Tag Archives: mortality

Dust to dust

I’m currently in Bremen, Germany, at a conference on Mediterranean migration. It’s quite a time for a migration conference, what with Donald Trump’s refugee ban, European countries making noises about paying off Libya to stop irregular migration and the shooting … Continue reading

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Obligatory New Year post 2/2: Year in Review

*EDITED, Jan. 1, 11:00 p.m.* 2016 was a tough year. Ever since the deaths of Alan Rickman, David Bowie and Prince practically coincided with the Brussels airport bombings, the Zika crisis and the Fort McMurray wildfires, everything is 2016’s fault. … Continue reading

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Loss, part 3 of 3

Among all the other madness that has happened this week, it was my friend Harold’s birthday. Harold is a singer, and among the many songs in his rich Irish-Quebecer repertoire are many from the great Stan Rogers, who was also gone … Continue reading

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Loss, Part 2 of 3

2003: I find my mom’s favourite station on her car radio and hear a strange voice, almost a spoken-word voice, singing a poem in a minor key: “Suzanne takes you down to a place near the river, You can hear the … Continue reading

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Loss, part 1 of 3

It’s barely November and I know what this year’s theme is going to be…loss. The losses of David Bowie and Gene Wilder and Prince, sure, I mourned with my friends, in much the same way I mourned Brexit with my British … Continue reading

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Jean-Claude Guyot, un ami du Burundi et de ses journalistes, est mort.

Les professeurs universitaires belges ne sont pas, en règle générale, connus pour leur accessibilité, leur ouverture, leur altruisme, encore moins pour leur fou rire. Mais Jean-Claude Guyot l’était. En Belgique, le rapport que les étudiants entretiennent avec leurs professeurs est beaucoup … Continue reading

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My world is burning, or at least it looks that way

My world is coming apart at the seams. I’m safe, but can barely do anything about it, which is almost more infuriating. Thousands of people have been fleeing Burundi over the past few weeks. Frustrations boiled over after the ruling … Continue reading

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