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  • On Guard with the CIAReuel S. Amdur
    July 15, 2015

    Michael Morell's book The Great War of our Time (New York: 12 Press, 2015), about his career in the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), is an intriguing account which illuminates the work of the agency, its relationship with the president and the halls of power, and its role in world affairs. In this review we will focus on a few matters touched upon.

  • Harper Damages Enumerated Reuel S. Amdur
    July 15, 2015

    The Canadian Charger lists "20 reasons to say no to Harper." Mel Hurtig, in his new book The Arrogant Autocrat (Vancouver, Mel Hurtig Publishing, 2015) goes well beyond 20. He is perhaps best known for his opposition to foreign ownership of our economy, the takeover by foreign multinationals, but in this book he decries "Stephen Harper's takeover of Canada."

  • Good Terrorists and Bad TerroristsReuel S. Amdur
    July 16, 2015

    We see in the media constant attention to terrorists in our midst. There is the danger of what have been called self-radicalized lone-wolf terrorists such as two Muslim converts one of whom shot and killed a reserve soldier at the national war memorial and then stormed the Parliament Building. The other ran down two soldiers in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, killing one and injuring the other.

  • Earth's Distant TwinReuel S. Amdur
    August 11, 2015

    We are not alone-or are we? Is there life elsewhere in the universe? We have found water on Mars, indicating the possibility that there may be or may have been some kind of life on that planet. But now NASA has come up with one better, a planet with the burdensome name of Kepler 452b. We'll call it Kepler for short.

  • Harper the Genteel BigotReuel S. Amdur
    October 9, 2015

    In a recent response to a reporter's question, Stephen Harper referred insidiously to "old-stock Canadians." Whether or not he was being openly racist, the message to the subconscious was just that. It's us versus them. More about this in a bit, but first let's look at the context in which his remark was made.

  • Mental health: The parental roleReuel S. Amdur
    October 22, 2015

    Parents have a major role in promoting their children’s mental health. That is what Dr. Hazen Gandy, head of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) recently told an audience in Ottawa.

  • Book Review: Bob Rae's What Happened to Politics?Reuel S. Amdur
    October 22, 2015

    In his recent book What Happened to Politics? (Toronto: Simon and Schuster Canada, 2015), Bob Rae sets out to explain what has changed in the way we do politics in Canada, sort of. He also throws a lot of other stuff in. "Often-rambling" is how one reviewer put it.

  • Robert Fisk on the Middle EastReuel S. Amdur
    October 22, 2015

    In the Arab world, history is now. That is the message delivered recently by Beirut-based journalist Robert Fisk to a large audience at St. Matthew's Anglican Church in Ottawa. The lecture was sponsored by Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East.

  • The right to dieReuel S. Amdur
    October 22, 2015

    Physicians and others in the health care field are trying to get their heads around the reality of the coming into effect next February of the Supreme Court decision permitting euthanasia and assisted dying.

  • Crime prevention and homework clubs Reuel S. Amdur
    October 22, 2015

    Crime Prevention Ottawa recently presented a panel on homework clubs at the Ottawa City Hall. The work of such clubs in high need areas was, said local United Way chief Michael Allen, a priority for his organization.

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