How the spice trade changed the world

Spice. The very word conjures up images of exotic trails, bustling winds and turban clad men concocting salubrious brews. The history of spice is like many things in this world however, not as it seems. India would seem to many to be the birthplace of spice, being as it is the land of curry and chai. But in fact many of the finest spices as we know … Continue reading How the spice trade changed the world

A story of co-existence. The Jewish history of Islamic Morocco.

The current political narrative of Jews and Arab Muslims dates back only 100 years. There is an older story, a richly complex and more peaceful one begging to be told. Sitting in the shadows of today’s narrative of animosity and hatred is a story of a thriving co-existence between Jews and Arabs. This is Morocco’s Jewish history. Jewish life in Morocco is over 2000 years … Continue reading A story of co-existence. The Jewish history of Islamic Morocco.

Toronto. Cultural diversity leading the world.

Sitting in a café in downtown Toronto you could be anywhere in the world. In fact, it’s almost impossible to tell you are in Canada. The city is a melting pot of faces from all around the world, no more Caucasian than it is African, Asian, Indian, Arab or Latino. Just over half of the Toronto regions 5.6 million residents were born in another country … Continue reading Toronto. Cultural diversity leading the world.

Positive thinking, privilege and the alienation of Instagram

The Internet is the worlds go to for information, for better and for worse, for truth and for bullshit. Everyone can now have a voice and while this theoretically creates a platform for true citizen democracy, it also opens doors for a whole lot of half truths and pretence. Chloe King writes this polemic and powerful piece about radical self-love and why positive thinking will, in her words, … Continue reading Positive thinking, privilege and the alienation of Instagram

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Freedom for the Basque country: Independence graffiti along Spain’s ancient Camino

Walking the Camino del Norte in Northern Spain is as much an exercise in history as it of the body. Any notion of Spain as one unified nation was quietly put to rest for the autonomous regions of Spain are as distinct as the nations making up the United Kingdom. The Camino del Norte begins in the Basque country, Spain’s most notorious separatist state, starting … Continue reading Freedom for the Basque country: Independence graffiti along Spain’s ancient Camino

The human element of the fall of the Berlin Wall

When Annie Macnaughton left the comfortable bubble of cosmopolitan Melbourne in 1990, she knew about the horrors of war and persecution, albeit secondhand. She was well read, educated, from a family who travelled and regularly discussed world events at the dinner table. She knew about the bitter standoff that was the Cold War and that only months before, the Berlin Wall had fallen. Annie and her friend Cath left … Continue reading The human element of the fall of the Berlin Wall

TPP sees to create global corporate economy

While the world celebrated love and pride-filled rainbows last month, the US Congress granted ‘fast track’ authority to the US Government’s highly controversial new trade agreement, the Trans Pacific Partnership, known as the TPP. You may be forgiven for asking what the hell the TPP is, for very purposely only those in the know, well know. The trade deal is both problematic and controversial for … Continue reading TPP sees to create global corporate economy

Enough with trans fats: US to ban

In an attempt to salvage American arteries and waistlines, the US Federal Drug Association (FDA) has declared all food manufacturers must remove trans fats from their products by 2018. This comes almost a decade after evidence for harm was compelling enough to require the labelling of trans fats contents on all foods and half a century after scientific research questioned the accumulation of trans fatty … Continue reading Enough with trans fats: US to ban

Same sex marriage isn’t all rainbows and unicorns

Originally posted on Pamela Helberg:
I have some things to say that are not going to be very popular, Dear Reader. Seems to be a trend lately, but I’ve got to be true to myself. Here’s the deal. Yesterday morning when my running buddy texted me asking if I’d seen the SCOTUS ruling yet, my heart sank a little. Not because I don’t believe we… Continue reading Same sex marriage isn’t all rainbows and unicorns