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  • Unhappy with their bodiesReuel S. Amdur
    January 27, 2013

    Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini made history in providing the leadership to the movement that drove the Shah from power in Iran. He made his mark in the domain of sexuality as well. Fereydoon Molkara barged into his presence and brought his tear-filled problem, that he was, as he experienced it, a woman trapped in a male body. After due consideration, Khomeini decided that there was nothing in Islamic religious texts to forbid sex change operations, and so they are available in Iran, even though transgendered individuals there in fact are apt to face persecution.

  • The loss of a parentReuel S. Amdur
    January 27, 2013

    When my son Karl was ten, he embarked on a grand adventure. We took him out of school and let him go with his grandmother to visit Jerusalem. He had a great time, but on the way back his grandmother became very weak. He had to take charge of getting things like luggage taken care of. Then, when they got back, we learned that she was in the final stages of cancer. Not many months later, she died.

  • Raising Johnny or SueReuel S. Amdur
    February 17, 2013

    It is not easy being a teen these days, nor to be the parent of a teen. Parents cannot compare what being a teen was like when they were teenagers. A big difference is the incredible impact that the social media have today. Another factor is the massive growth in the available amount of knowledge, courtesy of Google. The world of today's young people is not our world, and we cannot understand how they experience it. As Kahlil Gibran put it, "You may house their bodies but not their souls. For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams."

  • Palestinian MP outlines his country's situationReuel S. Amdur
    March 10, 2013

    You've heard it said that Israel has a right to defend itself. Well, Dr. Mustapha Barghouti, an MP in the Palestinian Authority, asks, "Why then does Palestine not have a right to defend itself?"

  • Jason Kenney in Cloud Cuckoo LandReuel S. Amdur
    March 25, 2013

    In the shadow of last year's celebration of the centennial of the War of 1812, who would have foreseen that the war would be reopened? Yet, such is the case. We might not have noticed, till Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney brought it to our attention.

  • Depriving Palestinians of StatusReuel S. Amdur
    March 25, 2013

    "Denationalization"-that has been the plight of Palestinians, according to Nadia Abu-Zahra, an Assistant Professor in International Development and Global Studies at the University of Ottawa. What does that term mean?

  • The Arab Spring seen by FiskReuel S. Amdur
    March 25, 2013

    There will never be a Palestinian state. That was the opinion expressed by the distinguished international journalist Robert Fisk at a packed lecture hall at Carleton University on January 22. The session was sponsored by Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East and by a pro-Palestinian University of Ottawa student group.

  • On Obama's visit to the Middle EastReuel S. Amdur
    April 12, 2013

    Off to the Middle East to bolster a non-existent peace process. One wonders why Obama bothered.

  • The Arab Spring according to FiskReuel S. Amdur
    April 12, 2013

    There will never be a Palestinian state. That was the opinion expressed by the distinguished international journalist Robert Fisk at a packed lecture hall at Carleton University on January 22.

  • Don't-Fall-for-It EmailsReuel S. Amdur
    April 28, 2013

    "A sucker is born every minute." - P.T. Barnum

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