National Newswatch

U.S. border policy of placing children in cages shows its thin veneer of civilization has torn beyond repair

Jun 19 2018 — Shree Paradkar — Forgive me if I don’t get the big fuss around Laura Bush lambasting Donald Trump. The former first lady wrote an op-ed in the Washington Post, castigating the U.S. President’s newly enforced zero-tolerance policy towards asylum seekers that in the past several weeks has officially seen more than 2,300 children separated from their parents. The […]

The foundational misogyny of incels overlaps with racism

May 1 2018 — Shree Paradkar — The more things change, the more they stay the same, sometimes dangerously so. In all the discussions around Incels or involuntary celibates — a term violently wrested out of an obscure internet subculture and thrown into mainstream lexicon after last week’s van rampage in Toronto — a less talked about aspect is the overlap of […]

Faith Goldy’s talk at Wilfrid Laurier was cancelled. And a damn good thing, too

Mar 21 2018 — Shree Paradkar — On Monday, a talk titled It’s OK To Be (Against) White(ness) at Trent University. Where’s the “Like” button? On Tuesday, a talk titled Ethnocide: Multiculturalism and European Canadian Identity at Wilfrid Laurier University. Where is the “Stop!” button? Instead, Laurier was saved by the bell, literally. Someone rang the fire alarm button, resulting in an […]

Ottawa had no choice but to set aside funds in budget to end no-fly list ordeals for innocent Canadians

Feb 27 2018 — Shree Paradkar — Everybody named Adam Ahmed across Canada should be heaving a sigh of relief right about now. Tuesday’s federal budget includes an $81.4 million investment over five years starting 2018-19 to develop a rigorous centralized screening model that should end no-fly list ordeals for innocent Canadians. The announcement is the culmination of the democratic process of […]

‘Believe Women’ is also about presumption of innocence

Feb 7 2018 — Shree Paradkar — To hear people outraged by lack of “due process” in the recent wave of sex assault allegations against high-profile men, you would think women are merely duplicitous creatures seeking any chance to trip a man on his upward path to success in a burbling fit of malevolence. Women used to be accused of using their […]

A reckoning on Blacks and marijuana is a long time coming

Feb 5 2018 — Shree Paradkar — “Entrepreneurial” is one of the terms used to describe a bunch of Canadian bootleggers who found varying success in the illicit running of alcohol to the U.S. about a century ago. They are portrayed as swashbuckling adventurers who dared to defy laws that banned alcohol, laws that in retrospect were not only archaic but perhaps […]

Why did Patrick Brown evoke his sisters in his defence?

Jan 25 2018 — Shree Paradkar — Another powerful man. Another set of serious allegations. Forced to resign after being accused by a woman of sexual misconduct when she was 18. Who, Patrick Brown, you say? No. This was John Brownlee, the Alberta premier who was sued for seduction in 1934. He denied it, of course. The scandal was salacious, filled with […]

Women’s March: A year later, women are reshaping the future

Jan 21 2018 — Shree Paradkar — Was it only two years ago that we read headlines such as “Feminism is over, the battle is won. Time to move on?” Last year, rising fundamentalism around the world with Donald Trump’s election as U.S. president at its pinnacle exposed the vulnerability of hard-fought women’s rights that were considered done and dusted. The threat […]