Director / Editor: Victor Teboul, Ph.D.
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Ph.D., Professor, Université du Québec à Montréal, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Christian Agbobli holds a Ph.D. in communication. He is Professor of international and intercultural communication at Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), Canada. His research is targeted towards international communication and development as well as toward the role of the media in intercultural relationships. As a member of, Dr Agbobli is responsible for partnerships with universities and for student participation. 

Marilyne Alie is a student at Vanier College in Montreal.

James McGill Research Chair on Social Discourse
Marc Angenot FRSC, a professor in McGill's French Language and Literature Department for over forty years, has been awarded the Prix du Québec Léon-Gérin for his outstanding contributions to the social sciences.

The most prestigious awards bestowed by the Government of Quebec in all fields of culture and science, the Prix du Québec honour outstanding researchers whose careers have contributed to Quebec's scientific and cultural advancement in their fields.

Angenot, a world-renowned researcher, is widely considered to be the father of Social Discourse Theory. He is the James McGill Research Chair on Social Discourse. His vast body of work encompasses intellectual history, linguistics, politics, semiotics, rhetoric and informal logic, as well as literary theory. Some of his critically acclaimed works include: Les Champions des femmes (1977), La parole pamphlétaire (Paris, 1985), 1889 : Un état du discours social (1989), Idéologies du ressentiment (1995), Rhétorique de l’anti-socialisme (2004), Le Marxisme dans les grands récits (Paris, 2005) and Dialogues de sourds (Paris, 2008). The Yale Journal of Criticism published in 2004 a special issue titled "Marc Angenot and the Scandals of History".

He was the 2012 Chaim Perelman Professor of Rhetoric and Intellectual History at the University of Brussels.

Former adviser, ministère de l'Immigration du Québec
Former adviser, Ministère de l'Immigration du Québec.

président, Mouvement laïque québécois
Daniel Baril is a journalist. He is the président of the Mouvement laïque québécois. He lives in Montreal.

Mr Baroudi is a regular contributor to He resides in Morocco.

Gary Bauslaugh was Editor of Humanist Perspectives from 2003 to 2008. Previously he was VP of Instruction and Planning at what is now Vancouver Island University and CEO of a BC Provincial agency for post-secondary educational planning and reform. He has written for many publications, and has a book on Robert Latimer - The Wages of Mercy - coming out in 2010.

Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts (History), McGill University
Leon was born in Morocco. He immigrated to Canada in 1964. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Modern History Cum Laude, Loyola College (1968 - 1972).

He was an elected Rhodes Scholar in 1972  and studied at Keble College, Oxford.KEBLE COLLEGE , OXFORD

Read Modern Middle Eastern Studies – Oriental Studies , OXFORD UNIVERSITY 1975.

Leon obtained his Master of Arts in Islamic studies at McGill University, in Montreal, in 1977.

He wrote his thesis on the Moroccan Monarchy and Nationalism (1912-1956), A REPUBLIC FOR A MONARCHY .

He lives in New Zealand since 1980.

He has published several articles on MENA Middle East and North Africa

Last book review :  DOING IT MY WAY – an Egyptian memoir by ELHANY ELZAYAT

Founder of SOCRATES CAFÉ  a discussion group  on MENA

Observer of MENA  issues since 1967. Taught MENA  to adult classes .

directeur d'études à l’Ecole pratique des hautes études (Sorbonne)
Esther Benbassa is a specialist of Jewish History. She teaches at the Sorbonne (Paris) and is the  Founding Director of the Alberto Benveniste Center devoted to  Sephardi Studies.


Master in Economic sciences, Laval University, Québec. Doctorate, Tunis University, Tunis
Master in Economic sciences, Laval University, Québec. Doctorate, Tunis University, Tunis


Tara Bognar is a graduate of McGill's Faculty of Law with an academic background in religious studies and lives in Montréal, Québec.

