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The London Declaration on Combating Antisemitism

Par ICCA le 26 février 2009

"I am pleased that the British Foreign Office hosted the founding Summit of the Inter-parliamentary Coalition for Combating Antisemitism. The event brought together 125 MPs from 40 different counties and led to this important/powerful? Declaration that I’m honoured to sign today. So many of the principles it enshrines are already things we are doing here in Britain and while I’m proud of the bold action Britain has taken to combat anti-Semitism such as improved reporting, prosecutions for antisemitic internet hate and the funding of Holocaust Education in schools, there is no room for complacency. Within a month the DCLG are organising for an away day event at Beth Shalom, the Holocaust Centre, to look in detail at how the Government can implement the London Declaration. I encourage other Heads of Government to become signatories to this historic agreement - together our renewed efforts can rid the world of this ancient virus."

The Hon. Jason Kenney’s address at Lancaster House

Par Hon. Jason Kenney le 26 février 2009

Mesdames et Messieurs, merci bien pour votre collaboration et j’aimerais commencer en félicitant John et ses collègues pour avoir organisé cet colloque historique et très important...

The curious Canadian care for Khadr

Par David T. Jones le 26 février 2009

It must be tedious and frustrating to be a "concerned Canadian."  So many errors to be corrected; so many problems to be resolved; so many wrong directions to be set straight...

Global Antisemitism: Assault on Human Rights

Par l'Hon. Irwin Cotler le 26 février 2009

Keynote Address by the Honourable Irwin Cotler at the founding conference of the Inter-parliamentary Coalition for Combating Antisemitism (ICCA)
Professor Cotler is the co-founder of ICCA with UK MP John Mann. 
He is the former Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada and is the Liberal MP for the Montreal riding of Mount Royal...

Is it a paradigm shift ?

Par David Simard le 5 février 2009

simard_global-village.jpgThe Democrats have retaken the White House after eight long years of soul-searching. I look upon this historic occasion with all the hopes and dreams of my generation. However, to believe that one man can change the world is perhaps dangerous. There are no saviours, but certain politicians can push history in the right direction...

Obama’s Megatrillions for Change

Par Robert Presser le 5 février 2009

Many around the world celebrated  as they watched the inauguration festivities in Washington DC.  Barack Obama warned Americans that the challenges they face as a nation are numerous and grave, requiring individual sacrifice and difficult choices to plot a path back to prosperity.  While he spent a few minutes speaking to the world, he avoided asking them for their contribution to America’s renewal; the purchase of $5 trillion of new US debt to cover a half decade of enormous budget deficits.,,

Lessons for Democrats

Par David T. Jones le 5 février 2009

One of life's lessons is that no man stands so tall as when he puts the monkey on some one else's back.  Appreciating that sobriquet, "Bush 43" jets into history (or at least to Crawford Texas), and a chattering troop of simians have seated themselves on President Obama's shoulders. Caging them, throttling them, or just enduring them are now the Democrats problem as for the first time since 1992, the Democrats control both the Congress and the Presidency...

Lettre à Gaza...

Par Alain-Michel Ayache le 15 janvier 2009

Pauvre Proche-Orient ! Pauvre Gaza ! Pauvres Palestiniens ! Pauvre peuple en perdition… Comme si le destin continue de s’acharner contre toi pour faire parvenir un message à l’ensemble des pays de la région, et particulièrement à tes « frères » arabes. ..

Keep real Gaza facts in mind

Par Leo Adler le 15 janvier 2009

As the situation between Israel and Hamas continues to dominate headlines, and the calls for Canada to have an "even-handed" approach and to condemn Israel's "disproportionate" policies are renewed, it might be appropriate to step back a bit and review a few indisputable facts...

The Inaugural Inspiration

Par Alidor Aucoin le 15 janvier 2009

All US presidents eventually reveal their flaws, but the ones who are remembered in spite of their flaws are those who inspire Americans -  and by extension all free people - to serve and make a difference...

Israel is disproportionate. Disproportionately restrained.

Par David Solway le 15 janvier 2009

The recent outbreak of hostilities between Israel and Hamas should give us an opportunity to reflect, once again, not only on the current belligerents, but on the role of the obligatory third party to the conflict. I refer to the ground troops of the armies of the liberal-left, aka the Western media, who inevitably tilt the balance of the war they are “covering” in favor of their confederates or, what amounts to the same thing, against the side they reprove.

