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  • National Post Trudeau signs another feel-good agreement while Yazidis suffer alone Tuesday December 11th, 2018
    Oslo, Norway and Marrakech, Morocco were more than geographical miles apart on Dec 10.In Oslo, Nadia Murad, a courageous Yazidi survivor of genocide, accepted her Nobel prize, alongside Congolese recipient Denis Mukwabe, for efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict. Nobody has objected to the legitimacy of this award. In Marrakech, Prime Minister Trudea...
  • National Post There’s no shame in looking after your family’s interests Tuesday December 4th, 2018
    The Late George Apley, John P. Marquand’s 1937 novel, chronicles the life of a “Boston Brahmin,” whose encounters with a fast-changing world trace the decline and fall of America’s WASP establishment. In the novel’s most famous anecdote, the protagonist’s ultra-conservative grandfather, observing a nouveau-riche neighbour retrieving his morning newspaper f...
  • National Post There’s no shame in looking after your family’s interest Tuesday December 4th, 2018
    The Late George Apley, John P. Marquand’s 1937 novel, chronicles the life of a “Boston Brahmin,” whose encounters with a fast-changing world trace the decline and fall of America’s WASP establishment. In the novel’s most famous anecdote, the protagonist’s ultra-conservative grandfather, observing a nouveau-riche neighbour retrieving his morning newspaper f...
  • National Post Will anyone stand up to Airbnb’s anti-Semitic boycott? Tuesday November 27th, 2018
    Planning a group holiday in Kashmir? Airbnb is there to serve you. Likewise in Tibet, northern Cyprus and Georgia’s separatist republic of Abkhazia, all occupied or disputed territories. Airbnb’s political neutrality in these hot spots therefore quite rightly casts suspicion, to put it mildly, on its recent decision to delist some 200 Jewish homes in West Bank communities.Airbnb ...
  • National Post Do none of these Edmonton ingrates realize how much fresh lemons cost? Monday November 19th, 2018
    The world is going to hell in a handbasket, as we know, but to preserve our sanity we must periodically step back from the sturm und drang of hard-core news, without entirely depriving ourselves of food for thought. A good way to do that is to focus our attention on some of life’s more picayune issues.Picayune-issue wise, you can’t do better than the story of New York Bagel Caf&e...
  • National Post For culture warrior David Horowitz, deplatforming is no deterrent Tuesday November 13th, 2018
    An opinion columnist nowadays could take campus disruptions or deplatformings of conservative speakers as his or her sole weekly topic and never run out of material.The latest example comes to us out of New Hampshire’s elite Dartmouth College (tuition US$75,000 a year), where formidable conservative polemicist David Horowitz — soon to celebrate his 80th birthday — was recen...
  • National Post In defence of the nation-state, and democracy Tuesday November 6th, 2018
    Although not on the ballot, America’s midterm elections were all about Trump. Not his policies or unique personality, but the trend throughout the West — loosely defined as populism — that he symbolizes. This was the topic of last Friday’s Munk Debate between David Frum and Stephen Bannon: “Resolved that the future of Western politics is populist, not liberal.&r...
  • National Post Trump’s rhetoric didn’t cause this massacre Tuesday October 30th, 2018
    The Sabbath massacre in Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue was the deadliest attack on Jews in U.S. history, but it is not the first time Jews in the United States have been targeted for attack while at worship. In 1960, a 16-year-old boy threw a bomb into a synagogue in Gladsden, Ala., but it didn’t explode. The would-be massacrist then shot and injured two people fleeing the bui...
  • National Post Canada is better for having the Post — and far more interesting Saturday October 27th, 2018
    The birth of the National Post 20 years ago had a profound impact on our national conversations about politics, the economy and our swiftly evolving culture. The Post was meant to be a journalistic disruptor, and it accomplished that goal. Long before I joined the Comment section as a weekly contributor in 2003 — indeed, for months before the Post’s official launch — I was ac...
  • National Post Did #MeToo activists target a top Canadian prof for his blunt lessons about Islam? Friday October 19th, 2018
    McGill University, my grad school alma mater, has, in my opinion, acted dishonourably in a recent and unusual case of tenure denial to a brilliant and popular professor. When I learned of Ahmed Fekry Ibrahim’s story, I was fortunate to receive a remarkable trove of evidence: his supporting documents for a defamation lawsuit he launched this summer against a student and a professor in his...
