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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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#1127 We all have a right to peace; someone must begin

By Cathryn Wellner / September 21, 2014

Today is the International Day of Peace (often called World Peace Day). Around the world vigils, prayers and parties are bringing people together to imagine a world in harmony. As I write, it is already peace day in Australia. It will move around the world with the sun, carrying with it the dreams of people […]

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#1120 One-woman dynamo fights for women in conflict zones

By Cathryn Wellner / September 14, 2014

Amnesty International calls Afghanistan “one of the worst places to be a woman”. The statistics are appalling. Among them: 87% of women in Afghanistan experience domestic violence The average Afghan woman won’t live to see her 50th birthday Only 16 per cent of peace agreements in the last two decades have contained a reference to […]

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