Global Pedestrian is a Big Think blog. It's my immobile, imperfect attempt to seek out the sort of details, insights, acquaintances, and empathy that come when you forsake the automobile and move through an unfamiliar place at a human speed. More than at any time in history, it is possible for a curious person to learn something of the varied needs, identities and grievances of people all over the world. Thanks to the Internet, we can always find some anecdote somewhere in the world that will seem to corroborate any preconceived ideology we might worship. But I hope we won't do that. I hope that this blog will fortify you with a bit of healthy skepticism about any one-size-fits-all prescriptions for faraway peoples and about any with-us-or-against-us doctrines you might be asked to swallow.
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Will America Remember the Five Canadians Killed Today in Afghanistan?
Right now, just hours after someone detonated an improvised explosive device and killed four Canadian soldiers and one Canadian journalist in Afghanistan, I'm reflecting on words Canada's defense minister spoke back in March. Reacting to the pseudo-apolog...177 weeks ago
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