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  • National Post When pointing to CBC’s anti-Israel bias, there are plenty of examples Tuesday April 25th, 2017
    Marwan Barghouti is a bad man, which is why he’s 15 years into a 40-year prison sentence. He’s also a charismatic political activist.  In its April 16 Sunday edition, The New York Times published an op-ed by Barghouti, “Why We are on Hunger Strike in Israel’s Prisons,” with the byline, “Marwan Barghouti is a Palestinian leader and parliamentarian.”  Israeli officials reacted furi...
  • National Post How academics portray Islam as a’ victim’ of oppression — even as they defend violent Islamists Tuesday April 18th, 2017
    April 21 marks the opening, at the Berkeley campus of the University of California, of the sixth annual academic conference on Islamophobia. If past conclaves are a guide, the conference will be marked by a morass of impenetrable academic jargon and an unremitting flow of anti-Western rhetoric. Here, if one cares to observe, one may see the academic pistons of the blasphemy-law promotional...
  • National Post How academics portray Islam a ‘victim’ of oppression — even as they defend violent Islamists Tuesday April 18th, 2017
    April 21 marks the opening, at the Berkeley campus of the University of California, of the sixth annual academic conference on Islamophobia. If past conclaves are a guide, the conference will be marked by a morass of impenetrable academic jargon and an unremitting flow of anti-Western rhetoric. Here, if one cares to observe, one may see the academic pistons of the blasphemy-law promotional...
  • National Post At the Vimy centenary, a rare (and dwindling) chance to celebrate male courage Tuesday April 11th, 2017
    The Vimy Ridge centenary dominated Canadian commentary this past week. It was stirring to read the many eloquent commentaries on this watershed event in our evolution as a nation. Some of the reportage of the ceremonial aspects of the weekend was written by women. But virtually all the editorializing on the event was delivered by male writers. In fact, it’s generally the male journalists who ha...
  • National Post Coming Soon... Monday April 10th, 2017
    New recommended reading section coming soon...
  • National Post At Ryerson, a rare win for Jewish groups on campus (and one with a pleasant twist) Tuesday April 4th, 2017
    Last November, at Ryerson University, Students for Justice in Palestine and the Muslim Students Association led a walkout of Ryerson Student Union’s (RSU) Semi-annual General Meeting in order to suspend quorum, when the group Students Supporting Israel (SSI) brought forward a motion endorsing Holocaust Education Week. Without quorum, the motion was unable to pass. It was later discovered that t...
  • National Post Mike Pence’s dining preference is ‘rape culture’? By that flimsy standard, what isn’t? Monday April 3rd, 2017
    Some years ago Tal Nitzan, a sociology student at Hebrew University and an ardent anti-Zionist, used her Master’s thesis to explore how Israel’s “racist” soldiers use rape as a weapon of terror and intimidation. There was only one problem. Once she began her research, she could not find a single documented case of rape by an Israel Defence Forces soldier of a Palestinian woman. Undet...
  • National Post A man who’ll stand up for the rights of other men (and boys) on campus and in society Tuesday March 21st, 2017
    On International Women’s Day a few weeks ago, I sat on a radio panel devoted to the occasion with two young women, both enthusiastically self-avowed feminists, who think we still live in a “patriarchy” in which men’s interests are better served than women. They were shocked when I demurred, dubbing our society a “matriarchy.” I explained that in the things that matter most to everyone — health,...
  • National Post Understanding the jihadi mind (I hope this column isn’t Islamophobic) Tuesday March 14th, 2017
    M-103 is a motion before Parliament that seeks to condemn (undefined) “Islamophobia” as a phenomenon distinct from hatred directed at individual members of all minorities. M-103 rests its case for particularity on wording from a petition, E-411, stating Islamist jihadis “do not reflect in any way the values or the teachings of the religion of Islam. … They in no way represent the religion.̶...
  • The Rebel “A chastity belt worn on the head”: There is nothing wonderful about the hijab Friday March 10th, 2017
    While I am still free to do so without penalty, I would like to make what might one day be construed as an Islamophobic statement: I am very disturbed by a growing phenomenon in the west I would describe as hijab reverence – what seems to me a partly well-organized, a partly jump-on-the-bandwagon campaign among our left-wing cultural elites. There is nothing wonderful or cha...
