"Developments in other parts of the world, particularly in Iraq and Syria, threaten our security at home," said Barack Obama. But the threats at home may be different from those he has in mind.
Two judicial decisions released last week in the cases of Mohamed Harkat and Hassan Diab remind us that the concept of national security is incompatible with democracy.
The latest Freedom House report suggests that 80 per cent of Russians believe that political and economic strength are more important than a "good democracy." Is this the new Russian power bloc?
Mar 24, 2014
The Holy Trinity Church
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Come and learn about the problem of national security and "inadmissability" in the refugee context.
When it comes to Canada's security agencies, it is clear who threatens national security in the same way it is clear who threatens the birds when cats are placed in their cages.
David J. Climenhaga
Former Reform MP Chuck Strahl's dual role should ring alarm bells in quarters concerned about free expression, democratic dissent, privacy rights and the oversight of security agencies.
What is the real value when a government creates a conference that serves as little more than an echo chamber for conventional western wisdom about global security?
National security and protection of the nation have been the traditional heavyweight excuses provided by governments that use torture, but there is more behind the justification of unethical methods.
Just before Thanksgiving, the Supreme Court of Canada held two days of hearings regarding the fate of Mohamed Harkat, detained for over a decade by a secret trial security certificate.
Toronto Action for Social Change
In conjunction with Mohamed Harkat's Supreme Court challenge to secret trials in Canada on Thursday, October 10, Ottawa writers will perform a staged read of Kafka's 'The Trial.'