International Analysis

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Girl power

Feb 2017- Despite some progress the world is still mostly ruled by men. This article explores why society might be better of with a more gender balanced political class.

Read story in the Economist

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What history can teach us about deradicalization-

March 2015- The propaganda of ISIS has attracted thousands of foreign fighters. How can countries battle that message and "deradicalize" potential or returned fighters? Radical messages are not new, so by studying history we can learn important lessons on what to do and what not to do in the fight against violent ideologies.

Read story for CBC here.

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Mother Russia's resurgence 

April, 2014- Vladimir Putin won the Olympics and Crimea in a matter of days. As rhetoric not heard since the Cold War erupts between the west and Russia, this article examines the psychology of both sides and the possible motives behind the annexation of Crimea.

Read story for Guernica Magazine here.

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Brexit: Who could be next?

June 25, 2016- British voters decided to leave the European Union. As anti-European leaders celebrated, I analyzed the chances of other countries such as France, Holland, Italy or Sweden following suit.

Read story here.

 

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Arctic debate heats up 

January, 2014 - The Arctic is melting faster today than anyone could have imagined. With these changes comes the urgency to adapt and the awareness of newly accessible resources. While the rapid melting is cause for alarm for some, other players see it as an opportunity for economic development. With this potential development, comes increasing political friction in countries with undefined Arctic frontiers.

Read story for Embassy Magazine here.

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Coming out in Chennai

June, 2010- Chennai, India celebrates its second annual gay pride. The turnout was rather small, but at the time the LGBT movement was just getting started in the South-Indian metropolis. Members of the community told me about how the movement is misunderstood and about how difficult it can be to "come out" in Chennai.

Read in The Hindu.

People & Culture

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Sleepless in Spain despite Siesta

Is the Spanish siesta at risk of extinction? Absolutely not.  However, to improve work-life balance and help Spaniards get more sleep, the government announced plans of shortening working days, which includes a shorter lunch-break.

Exhuming Franco's grave

After the Spanish civil war, Franco's government constructed a monument to commemorate fascists who died in the civil war. Thousands were buried there, fascists and non-fascists, and eventually so was Franco himself. Now, for the first time ever, permission was granted to exhume the crypt to find the bodies of two republican fighters.

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"Unkillable" First Nations Soldier

Cpl. Hilliard Paul Kahpeaysewat was given the nickname 'Unkillable' by the Taliban. At home on Moosomin First Nation, he's known as Golden Eagle. This story recounts his journey from alcoholism and poverty to the battlefield on Afghanistan.

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The rise of the huntress

In Canada, more and more girls are getting into hunting. I talk to a local girl about her journey as a hunter and analyze what this trend  says about feminism and environmentalism.

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Canada's vulnerable migrant workers

The number of temporary foreign workers is increasing rapidly in Canada. When they come they are often at the mercy of their employers. This is the story of Noe Artega, a former farm worker from Guatemala who was deported after standing up for a sick colleague. Now he is the first migrant worker to file a claim against his employer in Quebec.

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The art of meeting halfway

The inspirational story of Haidah Amirzadeh. She came to Canada as an Iranian refugee, seven months pregnant and not speaking English. Shortly after, she split up with her husband. Despite everything, she's become one of Saskatoon's most prominent immigration lawyers, dedicating her practice to helping  refugees in precarious situations.