Views from the Beltline: Islamophobia—what’s in a word?

Words don’t always mean what they say. For example, anti-Semitism says “against Semites,” but it means “against Jews,” who actually only make up a small part of the Semite community. Yet confusion never arises because the word has become so firmly established as meaning anti-Jew. That is not the case with the word “Islamophobia,” defined ...

Views from the Beltline: Islamophobia—what’s in a word?

Words don’t always mean what they say. For example, anti-Semitism says “against Semites,” but it means “against Jews,” who actually only make up a small part of the Semite community. Yet confusion never arises because the word has become so firmly established as meaning anti-Jew. That is not the case with the word “Islamophobia,” defined ...

PostArctica: Marguerite Duras – The War, A Memoir

A friend recently told me that he likes to save texts, not quotes but texts, larger pieces, that he finds interesting. I am reading this book and thought this was a powerful passage. It is the end of the Second World War and she is wondering if her husband is still alive, thousands reenter Paris ...

Left Over: The MSM Semantics of anti-Semitism…

ANALYSIS Has the activist left decided anti-Semitism doesn’t exist?: Neil Macdonald History, detail and nuance often ignored in modern political discourse By Neil Macdonald, CBC News Posted: Jun 14, 2016 5:00 AM ET Last Updated: Jun 14, 2016 6:28 AM ET To answer your  question, Neil,  no, as a matter of fact, if  you were to ...

Left Over: Don’t Send Us your Tired and Poor….

More than 30 U.S. states refusing Syrian refugees on ‘shaky legal ground’ In wake of Paris attacks, governors of at least 31 U.S. states announce plans to bar Syrian refugees By Matt Kwong, CBC News Posted: Nov 18, 2015 3:02 PM ET Last Updated: Nov 18, 2015 7:35 PM E I am  so disgusted by US ...

Left Over: Can’t Tolerate Bigotry…

Time to put the brakes on our slide to intolerance: Tim Harper A government which deals with only symptoms and refuses to look at root causes is part of the problem. By: Tim Harper National Affairs, Published on Sun Mar 01 2015 (with thanks to Montreal Simon’s blog for the reference:  montrealsimon.blogspot.ca)   What has ...

Bill Longstaff: French hold most favourable views of Jews and Muslims

How the French view their minority populations after the violent events earlier this month will probably take a while to sort out. But a poll conducted last year suggested they were about the most tolerant in Europe. Eighty-nine per cent of French men and women hold a favourable view of Jews and 72 per cent ...

Left Over: Keeping Remembrance Day in My Own Way….

Gap’s ‘Remembrance Day deal’ not appropriate, Toronto veteran says ‘The point is not to exploit and profit from this day,’ says Cpl. Chuck Krangle CBC News Posted: Nov 10, 2014 11:10 PM ET Last Updated: Nov 11, 2014 10:57 AM ET   Have to agree with  Cpl. Krangle, it is beyond inappropriate to  exploit Memorial ...

Bill Longstaff: Settlers killed in Palestine—echoes of another colonialism

The killing of three Jewish teenagers from a West Bank settlement in Palestine brought to mind another colonialism—that of North America. As the Europeans swarmed across the Americas, the Native people found themselves overwhelmed. Sometimes they fought to keep the intruders out, but inevitably they found themselves outmatched by superior numbers and technology. Sometimes out ...

drive-by planet: Israel, Harper back unelected Kiev government: anti-Semitism and far-right nationalism downplayed

  Top: Svoboda leader Oleh Tyahnybok in group shot with Canada’s John Baird / Lower left: Tyahnybok in action / Lower right: Svoboda parade Stephen Harper’s visit to Ukraine this week is the first by any G7 leader since the coup that saw the overthrow of Yanukovych. Harper is a big backer of the unelected ...

Left Over: The Veil of Oppression?

Hair is the western woman’s veil The west is fixated on Muslim veils, but all women’s hair is bound in ideals of femininity, and a source of male judgment Arwa Mahdawi theguardian.com, Friday 10 January 2014 15.23 GMT Give me a head with hair Long beautiful hair Shining streamin’ steamin’ Flaxen waxen Give me it down ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Quebec Mayor Stephane Gendron Hates Israel, Hippies, And Kittens

This time around its his cat hate getting him into trouble: According to reports, Huntingdon, Que., Mayor Stephane Gendron said that he tries to kill stray cats while driving his pick-up truck. The SPCA is on his ass the way Meir was when he bad-mouthed Israel.  That protest set Stephane all a-grovel.  Apparently this one ...

drive-by planet: Groundbreaking genome research explodes ‘one people’ myth of Jewish history

Eran Elhaik, an Israeli-American geneticist working out of Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, recently had his research published in the prestigious journal Genome Biology Evolution. The groundbreaking study  – The Missing Link of Jewish European Ancestry: Contrasting the Rhineland and Khazarian Hypotheses – explodes the commonly held belief that present day Jews are primarily ...

wRanter.com: Slicing through ignorant anti-circumcision rhetoric

Share this: Every once in a while, the subject of circumcising male newborns and boys rears its ugly head – no pun intended – and the discussion rarely takes long to veer into ethnocentrism, if not outright intolerance. With the best of intentions, and without realizing it, many people who object to the practice end ...

Bill Longstaff: No more pecker snipping in Germany

With a ruling that circumcising boys constitutes grievous bodily harm, a German court has effectively outlawed the practice in that country. The case was brought against a doctor in Cologne who circumcised a four-year-old Muslim boy on his parents’ wishes. When, a few days after the operation, the boy was bleeding heavily and taken to ...

The Scott Ross: Two Men Who Changed The World, And Two Men Who Didn’t

“The problems of Canada are not problems caused by Canada, they are the effects of the foreigner causes, the communists and the Jews.” The crowd of men encircling the speaker at the Montreal public house were fixated with the unquestionable certainty the wirey Adrien Arcand embodied. “It is not from our own hands that our ...