Yoni Goldstein
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Yoni Goldstein has written for the National Post, Maclean's, The Wall Street Journal, The Jerusalem Report and Haaretz. He lives in Toronto.

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Is the Arab Spring Coming to an End?

(2) Comments | Posted September 25, 2013 | 3:33 AM

For the past few months, as the Syrian civil war raged on, the human toll continued to climb -- now over 100,000 dead, and more than two million refugees -- and Western powers wrung their hands over how to respond, the Iran issue got pushed to the periphery. But with...

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For Some, Quebec's Values Charter Could Be a Godsend

(23) Comments | Posted September 16, 2013 | 1:35 PM

Fact is, if I lived in Quebec and held a job in the public sphere, I'd be facing a serious dilemma -- should Quebec's charter of values be passed into law (and notwithstanding the myriad exceptions that may be available for a few years) would I quit work, or take...

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Dear NHL, Take the Fall for Olympians and Boycott Sochi

(36) Comments | Posted August 12, 2013 | 8:41 AM

George Takei, bless his heart, can protest all he wants, but the Winter Olympics will not be moved from Sochi -- to Vancouver, or anywhere else. Not because of an abhorrent new law that bans "propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations," not for whatever evil thing Vladimir Putin dreams up...
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Roger Waters Is Not an Anti-Semite, But He Ruined "The Wall"

(64) Comments | Posted August 6, 2013 | 1:24 PM

I'll take Roger Waters at his word that he's not an anti-Semite -- that his status among the upper echelon of the BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) campaign against Israel, artists' division, and his placement of the star of David on an inflatable pig during his The Wall...

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Women Need to Get More Interested in Politics - Now

(25) Comments | Posted July 16, 2013 | 11:11 AM

Prime Minister Harper's cabinet shuffle has established four new female faces in ministerial positions -- Albertan Michelle Rempel and Murphy Brown Candice Bergen of Manitoba were acknowledged shoe-ins over the last few weeks; they'll be joined by Manitoba's Shelley Glover and Ontario's Kellie Leitch. It all seems like an...

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Egyptians Need to Learn Democracy Is Imperfect

(1) Comments | Posted July 8, 2013 | 12:03 PM

Last week, Canadians and Americans celebrated their respective independence days, and the democratic way of life in general, with a time-honoured tradition: Fireworks. In Cairo's Tahrir Square last week, there was celebration and lighting of fireworks, too -- so, clearly, the Western way is making some inroads in the Arab...

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You Can't Mask Canada's Pathetic Protest Movement

(15) Comments | Posted June 24, 2013 | 1:16 PM

Do a Google image search of recent and current protests from around the world and you'll find a lot of pictures of people hiding their faces -- with the increasingly popular Anonymous Guy Fawkes mask, bandannas wrapped over mouths and noses, ingenuous homemade helmet-like protectors, circus-style painted faces...

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Want to Change Iran? Start With the Nukes

(19) Comments | Posted June 17, 2013 | 1:39 PM

Reports and reactions from Iran's presidential election have focused on two aspects of the result: That (a) the victor, Hassan Rouhani, 64, is a reformer (at least by comparison to the other candidates who contested the election), signaling Iranians -- especially young Iranians -- are reaching...

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Rob Ford Is Here to Stay

(60) Comments | Posted May 27, 2013 | 1:04 PM

Such is the state of politics in Toronto these days that fresh Ford family drug accusations, courtesy of the Globe and Mail over the weekend, rattled just about no one here -- indeed, they seemed to offer us some respite from crackgate.

Councillor Doug Ford dealing hash...

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Jewish Women Should be Stonewalled No More

(3) Comments | Posted May 13, 2013 | 1:25 PM

An abomination.

That only begins to describe what occurred at the Western Wall in Jerusalem on Friday, when thousands of ultra-Orthodox Jews bullied a few hundred women attempting to pray at the holy site, hurling water bottles, chairs and verbal abuse. If police hadn't protected the women, there...

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Saving Syria Is America's Thankless Task

(3) Comments | Posted May 6, 2013 | 12:31 PM

As the death toll continues to climb in Syria's civil war (the UN pegged the total at over 70,000 back in February), and as the ruling regime in Damascus allegedly unleashes chemical weapons on its own people, there is a growing consensus that something must be done to end the...

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Want To Help Bangladesh? Try Dressing Better

(36) Comments | Posted April 29, 2013 | 11:55 AM

There's a Joe Fresh outlet in the grocery store next door to where I work. I walk through it often on breaks, perusing, because I have some interest in fashion and because there's nothing much else to do in the neighbourhood. But I have never been seduced by anything on...

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The Boston Bombers' Uncle Acted Like a Loser

(32) Comments | Posted April 22, 2013 | 6:08 PM

If Dzhokar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev can accurately be classified as "losers," as their uncle, Ruslan Tsarni, theorized during a press conference Friday from Montgomery Village, Maryland, it seems clear which side of the family the brothers inherited that particular gene from.

For amid all the craziness in...

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The NDP Are Losers Again

(12) Comments | Posted April 15, 2013 | 5:32 PM

Whomever is in charge of event scheduling for the federal New Democrats ought to be fired today -- how in heavens did the NDP wind up holding its all-important policy convention on the same weekend the Liberals were to crown their new leader? Were Christmas eve and day already booked...

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On Abortion, Harper Is a Liberal's Best Friend

(38) Comments | Posted April 1, 2013 | 12:35 AM

I think it's safe to say most of us have some amount of a problem with sex-selective abortion, and with people who think it's OK to abort a fetus just because it's developing a vagina instead of a penis. But I don't trust that's what Conservative MP Mark Warawa's

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Did Netanyahu Pick the Wrong Poison?

(2) Comments | Posted March 18, 2013 | 1:23 PM

In June 1947, as the movement toward establishing a Jewish state in then British-run Palestine was reaching its apex, the Zionist leader and future first prime minister of Israel David Ben Gurion struck a deal with the powerful ultra-Orthodox organization Agudath Israel, a transaction Israelis refer to as the

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If Thomson Was Groped, Why Not Press Charges?

(29) Comments | Posted March 11, 2013 | 1:10 PM

Whoever came up with the phrase "a picture is worth a thousand words" was a damn fool. For what can we actually glean from the photo of Toronto mayor Rob Ford and former mayoral candidate Sara Thomson at an event in Toronto last Thursday night? From...

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My Ruling on Whatcott? Just Stop Speaking

(0) Comments | Posted March 5, 2013 | 12:29 PM

I'm not ashamed to admit to having no idea what the practical implications of the Supreme Court's Whatcott ruling are. And I don't think you do, either, since the written decision was so infuriatingly obtuse -- really, couldn't the court have just come right out and told us...

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Blame the Teachers for Racist Paraphernalia

(11) Comments | Posted February 25, 2013 | 2:37 AM

There are some acts of such utter stupidity for which the only recourse is to publicly shame those involved, in the hopes that doing so will jolt them into smartening up. So, to the teachers and administrators of Sutton District High School in York Region, Toronto, Ont., plus a cohort...

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Justin Trudeau -- Mo' Money Mo' Problems?

(30) Comments | Posted February 19, 2013 | 8:18 AM

It's no sin to be born into money. But it can be a burden, especially if you're a politician trying to establish a bond with middle class voters, as Liberal leadership frontrunner Justin Trudeau is -- and especially especially if you're counting on young voters, most of whom are facing...

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