The connection between climate and human rights

The impact of Hurricane Dorian on the Bahamas has been devastating. These massive storms are becoming more commonplace every year – and will only get worse as our planet’s climate crisis continues to unfold. Today in The Conversation Canada, Meinhard Doelle and Sara Seck of Dalhousie University report on two recently released climate reports by the United Nations Human Rights Council. The reports offer a grim prediction on how the effects of climate change will disproportionately affect the world’s poorest, risking the lives and health of millions of people located mainly in the Global South.

Wilson Bell’s research at Thompson Rivers University focuses on 20th century Russia and the Soviet Union – including the history of the Gulag forced labour camp system during the Stalin era. Today he’s writing about a new version of The Gulag Archipelago by Russian intellectual, novelist and 1970 Nobel Prize recipient Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn – an edition that has a forward written by the controversial Canadian academic Jordan Peterson.

Those of us interested in politics are wondering when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will drop the writ to officially start the federal election in October. But before then, Manitobans will vote for a new provincial government. Shannon Sampert of the University of Winnipeg and Royce Koop of the University of Manitoba have teamed up to write an analysis of how Premier Brian Pallister has fared in a summertime campaign that hasn’t captured the attention of most voters.


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Julia Aylen wades through waist-deep water carrying her pet dog as she is rescued during Hurricane Dorian in Freeport, Bahamas. AP Photo/Tim Aylen

Climate change, poverty and human rights: an emergency without precedent

Lisa Benjamin, Lewis & Clark ; Meinhard Doelle, Dalhousie University; Sara L Seck, Dalhousie University

The effects of climate change will disproportionately affect the world's poorest, risking the lives and health of millions of people located mainly in the Global South.

Stalin’s Dead Road: a scene from the Soviet era labour camps. Amos Chapple/RFE/RL

Why is Jordan Peterson writing about the Gulag?

Wilson T. Bell, Thompson Rivers University

Why did Vintage Classics make the baffling decision to ask controversial psychologist Jordan B. Peterson to write the forward to an abridged edition of 'The Gulag Archipelago?'

The Progressive Conservative Party of Manitoba under Brian Pallister is expected to return to power in the Sept. 10 election. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods

Manitoba’s summertime election plays well for Conservatives

Shannon Sampert, University of Winnipeg; Royce Koop, University of Manitoba

Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister called an early election and the summertime campaign will likely help his Progressive Conservative government be re-elected.

La Conversation Canada

Au fur et à mesure que l'intelligence artificielle et la robotique progressent et produisent des robots sexuels plus réalistes, il y a un risque d'augmentation de la violence sexiste. Shutterstock

Les robots sexuels pourraient faire augmenter la violence faite aux femmes

Judy Illes, University of British Columbia; Farhad R. Udwadia, University of British Columbia

La demande croissante pour des robots sexuels est préoccupante. Elle soulève des préoccupations éthiques quant à l'augmentation possible de la violence envers les femmes.


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