Master of Arts, History, UQAM
Bernard Bohbot is a Ph.D. student at Université du Québec à Montréal. His dissertation topic : Phénoménologie de l’esprit juif en Mai 68, deals with the way Jewish radical activists who took part in the May 1968 student riots in France were influenced by their own Jewish background. This research also surveys their tortuous (sometimes hostile) relations with the state of Israel.


Sana Bouagila Abdelkefi is a journalist and lives in Québec City.

Professeur titulaire, Université de Montréal
Please see Professor Bouchard's Biography in the French Section.


Ph.D., London School of Economics and Political Science
A native of Montreal, Neil Caplan received an MA in Canadian Studies from Carleton University, Ottawa, and a Ph.D. in Politics from the London School of Economics and Political Science (University of London). Since retiring from teaching in 2008 he has held an affiliate position in the Department of History of Concordia University and is Scholar-in-Residence at Vanier College, both in Montreal. An internationally respected researcher and scholar of the Arab-Israel conflict, he is the author of numerous scholarly articles and eight books, including Futile Diplomacy, a documentary history of Zionist-Arab and Arab-Israeli negotiations, 1913-1956 (4 vols., re-issued 2015, Routledge Library Editions). He has co-authored, with Laura Z. Eisenberg, Negotiating Arab-Israeli Peace: Patterns, Problems, Possibilities (2nd ed. 2010, Indiana UP). With Yaakov Sharett, he co-edited and translated My Struggle for Peace: The Diary of Moshe Sharett, 1953-1956 (3 vols. 2019, Indiana UP). Sharett was Israel’s first Foreign Minister and its second Prime Minister. Caplan’s latest book is the second edition of The Israel-Palestine Conflict: Contested Histories (2019, Wiley-Blackwells) -- a book-length expansion of his 2004 essay, ''Israelis and Palestinians: Victims versus Victims.''


Teacher at a college in Montreal, Canada.

Political Science student, Université de Montréal, Québec, Canada


Contributor residing in Quebec.

Bill Conrod, S BSc 62, M.Ed., has published Memories of Snowdon in the 50’s, a collection of reminiscences and photos of the Montreal neighbourhood from 90 contributors.® Contributor
Frédérique David is originally from France. Ms David has been residing in Quebec for the past fifteen years and works as a freelance journalist.

Anthropology professor.

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Julie Dumontier is a columnist. Julie writes on human rights and is presently completing a Law Degree at l'Université du Québec à Montréal. 

M.Sc. Political Science, Université de Montréal
Georges Dussault is an intercultural relations consultant who has worked in the field of financial and tax planning since the early 1990s for a firm unaffiliated with the major financial institutions. He is presently a member of the electoral college of the Chambre de la sécurité financière. Mr. Dussault is particularly interested in raising awareness within the business community toward cultural diversity. Mr Dussault is a member of

Aziz Enhaili is an expert on the Middle East, of Islam and Foreign policy. He is a contributor on irregular basis to the ‘’Neighbouring countries’’ of the European Union, a unit of Europe2020, a groupe dedicated to prospective studies. He is also author of three essays of which two have been published in Barry Rubin's collective works, Political Islam (Londres: Routledge, 2006) & A Guide to Islamist Movements (M.E. Sharpe, New York, 2010). Mr. Enhaili is a contributing writer at

Senior research associate, INSS
Oded Eran, a senior research associate at the Institute for National Security Studies, served as director of INSS from July 2008 to November 2011, following a long career in Israel's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other government positions.

In his most recent post before joining INSS, Dr. Eran served as the World Jewish Congress Representative in Israel and the Secretary General of the WJC Israel Branch. From 2002-2007, he served as Israel's ambassador to the European Union (covering NATO as well). Prior to that (1997-2000) he was Israel's ambassador to Jordan, and head of Israel's negotiations team with the Palestinians (1999-2000). Other previous positions include deputy director general of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the deputy chief of the Israeli embassy in Washington.

 Dr. Eran serves as an advisor to the Knesset Subcommittee on Foreign Affairs. He holds a Ph.D. from the London School of Economics.

