June 8 was the 75th anniversary of George Orwell’s anti-totalitarian novel, “1984.” Whenever we speak of the state’s encroachment on individual rights, on the role technology p...
Israel is home to about 150,000 Christians, 80 percent of them Arabs. They live and prosper in security and equality with their fellow Jewish and Muslim citizens. But they are an anomaly in the Middle...
Another Mother’s Day has come and gone. As florists, jewellers, and purveyors of brunch all across North America happily tot up their profits, it’s a good moment to reflect on our culture&...
According to a January report submitted to Israel’s Knesset regarding anti-Semitism around the world since Oct. 7, anti-Semitism is up 800 percent in Canada (higher than France, Germany, and the...
A pro-Palestinian activist group called Nakba Education BC has sent an open letter and a petition to Minister of Education Rachna Singh demanding that “the Nakba” be immediately (“NO...
You’d be hard pressed to find anyone who will defend animal suffering as a value in itself. But few of us are animal rights absolutists—that is, who believe animals have the right not to b...
On Feb 25, Aaron Bushnell, 25, an active-duty member of the U.S. Air Force, livestreamed himself in the act of setting himself on fire outside the Israeli embassy in Washington, D.C. He had already al...
In 2016, the Law Society of Ontario published a report, “Challenges Facing Racialized Licensees: Best Practices memorandum,” setting out LSO expectations of members in combatting alleged &...
Iago, Shakespeare’s villain in “Othello,” set a high price on his reputation: “Who steals my purse steals trash; ’tis something, nothing; ‘Twas mine, ’tis his...
An old Soviet joke opens with a set-up question: What was the world’s most significant historical event in 1875? Punchline: Vladimir Lenin turned 5. As the joke implies, Lenin was held in awe t...
The news story of the year in 2023 was indubitably Hamas’s Oct. 7 pogrom in southern Israel and its aftermath. Hamas’s monstrous achievement stunned the world. Equally stunning was what th...
It was gratifying to read Tara MacIsaac’s informative Nov. 30 feature article, “What Canadian Schools Are Teaching About ‘White Privilege’ and ‘Systemic Racism,’&rd...
The United Nations’ International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women is celebrated every year on Nov. 25. But its campaign runs until Dec. 10, a time frame that includes the anniv...
Events around the world, arising out of the Oct. 7 pogrom in southern Israel, have exposed multiculturalism’s core weakness, namely that ancient hatreds prevalent in certain cultures do not diss...
Hamas’s Oct. 7 pogrom in southern Israel was motivated by exterminationist Jew hatred, but this terrorist arm of the Muslim Brotherhood is happy enough to have useful idiots in the West spin the...
In the days after Hamas’s murderous pogrom, it became clear that sympathy for Israel’s victims, although robustly demonstrated by heads of government, was far from the norm in the streets,...
Anthropology was once a noble academic discipline, dedicated to the scientific exploration of human societies in all their ethnic, linguistic, institutional, and cultural diversity. The anthropologist...
According to the 2018 OECD Programme for International Student Assessment, a full 86 percent of 15-year-olds had trouble distinguishing the difference between opinion and fact. That won’t surpri...
I resisted the “Barbie” movie as long as possible, but eventually succumbed. When a film bearing one’s childhood nickname (mine with a “y,” note) grosses over $2 billion,...
In my socially cloistered youth, I assumed that summer camp—especially the sleep-away kind for at least a month’s duration—was the norm for children and teens. In time, I realized th...