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  • Canada's Alberta oil sandsScott Stockdale
    April 28, 2013

    As the debate about where and how to send the bitumen from Canada's Alberta oil sands continues, environmental damage - while important - are but one aspect of the deleterious affects the oil sands are having on Canadian society, according to Thomas Homer-Dixon, a professor in the Centre for Environment and Business in the faculty of Environment at the University of Waterloo, and author of The Ingenuity Gap and the Upside of Down

  • 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.

  • Syria and beyondReuel S. Amdur
    April 28, 2013

    "Syria is a problem for nations in and out of the region. No one really knows how things will pan out." That was the dour assessment by Brian Davis at a session in Ottawa on April 16, sponsored by the National Council on Canada Arab Relations. Davis was Canadian ambassador to Syria.

  • Carmen Weinstein, a Jew of EgyptDr. Mohamed Elmasry
    April 28, 2013

    During the last 20 years in my regular visits to Cairo, my birth place, I was keen to buy my supply of New Year calendars, to give as gifts to family and friends back in Canada, from Carmen Weinstein. But no more, she died last week.

  • The leadership of the Liberal PartyThe Canadian Charger
    April 12, 2013

    Nine contenders were in the running in the current contest for the leadership of the Liberal Party. The Canadian Charger's Reuel Amdur had the opportunity to speak with three of them, including front-runner Justin Trudeau.

  • Mayans against Canadian minesThe Canadian Charger
    April 12, 2013

    Lolita Chávez, a spokesman for the Council of the Quiché People of Guatemala, recently visited several Canadian cities and is now touring the United States to publicize the plight of the Mayans at the hands of the mining companies and the Guatemalan government.

  • Canada saw bureaucracy and inefficiency in UN convention on desertsRick Westhead and Raveena Aulakh
    April 12, 2013

    Sluggish progress may be one reason why Canada abruptly pulled out of United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) last week, making it the only country in the world not party to the agreement.

  • Calling on Office of Religious Freedom to investigate Israeli violationsScott Stockdale
    April 12, 2013

    In accordance with the mandate of the Canadian government's Office of Religious Freedom to promote Canadian values of religious freedom, human rights and the rule of law worldwide, the Canadian Friends of Sabeel (CFOS) is calling on the Canadian government to investigate the restrictions and denial of access for thousands of Palestinian Christians to their mother city of Jerusalem for worship during the Easter week.

  • On Obama's visit to the Middle EastReuel S. Amdur
    April 12, 2013

    Off to the Middle East to bolster a non-existent peace process. One wonders why Obama bothered.

  • The Arab Spring according to FiskReuel S. Amdur
    April 12, 2013

    There will never be a Palestinian state. That was the opinion expressed by the distinguished international journalist Robert Fisk at a packed lecture hall at Carleton University on January 22.

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