A collection of articles on various issues in society today: politics, current events, social action and general commentary on things you won’t see on the six o’clock news.
Journey to Judaism: The Day I Became a Jew – the most personal, spiritual journey I’ve made in my life. Genetic memory, discovery that my anti-Semitic father was a Jew who had hidden his roots, and uncovering my painful legacy leads my decision to embrace my heritage and convert to Judaism
White Lies: How the CBC Ripped Off My Story – in 1998 the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) made a movie that exploited and capitalized on my life. Problem is, they didn’t bother to tell me about it
The Road Less Travelled: Authenticity in the Age of Indifference – an article about integrity, authenticity, and how someone who was obsessed with Jews used relationships within the Canadian Jewish Congress to advance her career
An Open Letter to Canadian Media – in light of Bill C-51, I consider this article to be among the most important pieces I’ve ever written
Race Traitor: The True Story of Canadian Intelligence’s Greatest Cover-Up – the most controversial book you’re going to read about Canada’s spy network.
White Lies: A Pack of Lies, or How the CBC Ripped Off My Story – in 1998 the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) made a movie that exploited and capitalized on my life. Problem is, they didn’t bother to tell me about it
I Know What It’s Like Not To Be Believed – where I expose the hypocrisy of mainstream media, notably the CBC, as well as the issue (and value) of witnesses in the criminal justice system
The Dubious Adventures of Grant Bristow, or How CSIS Taught Me Everything I Know About Phone Hacking The truth about what really happened in the 1990s and CSIS’ role in creating a white supremacist pseudo-terrorist organization in Toronto. This article depicts what agent provocateur Grant Bristow did to stir up criminal activity, and what I did as a teenager to shut them down.
The Girl in the Picture is Me I wrote this as a confession about my own past and to finally answer the questions as to why I have used different names and lived in different cities and provinces for over a decade.
Where History and Identity Converge How family secrets can inadvertedly lead to your loss of identity, and how genetic testing can provide you with a sense of belonging
Adopt an Ancestor, Enrich Yourself One of the things few people know about me is that I like to “rescue” lost ancestors — I search through used bookstores, yard sales and ebay to discover precious old photos, wartime documents and letters from people who no longer have ancestors to care for their mementos. Being an orphan on this continent with few ancestors of my own, adopting others has enriched my life.
Norway’s attacks – debunking the terrorist myth A perfect example of how the tragic events of recent times are incongruent with publishers’ rose-coloured glasses – and why, if you have a story that can reach the masses, you owe it to yourself to put it out there.
Phone Hacking Deja Vu When past and present collide, and mass media /publishers are oblivious
Psycopath vs Sociopath Psychological profile traits to help you discern if anyone you know could be categorized as such
Renouncing Motherhood – a poetic prose essay on the liberating act of choosing to be child-free
Copyrighting God: celibacy, wealth, and the gluttony of the Catholic Church tells a twofold story: one is a reflection of my own journey to the Vatican museum, while the other questions the recent news that the church has now decided to copyright the Pope’s words, thus charging a reprint fee for words that are supposed to come from God himself – isn’t that what the Pope represents, anyway?
How to Do a Midnight Run Without Getting Caught has been a very hot blog for me – it has attracted lots of attention from other English teachers working in Korea, who stumble onto this page because they are sick of their unfair working conditions and are desperately looking for a way out. Check it out – it’s a step-by-step guide to making the infamous Korean “midnight run”.
Memories of my Communist Childhood – Growing Up Under the Red Banner is possibly my most emotional piece. It has been quoted in various online journals and is an article that I wrote about my experiences of growing up as a pioneer in the Romanian communist utopia of Nicolae Ceausescu, during the Golden Epoch of our Fatherland.
Where are all the gay Romanians? asks just that – where in the world are all the gay Romanians hiding? Come on, deal with the times, people – being gay has been decriminalized since 1989! It’s time for all those closet doors to bang wide open. Why are they not?
Girls 2 Men is a very hot entry that receives lots of hits daily. It’s about the new trend among urban, lower-class, mostly young minority lesbians to reembrace the dominant stone butch and submissive femme sex/cultural roles of 1950s gay women – with a macho twist.
Potty over Potts? The Reason Why Paul Potts has become the People’s Pavarotti discusses the meteoric rise of an average Joe named Paul Potts who has become an overnight opera star by entering, at the flip of a coin, the British-based American Idol-like show Britain’s Got Talent.
Death in Children’s Movies – the loss of innocence as a subversive agenda in Hollywood – Scrutinizing why animals are always being killed in children’s books and films, and how this early trauma is twisted by studio execs to signify some sort of obscure life lesson
Boycott “Awesome!” – the title says it all. A depracating look at the loss of words in spoken English today, and the idiots who choose slang over language.
The Seven Wonders of a Total Scam – read my article on the recent debacle over the controversial designation of “7 New World Wonders”. My article was quoted in several presses and quoted/translated into Spanish by Global Voices, a division of The Berkman Centre for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School.
Canada’s low rank in innovation – a culture of mediocrity – talks about a recent international study that found Canada to be the lowest-ranked country in innovation and new ideas.
Helping out at the Orphanage talks about Sarita, a Sri Lankan little girl I take care of in a Sri Lankan orphanage.
8 Random Things – answers to a meme passed on to me by a fellow blogger. Here are 8 random things about myself.