Amira Elghawaby

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Amira Elghawaby is a journalist and human rights advocate living in Ottawa. Her work has appeared in various publications and online including the Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star. Her stories have also been broadcast nationally on CBC-Radio. Follow her on Twitter @AmiraElghawaby

What has Canada become under the Harper government?

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Harperism has been sweeping Canada! You know that blend of neoliberal politics, mixed with swift denial and blatant lies. How did we get here, and more importantly, will we ever get out?

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Harper's Canada: What have we become?

Harperism: How Stephen Harper and his think tank colleagues have transformed Canada

by Donald Gutstein

Does it ever feel like you've just woken up and found yourself living in a country you don't recognize? How did Canada get to where it is today -- a more militaristic, nationalistic, free-market-at-all-costs place that seems to have shed its world-renowned reputation as a land of peacekeepers, multiculturalism, social responsibility and scientific advancement?

It hasn't been by accident. In fact, as Donald Gutstein points out in the opening phrase of his book, Harperism: How Stephen Harper and his Think Tank Colleagues Have Transformed Canada, this is exactly what Prime Minister Stephen Harper promised he'd do.

And he did it with a little bit of help from his friends.

embedded_video in conversation with Glenn Greenwald


Glenn Greenwald gave a lecture in Ottawa on Saturday night. The event was held in a week where two soldiers were killed in separate incidents in different parts of the country.

Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent was killed in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que. by Martin Couture-Rouleau. In a separate incident, a Cpl. Nathan Cirrillo was shot on Parliament Hill by Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, who then entered Parliament Hill Centre Block firing more shots. He was shot dead by the Sergeant-at-arms and RCMP.


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| September 5, 2014

Canadian spy agencies are running reckless

Photo: flickr/Elvert Barnes

How much does it concern you that your emails, texts, social media and phone calls might be monitored?

If recent polling from both around the world and here at home is any indication, it probably concerns you quite a bit.

Earlier this month, the Pew Forum published the results of a global survey that shows a significant majority of people from around the world find it unacceptable that the U.S. monitors both foreigners and its own citizens. The same poll shows that a wide margin of those polled in 43 countries disapprove of the U.S.'s monitoring of the communications of other world leaders.


Monia Mazigh explores the interconnected stories of Muslim women's lives

Mirrors and Mirages: a Novel

by Monia Mazigh
(House of Anansi,

Monia Mazigh's debut novel, Mirrors and Mirages: a Novel, has enriched Canadian literature. 

This lyrical work, exploring the lives and motivations of six Muslim women living in Canada, is a testament to the multicultural fabric that continues to influence the country's character and global reputation. 

Woven effortlessly throughout the interconnected stories are the scents, flavours, sounds, sights and emotions evoking faraway lands, as well as neighbourhoods just around the corner.


Photo: Blackfish
| June 27, 2014

What is the state of Canada's democracy: Salvageable or broken?

Tragedy in the Commons: Former Members of Parliament Speak Out About Canada's Failing Democracy

by Alison Loat, Michael MacMillan
(Random House Canada,

I'm not sure what's worse for democracy -- the truth, or fictional representations of the political world.

On the one hand, we've got shows like "House of Cards" that make politics look like the playground of the most manipulative, selfish and conniving people in our society, and on the other hand, we have constant real life scandals swirling around our elected (and non-elected) representatives.

Somewhere in the midst of all this, there are those who believe we can't give up on our democratic institutions.

Wishful thinking?


Why does culture rob girls of role models?

Photo: flickr/U.S. Embassy, Jakarta

"You can't be what you can't see." -- Marian Wright Edelman, human rights activist

I can't begin to imagine life as a teenage girl nowadays. Just turn on the television, check out Facebook, stand at a bus station or take a walk in a mall.

The countless images bombarding all of us highlight artificial standards of female beauty. Studies show that these images are negatively affecting how young women and girls perceive themselves.


photo: Secret Trial 5
| April 25, 2014
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