Devon Hanel

Solidarity with what?

The recent downing of a Russian Su-24 jet by Turkish forces over Syria is the first time a NATO member has destroyed a Russian aircraft since the 1950s. Given the complex, fractious conflict that is the Syrian civil war, such a move could have proved catastrophic. This is especially true considering the authoritarian and uncompromising nature of both Russia’s Vladimir Putin and Turkey’s Recep Erdoğan, neither of whom is keen to appear weak.

The reactionary Pope

The papacy has never enjoyed as glowing a reception as today, and notably among progressives. Pope Francis has been met with praise for his strong condemnations of “unbridled capitalism” and the visible inequities and environmental degradation it has produced. This focus on social justice, the pontiff’s seemingly humble, compassionate persona, has convinced many on the left that he is to be considered a “radical pope” and a force for institutional change. I think caution needs to be urged in applying this label, largely because many of the moral positions of the Catholic Church are fundamentally conservative in nature.

Refuting the ‘silent majority’

The true absurdity worthy of note in Ethan Cabel’s article “U of M budget woes a function of weak provincial leadership,” published in the Apr….

Point/Counterpoint: Budget cuts

Point: Unsustainable spending has made budget cuts necessary Over the course of the last few months there has been a rising chorus of voices calling…

Clash of civilizations?

It is worth appreciating the immense outcry that has flooded the pages of broadsheets in the days following the senseless slaughter of satirists. A series…

Evolution’s hotspots

Biologists at the University of the Andes in Colombia claim to have discovered one of the fastest evolving ecosystems on the planet. This rapid diversification…

Open access “tipping point”

A recent study funded by the European Commission and undertaken by analysts at Science-Metrix, a Montreal-based company that assesses science and technology organizations, has concluded…