Wednesday, May 25, 2016, The Globe and Mail
If you have read John Hersey’s classic book Hiroshima, you may recall the sights that will confront President Barack Obama on Friday when he enters the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. There he will see a life-sized display of a wounded family staggering toward the Ota River. Their “skin” hangs in shreds, but their faces are intact, to protect the millions of schoolchildren who visit the museum. No melted eyes stream out of empty sockets. [more]
Friday May 6, 2016, The Globe and Mail
The controversial French comedian Dieudonné is booked to perform 10 shows in a small Montreal gallery starting next week – if he’s allowed into the country. Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre has called him persona non grata. Federal Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly has pointed out that discriminatory speech is not tolerated in Canada. [more]
“To be recognized by one’s country… I am overcome with gratitude.” Erna Paris, December 30, 2015
Erna has been appointed to the Order of Canada. The citation reads: “Erna Paris is one of Canada’s leading human rights commentators and activists. An award-winning journalist and author, she has never hesitated to address sensitive issues in order to explore the roots of intolerance. Her examination of the difficulty that nations have in confronting shameful historical episodes in Long Shadows: Truth, Lies and History, inspired efforts at reconciliation with residential school survivors in this country and with the descendants of the victims of slavery in the United States. She has also mentored many young writers and has consistently taken leadership roles in the literary and human rights communities.”
Erna Paris was invested into the Order of Canada
by Governor General David Johnston in September 2016.
Photo: MCpl Vincent Carbonneau, Rideau Hall ©OSGG, 2016.
Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015, The Globe and Mail
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold/… And what rough beast, its hour come at last/Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born? – Yeats, The Second Coming
As Christmas approaches, these words, written in 1919 by W.B. Yeats occupy my mind. Within a few years, the first incarnation of the prescient “rough beast” came to power as Adolf Hitler, to be followed by Josef Stalin, then by the purveyors of hatred in Rwanda and Bosnia, whose racist bile culminated in genocide. The early 21st-century wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have spawned their own beast: Islamic State. [more]