Homeless in the “Happiest Country in the World”

How people fall through the cracks in the Danish welfare system. Like other Nordic countries, Denmark is known globally for its comprehensive social services and a high ranking on the World Happiness Index. It may then come as a surprise that like other urban centres internationally, homelessness is an issue for Denmark’s big cities. For… Read More Homeless in the “Happiest Country in the World”

Moderate Islam and Palestine solidarity: A response to Aliya Manjee

April 13, 2015 As I read through Aliya Manjee’s editorial ‘I’m Muslim, Pro-Palestine and Visited Israel’, I couldn’t help but feel that despite first-hand experience, her comments about Israel and Palestine were remarkably reductive. Manjee is candid about her political position (identifying as Pro-Palestine as early as the headline) and her personal identity (Shia-Ismaili-Muslim). She… Read More Moderate Islam and Palestine solidarity: A response to Aliya Manjee

Toronto activists intensify campaign against SodaStream

On Sunday, August 31st, the Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid (CAIA) gathered to share information with members of the Toronto community about the current campaign to boycott SodaStream, a carbonated beverage company whose main production facility is in Ma’ale Adumim, an illegal Israeli settlement in the occupied Palestinian West Bank. As part of the international campaign… Read More Toronto activists intensify campaign against SodaStream

#BONY2012: MOURNING THE LOSS OF SANITY IN THE AGE OF SOCIAL MEDIA

In this age of YouTube sensations and the surprisingly ubiquitous “I’ll meet you on Facebook,” it can’t come as much of a surprise when social media, our contemporary public forum, crosses paths with the original public form, politics. When it comes to advocacy and activism, we have laid down our picket signs in favour of… Read More #BONY2012: MOURNING THE LOSS OF SANITY IN THE AGE OF SOCIAL MEDIA

Nakba Day in Palestine: A time to remember and resist

May 15, 2012 May 15 marks the anniversary of the “Nakba” (Arabic for “catastrophe”), the dispossession of the Palestinian people that came with the creation of the state of Israel in 1948. This year is the 64th anniversary. The day is acknowledged with protests throughout the Middle East. Last year, in Egypt, hundreds of protestors… Read More Nakba Day in Palestine: A time to remember and resist

Will Canada ever leave Afghanistan? Harper extends mission for another three years

December 2010 Will Canada ever leave Afghanistan? This is a difficult question. I believe the answer is yes. When attempting to answer this question, there are three things we must consider. First, Canada’s relationship to the United States; second, the reasons given for the military occupation of Afghanistan; and third, public opinion. Canadian involvement in… Read More Will Canada ever leave Afghanistan? Harper extends mission for another three years