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president, Middle East Pact (MEP)
Masri Feki is the author of several books on the Middle East.  His most recent work « Israël, géopolitique et enjeux » is published by Studyrama (Paris, 2008).

Teacher, Morocco
Teacher, Morocco

Writer living in Israel, author of La bar-mitsva de Samuel, published in Montreal, in 2009.

Expert in Arab and Islamic Law
Contributor residing in France.

Professor, Department of History, Athabasca University
Dr. Osire Glacier teaches in the History Department,  at Athabasca University (Athabasca, Canada). Her research focuses on Moroccan women’s history, the politics of gender and sexuality in postcolonial Morocco, and the issue of human rights in postcolonial Morocco. She is the author of several monographs, among which Freedom for Morocco: A Family Tale (Red Sea Press, 2022), Femininity, Masculinity and Sexuality in Morocco (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017), Universal Rights, Systemic Violations and Cultural Relativism in Morocco (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), and Political Women in Morocco: Then and Now (Africa World Press, 2013.

Marxist and political activist
Born in Iran, Abbas Goya is a political activist, a Marxist. His activism includes campaigns for worker's rights, children’s and women’s rights, freedom of expression, students’ rights, refugee rights, against capital punishment and stoning, and against fascism and racism. He is a staunch opposition to the Islamic regime of Iran. 

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retired professor of Pediatric Surgery, McGill University
Frank Guttman is a retired professor of Pediatric Surgery at McGill University and former head of the department at the Montreal Children’s Hospital.

Frank Guttman passed away on August 26, 2020. He will be sadly missed. present their most sincere condolences to his family and friends.

Daniel Haboucha is a graduate of McGill Law School, and returns to Montreal after a year of study in Jerusalem as a 2012-13 Dorot Fellow.


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Rabbi Howard S. Joseph was the Rabbi Emeritus of Montreal’s Spanish and Portuguese Congregation, Canada’s oldest synagogue, founded in 1759.

The passing of Rabbi Joseph was announced on August 13, 2021.
Rabbi Howard S. Joseph, a mainstay of Modern Orthodoxy in Canada for nearly four decades, served as the spiritual leader of the Spanish & Portuguese Congregation – the oldest synagogue in Canada – since 1970. He received his BS in mathematics in 1961 from the Yeshiva University, and later, his MA in Hebrew Literature from Revel in 1964. That same year, he received his rabbinic ordination from RIETS, under Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik and Dr. Samuel Belkin.
  Rabbi Joseph served the Spanish & Portuguese Congregation for forty years with devotion and passion. He was beloved and known throughout the city of Montreal, Canada, Israel, and even the world. He was a rabbi’s rabbi, a great teacher, and an enthusiastic member of our community. As was noted, Rabbi Joseph was a man of peace, always striving to unite the members of the congregation. He treated everyone with kindness and respect.
We present our sincere condolences to his spouse and family. 

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Aug. 13, 2021.  

Author and literaryy critic.

Abubakar N. Kasim lives in Toronto, Canada.

Naim Kattan was born in Irak in 1928. He passed away in France on July 2, 2021. He will be sadly missed. He is the author of more than 50 works of fiction and has received numerous awards.

Professeur des universités, Université Libanaise
Professor of Universities, Libanese University

B.A., Literature, Université du Québec à Montréal

Francois passed away on December 21, 2016. He is survived by his mother, his companion Yvan, his cousin Louise Labissonnière, Victor Teboul and several close friends.

He was a strong supporter of and will be missed by us all.

The group presents its deepest sympathies to François's family and friends.    


François La Bissonnière has taught Quebec and French literature at the Collège de Saint-Laurent, in Montreal, in a social and educational environment recognized for its ethnic and cultural diversity. Mr. La Bissonnière has also taught French as a Second Language to Indochinese students. He was a theatre lover and had conducted theatre workshops aimed at the staff of a seniors' residential centre. Mr La Bissonnière was a member of

In Memoriam

Guy Labissonnière - 9 janvier 1954 – 4 novembre 2022

Veuillez consulter la page française de cette section.

