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Badawi has been languishing in a Saudi prison since his first arrest in 2012, and his subsequent sentencing in 2014 to 10 years imprisonment and 1000 lashes, itself constitutive of torture and a standing violation of international human rights law. Raif Badawi's "crime"? Establishing an online forum and exercising his right to freedom of expression.
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Postage stamps in some respects represent a vestige of a past age. But these portraits in miniature can still serve as a powerful reminder of who we are as a people -- and whom we treasure. Gord Downie is proof positive of that.
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As the Obama presidency is near its end and historians are set to reflect on the legacy of America's first black president, I can't help but look favourably on the impact he has had on the continent of Africa.
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True transformational leaders defy conventional stereotypes and societal boundaries. No one illustrated this better than the late, great Muhammad Ali. Born Cassius Clay in the racially segregated city of Louisville, Kentucky, he didn't just break the mould of what it means to be an African-American athlete and role model -- he blew it to smithereens.
I'm not sure which Canada to celebrate this year. In the past I celebrated John Diefenbaker's Canada, the one that introduced the Canadian Bill of Rights, Pierre Elliot Trudeau's Canada, that birthed the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and Mulroney's Canada that fought to end Apartheid. But in Stephen Harper's Canada, what is there to celebrate? In Harper's Canada, citizenship, now considered a privilege, has two tiers.
Well, this is awkward. Toronto Maple Leafs Goalie Jonathan Bernier attended a Toronto Raptors event celebrating Nelson Mandela's life and legacy on Friday. Sadly, it seems Bernier had no idea who Man...
Dr. Khalid Sohail's book, From Holy War to Global Peace published by Multiline Publications Lahore, is a timely and effective addressal of much of the politics of the world today. It includes an incis...
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It is not my intention to compare the actions of Dr. Norman Bethune with jihadists fighting for ISIS. My point is that these radicalized jihadists may at some point in the future come to be recognized in Canada and around the world as humanitarian heroes rather than as terrorists.
What astounds us is that, despite everything he saw and endured during the apartheid years, Tutu remains one of the most joyful human beings we know. A laugh is never far from his lips. When music plays, he is the first on his feet dancing. We can only attribute this to his mastery of the art of forgiveness. Tutu's soul remains unburdened by anger and vindictiveness.
Nelson Mandela would have been 96 this week. It's the first birthday since his passing -- celebrations replaced with mourning and reflection. With the passing of Mandela, humanity lost a quiet voice of reason -- one we still sorely need in an increasingly polarized world. In honour of Mandela's birthday, here are some of our own fondest memories of "Madiba."
For the longest time, councillor Doug Ford has often been uttering one of the least intelligent statements about blacks in Toronto. In defending the shortcomings of his brother, Mayor Rob Ford, he often remarks how "Rob Ford has done more for the black community than the hundreds of black leaders in the community." I beg to differ.
CALGARY - Alberta Premier Alison Redford says she thinks the public wants to move on from the controversy surrounding her expenses.Redford has apologized for the $45,000 her office spent on a trip to...
CALGARY - Alberta's premier apologized Monday for the $45,000 it cost to go to Nelson Mandela's funeral in South Africa, but said she is not willing to repay the money.Alison Redford says the amount c...
OKOTOKS, Alta. - Alberta's premier says it's unacceptable that it cost taxpayers $45,000 for her to attend Nelson Mandela's funeral and she wouldn't have gone had she known the price tag.Redford, who...