A recent court ruling demonstrated the extent of Canadian complicity in mining deaths worldwide—and how far the country still has to go in recognizing its role.
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After his father was murdered a decade ago over his opposition to a Canadian-owned barite mine, José Luis Abarca has been fighting relentlessly to secure justice. José Luis’s struggle has taken him from his rural community in the southern Mexican state ...
The dilemma for a health organization is hard to fathom.
In 2018, two young women died at the hands of knitting needles and other everyday objects in Kenya, where seven women die each day in an attempt to induce an abortion on their own, bereft of safer options.
Even two years earlier, their deaths might have been prevented.
Taking place overlooking British Columbia’s Burrard Inlet, in the Vancouver Convention Centre, Women Deliver, the world’s largest conference on gender equality, brought together advocacy organizations, academics, government officials, activists and journalists from around the world on June 3-6.
The event, which has been running since 2007, saw wide-ranging discussions take place, from the global rise of authoritarianism and its impact on women’s rights movements, to how women medical professi...
When Juan Guaidó stood before crowds in Caracas in January to declare himself the president of Venezuela, it ushered in a new era in the country. The United States, Canada and their allies in the region swiftly recognised Guaidó’s parallel government over that of president Nicolas Maduro’s. The Trump administration then set out to do more: impose new sanctions on an embittered, polarised nation, sanctions that continue to be deeply punitive towards everyday Venezuelans.
“Do you force her to wear that?” a waitress asked Stephanie Roy’s fiance one day, pointing at Roy’s hijab.
Roy, a convert to Islam just a few years ago, who always leaves tips at restaurants, didn’t leave one that particular day.
After years of questions like these, Roy, who is white, eventually stopped wearing the headscarf some Muslim women choose to wear.
“There was always the assumption that a brown guy forced me to convert (to Islam),” Roy said, adding th...
It’s nearly that time of the year when the 1.8 billion Muslim people celebrating Ramadan around the globe are met with questions from inquiring minds unfamiliar with the holiday. Most often, they sound something like this: “Wait, you don’t drink anything? Not even water?” But there are many more elements to this distinctly holy month than just fasting (though it’s certainly a big part of it).
For the 30 days that make up Ramadan, Muslims refrain from eating and drinking from sunrise to sunset...
I hadn't looked at the photograph in years. But then news came she faced the death penalty. When I looked at the photo again after so long, I could almost hear her characteristic laughter.
It was a photo of a group of us from the Pakistan Students' Association. Front and center in it was my friend, Loujain al-Hathloul. We were pictured together at an event in 2011 at our alma mater, the University of British Columbia (UBC), in Vancouver, Canada.
I don't remember exactly, but Loujain probably had
One year later, justice for my friend Loujain al-Hathloul means a full pardon from Saudi authorities
On an ordinary day almost exactly one year ago, I scrolled through my Facebook newsfeed and saw multiple posts about Loujain al-Hathloul. This was not unusual: we had both graduated from the University of British Columbia (UBC), in Vancouver, Canada, I had watched in awe since then as she made international headlines for her fearless activism fighting for women’s rights in her native Saudi Arabia.
But on this particular day, the details of the headlines were profoundly shocking: Loujain faced...
Today Canada welcomes two of the refugees who helped hide NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden while he was on the run in Hong Kong more than five years ago.
Vanessa Rodel and her seven-year-old daughter, Keana, have been accepted as privately sponsored refugees and will arrive in Montreal tonight.
“After seven years of fighting for the Snowden Refugees’ rights and freedoms, today the family of Vanessa and Keana have flown out of Hong Kong, finally leaving behind a world of racism, discrimination...
At the intersection of Union and Main, in Vancouver, once stood the legendary Vie’s Chicken and Steak House. Inside, Nora Hendrix cooked up T-bones, porterhouse, filet mignons and fresh-baked biscuits into the late hours of the night, as Black artists such as Nat King Cole and Louis Armstrong swarmed in and out of the establishment.
It was in these quarters that th...
In a well-fitted sports jacket, with one hand over his heart and the other clasping the constitution, the previously unknown Juan Guaidó declared himself interim president of Venezuela against democratically elected Nicolás Maduro. It was 61 years to the exact date since Venezuela's U.S.-allied dictatorship of General Marcos Pérez Jiménez fell. The difference this time? The United States has changed who is dictator, and thrown its weight behind the self-styled vanquisher.
Guaidó spoke to U.S....
When Loujain al-Hathloul walked into a room, everyone took notice: At Pakistani Students’ Association events at our alma mater, the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver, Canada, the loudest trail of infectious laughter could be traced back to Loujain, often the only Arab at our events. Of the many ways to be involved on our 40,000-student-strong campus, Loujain became our club’s unofficial driver, selflessly taking us across town to pick up boxes of samosas, or carpool a gaggle of us dressed to the nines in Pakistani garb to events in the Vancouver rain.
How Working In Ecuador During The Venezuelan Crisis Helps Me Understand The Central American Asylum Seekers
“Señorita! Puedo preguntarle sobre—”
“Ah, lo siento, no hablo español!” (“Sorry, I don’t speak Spanish!”)
Conversations during my first few months in Ecuador often took this tune: brown-skinned and dark curly-haired, I certainly looked the part. But I didn’t yet speak it.
Once my Spanish grew conversational, I could answer the confusion — somewhat. Always in a cab, the taxista would begin his string of rapid-fire questions, beginning with, “Where are you from?”
“Canada,” I’d respond with a kn...
Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince and Princess Have Been Praised For Being “Progressive” While Our Friend Spent Her Birthday in Jail
Vogue Arabia described the Saudi princess as “trailblazing” without mention of any anti-ban protestors.
In this op-ed, Urooba Jamal, Atiya Jaffar, and Rauza Khan explain how early branding of the new crown prince of Saudi Arabia as “progressive” has obscured his crackdown on Saudi activists — including the arrest of their friend, Loujain al-Hathloul.
Among the dusty side streets and alleys of Ecatepec, Mexico, in a polling station at a nondescript elementary school, Karla Montes came prepared.
“I brought my pen, and I brought my cellphone to take a photo of my vote, so that they don’t alter it,” she said. “These have been my precautions.”
The young woman was just one of thousands of people that took the matter of fraud and corruption — mainstay occurrences in Mexican politics for nearly the past century — head on. Seventy-one years of rul...