Q+A: Cold Specks

With a new record, Fool’s Paradise, Laden Hussein aka Cold Specks was in Ottawa on Dec. 2. The soulful singer chatted with The Charlatan about the album, her heritage, and her current music recommendations. TC: What were some of the influences behind Fool’s Paradise? CS: Fool’s Paradise is a collection of songs where some of them are dystopian reflections, some of them are broken love songs inspired by love and loss of time. They all sort of come together, there’s 10 songs. TC: What do you mean by dystopian reflections? CS: For me, I called it [Fool’s Paradise] because it’s a reflection of the times through my perspective. I feel like we’re living in a crumbling world and I felt […]

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Letter: Controversial discourse should happen in universities

University campuses are an important place to voice concerns, bring issues that matter to us to the forefront and learn about things that are important to other people. For example, there’s no missing the pro-vegan chalk messages that have been making their way onto Carleton’s walkways.   University is no place to hide from discourse, especially if it’s contentious discourse. For instance, I think critical discussion about religion is a good thing and not to be hidden. All too often conversations about religion, especially Islam, where multiple viewpoints are represented become a finger-pointing opportunity. The prevalence of this problem is not going unnoticed: ‘Dear Liberals: Being Critical of Islam is Not Racism’ was Shawn Moksvold’s provocative headline on a Huffington […]

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Politics blog: General Kelly as Chief of Staff could change things

The sheer number of articles written with a “Turning Point in Trump Presidency” headline should probably lead one to avoid making a similar pronouncement, given that Donald Trump seems to be rather set in his ways. Therefore, in an effort to gain distance from those pronouncements that now appear naive, this article will proceed with the premise of a “potential” turning point. How’s that for a stark contrast? Trivial differentiations aside, considering all the events of Trump’s tumultuous tenure to date (hindsight being 20/20, of course), the appointment of General John Kelly as the White House chief of staff, replacing Reince Priebus who was fired after just six months, has the potential to be a major turning point in the […]

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Opinion: Canada must reflect on Charlottesville

If you haven’t seen or heard anything about Charlottesville, VA, in the news this past week, you’ve probably been living (happily) in an impenetrable social media-free bubble, where the words “white supremacy” and “alt-right” haven’t managed to chill you to your core. In any case, the “Unite the Right” march in Charlottesville on Aug. 12 saw the gathering of hundreds of white nationalists at the University of Virginia, who carried flaming torches while yelling chants including “white lives matter” and “blood and soil.”  Neo-Nazis and Ku Klux Klan members clashed with counter-protesters, leaving many people bleeding, battered and bruised as punches were thrown and smoke bombs were released. One counter-protester, Heather Heyer, was killed, after being struck by a car […]

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Letter: North Korea and America’s feud will not be fatal to civilians

While much has been made of the recent heightening of tensions between the United States and North Korea, the general public has little rational cause for concern. North Korea has been making bold threats towards the U.S. for decades, and while there are reports that they are coming closer to developing long-range nuclear missiles, this is not what has prompted the recent public outcry. Trump recently made headlines for declaring that North Korea will be met with “fire and fury” if they continue to make threats against the U.S. and its allies. Doomsayers point to the fact that he didn’t qualify his statement by saying this response would apply only if North Korea were to take action. This distinction makes […]

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