Yemen

2018 December

Yemen can’t wait (and other thoughts on peace)

2018-12-23T00:30:21-05:00December 8th, 2018|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , , , |4 Comments

Once I stopped riding my bike to work because I feared I’d be shot dead. It was an old blue Norco. I’d pedal it to the newsroom of the Yemen Times, in Sana’a, Yemen’s capital. This wasn’t long after the Twin Towers fell on 9/11. More so, it was just after three American medical missionaries, friends, were murdered in a hospital by

2015 September

Of lions, children and innocence of lives given

2017-04-06T22:21:31-05:00September 4th, 2015|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

(The Hamilton Spectator – Saturday, August 29, 2015) HAMILTON, CANADA ✦ If you were a lion you’d have little in common with any little girl, unless it’s the summer of 2015 when you could both die horrible deaths on the other side of the ocean and people on this side would know.

2015 February

The Nature of Peace – Complete address

2015-03-26T13:52:03-05:00February 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 [...]

2012 April

Waiting and watching on the Arab Spring

2012-12-11T18:26:02-05:00April 2nd, 2012|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

KAMPALA, UGANDA – The times, they are a changin.’ Maybe. Sort of. Well, we live in hope, anyway. I think of it while on Skype with Walid al Saqaf. We’re talking to catch up, about Yemen and censorship and technology and other things. Walid is a Yemeni journalist who has been noted in this space in the past. We were colleagues in Sana’a while Walid was publisher and editor-in-chief of the Yemen Times. I worked at his side.