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  • When the lady "not for turning", turnedAlan Hart
    April 28, 2013

    The news of the death of Britain's Iron Lady, Baroness Thatcher, promoted me to recall my favourite story about her. In 1980, in the first of her three terms as prime minister, she said in a speech to her Conservative Party's Conference: "You turn if you want to. The lady's not for turning." Because I was personally engaged with her at the time, I know that she performed her first U turn in her first 48 hours of being prime minister.

  • Why, really, has Netanyahu put settlement expansion on hold? Alan Hart
    November 19, 2013

    His own explanation was that he wants to avoid or minimise the prospects for an "unnecessary confrontation" with the international community, for which read President Obama and the European leaders who would follow his lead (with the arguable exception of the French whore).

  • Netanyahu: "Peace? No thanks but I’ll accept the box of chocolates"Alan Hart
    March 6, 2014

    I have long thought that Dr. Hanan Ashrawi, a senior member of the PLO's Executive Committee and the Palestine Legislative Council, is the most articulate spokesperson in Israeli occupied territory for her cause. Her latest comment is a bleak assessment of the prospects for getting a real peace process going. She was responding to a statement by an Obama administration official that both Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and Palestinian President Abbas will be able to "express reservations about individual provisions" in the framework document Secretary of State Kerry is preparing. Here's what Ashrawi said:

  • How far can freedom of the press go?Alexander Davidoff
    December 21, 2012

    Does media have total and complete freedom to do and say what they want without consequence? Should there be oversight or control over what is presented in the traditional printed press, television, radio or even the internet? These are not easy questions to consider and smell of 'big brother'. Many would vehemently oppose any control over the press and media, citing our democratic right for its freedom. Documents such as the Constitution, Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the Magna Carta, that have mapped out humanity's struggle and development towards equality of existence, may be referred to. Historical examples of the horror when man had to survive the likes of Stalin, Hitler, Mao Zedong may be referenced.

  • 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.

  • Israel's image on campusAli Abunimah
    October 23, 2011

    Sharp disagreements have intensified among leading US pro-Israel groups on the best methods to suppress criticism and discussion of Israel's apartheid, occupation, colonization and human rights abuses, or support for Palestinian rights, on US college campuses.

  • An Open letter to Ontario MPPsAli Mallah
    March 3, 2010

    It is a sad day for Ontario and Ontarians when its legislators support censorship and attempt to shut down free speech.

  • G20, an open letter to Dalton McGuintyAli Mallah
    July 8, 2010

    Mr. Premier: With great dismay I read your comments in The Globe and Mail story "McGuinty refuses to apologize over G-20 fence law."

  • Zionists harass and try to impeach Queen's presidentAllan Donaldson
    March 23, 2011

    Dear The Canadian Charger: I discovered you while seeking to determine which progressive sites are following the ongoing attack on free speech currently underway at Queen's University.

  • Why 2018 Is The Year To Visit EgyptAllison DiLiegro
    July 28, 2018

    Egypt had been at the top of my list since seventh grade history class. To me, the Cradle of Civilization was a graduate-level travel locale, the grandest stop on a Grand Tour. So in January 2018, when I heard tourists were going back after a lull in political unrest, I booked a flight for the spring.

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