The greatest threat to democracy? The myth that it is inevitable

Until recently, the proposition that democracy was vulnerable even in countries where it has been long established would have been met with derision. But what a difference a few months can make. In the United States, we are witnessing the rise of what can only be described as fascism in the presidential elections. After months of refusing to contemplate a Trump candidacy, the party of

The Colour of Canadian Values

Candidates for the leadership of the Conservative Party are once again competing in the area of identity politics. In a move with similarities to Trump’s vetting of immigrants, one leadership contestant called for the screening of immigrants for “anti-Canadian” values. Mercifully, there are now multiple voices from Conservatives that are calling out these attempts as dangerous. Tellingly, though, the primary concern for some on the

Interned Italian Canadians left deep holes in communities they were forced to leave behind

It started off with a post that appeared on my Facebook timeline. A friend, who is part Italian, posted a story from the North Bay Nugget. I normally would have let the story pass, but, for whatever reasons, I read this one and it was about the City of North Bay dedicating a plaque to The Empire Hotel, "considered the social and business hub of North

What Has Humanity Learned From Auschwitz And Dachau?

Wael Haddara: What Has Humanity Learned From Auschwitz And Dachau? PHOTOGRAPH TAKEN BY WAEL HADDARA DURING A VISIT OF DACHAU CONCENTRATION CAMP Many experiences change who you are and how you view the world. Yesterday Prime Minister Trudeau visited Auschwitz-Birkenau and shared a written reflection in the book of remembrance on the importance of not forgetting the dark moments of history. “Today we

The high cost of repression and incompetence

My opinion piece at “Egypt’s government endures, but at what cost?” I review a number of mini-crises that the military government of AbdelFattah Sisi has experienced recently, including a very concerning wheat supply crisis that has yet to be resolved. I argue that these crises are indicative of either extreme lack of coordination across the Egyptian bureaucracy or, more dangerously, signs of a low-level

My reflections on Egypt, five years after the Revolution

Please read at essay on Middle East Eye. Introspection - in the West and in Egypt - over the failure to achieve the goals of 2011 is preferable to blaming others Five years have passed since that glorious day in January 2011 when Egyptians found their voice and spilled out onto the streets to reclaim their country. I firmly believe that the events of the past

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