M.Sc., Community Health, Université de Montréal
Louise Labissonnière is a consultant in the field of health and social services. Louise Labissonnière has several years of experience in management within the Quebec health and social services sector. Among her interests are the international cooperation and the organization of health services in multicultural neighbourhoods. She has taught at Université de Montréal and Université du Québec à Hull.  As a member of, Louise Labissonnière acts as an adviser, responsible for planning and special events.

Ph.D., in Mathematics, Université Laval, Québec
Paul Lavoie is a researcher. He holds a Ph.D. in mathematics from Laval University in Quebec, Canada. 

Docteur ès lettres
Justine Legrand has a doctorate in literature and is the author of an essay on André Gide, published by les Éditions Orizons, in Paris, in 2012, titled André Gide : de la perversion au genre sexuel. 


Membre AQNAL Association québécoise des Nord-Africains pour la laïcité
Leila Lesbet is member of l'Association québécoise des Nord-Africains pour la laïcité (AQNAL)

Ph.D. University of Toronto
Professor Mansur specialized his focus on international relations and comparative politics with special interest in the politics of South Asia and the Middle East.

His current work in progress is on the subject of Islamism, Islam and Muslims examined within the context of 9/11 and its consequences. A related project looks at the imperative of Jew-Muslim reconciliation by rethinking Islam and Muslim culture and politics.

Selected Publications - Books

2011: Delectable Lie: a liberal repudiation of multiculturalism. Brantford, ON: Mantua Books.

2009: Islam’s Predicament: Perspectives of a Dissident Muslim. Oakville, Canada and Niagara Falls, NY: Mosaic Press.

1994: N.K. Choudhry and S. Mansur, (eds), The Indira-Rajiv Years: The Indian Economy and Polity 1966-1991. Toronto: Centre for South Asian Studies, University of Toronto.

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Bruno Marquis is a former columnist for He has been involved in various organizations dedicated to environmental protection, peace and the elimination of child poverty over the past twenty years. He lives in Gatineau.

David Matas is a Winnipeg lawyer.

Contributor resides in San Francisco, USA.


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Professor, Law Faculty, Université Laval, Québec
Bjarne Melkevik, L.L.D. Paris II, professor at the Faculty of Law, University Laval (Quebec), is a well-known author in legal philosophy, legal epistemology and legal methodology. His latest published books include “Horizons of legal philosophy” (1998 and 2004), “Reflections on legal philosophy” (2000), “Rawls or Habermas? A question of legal philosophy” and “Juridical-philosophical considerations” (2005). In the realm of Tolerance he has recently published the book “Tolerance and legal modernity” (2006). Dr. Bjarne Melkevik is a member of

Journalist, Il Foglio
Giulio Meotti is a journalist at Il Foglio, Italy

B.A.A. (HEc)
M. Mikhail holds a B.A.A. from the Hautes études commerciales, Montreal, Québec, Canada.

Contributor living in France.


médiatrice et formatrice en médiation
Ida Naprous is a professor of History, Geography and Civic Education, residing in France.

Geographer residing in Quebec City

Contributor. Lise Noël is the author of  L'intolérance. Une problématique générale, Montréal, Boréal, 1989, 308 p.

Nobel Prize in literature, 2006.

Laurence Parent is a researcher in Disability Studies. She is based in Montreal , Quebec, Canada.

Writer living in Montreal.

Nobel Prize in literature, 2005.

Mouvement laïque québécois
Marie-Michelle Poisson is the  president du Mouvement laïque québécois

Contributor to®
Miriam Rabkin holds a Masters Degree in Contemporary History from the Université de Montréal and lives in Montréal, Québec.

professor, Université de Montréal.

Director, Centre for Cosmopolitan Studies, Concordia University, Montreal
Professor Nigel Rapport is the Founding Director of Concordia’s Centre for Cosmopolitan Studies, and Canada Research Chair in Globalisation, Citizenship and Justice.

