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CA Edition | 31 August 2020


After the horrific Aug. 6 explosion in Beirut, millions of dollars in money and aid poured in from around the world. Foreign government, non-governmental organizations, rescue workers and local and international volunteers mobilized immediately. Unfortunately, there’s been an unequal distribution of resources, York University PhD candidate Rana Sukarieh writes today in The Conversation Canada.

The scope of the explosion was enormous — 181 dead, thousands injured and hundreds of thousands instantly displaced. The need is immense, and even with all of the food, supplies and support pouring into the city, it hasn’t been enough. Sukarieh is volunteering in Beirut, and she writes about how the unequal distribution of resources reflects pre-existing tensions in Lebanese society. The impact of the explosion is being more keenly felt by refugees, migrant workers and the poor, and Lebanon’s racism, xenophobia and economic disparity are being brought to the fore.

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French troops help unload boxes of French Red Cross humanitarian aid in Beirut on Aug. 17. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

Disaster aid distribution after Beirut explosion reflects Lebanese societal divides

Rana Sukarieh, York University, Canada

As foreign aid pours into Beirut, its uneven distribution reflects and exacerbates the pre-existing class and race fissures in Lebanese society.

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Carbon footprints are hard to understand — here’s what you need to know

Seth Wynes, University of British Columbia

Recycling and turning off the lights are good steps towards a more sustainable society, but they are not nearly as important for the climate as reducing meat consumption, air travel and driving.

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A ‘puppet slam’ hosted by clowns is the most joyful meeting on Zoom

Alice Nelson, University of Windsor

Amidst the uncertainty and pain in the world magnified by COVID-19, puppeteers and jesters get away with telling hard truths and inciting cathartic laughter.

U.S. President Donald Trump joins Vice President Mike Pence on stage at the Republican National Convention at Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine in Baltimore on Aug. 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

The Republican National Convention: Even more dangerous than 4 years ago

Jennifer Saul, University of Waterloo

To fill a convention with blatant racism, as the Republicans did in 2016, is bad enough. But, after four years of racist policies, a convention filled with subtle racism is perhaps more dangerous.

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