Equal Pay for Equal Work

Four decade ago, the women of Iceland decided to call for a "day off". On 24 October 1975, 90 percent of women in Iceland, in both urban and rural communities, did not go to their paid jobs or do housework or childcare at home. They refused to work to raise awareness that women at the time … Continue reading Equal Pay for Equal Work

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

The Powerful Need to Invalidate Social Movements

As a white man, I rank very high on the ladder of privilege. My skin color and my gender are just two aspects of my identity, which have been prioritized by Western society for centuries. I also benefit everyday from my sexual orientation (heterosexual), my nationality (Canadian), my level of education (two university degrees), my mother tongue (English), … Continue reading The Powerful Need to Invalidate Social Movements

Rich People Don’t Create Jobs

So, if rich people do not create the jobs, what does? A healthy economic ecosystem — one in which most participants (especially the middle class) have plenty of money to spend. Over the last couple of years, a rich investor and entrepreneur named Nick Hanauer has annoyed all manner of other rich investors and entrepreneurs by explaining this … Continue reading Rich People Don’t Create Jobs

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

The American Injustice System: Slave Labour and Prison Profits

As Huey Freeman quipped, "the prison-industrial complex is a system situated at the intersection of government and private interest. It uses prison as a solution to social, political and economic problems. It includes human rights violations, the death penalty, slave labour, policing, the courts, the media, political prisoners and the elimination of dissent." I want … Continue reading The American Injustice System: Slave Labour and Prison Profits

Liberté, égalité, fraternité pour qui?

In recent weeks, a series of French municipal decrees de facto banning "burkinis" and, apparently, any other skin concealing beach outfits worn by Muslim women were made in about 30 French towns. Women have received fines and armed French police have ordered some women to remove their clothing, as seen on a beach in Nice: This treatment of Muslim women in … Continue reading Liberté, égalité, fraternité pour qui?