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U.K. referendum: The first liar never stood a chance

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The result of the June 23 U.K. referendum on EU membership has shattered the illusions of both "remain" and "leave" voters.

The vote was supposed to set aside differences over Europe. Instead it has increased national divisions within the U.K., weakened the currency, stampeded stock markets, driven the prime minister from office, and endangered the tenure of the Labour party leader.

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Brexit may be what happens when economic considerations overtake us

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As I write this column, the results of the Brexit vote aren't known, though the voting is on. That suits me fine. I have no idea what I hope will happen.

The Leavers were led by former London mayor Boris Johnson, who's like Trump, starting from the hair, but with a sense of self-clownishness: more Rob Ford than Donald. He likened the EU to Nazi Germany, simplifying the choice.

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U.K. voters face a choice between Brexit and the European dream

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On May 9, 1950, Foreign Minister Robert Schuman made a radical proposal to the French cabinet, which adopted it after heated debate. Simultaneously, the proposal was communicated to West German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer who welcomed it enthusiastically the same day. The U.K. Labour government would reject it.

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Pope Francis challenges Europe to live up to a great humanist heritage

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The Hemsbach Protocol turns artistic lens on refugee crisis

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The surge of refugees heading to Germany is relentless. Now from my perch in Berlin, I'm awestruck by the Germany I'm experiencing -- watching waves of volunteers pitch in to help.

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History of migration has lessons for present-day refugee crisis

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Of course, my plan this week was to write a column about the meanings of the announcement made by the RCMP to lay criminal charges against George Salloum, one of the torturers of my husband, Maher Arar.

Beyond the symbolism of this unprecedented action taken by the RCMP -- to charge someone overseas who tortured and participated in the harming of a Canadian citizen -- there is always something deeply personal about this.

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| July 15, 2015
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The inhuman economics of the Greece-EU catastrophe

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Let me recount a recent car breakdown melodrama with relevance, I hope, to the Greece-EU catastrophe and other economic nightmares.

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A gang of wolves comes for Greece

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The election of an anti-austerity Syriza government in Greece signalled trouble for the powers-that-be in the European Union. Principally Germany which has no interest in rethinking how the EU operates, since it serves German interests so well, but also the most powerful European institution: the European Central Bank (ECB).

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| March 9, 2015
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