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The United Nations human rights chief today called for spreading greater knowledge about human rights to its sceptics, rebuking perspectives that see global organizations and their international legal frameworks as part of a problem and not the solution. (Full Story)
A senior United Nations human rights official has praised civil society for its role in standing up to the “backlash” against human rights. (Full Story)
The United Nations human rights chief today called for spreading greater knowledge about human rights to its sceptics, rebuking perspectives that see global organizations and their international legal frameworks as part of a problem and not the solution. (Full Story)
By Leon Benbaruk , B.A, M.A
MORNINGS IN JENIN  by Susan ABULHAWA is a novel  reflecting the reality of the  Palestinian plight and suffering. Its original title in 2002 was THE SCAR OF DAVID   in 2002 which  becomes  relevant in the story. The SCAR of David is probably a metaphor for the Star of David. The book is well researched and  is also a personal account . (Full Story)
La Rambla, Barcelona, site of the attack. Image : Wikipedia
by Saher Fares

How thin can excuses wear every time an atrocity is committed in the name of Islam? When 13 people were killed and scores more injured this week in a vehicle-ramming attack in Barcelona, Spain, and stabbing men shouting "This is for Allah!" on London Bridge and in Borough Market in June, what the victims least cared about was the Western elite pontificating that the latest atrocity "had nothing to do with Islam". (Full Story)
With NAFTA talks now starting most people do not know enough about Canada’s supply management system in the dairy industry, compared to the US dairy industry, to understand what is at stake for the future if Canada bows to pressures from south of the border (Full Story)
by Emily B. Landau

While North Korea’s recent nuclear tests significantly raised the level of fear in the United States, they were not a surprise. North Korea, long a nuclear state, is a dangerous nuclear proliferator that has shirked international commitments. Pyongyang issues highly aggressive rhetoric toward the United States and its regional neighbors on a regular basis; it flaunts its nuclear capability and threatens to use it, and tends to share nonconventional know-how and technologies.  (Full Story)
By Daniel Shapiro

The controversies surrounding the Israeli government’s recent decisions concerning the Western Wall and a bill on conversion underscore key divides in Israeli-Diaspora relations. The ensuing crisis took many Israeli political leaders by surprise, which itself is evidence of a deep disconnect between Israeli leaders attuned to Israeli voters, and the attitudes of American Jewish leaders and activists.  (Full Story)
The following is an English translation of a short address made by Mr. Nairalt Borjigin, an ordinary Mongolian herder from Bayan-undur Sum of eastern Southern Mongolia’s Ar-Horchin Banner. He gave the address before a crowd of local Mongolian herders who came to cheer for his release from Chinese prison. Serving 25 months in prison for defending the local Mongolian communities’ grazing land and the right to maintain their pastoralist way of life, Nairalt was released from prison on July 15, 2017: (Full Story)
By Philip Gordon

The prospect of Israel normalizing its relations with Arab states is an enticing idea that anyone who cares about Israel or the region should want to see realized. Arab strategic interests are aligning with Israel’s; some Arab leaders’ attitudes toward Israel are changing; and the Arab desire to see an Israeli-Palestinian deal remains strong.  (Full Story)
By Udi Dekel 

The current race for control of territory in Syria now appears to be a competition between Iran and the United States, which have established two respective axes – with a vertical American (north-south) effort on the one hand, and a horizontal Iranian (east-west) effort on the other hand. In practice, this is another stage in the shaping of Syria in preparation for the day after the Islamic State. (Full Story)
By Yannick B. Vallee , B.A. Political Science
                Canadian Prime Minister Pierre E. Trudeau introduced in the early 1970s the concept that Canada must be a just and progressive society. Trudeau’s vision of Canada was a country of individual freedom and of social justice. Trudeau advocated that the nation turns into a fairer society. Thus, the prime minister thought that a fairer share of national wealth would give more freedom to everyone because Canadians could benefit from more opportunities if their basic needs were met. As a result, the Pierre E. Trudeau Government and the Edward Schreyer Manitoba Government jointly created an experimental program which provided guaranteed annual income to more than 2,000 families in Manitoba. The purpose of this project was to assess the social impacts of a guaranteed and unconditional annual income. Besides, social researchers wanted to know whether or not recipients would work less if they were given unconditional government cheques. Nowadays, the Ontario Government of Kathleen Wynne has started a similar social experiment in three different communities. As a result, the Province of Ontario has randomly selected 4,000 people to participate in the basic income plan. This type of social welfare system might revolutionize the way government delivers social programs in Canada. Some experts think that basic income programs might eliminate poverty and these initiatives might cost less than current social programs.  (Full Story)
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The Guaranteed Annual Income in Canada
By Yannick B. Vallee, B.A. Political Science
                Canadian Prime Minister Pierre E. Trudeau introduced in the early 1970s the concept that Canada must be a just and progressive society. Trudeau’s vision of Canada was a country of individual... (Full Story)
What’s Going On With The New U.S. Administration?
By Yannick B. Vallee, B.A. Political Science
Americans are concerned that there is chaos within the new administration. Trump signed the very controversial executive order on the Muslim ban. As well, the new U.S. president frustrated several U.S. allies abroad and he lost his security advisor... (Full Story)
The Presidential Inauguration of Donald Trump
By Yannick B. Vallee, B.A. Political Science
The inauguration of a president has always been an important symbol in the U.S. democracy. This reflects the peaceful transfer of power. On January 20th, 2017, Donald Trump became the 45th president of the United States of America. He... (Full Story)
Why did the United Kingdom Leave the European Union?
By Yannick B. Vallee, B.A. Political Science
The United Kingdom has always been a major power in Europe and this great nation has always tried to influence other nations in Europe. This country tried to keep a balance of power in Europe which prevented any single... (Full Story)
What is Tolerance ?
Everybody talks about tolerance. Why ? What is so important about tolerance ? Do you have an opinion you would like to share on tolerance ? Why should we be tolerant ? Let us know your opinion. Write your answer directly... (Full Story)
Declaration of Principles on Tolerance
Proclaimed and signed by the Member States of UNESCO on 16 November 1995. (Full Story)