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Israel: Decades-old conflict not about to cease

Salim MansurSince 9/11, western powers have behaved more or less like Prince Hamlet, conflicted by doubts and stalemated by niceties that barely register with those who have mounted their version of “slings and arrows” against the West and its allies. A dozen years following 9/11 should have erased any remaining doubt that Osama bin Laden […]

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Free speech distinguishes the West from the rest

Salim MansurIn Crowds and Power, the late Elias Canetti, a wonderfully gifted writer and Nobel laureate, brought a unique perspective in examining the human condition and history under the stress of mobs in politics. When individuals gathered together turn into a crowd and then erupt into a mob, the transition from one into another is […]

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PM shows leadership in cutting Iran ties

Salim MansurCanadians of a certain age remember well the exchange between Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau and reporters in Ottawa on Oct. 13, 1970, over troop deployment during the crisis then unfolding in Quebec. Trudeau responded to questions regarding soldiers on Canadian streets saying, “Yes, well, there are a lot of bleeding hearts around who just […]

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Arab Spring now a Christian nightmare

Salim MansurIn the 1990s, western democracies stepped forward to stop ethnic cleansing in former Yugoslavia by dispatching NATO forces in support of UN peacekeeping operations in the Balkans. The disintegration of Yugoslavia precipitated ethnic strife, and like all such struggles anywhere in the world, the Balkan conflict was complex and layered with history of grievances, […]

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Britain paid the price for world freedom

Salim MansurOn the final Saturday evening of the London Olympics, NBC presented Tom Brokaw’s tribute to Britain, “Their Finest Hour.” This no doubt irritated many viewers, as they scrambled for alternative channels to watch their favourite events. But NBC made the right decision to bring viewers, with faded or little memory of the past, some […]

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West refuses to read old warning signs

Salim MansurIn an interview ahead of the 2012 London Olympics, Tony Blair, the former British prime minister, speaking with Charles Moore of the Telegraph, discussed the unfolding reality of the Middle East. Blair admitted after 9/11 he underestimated the bad “narrative” of Islamists that the West oppresses Islam and Muslims. Any objective reading of recent […]

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SALIM MANSUR: Stain on Canadian democracy removed.

Salim MansurIn voting 153-to-136 in support of amendments removing sections 13 and 54 from the Canadian Human Rights Act, the Conservatives in Ottawa under Stephen Harper’s leadership took a historic step in defending free speech. Section 13 has the Orwellian clause of the human rights act, which reads “any matter that is likely to expose […]

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U.S. can’t afford to ignore world in crisis

Salim MansurAmericans are understandably concerned about their economy with an astronomical debt burden now equalling the country Possibly related posts: World has stake in U.S. election Why ignore lessons from years ago? Socialist Quebec with one of largest debts in the industrialized world Canada a beacon in a troubled world CBC reports on CRISIS OF […]

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Tunisia just one Arab regime going stale

Salim MansurThe hasty departure of Tunisian strongman Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali for a life in exile reveals how brittle and lacking in public support are most of the Arab regimes. The swift collapse of Ben Ali Possibly related posts: No cure for this Arab-Muslim sickness An emerging reality in Arab-Muslim world A choice awaits Arab […]

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Beware of China’s meteoric rise

Salim MansurFor the past several years, the buzz among those who take more than passing interest in world affairs has been about the meteoric rise of Communist-controlled China as the new global power. There are those around the world who view China Possibly related posts: Syphilis and more on the rise in Canadian cities Best […]

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Bloody start to New Year

Salim MansurThe New Year Possibly related posts: Start the new year off with a light-hearted read Long, bloody road to Islam reform Muhammad is #2 new boys name in UK this year; predicted #1 next year PM’s reluctant start to a political career A Rough Start  

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