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Thomas Woodley

Thomas Woodley is president of Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME), a Canadian non-profit whose mission is to empower Canadians of all backgrounds to promote justice, development and peace in the Middle East. Tom holds an MPA from Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs, as well as a BSEE and MSEE from Carnegie-Mellon University and Stevens Institute of Technology respectively. Tom has worked both in the public sector -- in a federal budgeting capacity -- as well as in the non-profit sector. Tom has been involved for years with different international NGOs in Africa and the Middle East.

Blog - Thomas Woodley March 17
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Thomas Woodley | The tragic mosque attack in Christchurch, New Zealand should serve as a kick in the pants for the Trudeau government to take action to combat Islamophobia in Canada.
Blog - Thomas Woodley March 7
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Thomas Woodley | The Liberals' well-intentioned effort to implement a feminist foreign policy is vastly outgunned by Canadian industries that are disproportionately hurting women.
Blog - Thomas Woodley March 5
Thomas Woodley | With the Wilson-Raybould affair, it's clear that the Liberal government uses the "rule of law" argument only when it suits its purposes, and they're not the only ones.
Blog - Thomas Woodley October 29
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Thomas Woodley | On the issue of racism, Pablo Rodriguez is off to clumsy and inauspicious start in his tenure as Canada's Heritage Minister.
Blog - Thomas Woodley September 4
Palestinian children peer out from a window in Gaza after Israeli air strikes. Photo: Shareef Sarhan/United Nations Photo/Flickr
Thomas Woodley | The Trump administration's decision to withdraw funding from the UN aid agency for Palestinian refugees is a negotiations non-starter with the worst of intentions.
Blog - Thomas Woodley April 1
Conservative Party leader Andrew Scheer
Thomas Woodley | The Conservatives' recent decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel will trade the well-being of Israelis and Palestinians for short-sighted domestic political interests.
Blog - Thomas Woodley March 24
Thomas Woodley | The Liberal government's promise of more consultations on religious discrimination bring little solace to Canadian religious minorities facing systemic racism.
Blog - Thomas Woodley March 4
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau makes a statement in the House of Commons on the terrorist attack in Quebec City. Photo: Adam Scotti/PMO
Thomas Woodley | Despite the hype a year ago, the M-103 Islamophobia report was met with indifference last month. But apathy is the last thing that we need in the face of growing Islamophobia in Canada.
Blog - Thomas Woodley November 14
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Thomas Woodley | The general public has panned the government's arms sale to the Saudis. Now it's time to close loopholes in Canada's new arms sales legislation.
Blog - Thomas Woodley September 11
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Thomas Woodley | Roger Waters' support for BDS has come under strident criticism by Canada's pro-Israel lobby, but Waters' human rights credibility is difficult to deny
Blog - Thomas Woodley September 4
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Thomas Woodley | Israel's school textbooks have the same and sometimes worse problems than Palestinian school textbooks.
Blog - Thomas Woodley August 31
UNRWA refugee shelters, school and mosque in Rafah, Gaza. Image: Flickr/ISM Palestine  Like this article? Please chip in to keep stories like these coming.
Thomas Woodley | Canada must protect its aid program from mean-spirited and prejudiced domestic influences.
Blog - Thomas Woodley August 27
Thomas Woodley | There are strong historic and political reasons for Canadian aid to Palestinian refugees, despite what critics might say.
Blog - Thomas Woodley July 17
A now "rare" monarch butterfly photographed by the author's step-mother in early July. It is one from a greatly reduced North American population threatened with extinction due to the use of herbicides and climate change.
Thomas Woodley | Back in the 1970s, "citizen scientists" were engaged to track the migration of the monarch butterfly. Today "citizen scientists" are needed to save this formerly ubiquitous butterfly from extinction.
Blog - Thomas Woodley July 14
Thomas Woodley | With the recent flip-flop of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) on the labelling and sale of West Bank wines in Canada, it's easy to wonder whose interest the agency serves.
Blog - Thomas Woodley July 14
US nuclear weapons test at Eniwetok in 1956. Image: Flickr/International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons
Thomas Woodley | Canada's recent failure to step up for the UN vote banning nuclear weapons is just the latest in a series of bewildering decisions.