Sochi

Sochi 2014 We are one week into the 2014 Olympic Games. I haven’t been paying very much attention, but I will say that the Russian police choir singing Pharrell Williams’ Get Lucky was hands down one of the most awkward things I’ve ever seen or heard in my life. 17- year old figure skater Michael … Continue reading Sochi

Survival isn’t …

Survival isn't about certain death. It's about keeping your head down.- 12 Years a SlaveI just watched 12 Years a Slave over the weekend. This quote, and the whole film, really, reminded me of a conversation I had last year with one of my professors. We spoke at length about groups being complicit in their … Continue reading Survival isn’t …

Is Change Coming to Azerbaijan?

Azerbaijan’s presidential election will take place on Tuesday, October 9th. Coercive and undemocratic, the “republic” has concentrated money and power in the hands of the Aliyev family for the last twenty years. Unfavourable Spread of Wealth Although the country has $7 billion dollars in oil reserves and strides made towards reducing poverty, many Azerbaijanis live … Continue reading Is Change Coming to Azerbaijan?