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Nelly Roffé a enseigné les langues et la littérature dans un collège de Montréal.
Elle se consacre à présent à la traduction littéraire et à la poésie, elle donne également des conférences sur la poésie et la littérature juive francophone. Elle est membre de l'Association des Traducteurs et Traductrices littéraires du Canada.

Economist, CNRS, Editor, Recherches internationales
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Anick Roschi is a writer.

Liberal Arts student
Myriam Rose is a Liberal Arts student living in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

President of the Peres Center for Peace
Ambassador Uri Savir was Israel's Chief Negotiator of the Oslo Accords and is today the President of the Peres Center for Peace.

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political risk analyst
Catherine is a political risk analyst for the Middle East with over 7 years’ experience. A political commentator and columnist her work has appeared in many world renown publications -- Foreign Policy Association, Press TV, Tehran Times, Majalla, International Policy Digest, the US Independent, RT and many more.

She sits on the Russian International Affairs Council as a contributing policy adviser and as chair of Activists Without Borders. She formerly acted as Yemen Minister of Human Rights senior media adviser.

Teaches at a college in Montreal, Canada

Contributor, lives in Tunis, Tunisia.

International Crisis Group
Communications Director, International Crisis Group
Brussels, Belgium

contributor, hired while a student for various projects of
Student, Quebec, Canada.

Ph.D., Université de Montréal, Editor,®
Victor Teboul is a writer and the publisher of ®, The Tolerance Webzine, which he founded in 2002 to promote a critical discourse on tolerance and diversity. He is the author of several books and numerous articles.

Contact :

More on Victor Teboul HERE

Victor 's recent presentation ''Accommodating Bedfellows : Montreal's Jewish Community and Quebec's Intellectual Elite'' is posted HERE.

See also Interviews by Victor Teboul

For Victor's articles on this web site which are written in French, please click HERE.

Contributor residing in Montreal, Québec, Canada.

Ph D, M Ind, B Ed
Richard Tremblay is a choregrapher and lives in Montreal. 

Former US ambassador to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, in Geneva
Armando Valladares, former Cuban political prisoner, was the US ambassador to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, in Geneva, during the Reagan and Bush governments.

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B.A. Political Science
Yannick B. Vallee is a political scientist who recently graduated from Bishop’s University (Quebec, Canada) in the BA program of political science. He also has a college degree of Business Administration with a specialization in marketing. Nowadays,  he specializes in American, Canadian, and Japanese Politics. He also studies Asian foreign policy with special interest on Japan and its influence in Asia. He has a keen interest in American and Canadian history.

freelance journalist
Tijdo van der Zee is a freelance journalist based in Holland.

Distinguished Professor Emerita, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Mair VERTHUY, Distinguished Professor Emerita of Concordia University, is well known for her struggles for the advancement of women and for general social justice. She was the first Principal of the Simone de Beauvoir Institute at Concordia and organised in 1982 a world-wide ten day conference on Teaching and Research related to Women, attended by participants from 82 countries, mostly from outside the Western block.
In all her work, whether literary or social, Mair has always been passionately interested in intercultural issues and specializes in francophone literatures mainly by women. She is a member of l'Ordre des palmes Académiques (France) and in 1980 was awarded the Governor General's Prize in honour of the Person's Affair.

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Contributor residing in Ottawa, Canada.

One law for all spokesperson, based in London, UK.

Canadian Novelist
Joyce Wayne is an award-winning literary journalist, a former editor at Quill & Quire, and the author of the historical novel The Cook's Temptation (Mosaic Press, 2013). She was a winner of the Diaspora Dialogues contest for fiction and has been awarded the Fiona Mee Award for literary journalism. Her novel Last Night of the World, was published by Mosaic Press in 2018.

She lives in Oakville, Ontario where she teaches writing.

Artist and speaker
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Harvard University
Ruth R. Wisse is Martin Peretz Professor of Yiddish Literature and Professor of Comparative Literature at Harvard College.

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