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The woman who faced the Ku Klux Klan and won

By Cathryn Wellner / April 10, 2015

  Michael Donald left home the evening of 1981 and never returned. He just wanted a pack of cigarettes. What his murderers wanted was ugly and complex. The young Donald was 19 years old, youngest son of Beulah Mae Donald. He bought his cigarettes at a convenience store, then started for home. That same night, […]

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The immigrant’s choice

By Cathryn Wellner / March 16, 2015

On the 11th of March I went to a ceremony that never fails to leave me in a puddle of tears. In a packed auditorium, 82 people affirmed their allegiance to the country that had welcomed them, Canada. The new citizens came from 20 countries. They were small children and grandparents and people in their […]

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Farewell and thanks to an honest politician

By Cathryn Wellner / March 11, 2015

After five years as president of Uruguay, José “Pepe” Mujica is stepping down. The poorest president in the world served the one, 5-year term allowed. His impact will be felt for a long time. Becoming president did not change the former guerrilla. He gave away 90% of his salary and stayed in his small house. […]

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#1210 Who’s under that turban?

By Cathryn Wellner / March 4, 2015

The guy under that turban could be comedian and writer Narinder Singh. Maybe it is jewelry designer and actor Waris Sing Ahluwalla, the “Chic Sikh”. Maybe it is business developer Sonny Caberwal, creator of (among other things) a robot that can hand write your personal notes. On the other hand, it might just be software […]

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#1207 The unlikely alliance of lesbians, gays and miners

By Cathryn Wellner / February 25, 2015

In the UK of the Margaret Thatcher era, gays and lesbians were dealing with discrimination, barriers, suspicion and the onset of the AIDS crisis. Then On March 6, 1984 the government announced it was closing 20 coal mines immediately and 70 over the long run. Tens of thousands of British miners put down their tools […]

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#1204 We are better than we think we are

By Cathryn Wellner / February 18, 2015

I scratch my head when Stephen Harper, head of state in the country I call home these days, whips up his fellow Conservatives. He urges them to pass bills for more prisons, more anti-terrorism measures, more erosion of privacy. He does that because the story he tells himself and the rest of Canada is that […]

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#1174 Sister Megan Rice is in prison for us all

By Cathryn Wellner / December 8, 2014

She may very well die in jail, and she is grateful for the chance to do so. Sister Megan Rice is the anti-nuclear activist who broke into a Tennessee plant and exposed security issues that made government more than a little uneasy. She was 84 when she was sentenced to a three-year term. If she […]

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#1156 Son of a terrorist chose tolerance and empathy

By Cathryn Wellner / October 27, 2014

Zak Ebrahim was brought up on a diet of hate. He was 10 when his father, the notorious Egyptian-American, El Sayyid-Nosair, shot Rabbi Meir Kehane in 1990. He was 13 when his father, from his prison cell, helped plan the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center. The beloved, gentle father changed from a middle-class […]

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#1148 Giving Columbus a rest in favour of first peoples

By Cathryn Wellner / October 12, 2014

In fourteen hundred ninety-two Columbus sailed the ocean blue… That little ditty helped me remember the date of one of Columbus’s voyages when I was a child. It was the date attributed to the Italian sailor’s discovery of the Americas. That made it significant enough for October 12th, the date he landed in what he […]

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