Shayna Zamkanei is a Ph.D. candidate in political science at the University of Chicago and has worked for think tanks in North America and the Middle East.
In the past 24 hours, the mainstream international media outlets -- BBC, NPR, CNN, to name a few -- have been running the story of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's confession of crack-cocaine use. But for those who do not follow Canadian (let alone Torontonian) politics, allow me to offer a primer.
The Quebec and French governments have recently attacked Jewish and Muslim slaughter practices, deeming them to be an affront to "secular" values. Notwithstanding that these slaughter practices are less inhumane than those that occur in enormous slaughterhouses, the meat is healthier, too: Kosher meat can't come from a sick or diseased animal.
04/09/2012 12:02 EDT
Recently, European hackers leaked the names and personal information of scores of alleged white supremacists living in Canada, but they unearthed a more serious problem: The federal government is clearly not doing its job in fighting racism and discrimination.
02/03/2012 07:12 EST
Earlier this week, Orthodox male suspects who attacked an Israeli women for dressing "immodestly" were released. The aggressors argue that women's modesty must be preserved in public. Clearly, this form of misogyny is a problem that extends beyond manners of dress.
01/26/2012 05:02 EST
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