London Free Press

2004 August

Ottawa impotent in Kazemi case

August 4th, 2004|Categories: London Free Press, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

A handful of lessons are buried in the sorry state of Iran's recent investigation and trial involving the death of Canadian photo- journalist Zahra Kazemi. They're buried in the pile of lies and nonsense that's often engrained in the not-so-free world, where, in my experience, up is certainly down if the right person says it's so.

2004 July

Rich and smug, we ignore poorest and poor

July 5th, 2004|Categories: London Free Press, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

I don't generally get reverse-culture shock. That's the phenomenon where, after spending time in the developing world, some people return to their rich homelands to scream and pull their hair out while walking in long supermarket aisles filled with every pet food imaginable.

2004 April

Passion proves a hit in Muslim Mideast

April 8th, 2004|Categories: London Free Press, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Okay, let's not be totally surprised that Jesus wields power outside the West. He did, after all, live in the Middle East. But after its big splash in North America, did anyone -- I mean anyone -- expect The Passion of the Christ to be allowed in the Islamic Middle East, let alone break movie records here?