Rereading Noel Mostert’s book Supership

Published on Aug 19, 2022 by Sheila McLeod Arnopoulos

In 1974 as a very junior reporter at The Montreal Star, some senior reporters alerted me to a two-part major piece of reporting by Noel Mostert in the New Yorker magazine. The article was about oil supertankers, the skill required to navigate and operate them and their widespread pollution of the sea.

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Shangri-La in India’s Hill Station Country

Published on Apr 12, 2018 by Sheila McLeod Arnopoulos

Visiting India over many years I have seen most of the country’s highlights, but I never experienced a famous hill station reminiscent of the British Raj. However, after a recent visit to Chennai, I was fortunate to discover a charming boutique bed and breakfast called Clive and Curzon a short flight away in the heart of the Nilgiris hills.

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People Power in Tunisia and the Nobel Peace Prize

Published on Nov 27, 2015 by Sheila McLeod Arnopoulos

Behind the Nobel Peace Prize that was recently awarded for 2015 to four civil society trailblazers in Tunisia stand millions of ordinary unsung Tunisians who deserve recognition. Without them the hands of the National Dialogue Quartet would have been tied.

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Nasty remarks and dirty looks

Published on Nov 15, 2013 by Sheila McLeod Arnopoulos

In the debate that has led up to the tabling Thursday of a charter of Quebec values, too many Quebecers, including some well-known Quebec feminists, appear to be supporting the idea of excluding Muslim women who wear head scarves from major employment opportunities in Quebec society.

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Un climat d’inclusion

Published on Nov 13, 2012 by Sheila McLeod Arnopoulos

“Le nouveau portrait de la situation linguistique dans la métropole reflète des tendances particulièrement positives et encourageantes. Des données tirées du dernier recensement démontrent que parmi les habitants de l’île de Montréal, pas moins de 85% parlent français.”

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Tunisia: A revolution in progress

Published on Jul 18, 2012 by Sheila McLeod Arnopoulos

It was my first night in the city of Sidi Bouzid where a humiliated street vendor named Mohamed Bouazizi burned himself to death a year and a half ago – launching the first of several Arab Springs.

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Nandini Azad – A Model for Social Performance

Published on Dec 12, 2011 by Sheila McLeod Arnopoulos

A special pleasure for me at the 2011 microcredit summit in Spain was spending time with Nandini Azad, one of the current powerhouses in the Indian anti-poverty movement, who has distinguished herself for path-breaking grassroots development not only in India but also in several other countries.

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Muslim Women Shine at the 2011 Microcredit Summit

Published on Dec 11, 2011 by Sheila McLeod Arnopoulos

Despite the preponderance of men on podium of the microcredit summit, it was Muslim women from Pakistan, Tunisia, Lebanon, Sudan and Egypt, who offered some of the most inspiring leadership models at the sessions in Spain this year.

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Microcredit in China

Published on Jun 07, 2011 by Sheila McLeod Arnopoulos

In 2007 Justin Ang, now a student at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, was part of a group in Singapore called Youth that Care that raised $20,000 to help people in Tsunami-afflicted fishing villages in Thailand pay off a debt burden to loan sharks so they could be free to build up small businesses.

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In Conversation with Ela Bhatt of SEWA

Published on Jan 14, 2011 by Sheila McLeod Arnopoulos

In a small house in Hamilton Ontario, I was sipping an Indian soup with Ela Bhatt, founder of the one-million-strong Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) in India.

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The Lesson of Kerala Women

Published on Dec 30, 2010 by Sheila McLeod Arnopoulos

Grassroots women that have set up farm collectives of their own in Kerala have now entered municipal politics where they will take community development to new heights says Ananya Mukherjee-Reed, a Toronto professor and researcher.

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Microcredit Suicides in Andhra Pradesh

Published on Dec 09, 2010 by Sheila McLeod Arnopoulos

Cooperatives run by women are the way to protect marginalized Indian women from the worst aspects of the commercialization of microcredit, says SEWA leader Ela Bhatt and Indian development volunteer Vithal Rajan.

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Jasmine and Sugar Cane

Published on Nov 15, 2010 by Sheila McLeod Arnopoulos

In 2005 I let my imagination fly with a short story set in both India and Montreal. It appeared late in 2005 in The Little Magazine, a literary journal published in Delhi.

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Healers of the Mentally-Ill Homeless in Chennai

Published on Nov 08, 2010 by Sheila McLeod Arnopoulos

At the end of my first trip to India I went to Ahmedabad in the state of Gujarat hoping to do research on the Self Employed Women’s Association but instead I ended up in the middle of mob violence by Hindus against Muslims. In my book, see chapter 9 - Into the Inferno.

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