Violence and War

My Scary Trip through Ukrainews, Victoria

When it comes to complex international issues, does following the news increase or diminish our understanding? I want to talk about something that’s difficult to talk about in person: Ukraine. But not the actual place or events surrounding it, which I know less than nothing about. (Emphasis on less, an issue I’ll return to shortly.)

By |2014-04-03T22:52:06+00:00April 3rd, 2014|3 Comments

Infected at Birth

150 years ago, on August 2, 1862, the townsite of Fort Victoria was incorporated as the City of Victoria. But while Victorians get ready to don their party hats, a new book by Tom Swanky presents evidence that the circumstances surrounding that birth are nothing to celebrate.  Originally published in Focus, July/August 2012. Most written

By |2012-08-17T21:07:31+00:00August 17th, 2012|0 Comments

Let Me Tell You Why

Someone blows up a bus or a building or a bunch of people, and then everywhere, every time, a universal, almost archetypal cry goes up asking, "Why? Why?! How could anyone do such a thing? What kind of a person would do this? Why?!" And the question is always repeated everywhere in the media, too,

By |2014-01-12T06:50:20+00:00July 23rd, 2012|0 Comments

The Yoga of Imprisonment

Between rocks and hard places, flexibility is desperately needed. I taught yoga at the prison for five years. If you’ve ever taken yoga, you know it’s common in the first class for instructors to ask if anyone has had any major injuries or surgeries during their lives. It’s a safety protocol, so the instructor can

By |2011-04-01T05:18:17+00:00October 12th, 2010|0 Comments

The De-indoctrination of Sgt. Nikolai Lanine

Nineteen years ago, former Soviet soldier Nikolai Lanine lost many friends in Afghanistan. Last August, he lost a relative in the Canadian army. Now, he worries that we're making the same mistakes the Soviets did, and part of the problem, he argues, is our "Sovietized" media. Nikolai Lanine didn't know Corporal Andrew Eykelenboom. Nevertheless, at

By |2013-07-07T00:56:55+00:00January 13th, 2007|2 Comments
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