Making Meatballs with Omar Khadr

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There are few Canadian figures as polarizing as Omar Khadr. If you don’t know his story, the short version is that in 2002 he was enlisted by Al-Qaeda as a child soldier. Following the bombing of the hideout he was staying in, a firefight ensued with the US military forces, during which Omar was shot and accused of killing Sgt. Christopher Speer with a grenade. Despite being 15 years old at the time, he was held in Guantanamo Bay for 10 years—the only Canadian citizen detained there and the only child convicted of a war crime since World War II. After a lengthy court process, he was extradited to Canada and eventually released back into the Edmonton community with strict guidelines.

He also likes cats, cartoons and Sega Genesis. Continue reading “Making Meatballs with Omar Khadr”

The Fault Line: Fallout from Charlie Hebdo

I think an intro about the Charlie Hebdo is pretty moot at this point. The attack of Muslim extremists on the French satirical paper has rattled the world, and has dragged the topic of Freedom of Speech kicking and screaming out into the daylight. But the real fallout here will be on how this affects Muslims in Europe and around the world. Continue reading “The Fault Line: Fallout from Charlie Hebdo”