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Ricardo Acuña is the executive director of the Parkland Institute.

Blog Entries | November 05, 2010

Welcome to Parkland’s blog

Parkland is pleased to announce the launch of our new blog. This will offer Parkland a new venue for facts, figures, research and opinion on public policy in Alberta and beyond. We look forward to an engaging and creative dialogue about solutions to current public issues.  Parkland staff and research associates will be providing the content though we welcome guest columns.

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Conference Posts | December 01, 2008

Summary of Megan Boler’s Keynote

Megan Boler's Keynote on Friday night, titled "Reframing the story: media tactics and interventions, digital dissent, and satire," offered an overview of social media practices and how digital media producers and authors use Web 2.0 tools for activism aims and to inject dissent into corporate-owned media landscape. As the summary of her talk describes, "In an age of proliferating media and news sources, who has the power to define reality?

Today, the “social web” - epitomized by blogs, viral videos, and YouTube - creates new pathways for truth to emerge and makes possible new tactics for media activism. What is the appeal of The Daily Show and The Colbert Report and “fake news”? How is digital media changing social activist practices?" Just before her talk, Dr.Boler spoke on CBC Radio One in the Edmunton studio with host Rod Kurtz. The audio of her keynote presentation, as well as her powerpoint presentation, are now on-line on her speaker page - Go there!

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Conference Posts | November 12, 2008

Tariq Ali: The Time is Right for a Palace Revolution

Renowned author and activist Tariq Ali comes to town to headline the Parkland Institute's annual fall conference. VueWeekly interviews Tariq Ali in advance of his presentation.

"As the story goes, the Rolling Stones wrote their classic song of rebellion, "Street Fighting Man," to honour the internationally renowned radical activist, author and atheist Tariq Ali after Mick Jagger saw him speak at a 1968 anti-war rally at the US embassy in London..." Read the whole story at

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Conference Posts | November 11, 2008

Tariq Ali talks to Democracy Now about President-Elect Obama

Congratulations pour in from around the world for President-elect Barack Obama after his historic victory Tuesday night. But what are Obama's foreign policy positions, and what are the concerns for those living in countries at the target end of US foreign policy? We host a roundtable discussion with filmmaker and investigative journalist John Pilger in Britain, Columbia University professor and Africa scholar Mahmood Mamdani, Laura Carlsen of the Center for International Policy in Mexico City, Iraqi analyst Raed Jarrar, Pakistani author Tariq Ali, and Palestinian American Ali Abunimah of Electronic Intifada. Read the story at Democracy Now

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