Qais Ghanem, MD
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Dr. Qais Ghanem is recently retired associate professor of medicine at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa, Canada. He is a graduate of the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. He immigrated to Canada in 1970.

Six years ago, he created and hosted the Ottawa CHIN Radio talk show Dialogue with Diversity winner of four national awards.

Three years ago, he started a monthly discussion circle called Dialogue for Democracy. He is the author of a book of verse entitled From Left to Right, and of a new novel about democracy and women's rights entitled Final Flight From Sanaa -- BAICO Publishers, Ottawa. His second novel published by iUniverse is Two Boys from Aden College. He co-authored a non-fiction book published by Create Space My Arab Spring My Canada. He runs a busy website www.dialoguewithdiversity.com.

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The Fair Elections Act Isn't Fair For Everyone

(3) Comments | Posted March 26, 2014 | 5:43 PM

Many in Canada are up in arms over the proposed Bill C23, or the Fair Elections Act, which the current right wing Conservative Government is set to ram down the throats of Canadians. The revolt is spreading rapidly, and the government, for the first time, seems to be...

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Why Shouldn't the Clergy Be Allowed to Marry?

(11) Comments | Posted February 27, 2013 | 11:32 AM

The resignation of Pope Benedict XVI has evoked active commentary lately, and produced varying interpretations as to the underlying cause or motive. The last time that happened was more than 600 years ago.

I thought it was a great idea, because the Pope himself recognized the danger of...

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At Last, Some Good News From Syria

(1) Comments | Posted November 13, 2012 | 4:13 PM

The announcement in Qatar on Sunday November 10, 2012 of the formation of the Syrian National Coalition (SNC) with an elected president is an event of monumental importance, in my opinion. I was therefore somewhat puzzled by the ambivalent opinions expressed by some well known pundits...

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This Woman Could Ruffle Middle-Eastern Feathers

(3) Comments | Posted October 17, 2012 | 12:41 PM

Afifa Luaibi wrote a substantial article in Arabic, which I found on an Arabic website under the name of Alhiwar Almutamadden, i.e. "Modern Dialogue." None of her personal details are revealed, but the article reveals a lot about her very progressive thoughts, which are bound to ruffle some...

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If the Europeans Can Make a Union Work, Maybe the Arabs Can

(2) Comments | Posted May 29, 2012 | 6:06 PM

In the past couple of weeks, there have been numerous articles written about the proposed union of the Arab Gulf states, with a spectrum of opinions about the desirability, feasibility and survivability of such a project. One more, I thought, would do no harm. I felt...

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A Doctor's Practical, Doable Solution for Fixing Healthcare

(23) Comments | Posted May 13, 2012 | 12:39 AM

Until last summer, I was associate professor of medicine and a practicing physician, who is passionate about social justice in this country. I feel strongly that our Medicare system should be strengthened instead of eroded and dismantled.

This issue has come to attention yet again because of the dispute between...

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Would You Vote if $25 Was on the Line?

(7) Comments | Posted April 26, 2012 | 3:38 PM

On the eve of the presidential elections in France, commentators were saying there is so much apathy in the French population, the old leader of democracy in Europe, that only 40 per cent of eligible voters were expected to exercise that sacred right last Sunday.

And yet this...

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It May as Well be the First Day of Arab Spring

(0) Comments | Posted March 21, 2012 | 2:53 PM

No one would be surprised if I said that during the past six months or so, I had numerous discussions with some intelligent and well informed friends about the ongoing Arab Spring. And while everyone agrees that the Arab Spring simply had to happen eventually, most are pleasantly surprised at...

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Springtime for Assad and Syria...

(0) Comments | Posted February 28, 2012 | 11:28 AM

How many times have we all heard the expression "Too little, too late?" A problem arises, and a solution is possible based on compromise, but the two sides remain dug in their original positions, because the stronger side cannot begin to imagine, at that time, that the balance of power...

