Film Review: Tagaq’s music comes alive in “Ever Deadly”
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by Julia Israel
39m ago
Two women stand face to face, so close their lips will touch. Despite being at a viewpoint overlooking the expansive Nunavut territory, their unflinching eye contact locks them into an enclosed, intimate exchange. They are Inuk throat singers – their breath and song mirroring each other’s until someone breaks into a smile. One of them is Tanya Tagaq. This ten-minute close-up is the opening shot of Ever Deadly, an experimental documentary filmabout the life and music of Tanya Tagaq. The film captures the sonic journey of the Inuk throat singer’s music by interspersing concert footage with shot ..read more
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Have a cuppa, and spare a thought for tea workers
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by Chloe Friedland
3w ago
On a cold winter’s day or a slow afternoon, I often turn to tea for comfort or a pick-me-up. It wasn’t until I recently read that after water, tea is the most consumed beverage globally, that I wanted to learn more about the tea industry. What are the working conditions and wages like in tea factories? Whose hands worked for hours on end plucking each leaf? What steps were involved from seed to my cup?  I began my inquiry with a conversation with Katie Cyr, a certified tea sommelier– yes, like wine but for tea – and founder of Monarch Tea Company in Ontario. When I asked her why she ..read more
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The murder of journalists in Mexico
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by Sabrina Nelson
1M ago
On January 17, 2022, Margarito Martinez, a freelance photographer, was brutally shot and murdered in his residence in Tijuana after receiving threats for weeks but failing to get government protection. A week later, Lourdes Maldonado Lopez, a journalist in Tijuana, was shot dead in her car as she arrived home. She had previously been getting threats due to her work on corruption across the country and in politics. Despite being enrolled in Mexico’s protection program for journalists, Maldonado was still brutally murdered. This is the reality for journalists in Mexico, wher ..read more
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The crisis in affordable housing – the Montreal example
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by Joel Sawmadal
2M ago
Montreal’s rent prices are rising at unprecedented rates and the supply of affordable rental units in the city is declining drastically. Thousands of Montrealers, particularly those in lower income brackets and more in need of affordable housing, are left in precarious positions. A growing demand for housing, increasing construction costs, and exploitative landlord practices are factors that contribute to rising rent prices and the subsequent diminishing supply of affordable housing. I spoke with experts and advocates in Montreal’s housing sector to get their takes on the city’s ongoing housi ..read more
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Kafala slavery in Lebanon
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by Michel Khneifes
2M ago
The Kafala system establishes a relationship between foreign domestic workers and their local employment sponsors. The system is implemented in many Middle Eastern countries such as Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Jordan, and Lebanon where the state permits citizens to employ foreign workers. These sponsors bring the workers, mostly women from impoverished backgrounds, from abroad, often taking their passports for the period of their contracts. Without legal help, and their documents taken as part of the recruitment process, they are basically defenceless ..read more
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A dire situation – journalists in authoritarian Myanmar
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by Ruolan Ma
3M ago
Growing up in a refugee camp in Myanmar as an ethnic minority, young Naw Hsa Moo dreamed of becoming a doctor, but for refugees like her there was no opportunity for higher education. After joining a community radio program, her interest was redirected and she took the opportunity to study journalism. “We are stateless, but the organization of community radio programs trained us like training citizens,” she said. But being a journalist in Myanmar comes with risks and obstacles, especially after the coup. “There is no freedom of expression, and there is no right for the journalists to report t ..read more
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7. Laetitia César-Franquet / Sociologue – OESLF
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3M ago
Est-ce que les espagnols sont vraiment plus machos que les français ? Entretien sur l’insécurité, le handicap, et l’égalité, avec Laetitia César-Franquet, sociologue spécialisée dans les violences faites aux femmes. The post 7. Laetitia César-Franquet / Sociologue – OESLF appeared first on The Upstream Journal ..read more
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Protection of culture and human rights needed as Amazon loses forest
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by Stephanie Wang
3M ago
“The Amazon for me represents hope,” says Andrea Echeverri, an environmental activist in Colombia. “We must keep our business out of conservation, we must keep profit out of human rights, and the Amazon is a great opportunity to win the struggle against disputes over conservation, disputes over human rights. So we’re going to regain the Amazon for its people, we’re going to regain the Amazon for life, we’re going to regain the Amazon for the Amazon itself. For its rivers, for its trees, for its magic.” As the world experienced an unprecedented heat wave in the summer of 2022, response to clim ..read more
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Immigration detention in Canada and why it should be abolished
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by Serra Hasiloglu
4M ago
While Canada’s immigration and refugee system is often praised for welcoming people from all around the world, the reality of immigration detention in Canada is unknown to many. Immigration detention in Canada is an administrative measure, meaning that it does not require an offence for a person to be detained, and there is no trial. A significant number of asylum-seekers, refugee-claimants, and non-status migrants are incarcerated in Canadian immigration holding centres and provincial jails simply for immigration reasons and without a statutory time limit. They are often treated as if charge ..read more
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Shedding light on Assad’s crimes against humanity – the Koblenz trial
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by Emma Beilouny
5M ago
Mansour Omari was arrested at the Damascus headquarters of the Syrian Center for Media and Free Expression on February 16th, 2012. Like many others, he spent almost a year in a military detention center with no official statement concerning his arrest. Omari and other detainees sought to write down the names of their co-detainees, so that their families —and the world— could know what happened. With no access to pen or paper, they wrote some eighty-six names with chicken bones and a mix of blood and rust onto little strips of cloth from their run-down T-shirts. More than 14,000 people have bee ..read more
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