Category Archives: Society

Articles on human, social and public issues

Do not ask what freedom can do …

To women in Paris, New York, Brussels, London – or Ottawa on “Hijab day” – who lawfully claim the freedom to wear the burqa or the niqab, I would say: Think very carefully, not only about your individual rights, in … Continue reading

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It’s life and life only

Earlier this year, I was diagnosed with a small cancer. Nothing major at all. Nothing grand. A pesky malignant nodule, the size of a shriveled plum, sitting insidiously over my Thyroid was surgically removed. It took a bit of a … Continue reading

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The Political Correctness of the Hideous

The paradoxical “political correctness” of Israel bashing: new variations on an antediluvian theme.

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Abdennour Bidar on Islam and Intolerance

As French soldiers are in the midst of a fairly large military intervention in Mali against the AQMI terrorists (an Islamic movement linked to Al-Qaida), a controversial poll has been published recently in French newspapers.

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Evanescence

On time, beauty and the permanence of photographic images For weeks, I resisted watching the unbearably sad video recorded by Amanda Todd.  I knew her dramatic entanglement in a web she could no longer control.  I dreaded the uneasy feeling … Continue reading

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Hair that should not be brushed away

Last Friday, I sent a letter to the Toronto Start in response to the following article on a recent Ontario Human Rights lawsuit:

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Not just a number

Every afternoon, I drive to CHAT, the Hebrew Academy where my son Noah goes to school.  It has been part of my hectic schedule for the last few years, and, despite the laborious routine, something I always look forward to … Continue reading

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Where’s Walda?

I recently had an interesting conversation with a Muslim woman who vehemently defended the right of women to wear the burqa or niqab freely and without any restriction. This is a highly debated topic in many modern societies, particularly in … Continue reading

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RAP Poetry and Military Intelligence

Yesterday, I wrote a satirical, letter to Laura Di Battista of CBC radio regarding a piece of RAP Poetry aired on CBC radio on October 18, 2012.  My observations are of course “tongue in cheek” commentaries and should be taken … Continue reading

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Time for Men’s Day?

The situation of women in North America and Europe no longer bears much similarity to the situation of women in the rest of the world – particularly in Africa, Asia and Muslim societies by and large.

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A sad day for women

How can one still take UN decisions seriously?

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Grow up, North America!

Canadian nudity laws may be in need of an update A reflection on an article by By: Daniela Syrovy A couple of years ago, I wrote to the National Post a letter regarding the excessively prudish and stuffy attitude of … Continue reading

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Not a yellow polka dot bikini …

. . . . . . .Above: “Stop the oppression of women in the Islamic World” International Society for Human Rights (ISHR) A few months ago I wrote a letter to CBC host Matt Galloway regarding his interview of Farzana … Continue reading

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“I have no face”, a tale of Ambulatory Coercion

. . . . . . Above: Woman in chador overlooking the Bosphorus from the Topkapi Palace, Istanbul.  (Michel Botman Photography, June 2009) The contrast between the dark clothing and the luminous landscape inspired a short piece about the Islamic … Continue reading

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