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By Stephen Scheinberg, contributor
Canadians are deeply attached to our traditions of civil liberties and free speech and Canadian Jews have been counted among their most ardent defenders. We honour such heroes of Canadian liberty in our past such as Justice Bora Laskin, David Lewis, and more recently Alan Borovoy, soon to step down as leader of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association. Yet, in the last months Canadian Jewry has played an unfortunate role in setting back the cause of free speech in a series of unfortunate events. (Full Story)
By Stephen Scheinberg, contributor
I once attended an international conference where a Latin American delegate asked a staff member of a prominent American Jewish organization whether her association enjoyed democratic governance. She rightly replied that her own and most other such groups were governed not through elections but by self perpetuating “makcherocracys” (a makcher is an influential person or ‘big deal’). (Full Story)
By Kofi Annan, president of the Kofi Annan Foundation
In all the understandable attention given to the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall this week, there is a risk that another important anniversary will be overlooked. (Full Story)
They survive without electricity, heating, without social assistance, are subjected to serious discrimination, are at constant risk of camp clearances and racial violence, and now they have been hit by swine ‘flu, but no social or medical assistance has been planned for them. (Full Story)
By Stephen Scheinberg, contributor
I get tired of all the news of conflict from the Middle East . I hoped to be able to wake up this morning to the news that Israel ’s great writer Amos Oz had won a Nobel prize but we will have to wait for that. But there is interesting news on the technological front. (Full Story)
By Riki Ellison, President and Chairman of the Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance (MDAA)

On October 6, 2009, Members of the United States Senate passed, with overwhelming support, an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act, directing Lt. General Patrick O'Reilly, Director of the Missile Defense Agency, to provide options by February 1st next year to deploy an additional Ground-Based Interceptor site in Europe or the United States to provide defense for our nation against future long-range missiles from Iran. (Full Story)

By Stephen Scheinberg, contributor
 I voted for Barack Obama last November, despite receiving countless negative e-mails, many of which originated from the Jewish Republican Committee. I was told that he was a Muslim, that he was anti-Israel and anti-semitic. (Full Story)
By Riki Ellison, Chairman and Founder of the Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance (MDAA)

WASHINGTON - A momentous week of unveiling Iran's second nuclear site, which confirmed their intention to disperse and protect non-civilian nuclear development, coupled with their ballistic missile launches over the weekend from 90 miles to 1,200 miles requires close examination of President Obama's new direction of our nation's missile defense. (Full Story)

By Stephen Scheinberg, contributor
I wish it was easy for me to sort out the issues raised by the recently released UN report on alleged war crimes in Gaza . Judge Richard Goldstone, a Jew, a Zionist, a respected South African jurist who prosecuted war crimes in Rwanda and Yugoslavia , headed the UN investigation into crimes committed during Operation Cast Lead in Gaza . (Full Story)
By Richard Tremblay, choregrapher, Montreal
Photo credit : K. K.Gopalakrishnan.
I am a dance artist, born and educated in North America. I was not exposed to Kerala and the Malayalee culture before I became an adult. In fact, I knew the culture through the art forms it has nurtured. One would assume that such a late exposure, which occurred after my early formative years, should prevent me from sharing with the Malayalees what they perceive as their “affective values”. (Full Story)
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