Behind every great woman are great fruits

In one of her latest works, Caitlin Johnstone writes, “in a society that maintains the illusion of freedom in order to prevent outrage and revolution, it does not serve rulers to stifle all dissent. Just the opposite in fact: their interests are served by having a small number of dissidents hanging around the fringes of society creating the illusion of freedom.” Johnstone is one of the most prolific and talented grassroots writers of the past several years, focusing on western imperialism and propaganda. The interesting point from the above statement is the notion of the “the illusion of freedom.” …


“It is unlikely […] that Putin will leave the stage even in 2024”, wrote The Guardian a few years ago. Lately however, mainstream media has been painting a very different picture of the Head of State. No longer an impenetrable figure, the headlines even suggest that Putin’s power is on a sharp decline. A quick Google search for Vladimir Putin makes that picture even clearer. For instance, the New York Times’ headline reads, “Alexsei Navalny is Resisting Putin, and Winning”. While another one says, “ Russia Rising: Why Vladimir Putin can’t ignore Alexei Navalny’s Revolution”, and the BBC suggesting the…


Headline news have almost always told us what to say and think, and it is an especially important tool to use to engage in smart conversations if you care about that kind of thing. Why wouldn’t they? It’s the job of all news media to direct our attention and focus on public life, because private life is hard enough, global pandemic notwithstanding. But what doesn’t it tell us though? …


In the broadest and most general sense when one refers to justice one is normally referring to its juridical nature. That is, justice can only be made tangible when the mechanisms and administration of the law is equally applied to all individuals in society, that law cannot be just when it is juridically biased. This article seeks to make demonstrable that the extradition of Julian Assange is not only unlawful and unjust, its administration has been a crime against human rights. For example, on two separate occasions independent agencies for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)…


Energy on Canvas — oil on canvas, 2020

In my last post on Pandemic Paralysis I talked briefly about smoking weed in order to silence my realist inner voice. One that objectifies others in a zero-sum world, one that distrusts others. While that may be true to my own experience, at the same time, it has also helped pushed my creativity to actualization. The above painting is one example. It’s obviously a Pollock inspired piece on abstract expressionism. Through this form of expression I was able to release a lot of energy onto the canvas. Every colour, every splash of paint here was an attempt to transfer negative…


The world has changed so fast during this pandemic I don’t even know what “normal” is anymore. My world has changed so fast that uncertainty looms over me day and night. Lately I’ve been feeling anxious, depressed even. Maybe it’s because I’ve come to believe that the future, my future is no longer mine to determine.

I’ve lost my job a few months into the pandemic and have not been able to find another since. Like countless other blue collars I have relied on family and government for support to maintain a sense of security. Even that sense of security…


China has not been widely known as an oil country yet a closer look into Xinjiang’s rich natural oil and gas economy may change that perception. In late December 2020, Rueters reported that state owned PetroChina had discovered a large natural reserve in the northwest region of Xinjiang. The state owned entreprise has estimated that the gas reserve exceeds 100 billion cubic meters.

Xinjiang’s rapidly growing energy economy is not entirely new however. In 2014, the New York Times even did a mini-documentary on the autonomous region. The main point of that report had focused on the wealth inequalities in…


“Genocide: the deliberate killing of a large number of people from a particular nation or ethnic group with the aim of destroying that nation or group.” — Oxford Languages

What is Canada’s role in the war and crisis in Yemen? According to a September 2020 report from the Globe and Mail, UN Human Rights Council’s panel on Yemen identified Canada as a supplier of military goods including arms and light armoured vehicles (LAVs) to assist parties involved in the Yemen war. The Globe found that in 2019, the Canadian Crown corporation got a $14 billion contract with Saudi Arabia to…

Ton Hoang Vu

Here to not internalize matters of concern

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