Category: Social issues

  • Volcanic rumbles

    There’s something about Taal Vulcano in Tagaytay, Philippines. Early January last year, after 42 years of being silent, it erupted–which almost canceled my flight from my province to the capital, Manila, en route to the Netherlands for a short course in media campaigns. And this year, during the last week of the Study in the US Institutes […]

  • A Tale of Untold Stories

    SUSI Group photo with Barnett Wright

    Journalism is the “first rough draft of history.” Phillip L. Graham This is the beginning of our last week of our SUSI program. Our last Monday together in the US. By now, we should have mastered the art of being under the American sun (although we have not!), trained first by the feverish desert blaze […]

  • You Fight, to Breathe Again

    National Memorial for Peace and Justice

    This is not a simple story. This is an eternal story of life, and of freedom. The story of Rosa Parks, and the story of thousands of fighters. When you witness these stories, you’re not going to be able to breathe. And then, you breathe again, because you realize how precious life is and how […]

  • “One hand against oppression and one hand as a sign of forgiveness”

    The stained-glass window that stands in the rear center of 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham is distinct from all the others in that venue. Deep shades of blue encircle a stylized figure of a black crucified Christ, which appears to be delicately balanced against the frame. The right hand holds one top corner and […]

  • Field Trip

    It was 5:38 am, in a WhatsApp group. “Good morning, see you in 50 minutes behind the school 6:30 am” read the text from Alma Telibecirevic , Administrative Director for the SUSI program.  Many arrived earlier, gathered inside at Taylor Place, while others were sitting outside on the street where the bus was supposed to stop. […]

  • Understanding Society

    SUSI scholars huddled under a tree for shade

    A few failures have started for a certain guy. He has no money, no job and his family is sinking into poverty. After his wife leaves him, he loses his apartment and joins the homeless. He lives in a shelter with his son. This is the plot of the movie “Pursuit of Happyness,” inspired by the true story of Chris […]

  • Does Technology Make Us Better Humans?

    Girl with many legs

    The monsters are out.  They’re invisible. You don’t see them glancing out of dark windows at Taylor Place. Phoenix’s heat forces us to take shelter in our air-conditioned concrete cages. The windows are small. The locks are clicking. The doors are closed.  We rarely talk to our neighbour. We smile politely, we chat, yes, but often […]