It is now well established that whenever a Muslim commits a crime, it is branded terrorism but when a non-Muslim does the same, he is called a ‘lone wolf’, ‘nutcase’ and other such excuses are offered.
Despite its peaceful image, there is widespread Islamophobia in Canada including in many of its academic institutions.
In a dramatic development, Alexandre Bissonnette, the 28-year-old man who shot and killed six Muslims at a Quebec City mosque on January 29, 2017, pleaded guilty March 28, avoiding a lengthy trial, because he is deeply sorry for the pain he caused and is ashamed of his actions.
Author Eric Walberg examines efforts by Canada’s First Nations to assert their rights.
January 29 marks the first anniversary of the mass murder of six Muslim worshippers in Quebec City, the worst terrorist attack on Canadian soil since the 1989 atrocity that claimed the lives of 14 women at Montreal's Ecole Polytechnique.
Even while acknowledging the wrongs done to Canada’s First Nations, both the federal government and the provincial government in Ontario continue to violate their rights to land.
It would be wrong to assume that Islamophobia in Canada is a recent phenomenon. It has a very long history and dates back to the time when first Muslims set foot here.
In the aftermath of Quebec City mosque shooting a year ago that left six Muslims dead and 19 injured, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had said “we will rise from this darkness stronger and more unified than ever before.” Since then, there has been an alarming increasing in Islamophobia leaving Muslims in great fear.
First Nations people in Canada, as indeed in the US and Australia have been subjected to genocide by the European colonialists that first set foot on the continent. Today First Nations people are found on reservations living in appalling conditions.
The Conservative Party of Canada, made up of racists and bigots, is firing up its equally racist base over the apology and compensation offered to Omar Khadr for the torture and illegal imprisonment he suffered for a decade at the hands of the Americans at Guantanamo Bay.
Omar Khadr’s long hard struggle for justice is about to end. The Canadian government will offer an official apology and $10.5 million in compensation for what he suffered for 10 years at Bagram and Guantanamo Bay at the hands of his American captors.
Western rulers constantly harp about the threat from jihadists but Muslims are the real victims of terrorism at the hands of white supramists that have mushroomed all across Canada.
Canada’s intelligence agency, the ‘Canadian Security Intelligence Agency’ [CSIS] often indulges in behavior outside its mandate that most people find intimidating. The Canadian Parliament has set up a review committee—the ‘Security Intelligence Review Committee’ [SIRC]—that appears to be a toothless body unable to rein in the intelligence agency’s activities that go beyond its mandate, as the case of peace activist, Mr. Ken Stone shows. Read on…
In the aftermath of the terrorist attack on Quebec City mosque in which six Muslims were murdered in cold blood, it was expected that the right-wing bigots and their bootlickers would tone down their anti-Islamic rhetoric. Instead they have intensified their attacks.
The outpouring of sympathy from Canadians for their Muslim neighbors following the terrorist attack on a Quebec City mosque on January 29 has been absolutely stunning. Total strangers have reached out to members of the Muslim community all across Canada to offer condolences and support. This must be unique among people of different faiths across the globe.
The Sunday (January 29) night shooting at a mosque in Quebec City, Canada has left six dead and eight wounded, six of them in critical condition. The heavily armed attackers were all white and fired into a crowd of about 50 worshippers as they were offering the night prayers.
A meeting in Toronto on November 5, 2016, commemorated the July 8 tragic killing of young resistance leader, Burhan Wani. He was 22 when shot and killed by Indian occupation forces in a remote village. Two of his colleagues were also killed in the late night raid.3
Canada is a multicultural country but this is no guarantee against racist teachers. The case of one School principal in York Region (same locality where Crescent is based) has brought to the fore the danger of such people poisoning young minds.3
In an otherwise bleak political landscape for Muslims, there was some good news yesterday when a motion condemning Islamophobia won unanimous approval in the Canadian Parliament. The motion was presented by NDP leader Tom Mulcair.2
The much-maligned Muslims are the greatest victims of hate crimes as the growing attacks on Islamic centres and mosques show.1