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  • Zionism's Last Card and Hope for PalestineAlan Hart
    December 8, 2013

    Following the interim agreement with Iran the next six months will tell us whether or not the American-led Zionist lobby and Zionism itself has played its last card and lost. If it does lose President Obama will be free to use the leverage he has to try to cause Israel to be serious about peace on terms almost all Palestinians and most other Arabs and Muslims everywhere could accept (and which would not pose any threat to the wellbeing and security of those Jews now living in Palestine that became Israel and who wanted to stay). The stakes could not be higher.

  • Re: Canadians: List Egypt's Brotherhood a terrorist groupDr. Mohamed Elmasry
    December 8, 2013

    The Canadian Charger received several letters re the above item published last week.

  • I love orangutans, but they aren't our "cousins" Dr. Mohamed Elmasry
    December 8, 2013

    A cartoon shows two women at a coffee shop. One is holding a book, Secrets of How Orangutans Speak, and saying: It's done wonders to our marriage.

  • 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.

  • Ford: A Criminal in Denial Reuel S. Amdur
    December 8, 2013

    The Rob Ford fiasco undermines the Rob Ford solution to the urban situation. His solution to the cost of services is to cut taxes and let services shrivel. He even contemplated closing libraries. His solution to gun crime is to ban all criminals convicted of gun offenses from living in Toronto and to demand an additional $10 million from the province for more police. Notice the contradiction between cutting taxes and demanding more money. He wants no part of "hug a thug" programs, and while he has had his football team he has opposed City Council giving financial support to other youth programs that might have a role to play in prevention.

  • Brotherhood in eyes of Western media, Egyptian revolutionistsMohamed Elkoteishi
    December 8, 2013

    Obviously, one of the most outstanding signs of the deep crisis Egypt undergoes right now is the wide gap separating the vision of the Egyptians who took to the streets on June 30th against Mohamed Morsi and that of the western media and the way it covers what is going on in Egypt.

  • SchizophreniaReuel S. Amdur
    December 8, 2013

    In the popular mind, there is often a misidentification of schizophrenia with dissociative identity disorder, known to the general public as multiple personality. These are two quite distinct conditions. Let me illustrate from my own experiences. First, schizophrenia.

  • Egypt under the MilitaryReuel S. Amdur
    December 8, 2013

    While there is never a beginning in looking at a situation historically, the British conquest of Egypt in 1882 might be a good place to start. British control and influence continued, until the last British collaborator King Farouk was overthrown in 1952 by the Free Officers Movement, assisted by the CIA. Since that time, Egypt has had a succession of military heads-Naguib, Nasser, Sadat, Mubarak. The short-lived government of Mohamed Morsi is the exception. Now the military is back in the saddle.

  • What is Harper Trading Away?Reuel S. Amdur
    November 29, 2013

    Stephen Harper recently described the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) as "the biggest deal in our country's history." That is a claim rather difficult to substantiate, considering that many of the provisions of the agreement are unknown. According to Nadia Alexan, not only the general public but even members of Parliament and provincial governments are being kept in the dark. "Only the corporations are involved in the discussions," she charged.

  • Portraits: Paris, London, York and Montmartre - Part 2/3 Dr. Mohamed Elmasry
    November 28, 2013

    I love the portrait of the 1800 Strand, where I stayed in London this summer, given by British author E. V. Lucas, in his classic A Wanderer in London. He says, "The most Bohemian of London streets, if the Strand could cross to Paris it would instantly burgeon into a boulevard. Its prevailing type is of the stage: the blue chin of Thespis is very apparent there, and the ample waistcoat of the manager is prominent too."

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