Political Correctness--the Curse of Civilization

Par David T. Jones le 15 janvier 2009

We can be confident that, as soon as our long ago ancestors started living in caves, there was "correctness"--social, political, tribal, etc.  Just where do you throw your bones after cracking them open and sucking out the marrow?  Just where do you perform your bodily functions?  Or who speaks (grunts?) in what order in the group meeting?..

Who staged Mumbai?

Par Madhav Das Nalapat le 18 décembre 2008

 First, a matter of terminology. Although the Mumbai terrorist attacks began late evening of November 26, 2008, the siege lasted three days, and hence it would be more accurate to take 11/27 (the midpoint) to indicate the attack. On December 1, carried an analysis by this writer on the attacks, pointing out that they were seemingly masterminded by regular elements within the Pakistan army. This was based on information from within the South Asian region that was credible and at levels senior enough to know the facts...

Problems for a “Team of Rivals”

Par David T. Jones le 18 décembre 2008

Washington DC  - Washington media has much bruited about the concept of a “team of rivals” for the Obama administration.  The label derives from the Doris Kearns Goodwin book of the same name regarding Abraham Lincoln’s assembly of a Civil War cabinet incorporating his political rivals, who individually and corporately believed themselves far better qualified than he to lead the country under any circumstances, let alone during a civil war..

To Michael: A Love Letter

Par Sharman Yarnell le 18 décembre 2008

Some years ago I was asked to audition for a stage play called Extremities.  It was hot on Broadway with Susan Sarandon in the lead, and Elite Productions was mounting it here in Montreal...

To rouse the world from fear

Par Beryl Wajsman le 27 novembre 2008

 Saturday was the 45th anniversary of the assassination of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy. That tragedy haunts us still. In many ways and at all times. The writer Mary McGrory said on that day that we shall never smile again. Daniel Patrick Moynihan answered no, we may smile again, but we’ll never be young again. For many it was the day hope died...

L’avocat du « Diable »

Par Alain-Michel Ayache le 27 novembre 2008

Après Maher Arar, c’est au tour de trois autres musulmans… canadiens, Ahmad el-Maati, Muayyed Nureddin et Abdullah Almalki de réclamer des dommages et intérêts au gouvernement du Canada pour des crimes commis contre leurs personnes par des pays dont ils sont originaires, tel la Syrie et l’Égypte.  Ce qui est regrettable, c’est que le contribuable canadien se voit désormais obligé de payer la facture à la place des dictatures du Proche et du Moyen-Orient, tout cela à cause d’un précédent créé par l’affaire Arar!..

More Lessons for Republicans

Par David T. Jones le 27 novembre 2008

Journalists are inclined to depict every political bend in the road as a major turning point.  Historians know better.  And so it is after the 2008 election in which President-elect Obama is being globally greeted with hosannas and depicted as the bearer of solutions to all ills foreign and domestic. ..

Citizen Obama

Par Beryl Wajsman le 13 novembre 2008

He started by testing the waters. That was what his campaign was all about at the start. Barack Obama burned with ideas and ideals, but he knew as a junior Senator with relatively little national exposure, that his 2008 campaign would probably be all about positioning. Positioning for the next time. But then something happened. Iowa...

Les défis

Par Alain-Michel Ayache le 13 novembre 2008

Il y a encore quelques mois, l’idée d’avoir un homme de race noire comme président des États-Unis était en soi un défi, d’autant plus que dans l’imaginaire populaire de l’Occident, l’Amérique était encore une entité où le racisme était plus vivace qu’en Europe. Or, voilà qu’aujourd’hui, les États-Unis d’Amérique prouvent encore une fois la grandeur de ce pays et la force de sa démocratie; de quoi constituer une leçon d’ouverture au monde entier...

It matters

Par George Jonas le 13 novembre 2008

Yes, it matters. Just because you've seen one president, doesn't mean you've seen them all. If you got the president you always wanted for a neighbour, don't yet heave a sigh of relief. If you got the one you always feared, don't yet despair. Knowing who the president is doesn't tell you everything, or even half of it. Presidents aren't free to be what they are. A candidate may be his own person. But a President  is his office. As a leader, he no longer belongs to himself. The Chinese might call him the creature of the three Ps: His people, his place and his period. A leader is a follower by definition...

