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A Stronger and more Loving World: a Critical Reflection of China’s Global Influence

Publié le 1 mars, 2008 | Pas de commentaires
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A Stronger and more Loving World: a Critical Reflection of China’s Global Influence

China’s growing economic prosperity has incurred both admiration and suspicion. The People’s Republic marches into world history as the heir apparent to global supremacy. In light of China’s ubiquitous geopolitical influence, it seems ineluctable to interpret China’s current socio-political formation as a model for future regimes and nation states. One would inevitably ask: what kind […]

Kosovo: Reconsidering Independence

Publié le 1 mars, 2008 | Pas de commentaires
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Kosovo: Reconsidering Independence

The news outlets have lately been busily covering the Serbian province of Kosovo and its unilateral declaration of independence. Implicitly pre-established images of Serbia—evoking war crimes, ethnic cleansing, and, most horribly, genocide—have been used by Western politicians to secure public support to recognize the self-proclaimed state. However, when the claims of genocide are closely examined […]

Can the Poor be Insured Against Climate Change?

Publié le 1 février, 2008 | Pas de commentaires
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Can the Poor be Insured Against Climate Change?

Moving into the XXI century, images of lives devastated by floods in Asia, droughts in Africa and cyclones in Central America are becoming increasingly familiar, reminding us of how vulnerable people in developing countries are to climate change. Considering the hardships these people face every time a catastrophe dawns on them, could they not perhaps […]

The Political Power of Writing

Publié le 1 février, 2008 | Pas de commentaires
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The Political Power of Writing

The written word has often been criticized as an asocial medium. However, recent actions of Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah are an example of the political power of writing and suggest that writing can be a salient and influential communicative medium. In light of this recent event, Marshall McLuhan’s seminal criticism of writing as inherently isolating […]

Stress and the Role of Alpha-Amylase

Publié le 1 février, 2008 | Pas de commentaires
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Stress and the Role of Alpha-Amylase

Stress contributes to the development of various physical and psychological illnesses. While the effects of cortisol on stress have been thoroughly studied, the role of the enzyme alpha-amylase has only recently been investigated. The latest research suggests that alpha-amylase is linked to our emotions and our health. Manicosity, Stress Relief, 2006 Certains droits réservés. Stress […]

The Postmodern Wit of Zeke Moores

Publié le 1 février, 2008 | Pas de commentaires
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The Postmodern Wit of Zeke Moores

Postmodern wit parades around in a historicist coat of many colours. It toys mockingly with the original sin of believing you can be original as an artist. We find it in art’s reflexiveness toward its own history, its own objecthood, and its own institutional settings. Marcel Duchamp’s pissoir of 1917 was the prototype for a […]

Fictions of Emergency

Publié le 1 janvier, 2008 | Pas de commentaires
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Fictions of Emergency

The poems included in Soleïman Adel Guémar’s recently published State of Emergency document the brutal political repression carried out by the Algerian government for over a decade. In them, we find voices of hope, of despair. The great strength of the volume, however, lies in its ability to speak to a larger audience at a […]

A Canadian Mandate for Armenia

Publié le 1 janvier, 2008 | Pas de commentaires
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A Canadian Mandate for Armenia

The genocide in Darfur has been met with systematic dithering regarding humanitarian aid and the prevention of atrocities. Canada encountered similar problems almost a century ago regarding humanitarian and military assistance to Armenia. This article examines Canada’s failed mandate for Armenia in early 1920, which I hope offers a practical perspective to consider more recent […]

Recycling the Battlefield

Publié le 1 janvier, 2008 | Pas de commentaires
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Recycling the Battlefield

Biodegradable anti-personnel mines, recyclable explosives, reduced-led ammunitions and fuel-efficient military planes are some of the measures one of the world’s largest weapons manufacturers is taking to protect the environment in its list of social responsibilities. Experts are divided over the move by BAE Systems—some commend it while others are appalled by it. (Translation of Mines […]

Lessons from Roadkill

Publié le 1 janvier, 2008 | Pas de commentaires
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Lessons from Roadkill

Cycling my way across Alberta and gathering stories about the impacts of the development boom with a group called “To The Tar Sands,” I realized that it was our slow pace that gave us access to perspectives on the boom that most Albertans are not hearing. By slowing down the pace of development, Albertans will […]

Competing on Diversity?

Publié le 1 janvier, 2008 | Pas de commentaires
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Competing on Diversity?

Canada’s immigration system attracts highly skilled workers to better compete in the global economy. Upon arrival in the country’s largest cities, however, immigrants find themselves ghettoized in highly racialized and gendered labour markets. A business-led campaign in Toronto to have foreign credentials recognized promotes an individualistic, market-based approach to the integration of immigrants that fails […]

Some Girls Refuse to Lose their Heads f(or) their Hands

Publié le 1 décembre, 2007 | Pas de commentaires
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Some Girls Refuse to Lose their Heads f(or) their Hands

Some Girls: Griffiths/Simms/Wagschal/Werner, curated by James D. Campbell, is billed as an exhibit which “contributes to a vital dialogue concerning the state of portraiture in contemporary art.1” The tradition of portrait painting has focused on head and shoulders representations of noteworthy individuals. Some Girls is also an exhibit whichcontributes to ongoing feminist discussions: that of […]

The Implications of Freedom Suits to America

Publié le 1 décembre, 2007 | Pas de commentaires
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The Implications of Freedom Suits to America

The United States detains thousands of people as suspected terrorists. It claims that the open-ended detention of terror suspects is a national security necessity. The contemporary legal issues of these terror suspects have correlations to America’s past. The treatment of slaves and their attempts to gain freedom through the courts in the antebellum period (1800-1860) […]

The Nobel Prize and the ‘Wicked’ Challenge of Climate Change

Publié le 1 décembre, 2007 | Pas de commentaires
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The Nobel Prize and the ‘Wicked’ Challenge of Climate Change

As recognized by the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and Al Gore’s style of science communication reflect complimentary approaches to global capacity-building in the face of ‘wicked planetary environmental issues’. How do these initiatives work to strengthen communication between science, politics and people? Might their effects be enhanced by […]

History and the Virtual: a Review of Christine Rosen’s “Virtual Friendship and the New Narcissism”

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History and the Virtual: a Review of Christine Rosen’s “Virtual Friendship and the New Narcissism”

Social networking websites like Facebook and Myspace have achieved widespread popularity in only a short time. On any given day swarms of people update and build their contacts on these sites, posing an interesting challenge to traditional notions of human relationships, says author Christine Rosen. Even more interesting though is the possibility that Facebook and […]