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Davide Mastracci

Opinion/Blogs Associate Editor, HuffPost Canada

Davide Mastracci is an opinion/blogs associate editor at HuffPost Canada. His work has appeared in various publications, including Al JazeeraViceBuzzFeed, the National PostThe Globe and MailThe WalrusMaisonneuve, and Canadaland. You can read more of his work at www.davidemastracci.com.

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Trump Isn't Solely To Blame For The Quebec Mosque Shooting

Trump has undoubtedly emboldened Islamophobes across North America, but Canada has our own history with Islamophobia that we need to talk about. From 2012 to 2014, we saw hate crimes against Muslims in Canada double - and this is all while most of us knew Donald Trump as the host of The Apprentice.
02/10/2017 03:15 EST
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Stop Asking All Muslims To Condemn Terror

Muslims are a marginalized group within Canada. We don't have access to political power in the way white people do, and we are in fact subject to stereotypes and demonization from political power and the media alike -- the collective blame laid upon Muslims legitimizes the idea that all Muslims should be punished for the acts of a tiny minority. Once this idea is legitimized, spates of hate crimes are committed and some Muslims end up feeling unsafe in their own communities.
11/18/2015 12:58 EST
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Stephen Harper Does Not Really Care About Women

On February 12, Harper vowed to appeal a federal court ruling that would allow Muslim women to wear a niqab during citizenship ceremonies. Speaking to the press about the matter, Harper said, "That is not the way we do things." He added that, "This is a society that is transparent, open and where people are equal, and I think we find that offensive." This is a classic example of opportunistic feminism, which so many white men like to make use of from time to time.
03/12/2015 08:41 EDT
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Hey Harper, Mosques Don't Create Terrorists

On January 30, a reporter asked Harper how newly-introduced anti-terror legislation will differentiate between somebody who is "radicalized" and "a teen who's just messing around in the basement." Harper answered by saying promoting terrorism is a serious offence no matter "what the age of the person is, or whether they're in a basement, or whether they're in a mosque or somewhere else." Harper's response to this question associates hundreds of mosques across the country with the promotion of terrorism and violence and is misguided for multiple reasons.
02/11/2015 09:41 EST
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Stop Telling "Moderate Muslims" What To Do

Ali A. Rizvi recently wrote an open letter to "moderate Muslims." I'm not sure if Rizvi's letter was directed toward me, as I don't measure my faith in chicken wing flavours, but I'm going to respond anyway. Rizvi's good will doesn't last long as he immediately begins to lecture Muslims about our "increasingly waning credibility" in the West.
10/09/2014 01:23 EDT

Biased Coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Is Not Journalism

George Orwell stated, "Journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed. Anything else is public relations." Unfortunately, most North American journalists have acted as PR reps for Israel's ongoing invasion in a variety of ways, some subtle, others explicit.
07/20/2014 10:54 EDT
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Men Must Learn From the California Mass Murder

A man killed six people in a drive by shooting on Friday night in California. On Thursday night the apparent shooter made a video explaining why he was going to embark on the murderous rampage. In this video the man stated that he was a 22-year-old virgin who couldn't attract women. We should avoid reducing the murderer to a crazed individual whose actions can be explained solely by his mental state. Instead, we should analyze how the misogynistic societies we live in enabled the murderer's killing spree.
05/24/2014 06:36 EDT