The Top Five World Music Albums of 2015 (So Far)

2015 has been a great year for world music so far. African bands in particular have had a banner year, with groups from Mali, Niger, and the Congo issuing original music that transcends boundaries. In other parts of the world, collaboration between different traditions has also led to exciting musical discoveries.   If you’re looking to…

The Top Five News Articles of 2015 (So Far)

As we turn the page on the first half of 2015 and the first four months of PineTreeRepublic, we take a look at some of the top news articles of 2015 so far. Each of the journalists in these articles provided an important perspective on some of the year’s most significant developments, and helped further our understanding on the…

Canada’s Reconciliation Moment

The Story  A five-year fact finding process on abuses suffered by indigenous people in Canada’s residential schools culminated on Tuesday, June 2, with the release of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s (TRC) summary report.  Led by Manitoba Justice Murray Sinclair, the commission compiled harrowing testimony from thousands of residential school survivors who shared their experiences of verbal, physical, and sexual…

Front Page News: May 4, 2015

Good morning, Pine Tree Republic citizens! This week’s Front Page News includes: Lessons from Haiti in rebuilding Nepal after the earthquake; The predatory economic systems that contributed to racial tensions in Baltimore; Canada’s “top-heavy” approach to funding science research; The influence of big city mayors in Alberta’s provincial election. Please share your thoughts on these and…

Front Page News: April 20, 2015

Good morning Pine Tree Republic citizens! In our Front Page News features, I share 3-5 of the top news stories from the past week and discuss the broader global context in which they occurred. Each post concludes with questions to follow in the coming days and weeks to better understand how today’s news shapes tomorrow’s world, and the Pine…

Front Page News: March 30, 2015

Good morning Pine Tree Republic citizens! In our Front Page News features, I share 3-5 of the top news stories from the past week and discuss the broader global context in which they occurred. Each post concludes with questions to follow in the coming days and weeks to better understand how today’s news shapes tomorrow’s world. As always,…

Front Page News: March 16, 2015

Good morning Pine Tree Republic citizens! In our Front Page News features, I share 3-5 of the top news stories from the past week and discuss the broader global context in which they occurred. Each post concludes with questions to help spark further dialogue in the comments section on how these stories contribute to our understanding of broader…

Front Page News: March 9, 2015

Good morning Pine Tree Republic citizens! Today, we debut a new feature called “Front Page News”. Every Monday morning, I intend to share 3-5 of the top news stories from the past week and discuss the broader global context in which they occurred. I’ll conclude each post with questions to help spark further dialogue in…