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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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Islamist jihad against West rages

Salim MansurAs Americans stopped to mark the 11th anniversary of 9/11, and ponder how much the world has changed during these years, an ocean away more terrorist attacks were mounted on American interests in the Middle East. The attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya resulting in the murder of Christopher Stevens, the American […]

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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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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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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

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Ugly fight against a death-cult ideology

Salim MansurAt the year end, and this year also brings to an end a conflict-ridden decade, we are ritually inundated with reviews of past months and predictions for the future in magazines and journals from around the world. On my desk, for instance, I have the Economist cautioning us about the

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