Dear Syrian Refugees

Below is a lighthearted letter I wrote to the Syrian refugees who will be arriving in Canada over the next weeks and months. Last Wednesday, December 16, I sent this to the Montreal Gazette for publication consideration. I have done this several times in the past and have always received some sort of reply; either anContinue reading “Dear Syrian Refugees”

Syrian Refugees to Canada: A Screen Door Policy Needed

During the recent long drawn out Canadian election campaign then candidate Justin Trudeau promised to bring 25,000 Syrian refugees to Canada before the end of the year. Now that he is Prime Minister Trudeau, in a refreshing change from many newly elected officials, he is vowing to make good on his promise. Many consider itContinue reading “Syrian Refugees to Canada: A Screen Door Policy Needed”

Syria’s chemical weapons create job openings

Now that the diplomats are close to an agreement that would see Syria turn over its chemical weapon stockpile, the hard part begins. Step one is finding someone to do it. I suggest the following advertisement. This bit of satire fits in well with today’s Daily Prompt. DCMontreal is a Montreal writer born and raisedContinue reading “Syria’s chemical weapons create job openings”

Will Syria be used as a distraction for terrorist 9/11commemoration?

Twelve years ago today was one of those days when everyone remembers where they were and what they were doing when they learned of the 9/11 attacks. As with the assassination of John F. Kennedy and, so I’ve been told, the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the events of September 11, 2001 are indelibly etched onContinue reading “Will Syria be used as a distraction for terrorist 9/11commemoration?”

Syria: Global Neighbourhood Watch failing

United States president Barack Obama is facing a tough battle in Washington as he tries to sell his plan to engage in a military action in Syria – actually not in Syria, but at Syria as he has made it abundantly clear there will be no boots – US troops –  on the ground. ObamaContinue reading “Syria: Global Neighbourhood Watch failing”

The March on Washington and Social Media; what might have been

Fifty years ago today Dr. Martin Luther King addressed tens of thousands at the March on Washington – as was the case with Don Larsen‘s perfect game several years earlier, I believe many more people today claim to have been in attendance. This event, and in particular his speech – which would become etched in AmericanContinue reading “The March on Washington and Social Media; what might have been”

Syria accused of chemical attacks; Jumpin’ Bash Flash

It appears the Syrian government of President Bashar al-Assad has used chemical weapons on at least two occasions. Up to 150 people may have been killed in these sarin gas attacks. Not a great number when you consider 93,000 people have lost their lives over the last two years in Syria. Regardless, chemical weaponry is aContinue reading “Syria accused of chemical attacks; Jumpin’ Bash Flash”

Cluster munitions filled with bomblets; sounds too much like candy. Call them what they are,mutilators

On May 30, 2008 in Dublin, Ireland the Convention on Cluster Munitions was adopted. It currently has been ratified by 76 states and signed, but not yet ratified, by another 35. Countries that ratify the convention will be obliged never under any circumstances to: (a) Use cluster munitions; (b) Develop, produce, otherwise acquire, stockpile, retainContinue reading “Cluster munitions filled with bomblets; sounds too much like candy. Call them what they are,mutilators”

Latin America and Syria

Andres Oppenheimer illustrates the lack of reaction from many Latin American countries to the Syrian atrocities in his column today. Last week, the United States, Canada, Germany, France, Spain and at least five other major nations expelled their Syrian ambassadors following the slaughter in Houla, which United Nations observers say was carried out to aContinue reading “Latin America and Syria”