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  • A Crass and Consequential ErrorRoger Cohen
    August 7, 2012

    Muhammad Mossadegh, the Iranian prime minister overthrown by US and British agents in 1953, was a man who declined a salary, returned gifts, and collected tax arrears from his beloved mother. Frugality was allied to punctiliousness in this droopy-nosed aristocrat who enraged the West by insisting that Iran, not Britain, should own, sell, and profit from Iranian oil. A member of the princely Qajar family, he retained a noblesse-oblige gentility even as he became the symbol of postwar Iranian assertiveness. He fainted, he swooned-and was often pajama-clad. When he saw a hole, he had an irrepressible inclination to dig deeper. High principle trumped judicious compromise too often for Mossadegh to be a successful politician.

  • A crime against a mosque, a crime against us allThe Canadian Charger
    June 16, 2011

    The vandals who attacked a Waterloo (Ontario, Canada) mosque a year ago did more than damage a building. They damaged a community. They broke windows and then they broke hearts.

  • A death at GitmoMarc Falkoff
    October 2, 2012

    On Sept. 8, one of my nightmares came true. Adnan Farhan Abdul Latif, a client of mine who had been held at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility in Cuba for more than 10 years, died alone in his cell. His tragic death will surely be greeted with a shrug by some, but it should prompt all of us to reconsider our decision to continue the operation of our infamous offshore prison camp.

  • A defeat for Israel...?Alan Hart
    December 2, 2012

    It's too soon to know whether the ceasefire between Israel and Hamas will be more than a sticking plaster to be ripped off by more violence whether provoked by Israel or not, but while we wait for events to give us the answer, there is a good case for saying that under Netanyahu’s leadership the Zionist (not Jewish) state has suffered a significant defeat.

  • A different ranking at the 2012 OlympicsThe Canadian Charger
    August 28, 2012

    It's not surprising that the United States (104 medals), China (88 medals) and Russia (82 medals) finished one-two-three in the medals race at the 2012 Olympics, after all these are three of the largest countries in the world and, in terms of overall wealth, three of the wealthiest.

  • A future for health careThe Canadian Charger
    December 11, 2011

    Health is not just a medical issue. There are social determinants of health, and one of the keys is income distribution, poverty if you will.

  • A Giant has fallenReuel S. Amdur
    December 8, 2013

    Following Nelson Mandela's death we are being deluged by hagiography. Indeed there is much to praise, but better we should try to understand his role in history. To begin, it is clear that the festering sore of apartheid could not survive indefinitely, with a privileged white minority astride a much larger subjected black minority and growing international isolation. The seething unrest threw up Mandela as the leader and spokesman for the unrest, but had it not been Mandela it would have been others. In that sense, he was not indispensible. The anthropologist Leslie White, writing in the American Sociological Review back in 1947, expressed the matter eloquently.

  • A gloomy future for CanadaThe Canadian Charger
    May 5, 2011

    The Germans have a word for it: Zeitgeist, the spirit of the times. Well, Harper won his majority government on May 2, but he took ownership of the Zeitgeist earlier.

  • A good day for Aboriginal childrenReuel S. Amdur
    March 19, 2016

    Whatever might be said in criticism of the Trudeau government, sunny days appear to be dawning over the Aboriginal file.

  • A good question about American interests in the Middle East but what is the answer?Alan Hart
    October 15, 2012

    In an article for TomDispatch, Peter Van Buren (a U.S. Foreign Service Officer for many years) posed what he described as Six Critical Foreign Policy Questions That Won't Be Raised in Presidential Debates. Question three was under the headline - What do we want from the Middle East?

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