Decay of the State

What are borders? Walls of the state? Boundaries of the government? We talk a lot about borders these days, about boundaries of the state. I just finished reading Obasan. I’ve gritted my teeth through two university classes which covered the residential schools with more depth than I could stomach, but I tried. I used to…

The Ripple Effect

Let’s go back to 1953. It’s been a few years since the Palestinian war, and a decade since Lebanon achieved independence from French colonial powers. There is tension. There is unrest. And of course, there are refugees. In 1948, Lebanon became home to thousands of Palestinian refugees, and since then, political decisions made by those…

Cyber (In)Activism: The Dangers of Echo Chambers

This is my mom. When she was in university, conducting research and writing papers, she had to rely on encyclopedias, research publications, academic journals, and news articles. All in print, in one place, at one time. She would have go to the library and physically engage in research. This is me. I can access databases…

Wait A Second- What About Hunting?

Call it lack of ambition, but meat hasn’t been a huge part of my diet this summer. Not only is it a pain to find without plastic wrapping, but the truth of the matter is that I just don’t eat that much meat. I’ve had moral problems with it for years, but the kind of…

Personal Change Matters

An essay taken from my other blogsite, Em Is Alive. About two weeks ago, thanks to the wonder that is Facebook, I found myself face to face with a widely circulated article that genuinely shook my otherwise solid grounding in zero waste. Forget Shorter Showers is an essay by Derrick Jensen. The thesis goes as…