Arab culture

2015 February

The Nature of Peace – Complete address

2015-03-26T13:52:03-04:00February 17th, 2015|Categories: Other|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

  In November 2014 I returned from my African home to speak at the Hamilton Convention Centre on the theme of The Nature of Peace. This was on the invitation of the YMCA of Hamilton-Burlington-Brantford, which holds an annual Peace Medal Breakfast to honour the people of Hamilton region who work towards peace. Following is [...]

2004 August

Ottawa impotent in Kazemi case

2012-10-23T01:51:18-04:00August 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 April

Passion proves a hit in Muslim Mideast

2012-10-23T02:10:03-04:00April 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?

2003 November

Learning Arabic 101

2012-10-23T03:09:32-04:00November 1st, 2003|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Iraq. Can it be saved? Six months after its liberation, Iraqis are still short on power, electrical and otherwise. The Yanks are still being greeted with grenades as much as with flowers and hugs. And how did those weapons of mass destruction disappear?

2003 June

A daughter of the world

2013-06-18T16:05:14-04:00June 20th, 2003|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

(The Hamilton Spectator - Friday, June 20, 2003) Nobody knew. Prior to the birth of our first child, two weeks ago today at St. Joseph’s Hospital here in Hamilton, Jean and I kept her name, Elizabeth top-secret from absolutely everyone. “It’s from the Bible and it’s not Dorcas,” is all I would reveal, before adding, “If and when we have a boy, we have a biblical name for him too. And it’s not Nimrod.” So imagine the confirmation we felt when, prior to our return to Canada for the delivery, some western friends in Yemen said good-bye to us by reading the biblical story of Elizabeth.

2003 April

Who will play the movie’s wacky Iraqi?

2012-10-30T02:14:43-04:00April 25th, 2003|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Telling Lies in Iraq is my choice for the name of the flick we can only hope will be made about former Iraqi minister of misinformation Mohammed Saeed Sahaf. If it's anything like a satirical Web site on this new cult figure, a site that once had an incredible 4,000 hits per minute, this movie will be stunning.

2003 April

‘Jihad of soul’ arrived in Middle East long ago

2012-10-30T02:19:33-04:00April 11th, 2003|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Trying to galvanize sagging troops, one of Saddam Hussein's last public pronouncements was recently to formally call for Muslims everywhere to join his ranks and fight Islamic jihad, or holy war. Should we care?