September 24, 2013

Have Islamists declared World War?

Tarek Fatah
The Toronto Sun

September 2001 may have shocked the world as we helplessly witnessed the birth of jihadi terror, but September 2013 reminds us that even after a dozen years spending a trillion dollars, we are no closer to defeating the enemy than we were on that dark day in New York City when the Twin Towers fell.

In the same week as Somali jihadi terrorists in Nairobi, Kenya slaughtered non-Muslims, their brothers were on a killing spree elsewhere. They blew up a church full of parishioners in Peshawar, Pakistan, took hostages in Mindanao, Philippines, exploded bombs at a funeral in Baghdad, and attacked the Nigerian capital of Abuja. In Syria, gruesome acts of barbarism in the name of Islam continued unabated. [More...]


August 21, 2008

The Quran and Me | National Post

My earliest memory of a book is a pirated reprint of nursery rhymes and a Jack and the Beanstalk pop-up book that Uncle Joe D’souza had given as a birthday present. Then there was a treasured Tarzan comic I stole from cousin Ayaz. But in terms of a real book, a book with a hard cover and a spine, it was the Quran. Long before I got to touch, let alone read the book, it had already become part of my existence. I am told, within an hour of my birth, my father had recited a verse of the Quran into my infant ears. Mum claimed I stopped my wailing as soon as Dad had done so. [To read more, click here].


September 12, 2013

Beyond Iran: The threat to Israel

Tarek Fatah
The Jerusalem Post
In meeting with leading Jewish intellectuals in North America and some in Israel itself, I am struck by the lack of knowledge they have about Pakistan. The possibility of a future Iran armed with nuclear bombs consumes the attention of Israel’s political and military leadership. However, what lies beyond Iran, just east of the Strait of Hormuz is another threat that seldom causes a ripple either inside Israel or among the academics and experts in North America or Europe. [To read more, click here].

2 comments for “Columns

  1. morticiaa
    April 2, 2014 at 11:47 AM

    A voice of reason in a sea of insanity
    I have held your views and comments in high regard
    for several years now. I hope by subscribing to your
    site I will not leave myself open to the lunatics that
    harass you. I noticed on Ezra, you are using a cane,
    and I hope your heath is ok, You must live long and
    prosper, who can replace you, who are you nurturing
    to be there as the lone voice of reason amidst the
    mass of insanity? Are there other muslims who think
    like you? If so, where are they?

  2. Rob Simpson
    May 2, 2014 at 12:14 AM

    Hi Tarek,

    Last weekend was the first time I heard your show, as it followed Mark Towey, and I was very impressed with your candor and passion. I will try to make a habit of listening from now on.

    I thought the following may be of interest to you and possibly a topic for discussion.

    I came across this website and noticed an unusual company name within it.

    Unfortunately I am unable to attach an excerpt from the “Sunshine List” about this company which is “The Independent Electricity System Operator” With all the talk about the removal of debt recovery from Hydro I really have to wonder how they will do it with so many people over the $100,000 mark.

    Below please find an outline and snapshot of this organization.



    The Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) is a Crown corporation responsible for operating the electricity market and directing the operation of the bulk electrical system in the province of Ontario, Canada. It is one of eight Independent System Operators in North America.

    The IESO was established in April 1999 as the Independent Electricity Market Operator (IMO) under the provincial government of premier Mike Harris in preparation for deregulation of the province’s electrical supply and transmission system. As part of government plans to privatize the assets of Ontario Hydro, the utility was split into 5 separate Crown corporations with the IMO responsible for directing the flow of electricity across the high-voltage, province-wide network owned by Hydro One and other transmission companies. It was also given the responsibility of managing and operating the competitive wholesale electricity market and working with neighbouring jurisdictions to manage an integrated North American electricity network.

    The IMO was renamed to the IESO in January 2005 as a result of the passage of Bill 100, which redefined the direction of deregulation and also led to the creation of the Ontario Power Authority.
    The IESO is an independent, not-for-profit entity. It is governed by a board whose directors are appointed by the government of Ontario, its fees and licences are set by the Ontario Energy Board and, most importantly, it operates independently of all participants in the electricity market.

    In April 2012, the Energy Minister of Ontario Christopher Bentley introduced legislation in Parliament to merge both the Ontario Power Authority and the IESO.[1] The merger is expected to take place in Fall 2012. After the Premier of Ontario Dalton McGuinty resigned in Fall 2012, the merger has been put to hold.

    Independent Electricity System Operator ABID TIBERIU Senior Engineer/Technical Officer $126,470.74 $754.64
    Independent Electricity System Operator ADAM GABRIEL Section Head, Planning & Assessments $145,368.82 $948.75
    Independent Electricity System Operator ADAM MONICA Senior Analyst, Compliance & Dispute Resolution $105,610.00 $633.96
    Independent Electricity System Operator AGAVRILOAI CARMEN Engineer/Technical Officer $115,031.20 $599.96
    Independent Electricity System Operator AGAVRILOAI IOAN Manager, System Performance & Models $157,597.10 $653.24
    Independent Electricity System Operator AGRAWAL ANIL Senior Engineer/Officer, Project Support $132,069.86 $682.89

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