  • National Post Actually, it turns out that you may be less racist than you’ve been led to believe Tuesday February 28th, 2017
    I had the pleasure, a few weeks ago, of attending a seminar at Ryerson University as a specially invited guest to hear University of Toronto psychology professor Jordan Peterson address a colleague’s students on freedom of speech and gender issues that have made him a household name in Canada. I was of course already familiar with much of Peterson’s material from his videos, which didn’t dimini...
  • National Post Actually, one needn’t be a hysterical bigot to have concerns with M-103 Tuesday February 21st, 2017
    I have serious concerns about M-103, a private member’s motion currently before Parliament that would condemn Islamophobia. But I want to reassure my colleague Andrew Coyne that I’m not nearly as unhinged as he seems to think we critics are. Here is what Andrew wrote of the critics in his recent column on M-103: they’re a “most extreme voice” on “a most extreme p...
  • The Rebel This teachers’ guide might be a “draft document” of Liberals’ M-103 Islamophobia “study” Thursday February 16th, 2017
    M-103, the motion now being debated in Parliament, was carefully structured to look like an innocent show of solidarity with all victims of racism in Canada, with the casual addition of “Islamophobia” as a special cause for concern.  In fact, for those who crafted the motion – and whether it was MP Iqra Khalid, its ostensible mother, or the Pr...
  • National Post Enter Milo Yiannopoulos, progressivism’s spawn and history’s pendulum in action Tuesday February 14th, 2017
    Freedom for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) is an organization that defends freedom of speech for students and academics at American universities. They’ve tracked disinvitations and speech disruptions on campus over the last 17 years and recently published their findings. From 2000-2009 disinvitations and disruptions occurred almost equally from the left and the right (on the right mostly...
  • The Rebel M-103 is a modern day blasphemy law, and “all Canadians should be worried” Wednesday February 8th, 2017
    Jews are far more likely to be victims of hate crimes in Canada than Muslims. But a motion called M-103 is coming before Parliament on February 16 to urge special consideration regarding “Islamophobia” without defining the word.  M-103 could lead to curtailments of freedom of speech deemed hateful towards Muslims, but also, critically, towards Islam itself. Blasphemy laws co...
  • The Rebel Missing Mary Tyler Moore in Lena Dunham’s world Tuesday February 7th, 2017
    The death of actress Mary Tyler Moore prompted a lot of reflection upon her revolutionary TV portrayal of a modern, single woman. Her show hit the sweet spot in the development of feminism, when it was still a reform movement. The women of my generation remember it as then being fluid, optimistic and democratic rather than ideological and dogma-driven. And Moore herself fe...
  • National Post Fascism in America? Sure, but not because of You Know Who Tuesday January 31st, 2017
    NDP leader Thomas Mulcair says Trump is a “fascist.” And so do countless others. Fair comment? No. It’s fair to say that all fascists are populists, but not all populists are fascists. When leftists say “fascist,” it often means “right-wing people or opinions that offend me.” In fact fascism can arise on the left or the right. I’ve seen several tweets linking Trump with the protagonist of Sincl...
  • National Post Betsy DeVos’ support of due process on campuses makes her an excellent pick for secretary of education Tuesday January 24th, 2017
    Barack Obama was the first president to make the advancement of feminist demands a priority. So the election of the sexist Trump has hit progressive women particularly hard. They fear that their hard-won battles for equality and rights will be rolled back by Trump through legislation or by the coming preponderance of conservative Supreme Court justices.   But there is one area that could s...
  • The Walrus Psychiatry's Chosen People Tuesday January 24th, 2017
    Jews have always had a special fascination with Freud’s theories—no one more so than my own mother   “The Jewish psychiatry of the communists is . . . a Godless criminal athiest doctrine of Frankenstein medicine that will condemn a man for having faith in God. How stupid and perverted are our medical people to base a medical system o...
  • National Post For me, another 10 years or so sounds about right Tuesday January 17th, 2017
    There was a woman at our synagogue I knew superficially, a widow about 20 years older than me, a fine amateur artist. At long last liberated from onerous maternal and breadwinning obligations, her aging father’s needs began to consume the time she had finally carved out to devote to painting. She would bring her father to synagogue, one of the few pleasures left to him in his radically diminish...
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