Moving the US Embassy to Jerusalem affects us all

[Submitted to the Montreal Gazette and Toronto Star, May 14th 2018. Unpublished.] To the editors, Trump’s move of the US embassy to Jerusalem is of consequence to all of us, not just the Palestinians. Why? Because despite Israel proclaiming Jerusalem as its capital some 40 years ago, not a single nation moved its embassy there. Why? Because Israel took Jerusalem…

Reacting to the Paris attacks

We have seen this scenario before, and to my dismay, we are seeing the same reactions from international “leaders”. From promises of a merciless response to commitments to annihilate the enemy. [Respectively, Francois Hollande and Manuel Valls.] But we need to stop dealing in this currency of violence. We need international leadership that gets us…

Twas the day before the election….

Contrary to every other election before this one, and (hopefully) every election after it , this election is not about the issues nor the programs. It’s not about burqa pipelines (sic), 15$ deficits (sic) or $10B daycares (sic). It’s also not about your traditional political leanings: Conservative, Liberal, NDP, Green or other. As long and complex as this campaign seems, it…

No to Stephen Harper’s party

He’s not a man of his word,” Williams said. “He doesn’t keep his commitments, written or oral. I’m just basically saying to Canadians you can’t trust him and he doesn’t have any integrity.” “Everything (Harper) stands for, I don’t get it,” said Williams. “I just don’t understand how Canadians could put possibly put him back…

“The niqab thing”

Ah, the niqab. Who could possibly support it, or be in favour of it? Let’s be clear: no one likes or “supports” the niqab. I don’t like the niqab, you don’t like the niqab, and that guy over there doesn’t like the niqab either. It doesn’t take a whole lot of moral courage or superior enlightenment to…

Rob Ford and the Charter

[Originally published in The Montreal Gazette, January 21st, 2014] Oh no. A new Rob Ford video is out. Can we please talk about real things? Like the Quebec public servants wearing Chadors? … oh, there are exactly zero cases of that. Ok then, about the waves of invasion from Islamostanabia? … hm, non-existent too. Then…