Kurdistan: A History of the Middle-East’s Largest Quasi-State

Who are the Kurds? In the Middle East, scattered amongst Turkey, Syria, Iraq and Iran, lives the fourth-largest ethnic group in the region: the Kurds. Inhabiting the mountainous regions along the borders corresponding roughly to the Zagros and Taurus ranges, they are united by race, culture and language, but despite their strong ethnic character and…

Is Birthright Citizenship in Canada Coming to an End?

Since 1947, Canada has offered birthright citizenship. In short, this means that any child born on Canadian soil is automatically a Canadian citizen, regardless of their parents’ citizenship. However, Conservatives are looking to end the practice. The federal motion to do so was accepted on August 25, 2018 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The idea of…

Opinion: Ontario Free Speech Mandate A Win, and Not Just for ‘Reactionaries’

As announced August 30 by Ontario Premier Doug Ford, publicly assisted Ontario post-secondary schools will soon be required to implement a policy that meets his administration’s standards. These include: A definition of free speech Principles borrowed from the University of Chicago Statement on Principles of Free Expression That existing disciplinary measures apply to students who…

Has the Time Come to Legalize All Drugs? Increasing Evidence Says Yes

Last month, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that marijuana will be nationally legal as of October 17, 2018. Despite the late delivery on one of his most notable campaign promises, the upcoming legalization has sparked conversation about whether Canada should legalize all drugs. Toronto and Vancouver are the first to support the idea. Despite having…

The Issues with Canada’s Telecoms Industry: Opinion

While US competitors are vying for the bragging rights of hitting the 5G market first, the big three Canadian telecoms are sitting mum. This comes as no surprise, Canadian cell providers have long been playing second fiddle to their American counterparts. I’ve been a Rogers customer for over two years now, and would have never…

Ford Distracts Media While He Trashes Ontario

On Friday, July 27th, Doug Ford personally surprised the entire province of Ontario with the sudden announcement that he and his PC government would be taking immediate steps to drastically reduce the Toronto City Council in size, less than three months before an election. Since Friday, the Ontario PCs have introduced legislative amendments to begin…

Armenia: The Road to Democracy in Post-Soviet Caucasus

A Crisis in Armenia: The Fight for Democracy Recently, the mountainous former Soviet nation of Armenia has been heavily featured on mainstream media, mainly due to the country’s wave of protests against its now former prime minister, Serzh Sargsyan, led by the opposition’s leader, Nikol Pashinyan. The protests, which Mr Pashinyan said a “non-violent velvet revolution”, reacted…

The Failure of an International Commitment to Human Rights

Middle Eastern political analyst Emile Hokayem recently tweeted “Being from, caring about and working on the Middle East is an endless heartbreak,” in reference to reports of the use of chemical weapons in Douma, Syria, on April 7th, 2018. When I first learned that a player in the Syrian conflict, presumably the Assad government, orchestrated…

Protests in Response to Corruption, Journalist Murder in Slovakia

Journalist Ján Kuciak and his fiancee, Martina Kušnírová, were found shot dead after investigating political corruption linked to the Italian mafia. Kuciak’s work, The Model, the Mafia and the Murderers, was published posthumously by the Organised Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP), the Czech Centre for Investigative Journalism (CCIJ), the Investigative Reporting Project Italy, and…

Israel Threatens African Migrants With Deportation or Imprisonment

The Israeli government has given thousands of African migrants a decision: to leave the country or face imprisonment. If the migrants willingly leave the country within 90 days of the notice they will be given $3,500. Migrants were given the option of going to their home country or third countries. The two African countries commonly…

Corporations Are Stripping Americans’ Legal Rights As Congress Deregulates

On October 27th, 2017, the Starbucks Corporation changed its Terms of Use policy for its customers in the United States. Under the new Terms of Use, by using any Starbucks services, you automatically forfeit your right to join class-action lawsuits and consolidated proceedings. By simply using any of their services, customers of the coffee chain instantly forfeit…