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Davide Mastracci

Opinion/Blogs Associate Editor, HuffPost Canada

Davide Mastracci is an opinion/blogs associate editor at HuffPost Canada. His work has appeared in various publications, including Al Jazeera, Vice, BuzzFeed, the National Post, The Globe and Mail, The Walrus, Maisonneuve, and Canadaland. You can read more of his work at www.davidemastracci.com.
Biased Coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Is Not

Biased Coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Is Not Journalism

George Orwell stated, "Journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed. Anything else is public relations." Unfortunately, most North American journalists have acted as PR reps for Israel's ongoing invasion in a variety of ways, some subtle, others explicit.
07/20/2014 10:54 EDT
Men Must Learn From the California Mass

Men Must Learn From the California Mass Murder

A man killed six people in a drive by shooting on Friday night in California. On Thursday night the apparent shooter made a video explaining why he was going to embark on the murderous rampage. In this video the man stated that he was a 22-year-old virgin who couldn't attract women. We should avoid reducing the murderer to a crazed individual whose actions can be explained solely by his mental state. Instead, we should analyze how the misogynistic societies we live in enabled the murderer's killing spree.
05/24/2014 06:36 EDT
Why I'm Happy About the Government Crackdown on Unpaid

Why I'm Happy About the Government Crackdown on Unpaid Internships

The industry undeniably preys on those who are desperate for a way in, and capitalizes on their insecurity with unpaid internships. But the demand doesn't justify the exploitation. The fact that it's a standard practice doesn't mean people have to accept it. Future journalists can, and should, fight back against this standard. This is why I am genuinely pleased by the government's crackdown. It will not solve all of the problems facing prospective journalists like myself, but it is a great way to eliminate one.
04/06/2014 01:51 EDT
A Tale of Two Russia Today

A Tale of Two Russia Today Anchors

On the evening of March 5, anchor Liz Wahl resigned from Russia Today-America at the end of her 5 p.m. broadcast. While it's not fair to speculate that Wahl made her dramatic exit in order to score a new, and potentially higher paying, job, it is certain that her patriotic exit will likely be rewarded by American media.
03/06/2014 17:16 EST
Why I Do Not Wear A

Why I Do Not Wear A Poppy

Every year, millions of Canadians take part in this campaign by attaching the poppy to their clothes. I do not wear the poppy, or donate to the RCL, because I believe that this campaign glorifies war instead of calling for peace. I believe that it is of the utmost importance to remember past wars and the soldiers who took part in them, but I remember these things quite a bit differently than how the RCL would like you to remember them.
11/07/2013 12:31 EST
Rob Ford's Story Is Really About the Drug

Rob Ford's Story Is Really About the Drug War

Either way, with all of his other scandals in mind, if this video proves to be true, Ford must leave office. But the fact that he should leave office as a man in need of help, and not a morally bankrupt criminal (at least for potentially using crack), remains. Unfortunately, the lingering effects of the Drug War likely will remain as well.
05/22/2013 12:06 EDT
Mental Illness Is Not a First World

Mental Illness Is Not a First World Problem

Those without mental health issues equate their feelings of sadness to those of someone with depression, when in reality this is like comparing a small paper cut to a broken arm. This characterization is entirely misguided however, as mental health issues are not a "First World Problem" but instead a problem which has the potential to affect all humans regardless of class, race, gender, or ethnicity.
02/14/2013 05:21 EST
This Catholic School Kid Thinks Public Funding Needs to

This Catholic School Kid Thinks Public Funding Needs to Stop

Should students at Catholic schools who are not Catholic be allowed to exempt themselves from Catholic related courses and activities? The answer is clearly yes. I am a product of the Catholic system of education, and I do not believe it deserves to continue in Ontario any longer. In a supposedly multicultural society, it is insulting for the government to fund and prefer the teachings of one specific group. The ever-changing makeup of Canadian society means that we are no longer a "Judeo-Christian" nation if we ever were, and so, we cannot give preference to a faith simply because we have a tradition of doing so
02/06/2013 05:22 EST
Why Do Men Still Pay for

Why Do Men Still Pay for Dates?

Men may take women out on different sorts of dates than they previously did, but the expectation that men be the ones to do this largely remains. When it comes to dating, many men are expected to pay for dates, both by some women, and more commonly, by themselves. Men paying for women on dates because they enjoy their company, and view it as a kind gesture, is not an issue. The issue is that some men still pay for women simply because they are women, and the men would feel emasculated if they did not.
01/19/2013 08:04 EST
Some Dropouts Find Success, But School Still

Some Dropouts Find Success, But School Still Matters

On December 2, poet Suli Breaks posted a spoken word video titled "Why I Hate School But Love Education." Breaks' video certainly does have some positive elements but his argument is flawed in many ways. He reduces a post secondary education to something which takes place solely in the classroom. Regardless of what Breaks believes, school can foster education beyond the traditional methods.
12/04/2012 08:05 EST
Is Weed a Gateway to Other Legal Drugs in

Is Weed a Gateway to Other Legal Drugs in Canada?

The legalization or decriminalization of marijuana has become a nonpartisan solution so blatantly obvious that only misguided moral opposition remains. And while there is still some way to go before marijuana is legalized in Canada, this eventual feat should be a gateway for the legalization of other currently prohibited substances. If the legalization of marijuana can be accepted by the Canadian populace, the legalization of all drugs should be as well. Taboos, fear, and moral opposition should not prevent the government from taking the rational scientific steps necessary to solving the drug crisis.
11/30/2012 12:21 EST
Why I'm Keeping the Name You Can't

Why I'm Keeping the Name You Can't Pronounce

My Italian name (Davide) is impossible to pronounce for 95 per cent of the people I meet. The difference a single vowel can make is incredible, because I know that if you take away that "e", life would become a lot easier for me. But no one should have to feel as though they need to alter their name to fit in.
11/09/2012 05:51 EST
Obama's Foreign Policy: Not so

Obama's Foreign Policy: Not so Progressive

<img alt="2012-11-05-electionbannerreal.jpg" src="http://images.huffingtonpost.com/2012-11-05-electionbannerreal.jpg" width="300" height="70" /> In a couple of days, the American populace will elect the next President. Numerous self-identified "progressive" voters have endorsed the Obama campaign, stating that while Barack Obama is certainly not perfect, he is far better than Mitt Romney. However, one of the major areas that have been largely ignored is Obama's foreign policy record in the Middle East.
11/05/2012 05:44 EST