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Maher Arar

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The True Cost of 9/11

(1) Comments | Posted September 13, 2011 | 11:41 AM

No one can deny that our lives as citizens of the Western world have been affected by the tragic events of 9/11, a day when close to 3,000 innocent civilians of different backgrounds have been murdered in cold blood.

What is rarely talked about is the fact that close...

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Yemen, Shaking Hands With the Devil

(2) Comments | Posted January 24, 2011 | 8:13 AM

As I have mentioned in my Globe and Mail op-ed it does not seem that Hillary Clinton, the U.S. Secretary of State, has learned any lesson from the Tunisian uprising.

U.S. foreign policy in Yemen has been mainly guided by the anti-terrorism campaign against Al-Qaeda. The situation...

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Tunisian Riots Signal a New Era for North Africa and the Middle East

(13) Comments | Posted January 14, 2011 | 12:20 PM

To those of you who have not yet heard of what has been occuring in Tunisia, a North-African nation with little over 10 million inhabitants, here is an analysis of the situation.

Corporate media rarely mention anything about such events unless when it suits their agenda (this...

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Enough Hypocrisy: WikiLeaks Is Filling a Vacuum

(18) Comments | Posted December 14, 2010 | 10:25 AM

Let me state at the outset that governments have indeed legitimate reasons to keep some information confidential and out of public reach. But it is also important to mention that this should be the exception rather than the norm. Unfortunately since 9/11, Western governments have become more secretive and less...

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Omar Khadr: America's Injustice, Canada's Shame

(50) Comments | Posted November 2, 2010 | 8:34 PM

Forty years in prison: this was the sentence that was pronounced by the jury panel for being a child soldier. While shocking, it was no surprise to those who closely followed the Omar Khadr saga at Guantanamo bay. How fair could this jury be given that it included a Navy...

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Freedom of Speech or Islamophobia?

(74) Comments | Posted September 7, 2010 | 4:26 PM

When Mohamed, the prophet of Islam, was depicted in a caricature as promoting violence, Muslims around the world reacted with anger and outrage. Western media invoked freedom of speech to justify the printing of this degrading caricature.

Pastor Terry Jones has called on his followers to make...

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Why Is Canadian Child Soldier Omar Khadr Being Tried by a Military Court?

(42) Comments | Posted August 11, 2010 | 5:49 PM

Was Omar Khadr captured in Manhattan trying to blow up a civilian or a government installation? Of course not. We all know his story by now. Canadian Omar Khadr was captured in a battlefield in Afghanistan that was illegally invaded by the US army. He was 15 years old at...

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Intimidating Wikileaks Won't Work

(14) Comments | Posted August 9, 2010 | 5:34 PM

Wikileaks, the Internet whistle-blower, has outraged the Pentagon time and again after it published what appear to be classified Pentagon documents on how the war in Afghanistan has been carried out by NATO forces including the United States.

While no one can deny that there are indeed legitimate...

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In Refusing to Hear My Case, The Supreme Court Has Put the World's Peace and Order in Danger

(510) Comments | Posted June 28, 2010 | 4:31 PM

Last week the Supreme Court of the United States of America refused to hear my case. This eliminates any remaining hope for me of obtaining justice through the U.S. judicial system against US officials who sent me to Syria to be tortured.

Let me emphasize the fact that my...

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