Americas

Islamic studies funding on the hot seat

JENNIFER O’BRIEN, QMI AGENCY LONDON, Ont. – A UWO-affiliated college is caught in the crossfire of a decision to accept money from two Muslim groups — one local, one international — to help fund a new chair in Islamic studies. Critics contend there’s a link there to violent jihadism and […]

A Tale of Two Raids

by John Feffer They were both responsible for thousands of civilian deaths in causes they believed were righteous. They both occupied top spots on the World’s Most Wanted list. They were both the subject of raids that were years in the making and required extensive intelligence work. But in all […]

Move to the UN

Whoever waits for US and Israel to change their Palestine policy will wait a lifetime In deciding to seek full UN membership for a Palestinian state in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, with East Jerusalem as its capital, the Arab League is announcing that the current wave of […]

Begumpura “colony of wives” in Mississauga, Canada

http://www.thestar.com/news/article/998962–colony-of-wives-thrives-in-mississauga?bn=1 Ilmana Fasih was at a wedding in Mississauga when she suffered an emotional meltdown. She remembers loud, lively music, table upon table of mouth-watering food and people chatting, cracking jokes. “I just started crying,” Fasih says. “I was feeling terrible that my husband wasn’t there . . . “There […]

Memorial Day: How America Screws Its Soldiers

Everyone claims to “Support Our Troops.” But as Andrew J. Bacevich explains, telling the military it can do whatever it wants works for everyone—except for the soldiers themselves. Riders on Boston subways and trolleys are accustomed to seeing placards that advertise research being conducted at the city’s many teaching hospitals. […]

Brad Pitt: Religious upbringing was ‘stifling’

Filmmaker Terrence Malick’s latest, “The Tree of Life,” has been alternately described as a “tone poem” delving into issues about faith, family and forgiveness and a “coming of age story about the universe,” so it’s understandable that Monday’s Cannes press event got a little heavy. The movie tells the story […]

Obama: No UN vote will ever create Palestine

US president says US commitment to Israeli security is “ironclad” during speech to pro-Israeli lobby in Washington. Barack Obama, the US president, has rejected Palestinian plans to seek statehood at the United Nations, and said Washington’s commitment to Israel’s security is “ironclad”. Obama was speaking at the annual policy meeting […]