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Little Media

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February 13, 2011
Little Media

In the mid-1980s, I started writing for the now defunct content, Canada's media magazine. After contributing several feature articles focused on various aspects of the media, I was asked to write a column under the heading "Little Media".
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Tea Leaves – Journeys to the Tea Lands

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February 10, 2011
Tea Leaves – Journeys to the Tea Lands

The tea lady woke me with a rap on the door of my clean but tiny room at Dolphin Square, Pimlico, in London. Tea was the last thing on my mind at 7:30 a.m. But this was London, England, where morning tea is a tradition that dates back even before Thomas Twining set...
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A mountain in Tonga

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February 10, 2011
A mountain in Tonga

Passengers gawked from the Twin Otter as the only female pilot flying Royal Tongan Airlines circled Neiafu, the capital of Vava’u in the Kingdom of Tonga’s far north. We were looking at flat-topped Mt. Talau which oversees one of the safest and prettiest harbours in the South Pacific, aptly named the Port of...
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British labour historian dies

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February 9, 2011
British labour historian dies

British labour historian Dorothy Thompson died on Jan. 29, 2011, at age 87. Thompson focused her studies on the 19th-century Chartist movement. Her spouse, the late E.P. Thompson, wrote a groundbreaking history called The Making of the English Working Class.  Together they made a formidable team of activist historians, both dedicating themselves to the Campaign for Nuclear...
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Breathing tango in BA

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February 7, 2011
Breathing tango in BA

In Buenos Aires the people live for and by the tango. We went in search of it in this sprawling metropolis of more than 15 million ‘portenos’ on the south shore of the broad Rio de la Plata that forms the border with Uruguay. What we found was the iconic heart of the city.
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How the West and Northwest were really won – A history essay

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February 6, 2011

Everyone has an image of the old West. Americans like to depict it as the Wild West, the myth of a free land ripe for the conquering replete with scalp-happy Indian war parties, covered wagons and courageous lone gunmen who stayed just shy of outlaw status. In Canada, the West, and particularly the northwest,...
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Killing for Coal

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February 6, 2011
Killing for Coal

Few Canadians will have heard of the infamous Ludlow Massacre, a “slaughter of the innocents” at a workers’ tent city in the coalfields of Colorado in the spring of 1914. Fewer still will know that in the footnotes to that show of corporate bullying against miners and their families a familiar name pops up,...
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There is Power in a Union

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February 5, 2011
There is Power in a Union

Celebrated American anarchist Emma Goldman once tried to enter the world’s oldest profession to help pay for an assassination attempt by her sidekick Alexander Berkman, a gesture that was meant to help the workers’ cause. Both attempts failed. Goldman was sent home by her first client, who said she was too inexperienced, Berkman went...
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The legend of Evita lives on

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February 5, 2011
The legend of Evita lives on

A gaggle of tourists winds its way through the labyrinth of mausoleums secluded behind the high walls of Buenos Aires’s La Recoleta cemetery. Great mounds of mortar and marble dwarf the passers-by who gawk at the graves of the city’s great ones – generals, priests, politicians, diplomats. Here too lie the city’s famous writers...
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Evangelical powerbrokers

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February 1, 2011
Evangelical powerbrokers

How do America's Christian fundamentalists justify their support of the horrendous atrocities committed by their government in the name of God? That was the nagging question posed to American historian Nick Salvatore at the 36th annual Qualicum history conference in Parksville, B.C., on Jan. 28, 2011.
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