Archive

Feel free to browse through all of our past opinion articles, which are listed below in chronological order (most recent at the top).

January 2012

JANUARY 24, 2012 / The Great Communicator / Logan Christie

In the course of the past twenty years, the Republican Party has fundamentally altered the basis of their ideological tenets, moving from a hands on, exceedingly progressive tax code under Eisenhower…

JANUARY 15, 2012 / It’s perfectly ok to kill cats / julian modiano

I believe it is perfectly OK to kill cats. I really do. I am convinced that anyone who sees a cat walking by and then kills is not doing anything even slightly immoral. If it’s done painlessly, better, but it…

JANUARY 12, 2012 / Deye Mon, Gen Mon / Daniel Macmillen

Jean Claude Duvalier, the brutal Haitian dictator firmly buttressed by Washington, once remarked that “it is the destiny of the people of Haiti to suffer.”Of course, Duvalier did little to assuage his forecast

JANUARY 6, 2012 / Asking questions makes me an atheist? / Alena Sadiq

Recently I read an article that cited a study by an US government commission regarding Pakistan’s education system in relation to the promotion of religious freedom and tolerance…

january 3, 2012 / A sideways look at economic growth / jack pickering

A friend of mine recently said in response to Cameron’s claim that Britain should use Christian values. that we need jobs, not social engineering. Avoiding the ideological quicksand that this is, it seems a pretty legitimate statement…

December 2011

DECEMBER 25, 2011 / The Saturation of Life / Julian Modiano

Referred to as pot or weed, scientifically referred to as cannabis, and commonly known as marijuana, it is without a doubt the plant that draws the most attention to itself. Millions of Americans are willing...

DECEMBER 24, 2011 / Adam Smith / matthew Beebee

You only have to turn over a British twenty pound note, to see arguably one of the most influential philosophers of all times, Adam Smith. Smith formulated one of the most crucial social sciences...

DECEMBER 23, 2011 / Double Standards / Deepi Virk

With the bloody conflict in Libya drawing to a close, Western media attention seems to be focusing on the situation in Syria. But while some revolutions have managed to gain the spotlight...

December 22, 2011 / dominionism / logan christie

For the past year, press reports have been ablaze with reports of the stagnation of the American political system. Even the most mundane issues are contested as a partisan affair. The floor of Congress has...

October 2011

OCTOBER 17, 2011 / Everything is the same as everything / Jack Pickering

Watching the TED talk posted on this website a while ago, Mike’s admirable cyclical stance towards waste made me consider how relevant some of the Buddha’s teachings are today....

OCTOBER 15, 2011 / xenophobia: an inherent dilemma? / Logan Christie

Over the course of human history, xenophobia has been a dynamic catalyst for various, seemingly unrelated incidents. It has caused war, economic catastrophe, segregation, persecution, extermination...

OCTOBER 11, 2011 / Changing Role of Women in Saudi Arabia / Deepi Virk

One protest does not make a Revolution make, nor a few crumbs of royal concessions to women, a Saudi spring. King Abdullah’s declaration that women will be able to vote and stand in the next local elections...

OCTOBER 5, 2011 / Democracy – A meaningless word? / Matthew Beebee

I’ve lost count of the amount of times political commentators have uttered the phrase ‘Libya and the Middle East need democracy’. Democracy, many of us would agree, is a popular and...

OCTOBER 3, 2011 / the arab spring / jack pickering

In recent nights, the coverage of the Arab Spring on the BBC has dropped off considerably. It seems reasonable, people don’t want to watch the same news every night...

October 1, 2011 / The decline of the american empire / Logan Christie

America. Contemplate the name. Let the word echo through the recesses of your consciousness. What does it mean to you? To some, the word evokes visions of freedom and prosperity. To others it represents a vulgar display of wealth and...

September 2011

SEPTEMBER 30, 2011 / The Good old Days / Tanya Neufeld

Walking down University Place in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village, you barely even have to glance up from your Blackberry/ iPhone/iPod to spot an NYU student…

SEPTEMBER 29, 2011 / Meating our environment’s strain / Daniel Macmillen

As often is the ironic truth, failure stems from success. When communism fell, we thought it was capitalism that triumphed. But with the severity of financial crashes...

SEPTEMBER 25, 2011 / Do you want to become extinct? / Julian modiano

It seems like I’m asking an absurd question, doesn’t it. Surely the title is nothing more than a way for me to attract attention, a sure hook for potential readers…

SEPTEMBER 23, 2011 / The “Saviour generals” Alena Sadiq

Pakistan’s history has been an eventful one. Coming into existence after the partition of British India, the young nation barely had the resources every state ought to start out with. The division of assets...

SEPTEMBER 21, 2011 / The ‘free market’ problem / matthew beebee

As often is the ironic truth, failure stems from success. When communism fell, we thought it was capitalism that triumphed. But with the severity of financial crashes...

SEPTEMBER 20, 2011 / When Feeling Powerless Crushes Your Desire to Change the World / Simrat Kaur

It all started some years back, when I was lying in my bed after a long day at school and my thoughts began to wander…

SEPTEMBER 19, 2011 / Dale Farm Eviction: It’s Not Fair, For Anyone /jack pickering

Today, the inhabitants of the Dale Farm traveler’s halting site in Essex, UK, will be evicted. This is an extremely controversial move by the…

SEPTEMBER 17, 2011 / A brief inquiry into the ‘god phenomenon’ / logan christie

Since time immemorial, humanity has looked to the heavens with a mixture of rapture and curiousity. Certainly, it is an impressive display

SEPTEMBER 15, 2011 / somalia – A BItter reminder DANIEL MACMILLEN

The food crisis in the Horn of Africa has been devastating, with 12 million people in Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia and Uganda requiring emergency assistance…

SEPTEMBER 13, 2011 / India’s forgotten war deepi virk

It is almost 50 years since Mao Zedong proclaimed, “The guerrillas must move amongst the people as a fish swims in the sea”, and no movement better represents this infamous quote than…

SEPTEMBER 11, 2011 / an exceptional paradox Julian modiano

I have always had the feeling that extreme, right wing, ideology made no logical sense at all, but I never actually had the evidence to prove it. So I set about to find a well-respected source...

SEPTEMBER 9, 2011 / The price of being poor in pakistan alena sadiq

Karachi is bleeding. Why is the government action both late and inadequate? Is it not their responsibility to provide safety to every citizen of this country? Are they

SEPTEMBER 5, 2011 / Parents keep child’s gender secret jack pickering

Storm, of course, is the “genderless” child that a Canadian couple are hoping to bring up so that it is free from any sort of influence on its personality regarding gender

SEPTEMBER 1, 2011 / TOUGH PROSPECTS for global TERTIARY EDUCATION DANIEL MACMILLEN

The 21st century has been anointed “the century of the knowledge economy.” It is a world where corporations such as Google are worth more than the entire annual GDP of Bolivia…

August 2011

AUGUST 28, 2011 / Trickle down or trickle up? Julian Modiano

Of all the excuses capitalists conjure to excuse exploitation, trickle down has been one of the most commonly referred to. As capitalism inevitably concentrates the majority of wealth in the hands of a minority…

August 26, 2011 / BREAKING THE SILENce / Alena Sadiq

I have decided that it’s time for me to break the silence, because, by speaking out, I might just be a source of help to someone who is going through what I went through, and is confused about what to do next…

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