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  • Is criticism of Israel or Zionism anti-Semitic?The Canadian Charger
    November 27, 2011

    London Immigration lawyer Ed Corrigan said his libel case against Will Hector for calling him "one of the worst anti-Semites in Canada and an idiotic spammer," in an email to the Law Union of Ontario (LUO) List forum, will be a precedent setting legal decision on the question: "is criticism of Israel or Zionism anti-Semitic?"

  • Mental health of immigrantsThe Canadian Charger
    November 27, 2011

    Providing mental health services to immigrants and refugees is a particular challenge because of the need to understand and deal appropriately with cultural factors different from the Western Judaeo-Christian cultures that Western psychiatry is familiar with. But that is not all. According to Dr. G. Eric Jarvis, a psychiatry professor at McGill, "The patient may be influenced by more than one culture. There is the culture from before immigration as well as the culture which he is more or less integrating into in his new home."

  • Timely Conference by National Council on Canada Arab RelationsThe Canadian Charger
    December 5, 2011

    As the guest speaker at the convention of the National Council on Canada Arab Relations held recently in Gatineau, Quebec, Clovis Maksoud electrified the room with his declaration that "as long as Palestine does not enjoy its rights, the whole Arab Spring will not be fulfilled."

  • Global march on the city of peaceThe Canadian Charger
    April 5, 2012

    The tension was palpable as some one hundred protesters chanted slogans to mark the first ever Global March on Jerusalem (GMJ), while across Bloor Street, at the corner of Avenue Road, in downtown Toronto, a noticeably smaller group of protesters, led by Meir Weinstein, national director of the Canadian branch of the Jewish Defence League (JDL), denounced those supporting the GMJ.

  • Complicity in Bahraini RepressionThe Canadian Charger
    December 5, 2011

    The Arab Spring was attempting to poke its head from under the autocratic cold in sunny Bahrain back in February 2011. Demonstrations broke out in Manama's Pearl Square. Rulers of Bahrain are Sunni, while most Bahrainis are Shi'ite, so of course the charge was that it was all Iranian-inspired. As in the other cases, efforts were made to put the demonstrations down with brute force. Again as elsewhere, the repression was failing. That is, until other forces interfered.

  • Achieving spiritual fitnessThe Canadian Charger
    December 11, 2011

    After reading The Qur'an 365 Selections for Daily Reading, by Mohamed Elmasry, Ph.D., one cannot ignore the call to prepare for Judgement Day because on this day God rewards for good deeds and punishes for bad deeds (22:1-2).

  • A year characterized by lost opportunities The Canadian Charger
    January 9, 2012

    The New Year is of course the time when people often make resolutions and changes to their lives that they hope will lead to better things. It is also a time people look back to identify key events of the last twelve months. In Canada, three appear as key: the election of a Conservative majority government with most voters voting against it, the Quebec NDP breakthrough, and the Occupation.

  • The fine line of a double standardThe Canadian Charger
    January 20, 2012

    After informing the viewing audience, in a September 8 CBC interview with Peter Mansbridge, that Canada faces "a number of threats on different levels," Prime Minister Harper singled out Islamic terrorism as the major threat facing Canadians. The interview was part of The National's series of stories marking the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

  • Life without liberty and the pursuit of subverting civil rightsThe Canadian Charger
    January 29, 2012

    Hermann Goring, Hitler's designated successor, wrote that the most efficient way to remove citizens' democratic and human rights was to convince them that they were being threatened by a foreign or external threat. The people will then sit passively by while all sorts of draconian laws are passed, subverting civil rights, because they feel these laws are necessary to protect them from perceived threats - whether real or imagined.

  • Witness to Destruction in GazaThe Canadian Charger
    February 6, 2012

    Dr. Mads Gilbert combines his profession as a physician with political advocacy. He brought his advocacy hat to the University of Ottawa Medical School on January 31, telling the audience about how things were in Gaza when he was working there.

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