Novel Thomas

About the Author Novel Thomas

Novel is a well-respected columnist and a foundation member of the CONTACT team. He graduated from Concordia University’s English department. His writing is insightful and thought-provoking.

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IS UNION NOW UNITED?

Novel Thomas Sunday, July 7: A double celebration at church Last week Thursday 4, “she who must be obeyed” as a former local radio personality used to fondly describe his better half, announced in passing: “I’m going to church on Sunday.” Actually, she was in another room when she made the statement, but it was within earshot, probably a heads-up to me; there was no one else around to hear. I immediately thought I really don’t feel like church on Sunday, and began thinking of a few things on the home front that I could do while “She” was worshipping… …

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JUST MUSING…

Hold the politics ‘cos 2019 summer’s on, with a little something for everyone I know that global warming concept is more than that. After all that scientific data, heat waves across North America and Europe, deluges and floods, hurricanes, cyclones, tornados and other abnormal weather phenomena, that’s ample evidence that as far as weather goes something is happening. Weather phenomena have become the norm according to meteorologists; see it as the “new normal.” Close to home, the very cold winter and tumultuous weather we experienced last winter, especially the leftover cold weather coupled with millimeters of freezing rain to close …

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CONTINENT OF IRONY AND PARADOX

“Africa is the richest continent on the planet with the poorest people on the planet…” and is treated like the world’s bitch … In becoming South African president for the second time, South Africans were expecting much from Cyril Ramaphosa. His first stint as president was essentially an interim position of four years, 2014 to 2018, to which he was appointed when then President Jacob Zuma contracted that seemingly incurable African political virus: corruption and its inevitable social impact on the lives of those to whom it means most – not the least is living conditions: lack of infrastructure, running …

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SIMPLY PUT

Africa is the world’s bitch and its leaders are the pimps. She’s also “the richest continent on the planet with the poorest people on the planet…” Just because a rotten crop of post-colonial leaders have helped to stagnate the continent, but all bad things will end.Novel Thomas So here’s the rest… Notwithstanding the continual bad news stories coming out of Africa, I continue to believe that the underlying conditions that give rise to them will inevitably end. How do I know that? I see and hear ongoing evidence of that emanating from corporate media. From my perspective, what once was …

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SIMPLY PUT…

Africa is the world’s bitch, its dubious leaders the pimps. But all bad things will end – one day Watching a BBC program a few weeks ago, an African businessman in Djibouti, that small country on the northeastern tip of Africa (known as known as “the Horn…”), in talking business prospects for the country and continental economic development in general, said “Africa is the richest continent on the planet with the poorest people on the planet…” An interesting, insightful and thought-provoking statement that resonated with me and I’m sure other people who might’ve seen that particular program. It is a …

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POLITICAL WOMEN

They will be Africa’s deliverance and salvation Last time I mentioned that on his [GPS] program a couple weeks ago, CNN’s Fareed Zakaria discussed how the world would fare if more women were in national political leadership positions. It’s an interesting notion to ponder, just because except for a few countries the world for far too long has been led by an unbroken parade of white projecting and implementing their testosterone-induced agenda on the international landscape. It’s no wonder, then, that the world is currently in the tumultuous state it is; too many men have been vested with political power …

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POLITICAL WOMEN PLEASE

More women, international political leaders, are what the world needs. On the African continent it’s an urgency. Political men have outlived their useful… uselessness.   When I’m not in church on a Sunday morning, I use the time to partake of the religion of politics by watching and listening to the ideological ponderings of diverse characters that saturate network television. And there’re enough characters every channel espousing individual political and ideological perspectives to nourish and satiate viewers’ political bents. I especially like CNN’s Global Public Square (GPS) hosted by Fareed Zakaria, an award-winning journalist, political scientist, and author. And his …

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When, where, how will the hate end?

On March 27, the CAQ government finally delivered on its promise to restrict the wearing of religious garb and symbols of any kind  where government business is conducted. This (restriction), known as Bill 21, only applies to the employees of the state: health care professionals, teachers, police, and so on. At the source of this religious symbol angst and conversation is religion, specifically Muslims, practitioners of the Islamic faith and what’s perceived (by some)as creeping Islamisation of Quebec society – hijab, niqab, etc., and then there’re Jewish religious symbols – Star of David, yarmulke, Kippa… The only reason why the …

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Of Humans, Blood, Tears and Prayers…

Each time another human massacre is perpetrated by another white male, it’s as if it’s unprecedented so nothing changes As usual, wherever it happens and innocent blood flows, come the sadness and extended mourning… and people trying to come to terms with man’s capacity to wreak havoc on his fellowman… woman. There are prayer vigils for victims, along with what have become moot calls for political intervention — gun control. But in what’s regarded as civil North American, European and other societies where people of European progeny constitute a majority, the perennial conversation about (the right to bear arms…) inevitably …

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THE BLEACHING…

The word and definition tell the story. Naturally or chemically, it speaks to the dangers – various side effects – some Black people are subjecting themselves to in order to acquire (a semblance of unnatural) lightness, and by extension, a false sense of specious social acceptance, or tolerance. And so it is, not only in predominantly white societies, but also on the African continent where some Black people have bought into the bleaching aesthetic and farce. The belief being that lighter is better than dark. The irony and paradox are that even on the African continent (Africa!), people are shamelessly …

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