Kristallnacht: Seventy years later

Par The Hon. David Kilgour le 13 novembre 2008

It is a challenge to address the stark issues posed by the 70th anniversary of Kristallnacht. One difficulty is that too many in my own spiritual community (Christian) stood by during the worst catastrophe in all of recorded history.There were exceptions-some famous, some virtually unknown—but most Christians in Europe and elsewhere, including Canada, did not do enough to love and care for our Jewish neighbours as ourselves. Another is drawing two effective lessons from the Holocaust of practical use today in Canada and elsewhere...

Everlasting debt

Par Lawrence Rosenthal le 13 novembre 2008


Rêve est réalité

Par Sébastien Dorélas le 13 novembre 2008

Ma couverture de cette campagne a commencé d’un drôle de manière. Nous (la délégation) étudiante du CIPUF avons eu droit à une escale forcée au bureau des douaniers  au poste frontalier de Champlain.  Le douanier en charge de l’inspection n’a pas apprécié que parmi la vingtaine d’étudiants de la délégation, certains avaient des passeports provenant de la France et de la Belgique...

“The glass ceiling has been shattered”

Par Dan Delmar le 13 novembre 2008

The stakes were high on Nov. 4 for American Democrats, but also for members of Montreal’s Black community who expect to see the election of Barack Obama as a positive development for black youth in this country as well...

Catastrophe looms for Ashraf refugees

Par The Hon. David Kilgour le 30 octobre 2008

The 3500 refugees in Camp Ashraf, located in Iraq about an hour's drive from both Baghdad and the Iranian border, are at serious risk. They are members and supporters of the main opposition in Iran, the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI), formed in the 1960s in opposition to the Shah's absolute monarchy...

Butt Out

Par David T. Jones le 30 octobre 2008

U.S. observers of the Canadian scene are well aware of the almost obsessive attention Canadians pay to the United States. It is almost as if you don't have a life of your own...

Visa to paradise

Par Rouba al-Fattal le 30 octobre 2008

I stood for inspection at the gates of heaven
‘Passport and visa please’, a full armed angel demanded...

Why the U.S. credit crisis should never have happened

Par Robert Borosage le 16 octobre 2008

How did it come to this? The banksters issue a threat: hand over $700 billion in taxpayers’ money–on top of the $600 billion already forked over–or we’ll take down the global economy. There will be a lot of obfuscation—fingers pointing every which way—but the story is very clear...

Du machiavélisme « Assadien » renouvelé !

Par Alain-Michel Ayache le 2 octobre 2008

À en croire les nouvelles en provenance de Damas, la voiture piégée qui a explosé le samedi 27 septembre dernier serait le travail d’un terroriste irakien lié à Al-Qaïda. Ce « terroriste-suicidaire » se serait fait exploser avec sa voiture en plein milieu de la foule dans une région dense sur le chemin de l’aéroport...

Sarah Palin and exceeding expectations

Par David T. Jones le 18 septembre 2008

On November 3, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin accepted the Republican nomination for Vice President.  Her selection on August 31 by Senator John McCain had prompted a tsunami of "Sarah Who?" instant analysis...

Incident, ou Meurtre prémédité avec message à l’appui?

Par Alain-Michel Ayache le 4 septembre 2008

Lorsque l’information est tombée, ma première réaction était de la vérifier pour voir si les agences de presse ne s’étaient pas trompées – bien que rares sont les erreurs de ces dernières, voire impossible – en annonçant qu’un hélicoptère de l’Armée libanaise avait été abattu au dessus d’une zone contrôlée par le Hezbollah au Sud Liban...

Ideas before identities

Par Anthony Philbin le 4 septembre 2008

Historic moments have a way of sneaking up on us...

La vision israélienne

Par Alain-Michel Ayache le 21 août 2008

Il fallait s’y attendre, la décision du Premier ministre israélien, Ehud Olmert, de démissionner, sonne le glas d’une courte ère aux conséquences néfastes pour l’image de marque d’Israël...

La réaction arabe

Par Alain-Michel Ayache le 21 août 2008

Il y a quelques semaines, suite à l’accord conclut avec Israël par l'intermédiaire de la médiation allemande pour libérer les prisonniers libanais et palestiniens des prisons israéliennes en échange des corps des deux soldats israéliens, le Secrétaire général du Hezbollah, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, déclarait publiquement devant des dizaines de milliers de partisans « chose promise, chose due! »...

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