All posts in "Politics"

Everyone should know about this courageous anti-slavery crusader

By Cathryn Wellner / September 4, 2015

Biram Dah Abeid. Remember that name. When he is freed from his latest imprisonment in Mauritania, the courageous activist will once again take up the fight against slavery. Although in 1981 Mauritania finally became the last country to abolish slavery, the practice continues. Bowing to foreign pressure, the government enacted a law in 2007 that […]


Proud father of Malala Yousafzai

By Cathryn Wellner / July 27, 2015

Around the world, women grow up knowing they are considered inferior to men. Ziauddin Yousafzai was determined to give his daughter Malala a very different upbringing. Instead of accepting the patriarchal attitudes of many in his country, the Pakistani educator was determined to give his daughter a strong sense of her intelligence and power. He […]


Pouring the oil of music over a bombed Baghdad neighbourhood

By Cathryn Wellner / July 10, 2015

  On the last Monday in April 2015, three car bombs ripped through busy Baghdad neighbourhoods. The deadliest of them killed at least 10 and injured 27 others and shattered shops and vehicles in the upscale Mansour district. Iraqi cellist Karim Wasfi defied the terrorists ‘ message of hatred and death. He came with his […]


Conservative Canadian town is ending homelessness

By Cathryn Wellner / June 10, 2015

No one would mistake Medicine Hat, Alberta’s mayor Ted Clugston for any version of a bleeding-heart liberal. He is more in the camp of those who figure people can pull up their bootstraps if they really try. When his province proposed the city adopt a housing-first model for dealing with homelessness, he was more than […]


Honouring First Nations strengths is the path to reconciliation

By Cathryn Wellner / June 5, 2015

The history of colonialism in Canada is not a pretty picture. The past cannot be changed, but it can be acknowledged, the consequences understood. Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) has been looking into the impact of one particularly painful part of that history, the effects of removing children from their families with the express […]


Ireland shows change is possible

By Cathryn Wellner / May 25, 2015

Irish voters have spoken, and 62.1% of them have made clear their support for same-sex marriage. The first country to ask voters to decide on the issue has opted for equity by a comfortable majority. Doing so made them the 20th country to legalize marriage for gays and lesbians. Reacting to the vote, Prime Minister […]


Holocaust survivor forgives Nazi guard

By Cathryn Wellner / May 15, 2015

Eva Mozes Kor has good reason to despise Oskar Gröning. When she and her twin sister, Miriam, arrived in the Auschwitz death camp, they were met by Josef Mengele and became part of the ruthless scientist’s genetic experiments. Gröning was a junior squad leader at the camp. While he could argue he was not directly […]


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, […]


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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