Charlie Hebdo and the enemies of free speech

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By

Val B. Russell

Satire defined: The artistic form in which human or individual vices, folly, abuses, or shortcomings are held up to censure by means of ridicule, derision, burlesque, irony, or other methods, sometimes with an intent to bring about improvement.

Satire is but one expression of free speech and is particularly powerful when images and caricatures are used to deliver a specific message. The political cartoon in particular has always been used to lampoon those in power, giving the citizenry a voice and opportunity to question the motives and actions of those in government.

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SUMMER READING BOOK REVIEW : BELINDA’S RINGS BY CORINNA CHONG

SUMMER READING BOOK REVIEW : BELINDA’S RINGS BY CORINNA CHONG

 

 

 

On my flight to Ottawa for The Writer’s Union of Canada Conference, I took three personal travelling essentials: a notebook, my netbook and a novel to read while airborne. When you are trapped in an enclosed space with strangers for hours and suspended above the clouds, not only do  you need to be entertained but  your imagination must be so fully engaged that the author owns you while you are turning their pages.

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AUGUST INTERVIEW: AWARD WINNING AUTHOR KATHLEEN WINTER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The bleak and unforgiving Labrador wilderness in Canada is as much a place of subtle change as it is fierce rigidity; it is a contradiction of a land defining its people, the people’s survival depending on their ability to adapt to the land. It is a place of solid, quick decisions made by pragmatic people in a sometimes brutal environment, with the spectre of mortality always looming large in the background of daily life. Living off the land and at the mercy of the cycles and occasional whims of Mother Nature can leave no room for the anomaly or anything that doesn’t fit or make sense, even if the culprit is Mother Nature herself.

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