Josh D. Scheinert
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Josh D. Scheinert is a lawyer practising international law in Toronto. Previously, he worked as the law clerk for the Chief Justice of the Federal Court (Canada) and as a visiting lecturer with the Faculty of Law at the University of The Gambia in West Africa, where he taught courses in constitutional law, international law, and human rights. He holds a Masters of Law from the University of Cambridge, with a specialization in international law. His law and undergraduate degrees are from Osgoode Hall Law School and McGill University.

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Yes, You Can Sell 300 Girls in a Market -- Are We Outraged Yet?

(10) Comments | Posted May 8, 2014 | 9:10 AM

Slavery is real. According to Boko Haram, the terrorist group wreaking havoc in Nigeria, the nearly 300 girls that it abducted from school are to be sold in a market. This is an outrage, an affront to every notion of our individual and shared humanity. But it's only...

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Why State Surveillance Isn't Going Away Anytime Soon

(11) Comments | Posted May 5, 2014 | 6:03 PM

The current state of government surveillance, the massive intrusion into our privacy, is not going to change anytime soon. A chance to move the debate constructively forward was missed.

On Friday evening in Toronto, retired General and former CIA and NSA Director Michael Hayden took the stage...

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The IOC Deserves a Gold Medal in Cowardice

(4) Comments | Posted January 29, 2014 | 11:33 AM

"We don't have them in our town," proclaimed the mayor of Sochi, Anatoli Pakhomov, about gay people.

If gays do manage to penetrate Sochi, President Vladimir Putin, speaking in a shirt and without his horse, said they would be safe so long they "leave...

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Make No Mistake: Stephen Harper Supports Netanyahu, Not Israel

(20) Comments | Posted December 2, 2013 | 7:10 AM

Sunday night, before an adoring crowd of thousands you might mistake for a pop concert, a segment of Canada's Jewish community is honouring Prime Minister Stephen Harper at the annual Jewish National Fund's Negev Dinner. JNF CEO Josh Cooper says the Prime Minister was an obvious choice because...

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When Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word

(2) Comments | Posted October 26, 2013 | 6:13 PM

The Government of Canada has just given new meaning to the word "chutzpah". Adel Benhmuda tried to claim refugee status in Canada; he failed. When he said he'd be tortured if deported back to Libya this country didn't believe him; we were wrong and he was right. Adel was

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The Challenges of International Justice

(2) Comments | Posted October 4, 2013 | 3:01 PM

Justice is absent from the international community's agenda. To try and quell the crisis in Syria, the UN Security Council passed Resolution 2118. The resolution notes the Security Council is "deeply outraged by the use of chemical weapons," that use of such weapons "constitutes a serious violation of...

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Syria: "A Madman Is Gassing His Own People"

(35) Comments | Posted August 26, 2013 | 1:28 AM

For my young adult life I have ascribed to the belief that no individual should be the victim of genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity, or ethnic cleansing. Working to realize those two infamous and hypocritical words, never again, I wanted to believe that as a global community, when it...

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Starting Anew in Mali: A Nation Returns to Democracy

(0) Comments | Posted August 3, 2013 | 12:14 PM

First there was the coup. Then there was the insurgency. After the insurgency came the French military intervention. The intervention provided some calm. And with that calm came a chance to start anew, a chance that has just begun, which I was lucky enough to see, in Mali.

Mali was...

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The Timing of the Anti-Terrorism Bill Is a Play on Our Emotions

(19) Comments | Posted April 23, 2013 | 8:58 AM

Safety is on everyone's mind now. The Boston Marathon attacks have reminded us of terrorism's incredible randomness and cruelty, of the helplessness and fear that follow from not knowing what may come next. Monday's arrest by the RCMP of two individuals who were allegedly planning out a terrorist...

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How Africa Put Me Back in the Closet

(11) Comments | Posted April 11, 2013 | 12:42 PM

I remember the scene like it was yesterday. My friend Brian and I had taken a break from helping to construct a school in rural Uganda. We were seated with a handful of male villagers and Segawa, the director of the Kampala-based orphanage and community organization we were volunteering with....

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How Rob Ford Turned Toronto into the Biggest Loser

(28) Comments | Posted April 1, 2013 | 8:00 AM

When Toronto's history is written, the chapter on the present era should be titled "The Lost Years."

The world is changing rapidly. Around the globe cities are being built, reinvented and redefined. New identities are being forged and pride is growing as cities challenge themselves and their inhabitants to...

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Why Do We Still Allow Religious Schools to Bully Gay Kids?

(82) Comments | Posted March 25, 2013 | 12:34 PM

A story is recycling itself. A provincial legislature attempts to make its schools safer and more inclusive, and religious individuals claim that the sky is falling and their freedoms are being eroded.

It is a seemingly never-ending struggle about how to protect all of God's children from people who believe...

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The Bloody, International Conflict That Starts in Your Pocket

(2) Comments | Posted March 12, 2013 | 8:53 AM

It is the deadliest conflict since World War II, the epicentre has been called the "rape capital of the world," and it has produced a long list of accused before the International Criminal Court charged with war crimes and crimes against humanity. It is...

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I Won't Cry for the Pope Who Called Me a Destroyer

(10) Comments | Posted February 11, 2013 | 11:24 PM

I think of myself when I was young, an impressionable teenager searching for that role model we all seek out during those important years. I never turned to religion. It was a part of me, but theology and my faith didn't define me.

For whatever reason, it never bothered...

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Jason Kenney Owes This Immigrant Family One Big Apology

(10) Comments | Posted January 31, 2013 | 6:30 AM

Adel Benhmuda is owed an apology from this country, as are his wife, Aisha, and their four children.

Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, doesn't have a long record of handing out apologies. Proud of his ministry and bureaucrats, more often than not he is

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Mali, In All its Beauty

(2) Comments | Posted January 18, 2013 | 11:08 AM

It's not everyday where locals in a foreign land greet visitors by welcoming them to the middle of nowhere. But I was in the middle of nowhere, the most middle of nowhere I'd ever been, in a village without power, without anything but mud really, in 110 degree heat, talking...

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Teachers: The Real Heroes of Sandy Hook

(5) Comments | Posted December 17, 2012 | 7:52 AM

My first-grade teachers were Mrs. O (because Osplak was deemed too difficult to pronounce) and Mrs. Unterman. Grade two was Mrs. O again, and Mrs. Dror. Grade three, Mrs. Sender and Mrs. Brenner. In grade four I had Mrs. Schechter and Mrs. Werner.

If I ever thought about them keeping...

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Don't Bar Palestine From the International Criminal Court

(5) Comments | Posted December 7, 2012 | 10:51 PM

One of the most interesting fallouts from the recent Palestinian victory at the United Nations is the spotlight on the International Criminal Court. Statements coming out of Ottawa and Washington have paint the prospect of Palestinian membership in the ICC, which it is now entitled to...

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Do All Diseases Need a "Movember" Gimmick?

(3) Comments | Posted November 19, 2012 | 7:57 AM

I'm very fortunate that those close to me and I are in good health, free from life-threatening and other serious diseases. Should something befall any of us, we are also lucky to live in a country where we have access to high-quality health care.

Yet, I'm starting to realize...

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The American Election and a Renewed Ideal

(1) Comments | Posted November 7, 2012 | 8:47 AM

Confession -- I didn't vote; I couldn't vote. But I wanted to.

Like so many others around the world, I've spent my (young) adult life obsessing over American politics. I grew up watching the West Wing and imagined myself working in President Bartlet's White House. I spent my...

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