Co-operators go on and on about the “Rochdale Principles”. If you hear someone doing this, you can know right away they are less than familiar with happened at Rochdale, or why Rochdale is an important part of Co-operative history. There are no “Rochdale principles”, in the sense of principles written down by members of the […]Read More Abolish the Rochdale Principles
I mean this both as a diagnosis of the social moment, and as a description of my private life. In my private life, which is to say in my personal relationships, multiple things have happened over the last year, the last month, the last few days, which have revealed to me two things: just how […]Read More I feel like it’s all falling apart.
Yesterday, Peter Singer published this article discussing the morality of Israel’s recent war with Palestinians in Gaza. Normally, I am a fan of Singer’s work which usually contains a high degree of moral seriousness. However, in this piece, his moral seriousness is undermined by his uncritical acceptance of Israeli talking points: “Israel, blaming Hamas, arrested […]Read More Peter Singer is out to lunch on Gaza
All parties in conflict want peace. Oppressed groups want peace in the sense of the end of their oppression, which they interpret as a continuation of war, whereas oppressor groups want peace and quiet, in the sense of the absence of any rebellion against the oppression they instituted through mechanisms of pacification. Calls for “peace” […]Read More Towards a non-vacuous concept of “Just Peace”
I’ve always loved living-history museums. Growing up I was lucky enough to visit many in Canada – grand ones like Heritage Park in Calgary and Fort Steele in south eastern B.C., and smaller ones closer to home – Burnaby Village and Fort Langley (both in the greater Vancouver area) come to mind. When I was […]Read More Beamish historical park: a living history of life and class realities in Northeast England
Samah Idriss spoke on a panel along with Carrie Lester and David from CAIA at Israeli Apartheid Week tonight. It was a historically significant event for two reasons. First because we don’t hear a lot of voices from the Arab world outside Palestine in relation to the boycott Israel movement, and second because of the analytical […]Read More Samah Idriss speaks at Israeli Apartheid Week 2014
Child, what will you remember When you recall your sixteenth year the horrid sound of helicopter gunships the rumble of the tanks as they grew near –David Rovics Lately, I’ve found myself thinking about Jenin. I only visited there once, I met some people who ran the co-operative of olive oil farmers, and I bought […]Read More Jenin, Syria.
Yesterday evening I participated in the anti-Gentrification pickets in front of Pidgin restaurant at Hastings and Carrall, and Cuchillo restaurant at 261 Powell street. Due to conversations with friends, I’ve become increasingly interested in the issue of Gentrification in Vancouver, and I thought that participating would be the best way to get a sense of […]Read More A Visit to the Anti-Gentrification Protests in Vancouver
I sometimes look at a sunset and see so much pollution, but it makes the sunset look so much more beautiful. As I write this, I’m riding on a bus from Montreal to Toronto, observing a sunset. It is deeply beautiful, with purples and yellows, and clouds lit up with bands of crimson. And yet, […]Read More Injustice is Not a Beautiful Colour
Syria. Uttered in Arabic, we hear Sou-ree-ah. What is the meaning of this word today? Its utterance produces shivers, sighs, perhaps sparks of hope along with the horror. And of course fights. There is alive in the 2.0 world of print/blog media a war of words concerning Syria – is it a revolution? is it still […]Read More Syria: The Sovereignty of the Revolution Lives in the Bodies of the People in Struggle