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The Parthenon is visible for miles around from the Acropolis (citadel) on which it stands. Shutterstock

Blowing up the Parthenon: the power of a symbol

The Parthenon has been seen as central to the history of Western civilisation. But the building has a troubled past that is somewhat at odds with our ideas of democratic values.
President of Ontario Federation of Labour Chris Buckley addresses protesters outside a Tim Hortons Franchise in Toronto last week. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Democracy, freedom and cheap stuff: Can we pay more for our coffee?

Do businesses have to act like businesses? Or could we pay slightly more for goods, like coffee, and recognize that stability for working people is essential to a robust economy.
A statue of Pericles outside Athens City Hall. Like Trump, Pericles used war to deflect from bad news. (Shutterstock)

‘DO SOMETHING!’ Trump, Pericles and the art of deflection

Does ancient Greek war hawk Pericles provide clues to a besieged Donald Trump's next move? War has always been a helpful distraction for cornered world leaders.
Chinese President Xi Jinping wants to make China great again. US President Donald Trump has expressed similar hopes for his own country. Reuters/Carlos Barria

Are China and the US destined for war?

The comparison between ancient Athens and modern China, and Sparta and the US, through the Thucydides Trap, has its limitations.

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