Canada's First Nations protest heralds a new alliance

Canada's placid winter surface has been broken by unprecedented protests by its aboriginal peoples. In just a few weeks, a small campaign launched against the Conservative government's budget bill by four aboriginal women has expanded and transformed into a season of discontent: a cultural and political resurgence.

Waubgeshig Rice: A peoples' movement that is Idle No More

Thousands of people at rallies in small communities and big cities. Impromptu round dances at shopping centres in Regina and Edmonton. A chief from a remote community in Northern Ontario on a hunger strike in a teepee in the shadow of Parliament Hill.

Those are some of the images that have come to define the Idle No More movement since it began earlier this month, originally by a small group of Canada's First Nations people, almost as an exercise in social media.

Marine Le Pen: The threat of radical Islam

The news became public only a few days ago - French authorities asking the European Parliament to lift the immunity of far-right leader Marine Le Pen so that she can be prosecuted for inciting racial hatred.

In 2010, the president of the National Front party likened Muslim street prayers in France to the Nazi occupation, sparking widespread condemnation.

Many Muslim leaders have blamed Le Pen’s fiery rhetoric on Islam and immigration for a rise in Islamic intolerance and xenophobia in France. But she insists she is neither a racist nor xenophobic, but simply a patriot.