Two high-profile incidents last week, at opposite ends of the Arab world, draw attention to a growing reality.
In northern Iraq, recently conquered by the zealots of the newly proclaimed “Islamic State,” the Christians in Mosul were given three choices: convert to Islam, pay a special tax (about $750, on this occasion), or be killed. They all fled and now Mosul is Christian-free for the first time in almost two millennia. READ
Amid the dire warnings about global warming’s impacts, what’s often overlooked is that actions to reduce or prevent them will lead to livable communities, improved air quality, protection of natural spaces and greater economic efficiency, to name just a few benefits. So it’s not surprising that tangible positive action on climate change is happening in Canada’s cities. READ
To create the good jobs that will sustain a vibrant middle class and promote upward mobility, we need to create and seize new opportunities. Growth and jobs come from new activities. Fortunately, if we are smart about it, there is a big opportunity staring us in the face where Canada is well positioned to gain advantage and build future prosperity. READ
Whenever I see news articles by or about the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, I am reminded of the old Monty Python sketch, wherein a customer walks into an office, wishing to purchase an argument. The scene degenerates into comic absurdity as the hapless customer vainly attempts to satisfy his desire for a rational debate. Here, too, with the CTF. READ
As the world watched the civilian death toll in Gaza climb over the weekend, the international response was largely built on three pillars. Most capitals emphasized Israel’s right to defend itself, the need to protect innocent civilians and the need for a mutual ceasefire. READ
Summer is here, the government is on vacation. The chief job of our elected leaders in July is to serve pancakes at the Calgary Stampede. Our chief job is to apply enough sunscreen so we can enjoy the precious few weeks that pass between snow storms in our country. So who needs a constitutional argument right now? Right now, that would be the CBC. READ
Mahmoud Abbas, the president of the Palestinian Authority, said something cryptic on Friday, shortly after the Israelis began their latest round of attacks on the Gaza Strip. Condemning Hamas’s conditions for accepting a ceasefire as “exaggerated and unnecessary,” he offered his condolences “to the families of the martyrs in Gaza who are fuel to those who trade in war. I oppose these traders, on both sides.” READ