Selective empathy: An observation on classes of refugees
“These are people who are Europeans, so we and all other countries are ready to welcome them. In other words, this is not the refugee wave that we are used to, where we don’t know what to do, people with an uncertain past—are they terrorists?” These are the words spoken by Bulgaria’s prime minister, Kiril Petkov, in reference to the millions of Ukrainians who have crossed into neighboring countries since the Russian invasion began on February 24.
As Russia’s attack on Ukraine intensifies, small rays of light shine on the trillion-dollar business of global political corruption
Political corruption has been around since the beginnings of civilization. The fact that bribery and corruption remain common practice in many countries underscores mankind’s permanent flaws of greed and power, but it still doesn’t make it right. Ultimately, it’s the most marginalized citizens of countries that pay the price.
Wake up and smell the coffee: The agricultural commodity market is broken
The coffee crisis brewing in Central America is not just the result of climate change accelerating the spread of crop disease, but also the perpetual reliance on individual commodities to prop up global markets and offer the only solution to poverty for millions of smallholders worldwide.
At the same time that President Biden announced making a $10 billion commitment to tackle hunger and malnutrition, the administration was expelling more than 12,000 migrants who had converged, hungry and desperate, in Del Rio.
Helping refugees resettle in Canada is a winning proposition for all
As Canada prepares to welcome tens of thousands of Afghan refugees, I am struck by the opportunity this offers our country — an opportunity to not only help those who need it, but also to enrich our communities and grow our economy.