Sixty years ago, people vowed “never again.” As news of the Holocaust spread around the world, people were determined to make sure such heinous crimes would not be repeated. Yet, 10 years ago, everything went to hell in Rwanda. 800,000 people died, and few people seemed to care. What happened? As April’s tragic anniversary rolled… Continue reading Genocide still ignored
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Nader Nader Nader Nader Mushroom!
For the last three and a half years, American liberals have been eagerly anticipating the upcoming presidential election and the opportunity to show George W. Bush the door. Yet, as many of them have been figuring out, all is not well in the world of democracy. As the jockeying for position to become the next… Continue reading Nader Nader Nader Nader Mushroom!
Boxing yourself in
Life within academia is a curious experience that never ceases to amaze and puzzle me. Somewhere within the official rhetoric of a university’s mantra you are bound to find references to fostering the ability to think creatively and critically. Thinking outside the box, as the cliched expression puts it. But how often does this really… Continue reading Boxing yourself in
The irrational majority
I like to think the majority of people are fairly intelligent and capable of making rational decisions based on sound reasoning. Maybe I’m an optimist, but I feel quite confident about the average citizen’s ability to see through political rhetoric and know what’s right in the end. This was my point of view until the… Continue reading The irrational majority
Klein’s controversial comment
It takes a special sort of politician to wreck months of progressive work with one untimely joke. Really, think about how hard it must be. The joke would have to be so bad that it threatened to cost millions of dollars in lost sales, threatened to lower already shaky confidence levels abroad and threatened to… Continue reading Klein’s controversial comment
Post-9/11 status quo
On Remembrance Day, we stop to remember the people who died in the great wars of the twentieth century. It is a day where we collectively take a moment to think about the past to further strengthen our peaceful ambitions for the future. Today’s anniversary will not be celebrated in the same manner. Instead, we… Continue reading Post-9/11 status quo
Freedom of choice
I received an email last week that is part of a growing trend in North America. It was about the separation of church and state and the decline in morals it has produced–or so the argument goes. The email essentially argued a correlation exists between the Bible’s decline in society at large (no prayers in… Continue reading Freedom of choice
The dust has settled
The fallout from the war in Iraq has begun and the recurring issue remains the alleged weapons of mass destruction. Do they exist? Where are they? When will the coalition troops find them? These questions are being asked on a near daily basis. Concerns such as these were emphatically voiced in the British House of… Continue reading The dust has settled
Everything I learned, I learned in ECS
I am taking a stand right here and now that we completely ban history from elementary schools right up to university. No American, European, Middle-Eastern or Canadian history anywhere. It’s long, tedious, kinda complicated, and basically irrelevant in our day-to-day lives. Well, consider it gone. You may think this is impossible, but the work is… Continue reading Everything I learned, I learned in ECS
Chorus of Dissent
What comes to mind when the word “activist” is spoken? Often, it’s likely to be thoughts of radical hippies, violent anarchists, and left-wing dreamers…Calgarians have long adopted this negative stereotype as their view of those who fight for social justice. However, the activist community in Calgary may not be quite what you think it is.… Continue reading Chorus of Dissent