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  • Israel: Jewish and Democratic?Reuel S. Amdur
    June 8, 2014

    Can Israel exist as both Jewish and democratic? That was the question at issue in a debate on May 22 between Max Blumenthal and Mira Sucharov, held at the University of Ottawa. The debate was co-sponsored by Independent Jewish Voices and the university's Interdisciplinary Studies program on human rights.

  • It's 1984 again in Harper's Canada Reuel S. Amdur
    June 8, 2014

    Remember the controversy over the abolition of the long-form census? The Harper government was so concerned about the intrusive nature of the questions that it was abolished. Our privacy is so important that it trumped new businesses' need to have demographic information such as age and income in places that they want to locate. It is so important that the feds were prepared to sacrifice ability to develop policy based on sound information about changes effecting education and workforce participation of Aboriginals and immigrants. It was prepared to put up with a rush job on the short-form census resulting in language data that are simply useless. Nevertheless, the principle was clear: The government needs to keep its nose out of people's private affairs. In the words of former Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan, "I can tell you that our government takes Canadians’ privacy very seriously." But we have a disconnect.

  • Al-Sisi: Egypt's newly elected presidentDr. Mohamed Elmasry
    June 7, 2014

    Egypt is divided; on one side there is the vast majority of its 90 millions, hopeful and optimistic for a bright future, and on the other side there is a tiny group of Islamists, led by the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) who terrorize and kill to advance their political agenda, and above all justify their crimes in the name of Islam.

  • Canada's Urban Transportation MessThe Canadian Charger
    May 23, 2014

    The recent topic of discussion on Parliament Hill was the future of urban transportation. The program was sponsored by the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences.

  • A Special Canadian, May 12, 1921 - May 7, 2014Dr. Judith Maclean Miller
    May 23, 2014

    Farley Mowat. His name is almost synonymous with "Canadian." He died this past week at the age of nearly 93, and he leaves a remarkable legacy. It is a privilege to write about him.

  • PM owes chief justice an apologyGeoffrey Stevens
    May 23, 2014

    You might think that anyone who has spent many years observing politicians would not be surprised by anything they do or say. But you would be wrong.

  • Sources: Syrian jihad coming to Egypt with help from Turkey, Qatar and ObamaYossef Bodansky
    May 23, 2014

    The struggle for Egypt is on the verge of a major escalation as the key sponsors of the jihadist cause in Syria are now committed to a similar campaign against Egypt.

  • Democracy issues go beyond Tory election billThomas Walkom
    May 23, 2014

    Yes, the Conservative government's proposed election reform bill is wrong-headed. But take a deep breath. Its adoption will not materially hasten the end of civilization as we know it. There are deeper forces at play.

  • Changes proposed by Canadian Government will make getting citizenship more difficult Edward C. Corrigan
    May 23, 2014

    On February 6, 2014 Canada's Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander introduced into Parliament the first comprehensive changes to the Citizenship Act since 1977. Following Conservative government's practice of giving political names to its legislation, Bill C-24, is titled "Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act."

  • Harper's temporary foreign workers' destructiveScott Stockdale
    May 23, 2014

    The Harper government has given employers the right to hire temporary foreign workers even in regions of the country struggling with joblessness, including the Maritimes and southwestern Ontario, and in sectors where there is no appparent lack of domestic candidates.

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