Sociologist Christopher Powell on the shift in society’s ‘economy of shame’ — from the shame of being non-white to the shame of being racist — and the systemic transformation needed to dissuade further violence. 
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Understanding Charlottesville: How inequality, politics and privilege play into the alt-right

Charlottesville
OpenCanada's John Woodside speaks with sociologist Christopher Powell on the shift in society’s ‘economy of shame’ — from the shame of being non-white to the shame of being racist — and the systemic transformation needed to dissuade further violence. 
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Professionals again: How a UK project is giving refugee journalists experience, belonging

When Abdulwahab Tahhan arrived in the UK from Syria, he didn’t anticipate how much he would need personal connections to work in journalism. But, as he asked when sharing his story with OpenCanada's Catherine Tsalikis, “Where do you get these connections, if you’re a refugee?”
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NAFTA Negotiations: Your guide to the players and priorities that matter

In case you missed it: The first round of renegotiations of the North American Free Trade Agreement are over but the second are just around the corner. Here's what — and who — you need to know.

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Danger and diplomacy

For the Ottawa Citizen, Peter Hum profiles Ben Rowswell, a Canadian diplomat who has spent time in some of the world's most dangerous places, including Kabul and Baghdad. Throughout his foreign service career, Rowswell has seen the benefits of marrying technology and human rights activism, and is currently working on an app that could mobilize thousands "to take action directly in global affairs."
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Under the tsunami

For months, Richard Lloyd Parry covered the 2011 tsunami in Japan with numb detachment — until coming upon the small coastal city of Okawa. As a result of a botched response by officials at an elementary school there, 74 of 78 students caught up in the tsunami died. Elsewhere in the country, only one other child in the care of teachers perished. This is Parry's account of what went wrong in Okawa, for The Guardian.

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