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  • Canada's homeless youthReuel S. Amdur
    November 4, 2010

    What is the difference between a young person in care with the Children’s Aid Society who makes a successful transition to adult life and one who does not? According to Kelly Raymond, a social worker with the Ottawa Children's Aid Society (CAS) currently working on a doctorate from the University of Montreal, stability is the key. If a child has the same foster family throughout childhood, that child has a better chance of making it.

  • Montreal: Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel, part 1/2Reuel S. Amdur
    November 4, 2010

    The conference opened on October 22 with a panel composed of Areej Ja'fari, Stephen Faulkner, and Omar Barghouti. Ja'fari coordinates the West Bank Palestine Freedom Project and has organized BDS campaigns in refugee camps. Faulkner was there representing the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU). His talk drove the hall wild. Omar Barghouti is a founding member of the Palestinian Campaign for BDS and the author of The Global Struggle for Palestinian Rights, soon to be published in English. A French version is already available.

  • Montreal: Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel, part 2/2Reuel S. Amdur
    November 4, 2010

    Health care in Gaza was under attack during Operation Cast Lead. It still is. Ewa Jasiewicz, an English-Polish journalist and organizer, was there. She rode in the ambulances with the medical rescuers. She could not tell anything about conditions in the West Bank and Jerusalem, as she has been barred from those places for the last seven years. Her entrance to Gaza was via blockade-crashing ships.

  • The Arctic: not up for grabsReuel S. Amdur
    November 4, 2010

    The popular view that the Arctic is an area of massive unresolved claims is simply wrong. So says Michael Byers, Canada Research Chair in Global Politics and International Law at the University of British Columbia.

  • Iran in OttawaReuel S. Amdur
    November 4, 2010

    Dr. Saeid Ameli, dean of the faculty of global studies at Tehran University and the keynote speaker at the Ottawa conference called for the media to stop its general negative representation of his country.

  • Anti-Zionism equals anti-Semitism?Reuel S. Amdur
    November 10, 2010

    Before I went to Montreal on October 22 to attend the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions event held at the campus of the University of Quebec at Montreal, I came across an article in the webzine Shalom Life. "Among the speakers will be Bongani Masuku, a top official in the Confederation of South African Trade Unions who has been found guilty by the South African Human Rights Commission of anti-Semitic hate speech."

  • One Sufi looks at religionReuel S. Amdur
    November 17, 2010

    Dr. Seyyed Hossein Nasr is a Sufi but at the same time a traditionalist. On November 5, he addressed an audience at Ottawa's Carleton University on the topic "The Law, the Path, and the Truth in Islam."

  • Getting Back in the Game, a book reviewReuel S. Amdur
    November 17, 2010

    Getting Back in the Game, Paul Heinbecker, Key Porter Books, Toronto, 2010.

  • Irwin Cotler should be ashamed of himselfReuel S. Amdur
    November 24, 2010

    How the mighty have fallen. The great American civil libertarian Alan Dershowitz' works on behalf of human rights and civil liberties will be overshadowed by his support for the use of torture. Our own distinguished civil libertarian Irwin Cotler stands to be remembered for his advocacy of censorship.

  • Manufacturing anti-Semitism in Ottawa Reuel S. Amdur
    December 2, 2010

    The Interparliamentary Coalition to Combat Antisemitism was holding their convention on Parliament Hill on November 8, but they had competition. Independent Jewish Voices (IJV) booked a room for a press conference.

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