• Middle East

    Seeds of ISIS terror sown by Western hegemony

    Bizarre as it is, this fanatical and reactionary movement is bent on chasing the imperialist West as well as Russia out of Arab lands. From the midst of the millions of Arabs brought to Europe as workers, ISIS has been able to recruit a few to bring the war home to the West.

  • Europe

    The legitimate grievances of terrorists

    With the despicable attacks that took place over the weekend in Paris there has been an uptick in bigoted narratives about why such violent acts occur, namely ones that target refugees, immigration, Islam and Muslims. To counter these bigoted narratives, I’d like to try and answer some basic questions.

  • Africa

    Shadows of Algeria: the Lost Context of the Paris Attacks

    It wasn’t just one of the attackers who vanished after the Paris massacre. Three nations whose history, action–and inaction–help to explain the slaughter by Isis have largely escaped attention in the near-hysterical response to the crimes against humanity in Paris: Algeria, Saudi Arabia and Syria.

  • Europe

    Terror Attacks, G20 Hypocrisy

    I join with many others who stand for a world of peace and justice in completely repudiating the terrorist attacks in Paris and the similar atrocity in Beirut. We express our full solidarity with the hundreds of innocent victims, dead and injured, many of whom remain in critical condition at this time.

  • Robbing the poor to give to the rich

    Canadian Politics

    The Conservatives have disfigured the Canadian tax system, plundering it to enrich their political supporters and stripping it down so that it can’t be used to create the kind of socially advanced society that Canadians aspire to. Undoing the damage won’t be easy. It will start with recognizing that the tax system is instrumental in any coherent plan to build the social programs and public infrastructure that are central to a truly democratic and inclusive society.

  • Unwelcome to Canada

    Canadian Politics

    Harper’s media-anointed star performer, Kenney has shamelessly partaken in the age-old demagogic strategy of finding convenient scapegoats and mercilessly targeting them for political gain. Despite the plaudits he has earned from his near-sighted media admirers, nothing defines Kenney so much as his willingness to stoop to those tactics.

  • Colonial past, colonial present

    Canadian Politics

    “The more Things change, the more they stay the same.” The aphorism may be overused, but it aptly captures the current state of relations between Stephen Harper and Indigenous peoples: our current government is perpetuating the legacy of its predecessors while moving into decidedly dangerous territory.

  • Malice in Harperland

    Canadian Politics

    The Harper government has waged an unrelenting attack on the interests of the vast majority of people living in Canada or seeking to live here: it has censored scientists, hamstrung trade union organizers, persecuted protestors, victimized refugees, battled veterans — the list of Harper’s targets is very long.


  • 2011

    Afghanistan calling!

    Ten plus years ago, the United States (oops, NATO) invaded Afghanistan and quickly won the war against the militarily (technologically) inferior Taliban government. Washington and allies followed their victory by quickly losing the occupation challenge. As W. Bush and allies invaded Iraq, the Taliban crept back from Pakistan and undid the U.S. war victory.