words;
  • How the Military Invades Our Everyday Lives;
  • War is an Atrocity;
  • A Poet's Voice;
  • The Terror of True Belief;
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issue 165
Pernicious Identities

This issue includes:
  • Pernicious Identities;
  • My Life as a Heretic;
  • The Unacknowledged Scandal of Electoral Fraud;
  • Imposing Identities;
  • Toward a Human Identity;
  • Seeking our Common Humanity;
  • Truth, Illusion & Identity;
  • Understanding Black Anger
  • Say it with Balloons
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issue 164
When the Law is an Ass

This issue includes:
  • Punishing Acts of Mercy: Robert Latimer & the Justice System;
  • Crime & Punishment;
  • the Significance of Juries;
  • Lawlessness in Berlin & Brooklyn;
  • Pressing for Remorse?;
  • Authority & Civil Disobedience;
  • Drugs, Drug Policy & Crime: 100 Years of Asinine Law…
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issue 163
Eco Humanism

This issue includes:
  • Dualism, Nature & Society: Finding Peace with What Is;
  • Remembering an Eco-Humanist;
  • Photo Essay by Montreal photographer Daniel Seguin;
  • Subsidies & Deep-Sea Fish Depletion;
  • Belief & Eco-Humanism…
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issue 162
Justice & Revenge

This issue includes:
  • Vengeance is Mine;
  • Forgiveness: The Weak Get Even & The Great Get Over It;
  • Getting Even? The Ethics & Politics of Revenge;
  • Let’s Make Us Medicine of Our Great Revenge: Revenge as a Literary Motif;
  • From Brooklyn to Iraq: Revenge in the Desert, Resolve in the Ring…
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issue 161
Minding the Media

This issue includes:
  • an Interview with Julia Sweeney;
  • Exuberating Fantasticisms: Narratives of Destiny in Audition-Based TV Shows;
  • Propaganda, Language & the Media;
  • Movies in the Shadow of the Church;
  • Media & the Shaping of Reality;
  • Media Responsibility in a Democracy…
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issue 160
the War on Science & Reason

This issue includes:
  • an Interview with Michael Shermer;
  • the SSHRC & Intelligent Design;
  • Wars on Science? a historical perspective;
  • Selective Skepticism, Manufactured Doubt & the Politics of Science;
  • When Ignorance Masquerades as Science;
  • Science & Self-Deception …
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issue 159
How Universities Are Failing Us

This issue includes:
  • What They Teach;
  • How They Teach;
  • Corporate Sponsorship;
  • Postmodernism;
  • and SSHRC continues to embarrass Canada …
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issue 158
the Psychology of Belief

This issue includes:
  • Respect, Belief and Disbelief;
  • Even Scientists Make BIG Mistakes;
  • Seeing is Believing is Seeing;
  • an Imperfect Road Map to Reality;
  • the Losing Battle with Islam …
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issue 157
What Humanists Care About

This issue includes:
  • Evolution;
  • the Second Humanist Revolution: Eco-Humanism;
  • Morality Without Religion;
  • Special Report: Research Council endorses Intelligent Design …
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issue 156
Africa, the Cradle of Humanity

This issue includes:
  • the End of Racism? (We are All African);
  • What can be done to help Africa?;
  • Decolonizing the Images (with filmmaker Ousmane Sembene);
  • the Concept of Ubuntu …
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issue 155
Living with Democracy

This issue includes:
  • One Nation Under Fraud;
  • the Alien Princess;
  • Living with Theocracy;
  • Politicians and Trust …
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issue 150
Education & Critical Thinking

This issue includes:
  • an interview with Pat Duffy Hutcheon;
  • Theory of Knowledge in Schools;
  • the Competent Layperson;
  • Children & War …
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issue 149
Popular Culture

This issue includes:
  • the Tradition & Techniques of Satire: the Case of Michael Moore, pt 1;
  • Clutter;
  • Appealing to the Natural;
  • Dwarf Tossing …
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issue 148
Environmental Ethics

This issue includes:
  • Ecology & Humanism;
  • a model for land conservation;
  • Evolutions vs Creationism;
  • Civilization in Crisis, pt 3 …
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issue 147
The Imagined World

This issue includes:
  • A Bard’s Curriculum;
  • Myth & Fantasy: a Humanist Perspective;
  • Hollywood & the End of History;
  • Harry Potter and the Humanist …
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issue 146
Ends & Means

This issue includes:
  • Seeds: a dialogue on Gandhi’s account of means & ends;
  • Gandhi’s Letters to Hitler, 1939, 1941;
  • Iran’s Remarkable National Cinema;
  • Tribute to Blodwen & Joe Piercy …
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