Racism is a Matter of Whiteness

In recent years, I've thought about race and racial discrimination in our world. I've written about racism in the American criminal justice system and how it continues the legacy of slavery; how movies vilify characters of color; the indifference towards refugees of color and growing Islamophobia within Europe and the United States; and hostility of white society towards racial justices … Continue reading Racism is a Matter of Whiteness

The Fight to Control Women

"Recent years have seen a panic over "online red-light districts," which supposedly seduce vulnerable young women into a life of degradation, and New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof’s live tweeting of a Cambodian brothel raid. But rarely do these fearful, salacious dispatches come from sex workers themselves, and rarely do they deviate from the position that sex workers must be rescued from … Continue reading The Fight to Control Women

Religion as Political Scapegoat

This is not about terrorism. Terrorism is the excuse. This is about economic and social control. And the only thing you're really protecting is the supremacy of your government. This reflection from the 2016 docu-drama Snowden illustrates the current world we live in. A world, we're told, filled with terrorist threats. But, are we in danger? In his book The … Continue reading Religion as Political Scapegoat

Down With The Royals, Up With Democracy

Pandas and royal persons alike are expensive to conserve and ill-adapted to any modern environment. This comparison of British royals to zoological specimens by novelist Hilary Mantel is but one of many ideas presented in Joan Smith's book, Down With The Royals. In three parts, Smith dissects the arguments for maintaining the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern … Continue reading Down With The Royals, Up With Democracy

Selling Off the UK Government to the Lowest Bidder

Government outsourcing--contracting private companies to provide public services--can produce amazing results. The process links government revenue with business tools. When a government's own in-house capacity is limited, contracting private companies can be an essential solution, whether it's providing stationary or building bridges. Outsourcing can also be a stressful exercise, as John Glenn, American astronaut and the … Continue reading Selling Off the UK Government to the Lowest Bidder

Subliminal Activism: Photographs by Edward Burtynsky

"I wish my artwork could persuade millions of people to join a global conversation about sustainability." - Edward Burtynsky Through his aerial images, Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky has indeed persuaded many people, including myself, to join the conversation on environmental sustainability. (Edward Burtynsky’s artist website here. Photos above from 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 sources.) The man-made industrial landscapes … Continue reading Subliminal Activism: Photographs by Edward Burtynsky

Bringing Hell to Syria

More than 400,000 deaths. Four million refugees plus 7.6 million Syrians displaced within their country. Widespread bombardment of cultural heritage sites and urban centers. These are some of the costs of the war in Syria. A war that has now waged for over five years and doesn't appear to be stopping. The human cost is tremendous. And the causes are many. In the … Continue reading Bringing Hell to Syria