While the existence of a parliamentary election in a Gulf monarchy is impressive in itself, a glance at the government's history of violent suppression of political dissent reveals that Bahrain, home of the U.S. Navy Fifth Fleet, is far from the 'liberal, open and transparent' country it presents itself as to investors. 'Business-friendly Bahrain' is in fact anything but.
Shenaz Kermalli is a freelance writer and journalism instructor at Humber College. She is a former producer and writer for Al Jazeera English, BBC News, and CBC News. Her writing has appeared in The Guardian, The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star, Ottawa Citizen and Middle East Eye among others.
It's frightening that Pauline Marois seems to believe that Quebec needs to follow in the footsteps of France's policymakers, and the U.K.'s outspoken critics of multiculturalism, to help Quebecers feel a collective sense of French pride and identity.
09/13/2013 11:22 EDT
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