Arab culture

2003 March

Don’t expect Arab uprising soon

2012-10-30T02:28:30-04:00March 22nd, 2003|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

"We're going to err on the side of caution and stay in the house for a few days," is what I told a friend during a phone chat yesterday morning. Our self-imposed house arrest would mean Jean and I would miss a friend's birthday party and a weekly gathering of friends. Not much of a sacrifice, considering a few hours later four Yemeni protesters, including an 11-year-old boy, lay dead on the streets of this capital city. They were killed by Yemeni police guarding the American embassy.

2003 February

In the Arab world there are no lonely singles

2012-10-30T03:24:03-04:00February 14th, 2003|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

It's Valentine's Day. Great fun. Two years ago today, I proposed to Jean. Her ring was presented in a restaurant, with the help of the official town crier, his booming voice, clanging bell and scroll. Moments later, along with thousands of others in London, Ont., we heard about our upcoming "royal wedding" on the radio.

2002 September

The world is becoming more of a neighbourhood

2012-10-30T04:53:26-04:00September 30th, 2002|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

It's daybreak and we're again travelling the dusty roads of Sanaa, Yemen's capital. After two days of travel, Jean and I are nearing home, a ground-level apartment on a street with no name. Thank you U-2.

2002 September

Beyond Sept. 11, which road will we take?

2012-10-30T04:34:00-04:00September 1st, 2002|Categories: London Free Press, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

I have an Arab friend who looks very much like a stereotypical western mobster. A gentle spirit, he also reminds me of a boy named Michael, son of Mike Sr., a gangster in the recent Tom Hanks film, The Road to Perdition.

2002 March

Culture the true measure of a nation’s soul

2012-10-30T05:02:51-04:00March 25th, 2002|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

So where were you on the Sunday when Canada took back a piece of its soul? I heard you danced on that bright afternoon when our boys struck hockey gold for the first time in 50 years. Coast to snowy coast, 10 million of you including Parliament itself, waltzed in the afterglow.