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Meeting Hatred and Fear with Love and Compassion

Meeting Hatred and Fear with Love and Compassion

On Sunday 29 January, the safe and peaceful environment of a local Québécois mosque during evening prayers suddenly became the scene of a massacre as a gunman entered and fired indiscriminately. Although quickly condemned by Canada’s Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, the attack raises many questions and issues, including the rise of Islamophobia, in Canadian society....
The campaign against conflict minerals – causing more harm than good?

The campaign against conflict minerals – causing more harm than good?

Rape, abduction, life threats–these are just a few ways militias recruit workers for their illegal mines, usually in the eastern provinces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Despite campaigns to put an end to the problems surrounding conflict minerals, many academics and Congo experts argue that the campaign may be causing even more severe...
On the edge: Democratic Republic of Congo’s Presidential Elections

On the edge: Democratic Republic of Congo’s Presidential Elections

Dead bodies laid strewn across the streets in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Protesters, demonstrating against the President’s delay in holding elections, were met by armed police who fired bullets indiscriminately into the crowd. This recent excessive use of force by the government of the DRC has been condemned...