The Political Advantage of Islamophobia

Saad Omar Khan The imagery in Donald Trump’s latest campaign commercial speaks for itself: a horde of people at an airport passport control line dissolving into a picture of armed terrorists in balaclavas, overlaid with the words “Temporary Ban on Muslims Entering U.S.” in bold, block letters. The imagery and tone of this commercial is…

The Paris Attacks and the New Paradigm of Terrorism

Saad Omar Khan No matter what cause one defends, it will suffer permanent disgrace if one resorts to blind attacks on crowds of innocent people. -Albert Camus The evening of November 13, 2015 was the bloodiest single night of terror Europe has faced in years, with a reported body count of 129 deaths as of…

How Trust can Make or Break a Democratic Relationship

Gagan Batra Now that another Canadian federal election has come and gone, it is time to reflect upon the results. With this election came one big surprise: not only did the Federal Liberals secure a majority government for the first time in 15 years, they also became the first party to jump from third party…

“This threat that we face”: the Senate’s report on terrorism

We cannot try to appease this threat that we face, says Senator Daniel Lang, Chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on National Security and Defence. The unappeasable “threat” Senator Lang speaks of is international terrorism, or, more specifically, the threat to the safety and security of Canadians posed by jihadists. In July 2015, the Senate…

Opinion: The Vaccination Debate and the Importance of Framing

Tracy Wang As of February 6th, six Torontonians had been diagnosed with the measles virus. Of those six individuals, three were not vaccinated, one received only one of the two recommended doses of the vaccine, and the remaining two should have been immune (one was fully vaccinated and the other was born before 1970). While most domestic…

Ideology and the Public Purse: The Canadian Museum for Human Rights

Saad Omar Khan The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) states at its very outset that “human rights” is a concept that is “fundamental,” suggesting that the scope and nature of these rights are valued equally by almost everyone. However, one need look no further than the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) to find proof that…