Filtered By - Islamism

  • National Post When reaching out to the Muslim community, choose your ambassadors carefully Tuesday November 29th, 2016
    Crime Prevention Ottawa (CPO) was founded in 2004 to develop strategies for enhancing community safety, addressing problems like violence against women, neighbourhood gangs, abuse of the disabled and hate crimes.   Between January and November of this year, according to Staff Sergeant Dave Zackrias of the Diversity and Race Relations Unit (DRR) of the Ottawa Police Servic...
  • National Post Teach the truth about Islamophobia Wednesday September 14th, 2016
    Exactly 14 years ago today, the National Post published an op-ed by Neil Seeman, “Are we all Islamophobes? Not really.” In it Seeman debunked the idea, promoted by Riad Saloojee, then executive director of CAIR.CAN (the Canadian chapter of the Council for American-Islamic Relations, now known as the National Council of Canadian Muslims, or NCCM, without apparent change of mis...
  • National Post France’s burkini fumble Tuesday September 6th, 2016
    In the pantheon of dumb a dumber regulatory decisions, the laurel goes to the attempt this summer by French Riviera towns to criminalize burkinis, the full-cover beachwear favoured by some Muslim women. Happily the Council of State, France’s highest administrative court, has overturned a lower court’s support for the ban, ruling it “seriously and clearly illegally...
  • National Post Could Islamism be to blame for the Orlando attack? Perish the thought! Tuesday June 21st, 2016
    Last week, I was invited into a talk-radio forum on the Orlando massacre. It provided a good example for listeners of the competing interpretive narratives the mass killing has generated. My interlocutor positioned the massacre as a product of America’s gun culture, one in a chain of mass gun-related calamities like Columbine and Sandy Hook, coupled with a disordered min...
  • National Post When Mark Steyn struck back Tuesday April 5th, 2016
    I was one of the lucky attendees last Friday at the Munk Debate in Toronto’s Roy Thompson Hall. The motion before the house concerned refugee policy: “Be it resolved: Give us your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” On the pro side: Louise Arbour, former UN Human Rights commissioner and historian Simon Schama; on the con side journalist Mark...
  • National Post Most Muslims aren’t jihadists, of course. But some of them are Wednesday January 27th, 2016
    In the era when Communism was the big global threat, we used to be able to say, with impunity, that Marxism could exist without Communism but Communism would not exist without Marx; that fellow travellers in the West who purposefully infiltrated key political institutions in the service of the Communist revolution were a grave threat to democracy; and that informing the public about thei...
  • National Post The Middle East and North Africa’s rape culture Monday January 11th, 2016
    True story, as related to me by an impeccable source: Some years ago my close friend and her husband travelled to Morocco as part of an organized tour. One day, browsing in the marketplace, it happened that all the other tour members were shopping inside various stores and my friend’s husband took a bathroom break, leaving my friend temporarily alone in the street. “Lik...
  • National Post Appeasing the Islamists in Quebec Tuesday January 5th, 2016
    Islamism proved a growing threat to Western nations in 2015. But while massacres rivet our attention, they constitute only the most flamboyant tactics in the jihadists’ triumphalist program, which calls for the infiltration of our institutions and the eventual domination of our culture. That can’t happen so long as we exercise our freedom of speech to denounce Islamism ...
  • National Post Marking the end of a hollow president’s feckless record on terrorism Tuesday December 29th, 2015
    I do not see the world improving next year. Politically, the best news about 2016 is that it will mark the end of the public careers of the two most humility-void, vainglorious politicians in American history, U.S. President Barack Obama and Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump: Obama by constitutional fiat and Trump either by his defeat in the Republican primaries or through a t...
  • National Post As jihadis, women can be just as savage as men Thursday December 10th, 2015
    “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.” The old dictum must be retired. Women rejected in love may very well be dangerous, but all the fury of all the scorned women in the world pales in fearsomeness beside the ferocity unleashed by women set ablaze by ideological passion. News of females abetting, and even fighting alongside male warriors is no longer surprising. W...
