Tuesday, August 4, 2020

West must relearn lesson of Durand Line

If there is a ghost haunting Hamid Karzai, the Afghan president, it is likely that of Najibullah, the last Soviet-backed president of Afghanistan. When...

Afghanistan determined to stay in Dark Ages

After nearly a decade of much blood and treasure spent in rescuing Afghans from their Dark Age, it is now well past the time...

Outrage merits condemnation, not apology

In apologizing for the inadvertent burning of the Qur’an by American soldiers, U.S. President Barack Obama has put on display yet again how abjectly...

West should let Arab-Muslim world be

Arab despots are doomed, to be overthrown and hanged or shot, as were Saddam Hussein and Moammar Gadhafi. They have had their moment on...

Arab convulsion grips Syria

The unfolding violence in Syria should finally put an end to the illusion fostered in the West that ‘Arab Spring’ was ringing in freedom...

In Canada: Let’s break silence and talk immigration

The release this week of Census 2011 provides Canadians with a broad picture of the country’s population at 33.5 million, and its urban makeup. Between...

Immigration in the face of globalization

In 1958, John F. Kennedy, then a U.S. senator, published a small book aptly titled A Nation of Immigrants. The world was much different...

Lobby’s arguments don’t add up

The main argument of the pro-immigration lobby, as I pointed out last week, is the net economic benefits from immigration outweigh social costs over...

Pro-immigration rallying cry: ‘Let them in!’

Behind numbers lies politics when it comes to the subject of immigration in recent years. As I indicated in my previous column, the trend line...

Immigration trends – by the numbers

The headline on my column last week read, “Immigration isn’t just about numbers.” But numbers indeed tell the story of how the trend line for...

Immigration isn’t just about numbers

The big issue in Canada, as in other western liberal democracies, next to the economy is immigration. It is of concern to everyone, yet...

World teeters as past mistakes repeated

As 2011 ends it might well be remembered as “annus horribilis” or the horrible year. The March tsunami that overwhelmed Japan demonstrated nature’s immense power...

Christmas fades in a world that needs it

A few days ago I received a letter from a dear friend visiting Vietnam to attend a physics conference in Qui Nhon. My friend...

Women continue to pay the price

A year ago on Dec. 17, 2010, Mohamed Bouazizi, a Tunisian street vendor, set himself on fire in despair with poverty and absence of...

Exploring blood-soaked roots of Arab feud

The Islamic calendar is based on the cycle of 12 lunar months and the first month, Muharram, in this Islamic year of 1433 began...