Monthly Archives: October 2015

Whither the Refugees, W(h)ither Europe?

Since I arrived in Hungary in early summer, the media, and everyday conversations, were filled with the refugee crisis. From the dangerous boat crossings from Libya to Europe’s Mediterranean island outposts such as Lampedusa, Italy, the main flow had shifted … Continue reading

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Money and Otherness

I was an immigrant child growing up in Vancouver. I spent a lot of time walking alone, to and from school, through the forested neighborhoods and along the suburban roads. Every day a new experience floating in my mind. Here … Continue reading

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Our climate is changing, and we’re feeling the dangerous and costly effects right now

Our climate is changing, and we’re feeling the dangerous and costly effects right now 2,200 deaths in India, 1,000 in Pakistan: severe droughts are becoming increasingly frequent on our planet, and those who feel them are primarily developing countries. Natural … Continue reading

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UIUC Sport Scandals

The University of Illinois has been the focus of myriad scandals in the past months. While much attention has been given to the academic and ethical transgressions, there has been relatively little paid to the outrageous behavior alleged to be … Continue reading

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Anniversary of 1968 Olympics Protest

October 16 is the 47th anniversary of the courageous protest by US athletes Tommie Smith, John Carlos and Australian Peter Norman at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City. Smith and Carlos took direct action with their fists in the sky, … Continue reading

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UI Faculty Background Checks and Civil Liberties Post-9/11

Required background checks for jobs may be widespread, and spreading wider after 9/11, in the private sector and also in the public sector. But that is not, ipso facto, cause for them to be expanded at UI. The UI Board … Continue reading

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