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Marko Sijan

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Marko’s poetry, fiction and non-fiction have appeared in Canadian Notes and Queries, Maisonneuve, Branch and Encore magazines and on the Parliamentary Poet Laureate website. His novel, Mongrel, is available from Mansfield Press, under the “Stuart Ross Imprint.” Marko lives in Montreal.
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Ukraine Violence Hasn't Cast a Shadow Over Sochi - We Have

Critics claim the violence in Ukraine has 'cast a shadow' over Sochi. The shadow of death? But the media has already cast one of those, with its endless probing of accidental deaths of athletes in training and competition, or the deaths of athletes' loved ones, or athletes' miscarriages, all to plumb the human spirit's capacity of "labouring under the shadow of death" to earn the life-choosing glory of Olympic victory. The carnage then in Ukraine doesn't cast a shadow on the Sochi Games. Instead it casts a light on something true about us, something we may already know but don't think much about, something Mark Twain was getting at when he said, "History doesn't repeat itself, but it does rhyme."
02/21/2014 12:11 EST
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Sexual Violence Is Not Inherent in Men

One of the reasons behind why the media focused on the "ruined" lives of the Steubenville rapists and ignored the suffering of their victim is this: we think she asked for it and doesn't deserve our empathy. She should have known better than to get drunk and lose consciousness at a party full of boys who, being victims of their inherent need for sexual violence, can't be blamed for being male.
03/25/2013 12:03 EDT

Overheard on the VIA Train: "Indians Are Lazy"

A study made last summer by Nanos Research and the Institute for Research on Public Policy ranks aboriginal issues as the least important concern among Canadians. I was recently delayed at Union Station for four hours due to an Idle No More blockade. An attendant announced in a surly tone that the train had been stopped due to "une manifestation d'Indiens." Contrary to news reports, my fellow passengers weren't "taking it in stride." Many groaned but didn't speak; I wrote down some of the comments others shared about "the lazy Indians."
01/18/2013 07:57 EST
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Why We Treat Animals Better Than the Poor

And where's the "humanity" in defending animal rights? Like me, devout animal lovers and environmentalists (often one and the same) betray an underlying misanthropy, a profound disgust and disillusion with humanity. We can love animals because they aren't our competitors; they're dumb and easily used to serve our ends.
09/21/2012 08:08 EDT
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How E-Books Are Ruining the Next Generation of Writers

Literary writing is a worthless profession. Few who write novels, stories and poems make a living from them. This has been true for millennia. Lately the Internet has regressed into a society of feudal manors lorded over by tech giants like Amazon, Apple and Yahoo, who sell e-books for 99 cents or give them away for free. Their "competitive pricing" is threatening traditional publishers and physical books with extinction.
08/08/2012 05:21 EDT
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How Barack Obama May Lose the Presidency

It's not that Americans aren't smart enough to know the bile spewed in super-PAC ads consists largely of lies. Surely they suspect Romney could care less about them, and his presidency would hinge solely on placating the so-called "one-percenters" who really run America; it's just there's something omnipotent about the way unlimited amounts of money slowly, steadily steer our thoughts and desires.
07/03/2012 03:05 EDT

Kids Eat Up TV Ads, Then Junk Food

The results of recent surveys of students in the U.S. and Canada link poor eating habits in children to the amount of television they watch. While this isn't new information, it serves as a useful reminder that the advertising industry is indoctrinating children into the long-term negative effects of eating unhealthy food -- effects that range from obesity to early death.
05/16/2012 12:16 EDT
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Rafael Nadal's Platonic Courage

Like an ocean tide, the court lifted Nadal higher toward who knows where. His defeat took on the grandeur of a victory that outstripped the baser limitation of our terminal obsession with "winning."
09/20/2011 12:39 EDT

Stephen Harper's Royal History Lesson

By digging deeply into our royal roots, we wouldn't achieve the "renewed patriotism" Harper, Poilievre and his other Tory cronies covet. Instead, an honest "renewal of historic memory" would expose the truth that modern Canada, like British North America, is a military power that drives civilization to collapse.
09/06/2011 09:46 EDT