  • National Post Bill Maher 1, Chrystia Freeland 0 Tuesday November 24th, 2015
    Chrystia Freeland, Canada’s Minister for International Trade is, generally speaking, a smart cookie. But that wasn’t my takeaway from her performance as a guest panelist alongside Maine governor Angus King and The Federalist publisher Ben Domenech on the Bill Maher “Real Time” show that aired last Friday. Maher made Freeland look, well, less than smart, without ev...
  • National Post Trudeau must find the maturity to reconsider timeline on refugees Friday November 20th, 2015
    Justin Trudeau was sworn in as Prime Minister on Nov 4. Only two weeks ago, but it may as well have been 10 years ago. For in the light of last week’s horrific attacks in Paris, our world has shifted on its axis. And yet, although Trudeau clearly knows cognitively what has happened, he is acting as though nothing has changed. He is determined to implement his sunshine promises, as ...
  • National Post Seeing Islamophobia everywhere Wednesday September 23rd, 2015
    Racial profiling happens. It’s a serious business and when it’s clear that a visible minority has been arrested or charged or held up for public humiliation because of his race or ethnicity, opinion writers should leap on it with all the requisite indignation, dudgeon and umbrage they can muster. The trick is in knowing whether any racial profiling actually took place, becaus...
  • National Post Quebec wants to uncover faces while it covers mouths Tuesday September 1st, 2015
    Over the years I’ve written many columns about honour killings in Canada’s South Asian communities. Under the terms of Quebec’s proposed Bill 59, my frequent allusion to the demonstrable fact that most victims of honour crimes are Muslim girls and women might, posted on the Internet as all my published writing is, lead to prosecution for Islamophobia with a possible fin...
  • National Post Charlie Hebdo massacre shakes French determination to ignore Islamist threat Friday January 9th, 2015
    The pen may be mightier than the sword in the long run, but we live in the short run, and in the short run, the sword is often mightier than the pen. Paris shooters cornered in printing plant with a hostage. Brothers say they ‘want to die as martyrs’ Terrorists linked to each other seized hostages at two locations around Paris on Friday, facing off against ...
  • National Post When it comes to Islam, the media needs to ditch the ‘narrative,’ and report the truth Wednesday January 7th, 2015
    In his Jan. 5 column, “ISIS is watching us,” University of Calgary terror researcher Michael Zekulin offers welcome pushback to the notion, popular amongst liberal commentators, that lone-wolf terrorism is more the product of mental disease than it is of ideology. Writing of the October attacks in which Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent and Corporal Nathan Cirillo were ki...
  • National Post Jihadi brides provide an education in gender reality Tuesday November 18th, 2014
     Terrorism is usually some men’s appalling idea of heroism, and we’re not quite sure what or how to think about women who want in on the action. Most of us want to believe women are innately peaceful creatures, more attuned to nurturing than killing. History has a way of subverting gendered stereotypes, though, and today we are faced with the disturbing phenomenon of gir...
  • National Post The unique anguish of a terrorist’s mother Thursday October 23rd, 2014
    Two men died in Ottawa on Wednesday. One was evil and guilty. One was good and innocent. The hearts of all Canadians go out to the parents of the victim, reservist Nathan Cirillo. Including the heart of Susan Bibeau, mother of the alleged murderer, Michael Zehaf-Bibeau. Ms. Bibeau, who ironically enough works for the federal government from Montreal, has expressed her sympathy for the vi...
  • National Post Threats to civilization abound, even if they can’t be seen out your window Wednesday August 27th, 2014
    The ISIS terrorist that executed James Foley spoke to the world with a British accent. News reports tell us that his identity may soon be revealed. But we already know that British-born and raised jihadists have become a commonplace and that there are hundreds of them known to the authorities. The idea that such fanaticism is being enabled in western nations—in some countries to a grea...
  • National Post The hate that feeds the war Wednesday August 13th, 2014
    As the twig is bent, so grows the tree. In every religious faith, in every ideology, leaders know that the surest route to mass compliance and unshakable faith is through the children. Get ‘em early and, if possible (in democracies it isn’t), insulate them from any competing belief system. If there is ever to be harmony between Israel and the Palestinians, it won’...
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