Special Issue

  • A Fiery Inferno

    What is the cost of our “just” war?

    We can’t possibly leave, we’re told.

    In 2008, a government report said that leaving Afghanistan would cause “more harm than good,” a claim recently backed-up by Liberal MP Bob Rae. We put up with it because it is the more honorable war in the Middle East, and we were justified in joining this war just as we were justified in staying out of Iraq.

  • Almost Like Home

    The Afghani Women’s Centre of Montreal Helps New Canadians Settle In

    When the invasion of Afghanistan began in late 2001, there were two images repeatedly shown to the public to explain why war was necessary—planes crashing into the World Trade Centre and women forced to wear burqas, an oppressive black mark on the progress of feminism worldwide. It was taken as a given that all Afghani women were subjugated to men, lost in a culture that made them victims.

  • ‘This is What War Looks Like’

    Photojournalist Examines the Real Costs of Afghanistan and Iraq

    For most of the families that lose a loved one to war, one of the only physical memories that remains is an empty bedroom. In that space, these people were not just soldiers; they were brothers, sisters, sons and daughters. Thousands of miles from where they died, the fallen left behind a monument to the lives they lived and the people they were.

  • Victory at Any Cost?

    Despite ‘Overwhelming’ Corruption in Afghanistan, Canada Fights On

    The true scale of Afghanistan’s corruption only became obvious in December when cables released by WikiLeaks depicted a state rotten to its very core, festering with bribery, extortion and embezzlement at every level of government.

  • Reporting Afghanistan

    War Veteran Draws Comparisons Between The Soviet Union and Canada

    Shortly after Nikolai Lanine immigrated to Canada in 2000, he again found himself a citizen of a country that was waging war on a place he left over 12 years ago. At 18-years-old, Lanine was drafted into the Soviet army. He served in Afghanistan for 16 months until the Soviets withdrew in February of 1989—just over nine years after the war began.

  • Extending Canada’s Longest War

    Liberal MP Defends Canada’s Decision to Remain in Afghanistan until 2014

    For Canadians, June 2011 was supposed to mark the end of the war in Afghanistan.

    However, in November of last year, the Harper government announced that after the withdrawal of combat troops from Afghanistan this summer, 950 Canadian troops would remain in country to help train police and military forces.

  • Space:  The final frontier

    Seeing Dollar Signs In Space, The Government Pulls Back

    Where outer space once resembled the Old West—an unknown territory of tremendous danger and immeasurable opportunity

  • Quartier Concordia

    Reimagining Student Space At Concordia University

    An international student stands outside of the Hall Building looking lost. He asks a stranger where Concordia is. The stranger points up at the Hall, to the EV, the MB and the GM Buildings.

  • A Tale of Two Student Centres

    The 50 Year Battle for Student Space on Campus

    The Daytime Student Association of Sir George Williams University started collecting a fee levy of $5 per year at registration in 1965 for a Student Centre

  • Skateboarding in a Hostile City

    Fifteen minutes into a midnight skate session with friends at Peace Park last summer, a homeless man hassled me into doing a kickflip for him. I relented with a pop and a flick, and let my board spin around once.