Article Archive for July 2009
Iran’s hard-line leaders moved aggressively June 23, to silence protests over the disputed June 12 presidential election, rejecting demands for a new vote and announcing that President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will be sworn in for second term as early as July 26. With massive security forces deployed in Tehran, the regime also promised that protesters would get harsh treatment from a special court.
A partnership between the YWCA of Halifax and the Girl Child Network (GCN) of Zimbabwe has come about to exchange ideas on Girl’s Empowerment. The partnership was facilitated by Canadian Crossroads International, Joan Campbell of CCI told this newspaper.
The Lebanese Festival of the Saint Antonious Antiochian Orthodox Church on 2455 Windsor Street in Halifax will get underway on July 9, 10, 11 and 12 in the adjoining Olympic Garden Centre (OGC).
Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney concluded a nine-day visit to the Middle East lately, where he met with senior government officials and important community and religious leaders and visited prominent religious and memorial sites in Lebanon, Syria, Egypt, and Israel.
Are women being bypassed in the solutions the world is seeking to address the current global crisis? That was the focus of an address in St. John, New Brunswick on June 12 by Joanna Kerr, Oxfam Canada’s Director of Policy and Outreach.
On May 23, Doug Currie and a group of global-minded people from the Forestside Crescent neighborhood off Clayton Park in Halifax undertook a 12-hour night commute. This is now an annual event organized to reflect on the Gulu walks of young boys in Uganda fleeing rebel soldiers. It also raises money for World Vision Canada who bring child soldiers into a rehabilitation program in Uganda and prepare them to return to their home in the villages.
The Obama administration has made an excellent first step to eliminate some restrictions on travel to the island, to loosen constraints on remittances and to re-engage in migration talks. Positive, multiple lines of engagement are clearly the way forward. Broader contact and leverage with Cuba through additional commercial and people-to-people contacts will in time help promote a more pluralistic, less impoverished, and more open society.
Hundreds of civilians injured in clashes between Somali government forces and insurgents are facing hunger in Mogadishu hospitals, medical sources told the UN news agency IRIN on 22 June. Hospitals in Mogadishu have reportedly been overwhelmed by the number of the injured seeking treatment since fighting intensified in early May.
What to do about Afghanistan? Ever since taking office in January, President Obama has received no shortage of advice about the proper way forward on the first front of America’s struggle against radical Islam.
Here we go again… another British woman is charged with adultery in Dubai and the whole of the British and UAE press jump all over…as if its the scoop of the season. I wonder what readers think and in particular British readers? Do they feel ashamed that a compatriot is behind bars because she could not control her animal urges? Well, they should be, because this is far from a crime she committed against her husband, with whom she exchanged marital vows, it is a crime against the laws of the UAE. It shows a total lack of regard and respect for the traditions of this conservative Muslim country and it is a slap in the face of every UAE citizen.