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  • The lucky country, Part 3/4Dr. Mohamed Elmasry
    February 18, 2014

    Thanks to Alan Moorehead I now know about a great Australian woman; Daisy May Bates (1859 - 1951). Moorehead in his 1966 classic The Fatal Impact talked about her life and her writings with a great admiration.

  • Dirty OilScott Stockdale
    February 1, 2014

    In keeping with his time-worn - and increasingly tiresome - mondus operandi, Prime Minister Harper responded to concerns about the oil sands development, expressed recently by rock legend Neil Young, by skillfully changing the subject and attacking the messenger of the bad news.

  • Fighting crime the right way, not Harper'sThe Canadian Charger
    January 29, 2014

    Reading the first chapter of Irvin Waller's new Smarter Crime Control (Lanham, Maryland, 2014), you will be immediately reminded of the tribulations of Ignaz Semmelweis. Semmelweis was a 19th Century Hungarian physician in Austria and Hungary who identified the cause of women dying in hospital of what was called childbed fever, death after childbirth.

  • Palestine, Israel, and the Arab SpringThe Canadian Charger
    January 29, 2014

    It was definitely not baseball weather in Ottawa on January 19, but it was a double-header after the Sunday service at the First Unitarian Congregation. First at bat was Anita MacLean. Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East has a yearly tour of Israel and the West Bank, led by Peter Lawson, and last year she took part, and on January 19 she shared her observations.

  • Two white killers on the loose Dr. Mohamed Elmasry
    January 29, 2014

    Out of some fifty countries I visited and five where I worked as a professor; the US, Canada, Switzerland, Kuwait, and my birth country Egypt, observing local diet especially among young university students, I found Egyptians consume sugar and salt the most.

  • Somerset Maugham's Malaysia: Sarawak and Sabah, Part 2 of 2Dr. Mohamed Elmasry
    January 29, 2014

    The Malaysian states of Sarawak and Sabah were unique and before the federation, had little in common with the peninsula.

  • Values charter's moral implications not just limited to QuebecAndrew Coyne
    January 29, 2014

    It involves us all: Can we as a country live with this ethnocultural chauvinism? Will our consciences allow it?

  • Conservatives dismantling social programs built over generationsLes Whittington
    January 29, 2014

    A Toronto Star analysis has for the first time pulled together a detailed account of the range of recent cuts seen under Stephen Harper's government.

  • It's about blackmail, not national securityAlfred McCoy, Tom Dispatch
    January 29, 2014

    For more than six months, Edward Snowden's revelations about the National Security Agency (NSA) have been pouring out from the Washington Post, the New York Times, the Guardian, Germany's Der Spiegel, and Brazil's O Globo, among other places. Yet no one has pointed out the combination of factors that made the NSA's expanding programs to monitor the world seem like such a slam-dunk development in Washington. The answer is remarkably simple. For an imperial power losing its economic grip on the planet and heading into more austere times, the NSA's latest technological breakthroughs look like a bargain basement deal when it comes to projecting power and keeping subordinate allies in line -- like, in fact, the steal of the century. Even when disaster turned out to be attached to them, the NSA's surveillance programs have come with such a discounted price tag that no Washington elite was going to reject them.

  • Alternatives to Post Office cutReuel S. Amdur
    January 29, 2014

    Be careful what you wish for. The Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) urged Canada to turn the Post Office into a crown corporation, at arm's length from the government. Well, a crown corporation is what they and all of us got, beginning in 1981. Big mistake.

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