Monthly Archives: April 2015

The ugly truth about Baltimore

Her sign says it all. Photo: Harry Fear. Whenever I hear about Baltimore — Maryland, that is, as there’s a Baltimore, Ontario not far from where I live — I can’t help but recall this Countee Cullen poem I first … Continue reading

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Economics for Dummies: The African refugee situation, summed up

It’s not just boats that are sinking. It’s PEOPLE. The fact that so many Africans are fleeing from their homes and drowning off the coast of Italy makes me think that, just like the Haitians who are still being punished … Continue reading

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Music for a Sunday: Don’t call the doctor…

Yup, kiddies, your Auntie Bina is down with the mother of all head and chest colds. Don’t write me off yet, ‘kay?

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“In Tatjana’s Shoes”: German art students taken on prostitution, human trafficking

“In Tatjana’s Shoes”, a street art exhibit by a group of students from Osnabrück, Germany. Photo: EMMA. Human trafficking and prostitution are big topics in Germany right now. A law reform is on the table, but the real debate is … Continue reading

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“Dear Madame Minister”: A German ex-prostitute’s open letter

The no-doubt-ironically-named Paradise bordello…just one of several German brothels which were recently raided by police on suspicion of human trafficking. Think Germany is a paradise for women in prostitution? Think again. A formerly prostituted woman has written to Manuela Schwesig, … Continue reading

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Cuban anti-cancer vaccine heads to Roswell Park, NY

Dr. Candace Johnson of the Roswell Park Cancer Institute, speaking at a press conference in Cuba. Behind her, at left, is New York governor Andrew Cuomo. Well. If THIS isn’t historic, I don’t know what is: The Molecular Immunology Centre … Continue reading

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Quotable: Eduardo Galeano on Utopia

The recently deceased poet of Latin American journalism reads one of his loveliest, truest and most poignant pieces aloud. The on-screen translation’s a bit wonky, but I think you’ll get the idea: PS: According to one of the commenters on … Continue reading

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Music for a Sunday: Knee deep in the hoopla

“Marconi plays the Mamba, listen to the radio…don’t you remember?” Ah yes. Big ’80s sound, big ’80s shoulderpads, and of course, THAT HAIR. Who could forget? The best part, though, is when Abe Lincoln gets up to dance.

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Cristina’s pet gloat

Hey! Remember how Argentina defaulted on its debt in 2001? And how it kicked out the IMF a short time later? Well, looks like that was a smart decision. And the significance of yet another IMFer being in deep shit … Continue reading

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Male rage and narcissism: The unspeakable keys to the Germanwings disaster

Andreas Lubitz: hard-charging macho with a deadly grudge. By now, it’s no secret that various stripes of misogynists have seized upon the Germanwings crash as evidence that women are evil, as much as claiming that Andreas Lubitz was “driven” to … Continue reading

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