Author: Benjamin Aloi

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: 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…

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 Adjaye and Living Architecture


Despite its aesthetic affectations, urban architecture is far from a politically-detached art form. The city, as an organic entity unto itself and tangible representative of human civilisation, acts as both facilitator of inclusion and aggravator of inequality, often simultaneously. The…

Dr. Ram Jakhu and the Meteoric Rise of Air and Space Law

We sat down with Dr. Ram Jakhu, the director of McGill University’s world-leading Institute of Air and Space Law, to discuss his fascinating field as well as contemporary and historical issues in space exploration. For more about Dr. Ram Jakhu and his groundbreaking work in international space law and space commercialization:

Video Production:

Ben Aloi–Editing, Narration and Interview
Kate Chamberlin–Direction

Marc Seltzer (Democrats Abroad Montréal) on the 2016 U.S. Election

We sat down with Marc Seltzer, the chair of Democrats Abroad’s Montréal chapter, to discuss a variety of topics pertaining to the 2016 U.S. Election, including:

-The perspective of American expats in Canada on the election and the role Democrats Abroad plays in facilitating their continued involvement in the political process
-Hillary Clinton’s presidential credentials
-The influence of the Left (i.e. Black Lives Matter, social justice groups, the Bernie Sanders campaign) on the Democratic Party platform
-The “lesser evil” narrative
-Long-term sustainability of the two-party system and the role of third parties

Thank you to Marc Seltzer for the thoroughly-engaging interview!

Video Production:
Ben Aloi–media team leader, interviewer
Kate Chamberlin–direction
Neal Won–editing

Professor Catherine LeGrand on the Colombian Peace Process

We sat down with Catherine LeGrand, Professor of Latin American History at McGill University, to discuss the implications of the Colombian referendum’s recent defeat and what it means for the FARC – Santos government peace process going forward.

More about Professor LeGrand and her work:

Video Production:
Ben Aloi (interviewer/media team leader)
Lily Payton (camera)
Stephanie Fehertoi (video editor)

Entrevue avec Mathieu Bédard, Économiste (IEDM)

Nous sommes fiers de vous présenter la première entrevue de MIR en français, avec Mathieu Bédard de l’Institut Économique de Montréal (IEDM), au sujet de la liberté économique au Québec, au Canada et au monde. Monsieur Bédard est titulaire d’un…