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The Arab League: A Dictator's Paradise

(0) Comments | Posted February 25, 2012 | 11:04 PM

The very recent developments in Syria have clearly shown the impotence of the Arab League, not because of lack of effort, but due to its inability to put its recommendations into effect. The resolutions on Syria have not only been ignored; they have been scoffed at by the Bashar Assad...

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A Sham Referendum for a Sham Future

(0) Comments | Posted February 21, 2012 | 2:38 PM

On the 23rd of February, Abdu-Rabbo Mansoor Hadi, the acting president of Yemen, and former vice president will, without a doubt, be "elected" president of Yemen. That is according to the agreement sponsored by the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) in its effort to secure the signature of former president Saleh...

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A Much-Needed Muslim Education for the West

(3) Comments | Posted February 1, 2012 | 8:15 AM

Muslims for Progressive Values is a newly formed North American organization, with a smaller Canadian chapter, which has been gathering momentum for the past two years. Their website states, "MPV endorses separation of religious institutions, whether church, mosque, synagogue, or otherwise, from state institutions. The imposition of religious...

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The Worst Initiative in the History of All Revolutions

(0) Comments | Posted January 2, 2012 | 2:25 PM

On December 16, Yemeni Nobel Laureate Tawakkol Karman gave an impressive presentation, and answered questions at Chatham House in London. I heard her say that the Gulf Initiative, which called for Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh to resign from presidency but that has led to violence,...

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Butt Out: U.S. Ambassador to Yemen Interferes With Protests

(1) Comments | Posted December 28, 2011 | 5:13 PM

Government soldiers opened fire on a giant demonstration in Yemen's capital on Christmas Eve, killing at least nine protesters, and injuring many others. The demonstration, which started in the city of Taiz, was against the immunity given to President Ali Abdullah Saleh and his associates by the Gulf...

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One of These Brutal Dictators Is Not Like the Others

(1) Comments | Posted December 11, 2011 | 12:43 PM

Three Arab brutal dictators are gone, one way or another. For the one in Damascus, the indications are that the noose is being slowly and progressively tightened, and it is likely to be a matter of weeks rather than months.

So, why is the brutal dictator of Yemen different? His...

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Yemen's Saleh Has Signed at Last. Now What?

(0) Comments | Posted November 29, 2011 | 4:36 PM

There is an Arabic saying that goes: If you are departing, do as much damage as you can. And for those few of my readers who speak Arabic, "Ya rayeh, katter bil fadhayeh!"

On Nov 23, President Saleh signed a power transfer deal to give up power after...

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Major Players in Yemen's Resistance

(0) Comments | Posted November 2, 2011 | 9:10 AM

In the past few blogs on Yemen, I have mainly described a rather pessimistic outlook for Yemen, enumerating the reasons why I felt so. In the most recent blog I stated "Yemen has the misfortune of long, common borders with Saudi Arabia, an absolute monarchy, which...

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For the Saudis, Saleh Is the Devil They Know!

(0) Comments | Posted October 26, 2011 | 4:31 PM

In my blog about Yemen, published by the Huffington Post dated Sept. 28, I said, "Saleh will offer some real concessions which will stop short of his relinquishing power. Unless, of course, there is sufficient international pressure to force him to leave. I cannot see that happening, at...

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Sons of Dictators an Intractable Problem?

(0) Comments | Posted October 11, 2011 | 4:50 PM

It is not uncommon, even in real democracies, to find famous and influential political families. Good examples would be the Kennedys and the Bushes. In India we have Indira Gandhi and her son Rajiv, both assassinated. In Pakistan, there was former prime minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, who was hanged by...

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Questions Remain in Bahrain

(0) Comments | Posted October 6, 2011 | 12:53 PM

In all the turmoil currently gripping the Arab nations, nothing has been more distressing for me than abuse of the human rights of the medical staff of the famous Salmaniya Medical Centre in Bahrain.

I must admit that I might be biased, simply because I am a...

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