Author: Benjamin Aloi

Ben is a U3 student in Honours International Development with minors in Political Science and French Language & Literature. During his time at McGill, Ben has developed a deep interest in Sub-Saharan Africa (particularly South African history), Israel-Palestine, Québec politics, international political economy (IPE), trade agreements, institution-building, public policy, and urban planning & transportation. As editor-in-chief, Ben hopes to promote MIR as a versatile media platform where staff members and readers alike can explore their unique interests and curiosities, thus fostering a distinct brand of rigorous student journalism that stimulates productive conversation across divergent viewpoints and cultural contexts.

Professor Megan Bradley on Forced Migration & The Global Refugee Crisis

MIR is pleased to present the latest video in our semester-long video series, Multiculturalism in the Age of Trump:

McGill political science and international development professor Megan Bradley (PhD, Oxford) speaks to us on forced migration and the global refugee crisis, as well as its impact on recipient countries like Canada and Turkey. Dr. Bradley is also a fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. and the author of Refugee Repatriation: Justice, Responsibility and Redress (2013).

Video Production:
Kate Chamberlin (videography)
Ipek Ertan (editing)
Ben Aloi (interview)

Port of Solidarity: A Day With Solidarians in Athens

MIR is pleased to present Port of Solidarity, a special documentary by our own Rosa Rupert on the state of Greek society, nine years after the 2008 Global Financial Crisis devastated the country’s economy. Through interviews with members of the Greek solidarity movement in Athens’ port neighbourhood Piraeus, she illuminates the ways in which civil society groups stepped up in the wake of the crisis to provide for the poor, homeless and unemployed from all walks of life. And did so again in the summer of 2015 when the refugees came. “We all have the same needs. There’s no difference between hungry people; whether they are Greeks, or refugees, or migrants who came here 20 years ago, there’s really no distinction.” Thank you to Solidarity Piraeus Αλληλεγγύη Πειραιά for their generous participation in this important project.

Music: “Bed” by Jazzhar, from 4 Naked Songs 4 Autumn Rainy Days (freemusicarchive)

Not African Enough? : In Conversation with African Diaspora Youth

MIR is pleased to present the next video in our ongoing series, Multiculturalism in the Age of Trump:

Last month, the McGill African Students Society (MASS) hosted its 4th annual African Development Convention, a three-day series of panels united by the theme of “African in the 4th Dimension: Development on a Continuum.” This closing panel, “Not African Enough? : In Conversation with African Diaspora Youth,” examined diverse perspectives of Pan-African identity in the context of present-day Montréal and New York, both vibrant metropolises home to large African diaspora populations.

Video Production:
Ben Aloi (media team leader)
Kate Chamberlin (camera)
Ipek Ertan (video editing)

Julius Grey on “Romantic Individualism”

MIR is pleased to present the next video in our ongoing series, Multiculturalism in the Age of Trump:

Julius Grey, renowned civil rights lawyer and former McGill Law Professor (1977-2002), on his philosophy of “Romantic Individualism”

Video Production:
Benjamin Aloi
Kate Chamberlin

Interview with Michael Chong: The Candidate for the Conservative Party Leadership On Kellie Leitch, Nationalism and the Normalization of Hate

Originally published in French on Februrary 6, 2017: http://mironline.ca/entrevue-avec-michael-chong-le-candidat-pour-la-chefferie-du-parti-conservateur-nous-parle-de-kellie-leitch-le-nationalisme-et-la-normalisation-de-la-haine/ During a recent meet-and-greet in downtown Montréal, Mr. Chong agreed to speak with me on several pertinent questions pervading this campaign for leadership of the Conservative Party of Canada (CPC). Chong…

The Canadian Red Cross in Action

Stéphanie Picard, Communications Officer for the Canadian Red Cross, on her organization’s impact in Haiti and around the world

Video Production:
Ben Aloi (interview)
Juliette Bélis (editing)
Kate Chamberlin (camera)

Julius Grey on Inequality

MIR is pleased to present the next video in our ongoing series, Multiculturalism in the Age of Trump:

Julius Grey, renowned civil rights lawyer and former McGill Law Professor (1977-2002), on democracy’s incompatibility with staggering income inequality in contemporary capitalist economies

Video Production:

Kate Chamberlin

Benjamin Aloi

 

David Farrell (University College Dublin) on Participatory Democracy

 

MIR is pleased to present our first interview in a semester-long video series, Multiculturalism in the Age of Trump, in which we aim to analyze the concept of multiculturalism as both a policy framework in democracies around the world and a social reality that manifests in numerous aspects of everyday life. The rise (or, more worryingly, the political legitimization) of white nationalist extremism in the U.S. and Europe threatens both these conceptions of multiculturalism, with disastrous repercussions on people’s livelihoods and international cooperation. Through a series of interviews with academics, NGOs, policymakers and even fellow students, MIR hopes to present a nuanced picture of multiculturalism and its many facets.

We sat down with Professor David Farrell of the University College Dublin, ahead of his lecture at Montréal’s Centre for the Study of Democratic Citizenship. Farrell, a member of the Royal Irish Academy and expert in the field of electoral systems and party dynamics, has conducted extensive research on the innovative 2012-14 Irish Constitutional Convention, in which Irish parliamentarians as well as rank-and-file citizens randomly selected from the populace were ‘coupled’ in a deliberative process. We spoke about this convention, its implications for other democracies around the world and the potential dangers of populist rhetoric.

Video Production:
Lily Payton (camerawork)
Juliette Bélis (editing)
Ben Aloi (interviewer/media team leader)