Category Archives: Global Politics

Respectability Politics doesn’t Protect Us

Filed under Culture, Events, Global Politics, Race and Racism   ·   November 21st, 2017   ·   0 comments
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“After all the work I’ve done, after all the work our people have done, they don’t want us?” Those were my mother’s words the morning of Trump’s immigration ban. My mother is a chemical engineer who has greatly contributed to the field of wood pellet size reduction for their use in renewable energy. I couldn’t […]

Interview with Yves Engler – A Propaganda System: How Canada’s government, corporations, media and academia sell war and exploitation

Filed under Campus, Capitalism & Class, Global Politics   ·   November 10th, 2017   ·   0 comments
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This interview was recorded on October 9, 2016 at the University of British Columbia on the occupied, ancestral, unceded territory of the Musqueam people. It is important to recognize that institutions across these lands continue to perpetuate acts of colonial violence and dispossession towards the region’s First People and that questioning and dismantling these oppressive […]

“Love will fix all”

Filed under Culture, Decolonization, Feminism, Global Politics, Multimedia, Race and Racism   ·   October 19th, 2017   ·   0 comments
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When people tell me that Liberal-ized “LOVE” is the answer… that all we need is sole “love” to lick the well-deep wounds… I have this burning desire to respond: Will Love put my native tongue back into my bruised, post-9/11, numbing-cream™ filled mouth? Will it allow me to share my passions and heartaches with my […]

Corrupt prosecutors behind Brazil’s 2016 right-wing coup selected as finalists for UBC’s $100,000 Allard Prize

Filed under Campus, Global Politics   ·   September 26th, 2017   ·   0 comments
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“…By contrast, much of Brazilian civil society and grassroots political movements view the Car Wash Task Force as a tool of an oligarchic elite, represented by the Brazilian Democratic Movement Party (PMBD), that sought power by “judicial” means after having lost the 2014 election to Rousseff’s Worker’s Party (PT).8 Protests opposing the Task force number in the hundreds of thousands9, while an attempted rally in its defense only attracted a little more than half a dozen people.10 Brazilians reject the hypocrisy of the Task Force’s ‘crusade against corruption’, which played a key role in undemocratically installing the notoriously corrupt Michel Temer as President.”

BDS court case verdict and the surrounding campus politics

Filed under Campus, Decolonization, Global Politics   ·   April 5th, 2017   ·   1 comment
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Tetrault reacted positively to the court verdict and stated that “the courts basically rejected the attempt by the pro-Israeli forces on the UBC campus to shut down [the] debate… [The verdict] was a very good decision for free speech, student union independence and I think it will discourage people from going to court to decide political issues.”

A Palestinian’s response to Koby Michaels’ Op-ed

Filed under Campus, Decolonization, Global Politics, Race and Racism   ·   April 3rd, 2017   ·   1 comment
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Dear Koby Michaels, I’m writing this open letter to inform you and those who have read your article that your intentions behind writing it was not that of genuine fear, but of an ideological impetus to preserve your privilege. You benefit as a colonizer of unceded Coast Salish territory, and also Palestinian land if you […]

Standing up for Human Decency

Filed under Campus, Decolonization, Global Politics   ·   March 31st, 2017   ·   0 comments
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In June 1967, during the Six-Day War, Israel began its occupation of the West Bank. Less than six months later, the U.N. Security Council adopted Resolution 242. Resolution 242 invoked the foundational legal principle of the “inadmissibility of the acquisition of territory by war” and called for “withdrawal of Israeli armed forces from territories occupied in […]

How 4chan Radicalizes White Men Online

Filed under Feminism, Global Politics, Race and Racism   ·   March 27th, 2017   ·   0 comments
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Content warning: racism, misogyny, animal cruelty 4chan is an imageboard where users post anonymously. It’s a simple premise, but within that ephemerality they’ve still made their mark on the web. They’ve been known to pull off stunts ranging from leaking celebrity nudes to calling in bomb threats, and from stealing jokes on Reddit to lighting […]

Inside the BDS court case against the AMS

Filed under Campus, Global Politics   ·   March 25th, 2017   ·   1 comment
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On Monday March 6, 2017, Toronto-based lawyer Alexi Wood appeared in the BC Supreme Court to defend the Alma Mater Society (AMS) against a lawsuit brought forth by a UBC Commerce student, Logan Presch. The litigation involved the proposed Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) referendum question that was put to the AMS by the student […]

An Open Critique of Sophie Gregoire Trudeau

Filed under Feminism, Global Politics, Queer Issues   ·   March 20th, 2017   ·   0 comments
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Dear Mrs. Trudeau, By now, the reality of your Women’s Day Instagram post, where you showcase your husband’s activism, has reached hundreds of thousands of people, and the backlash has been swift and brutal. It is not my intention to approach this with anger, or contempt; but rather with this letter I attempt to educate […]