  • National Post A few ‘toxic’ anti-male women are derailing the validity of #MeToo Wednesday October 17th, 2018
    According to a survey in the latest Economist magazine, the effect of the #MeToo movement has been to elevate Americans’ skepticism over sympathy for victims. Among other findings, the survey notes that between November 2017 and September 2018, while the perception that false allegations of sexual assault are a greater problem than unreported or unpunished sexual assault remains a minorit...
  • National Post Another school, another recording, another free-speech crisis Thursday October 11th, 2018
    The old adage has it that “a picture is worth a 1,000 words.” But, as former Wilfrid Laurier University teaching assistant Lindsay Shepherd showed Canadians last November, in academia 1,000 words — unexpectedly recorded — can paint a culture-capturing picture. By now, the infamous interrogation Shepherd endured after exposing students to Jordan Peterson’s views on...
  • National Post Diluting the meaning of ‘woman,’ to appease transgender activists, is misogyny Thursday September 13th, 2018
    In his writings on totalitarianism, George Orwell powerfully exposed the link between the manipulation of language and the erosion of individual liberty. Ideologues understand that linguistic control precedes, and is crucial to, political and cultural power. The novel 1984 illuminated the shame in being compelled — figuratively — to endorse the lie that two plus two is five. For th...
  • National Post Weinstein worst example of common problem in film industry Wednesday September 5th, 2018
    I lunched last weekend with friends, both in the film business, one a successful documentarian, the other a producer. Naturally, the tsunami of sexual assault charges unleashed by the Harvey Weinstein affair came up for review. I asked if they had ever experienced Weinsteinian moments. Indeed they had. Coincidentally, both involved bathrobes that “slid open” to reveal erect penises...
  • National Post Pit bull lobby put on its heels by Quebec’s dangerous dog bill, CBC documentary Wednesday September 5th, 2018
    In April, the Quebec government introduced Bill 128, which will authorize the province to prohibit any person from owning, breeding or acquiring “potentially dangerous” dogs, which includes pit bulls and Rottweilers, the two highest-risk dogs. Impetus for the bill — and a similar one passed in Montreal — arose largely from distress over the June 2016 fatal mau...
  • National Post We are ignoring a key part of ‘dying with dignity’ Wednesday September 5th, 2018
    Ing Wong-Ward is disabled, dependent on a wheelchair and afflicted with colon cancer, accompanied, for the past year, by a stubbornly persistent abdominal abscess. This seems a depressing scenario, but Wong-Ward presents as anything but depressed in her promotional article for palliative care in Saturday’s Globe and Mail, “Living — and dying — with dignity.”Wong...
  • National Post Canada’s own little Stalins are making politically incorrect authors disappear Wednesday September 5th, 2018
    Stalin and his monstrous inner circle aren’t obvious fodder for humour, but the film The Death of Stalin is indeed hilarious, without sidestepping the horrors of that regime.Playing the role of Stalin’s vain and irresolute deputy Malenkov is actor Jeffrey Tambor, best known for his role as transwoman Maura in Amazon’s popular series, Transparent.Tambor was Hollywood’s...
  • National Post The Yazidis are in danger of extinction and Ottawa’s stopped helping Wednesday September 5th, 2018
    I’ll call her “Nada,” not her real name.Nada is a Yazidi woman from Sinjar, Iraq, now age 31. On Aug. 3, 2014, ISIL came for her people. The Kurdish Peshmerga, tasked with protecting them, fled, leaving them helpless. Nada and her two children — a boy, eight months and a girl, two — were separated from her husband and father-in-law, whom she never saw again.The ...
  • National Post Gender studies don’t help us understand how dogs behave Wednesday September 5th, 2018
    For the “dog days” of summer, a column about dogs and their social life.Last year, a certain Helen Wilson, claiming to hold a “doctorate in feminist studies” submitted a paper titled “Human reactions to rape culture and queer performativity at urban dog parks in Portland, Oregon” to the Journal of Feminist Geography.Turned out there was no evidence fo...
  • National Post If ideologues are teaching our judges, the public has a need to know Wednesday September 5th, 2018
    Legal academics are openly reinterpreting their mission. Historically teachers of legal principles and law codes, they now see themselves as social-justice warriors called upon to right historical wrongs for members of designated victim groups. In 2013, Ottawa professor Elizabeth Sheehy published Defending Battered Women on Trial, a book in which Sheehy promotes women’s right to kill ext...
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