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  • 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.

  • It's a myth that religion and politics don't mixProf. Dr. Mohamed Elmasry
    June 17, 2011

    When asked the question, "should politicians allow their religious beliefs to affect political decisions?" the overwhelming majority of Canadians these days are likely to answer in the negative.

  • 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.

  • It's impossible to beat Isis with Erdoğan in powerMichael Rubin
    November 5, 2019

    Turkey's authoritarian president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, is in Washington to participate in a conference regarding strategies to defeat the Islamic State militant group (ISIS). That's like inviting Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei to a conference about fighting anti-Semitism.

  • It's not just RacismReuel S. Amdur
    June 23, 2020

    The reaction to the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis has led to the opening of a serious discussion about police treatment of people of color. It has also raised the wider issue of prejudice and discrimination in society. Putting these matters on the agenda is extremely important but focus on color in police interactions is too narrow. The wider issue is that of abuse of power in general. You don't have to be black to suffer at the hands of police.

  • It's permissible to kill PalestiniansReuel S. Amdur
    November 18, 2009

    Jewish settlers' attacks on Palestinians and destruction of their crops and other property are justified according to Jewish law, says Rabbi Yitzhak Shapira.

  • It's the guns - but we all know, it's not really the gunsMichael Moore
    July 27, 2012

    Since Cain went nuts and whacked Abel, there have always been those humans who, for one reason or another, go temporarily or permanently insane and commit unspeakable acts of violence. There was the Roman Emperor Tiberius, who during the first century A.D. enjoyed throwing victims off a cliff on the Mediterranean island of Capri. Gilles de Rais, a French knight and ally of Joan of Arc during the middle ages, went cuckoo-for-Cocoa Puffs one day and ended up murdering hundreds of children. Just a few decades later Vlad the Impaler, the inspiration for Dracula, was killing people in Transylvania in numberless horrifying ways.

  • It's the Guns - But We All Know, It's Not Really the GunsMichael Moore
    August 29, 2012

    Since Cain went nuts and whacked Abel, there have always been those humans who, for one reason or another, go temporarily or permanently insane and commit unspeakable acts of violence. There was the Roman Emperor Tiberius, who during the first century A.D. enjoyed throwing victims off a cliff on the Mediterranean island of Capri. Gilles de Rais, a French knight and ally of Joan of Arc during the middle ages, went cuckoo-for-Cocoa Puffs one day and ended up murdering hundreds of children. Just a few decades later Vlad the Impaler, the inspiration for Dracula, was killing people in Transylvania in numberless horrifying ways.

  • It's Time to Stop the Pharmaceutical Industry from putting Profit ahead of Health Prof. Dr. Mohamed Elmasry
    March 20, 2018

    For the past century the global pharmaceutical industry has increasingly placed money ahead of human well-being. It began by researching natural remedies discovered by our ancient ancestors, then synthesizing the active ingredients in their labs, patenting the process... and now, making billions.

  • It's time we gave snakes more respectProf. Dr. Mohamed Elmasry
    October 3, 2018

    As a boy growing up in Egypt, I would rather have faced a ferocious lion than a snake. I thought I'd have a fighting chance of survival with the lion and, if unlucky in the encounter, perhaps a quicker demise. With the snake, however, I believed my survival odds would be zero, and I would suffer a slow and painful death.

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Today’s topic is the Origins of Islamic History Month in Canada In this show, we are interviewing Dr. Mohamed El-Masry a professor at the University of Waterloo

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