November 20, 2020
Just years ago, reports on migration to Europe gave the impression that Africans were threatening a 21st-century version of the colonization Europeans perpetrated in Africa throughout the 19th. In reality, Europeans were treating African migrants like the mother who wants nothing to do with the bastard child who shows up at her doorstep as a teenager. Not to mention the migrants who die trying to establish that umbilical cord of obligation.
But today, media focus on other global events - like the US presidential election and Covid-19 - is such that you’d never know African migration remains every bit as vexing for Europeans and humbling for Africans as it was back then.
Length: 18 min 11 sec
November 13, 2020
For years now, the Catholic Church has been defined as much by sex-abuse scandals as by worldwide charities. But simmering conflicts between abdicated Pope Benedict XVI and reigning Pope Francis – on issues like married priests, same-sex marriages, and even pedophile priests – threaten a holy schism that would make those scandals and charities seem irrelevant.
After all, sectarian tensions between Benedict's conservative and Francis's liberal acolytes could blow the Catholic Church asunder.
Length: 20 min 11 sec
November 7, 2020
Arguably, the stress the US presidential election induced rivals the fear the Covid pandemic has this year. But, while we have to wait for a vaccine to allay the latter, I can think of no better way to alleviate the former than a talk on the fairytale lives of the British royal family.
However, if you are a fan of royalty, I feel obliged to warn you to listen at your own risk.
Length: 19 min 53 sec