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Salim Mansur is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Western Ontario in Canada. He is a columnist for the London Free Press, for the conservative blog Proud To Be Canadian and the Toronto Sun, and has contributed to various publications including National Review, the Middle East Forum and Frontpagemag. He often presents analysis on the Muslim world, Islam, South Asia, Middle East. He is a member of the Board of Directors for the Center for Islamic Pluralism based in Washington, D.C., a Senior Fellow with the Canadian Coalition for Democracies, and an academic-consultant with the Center for Security Policy in Washington, D.C. He has been a consultant with CIDA on development issues and has published widely in academic journals on foreign policy matters and area studies of the Middle East and South Asia. Mansur is featured on the documentary Obsession: Radical Islam's War Against the West produced by the David Horowitz Freedom Center. He also unsuccessfully ran for the Canadian Alliance party in 2000. Mansur has been accused by Canadian Islamic Congress of using "provocative, self-serving rhetoric", and for "promoting an anti-Arab and anti-Muslim agenda". He is an Ismaili Muslim. At a press conference on October 2, 2008, Mansur stated that "Islam is my private life, my conscience...[but] my faith does not take precedence over my Canada and its constitution, which I embrace freely;" "I am first and most importantly a Canadian;" "only in a free society will you find Islam as a faith and not a political religion." Mansur also criticized New Democratic Party Leader Jack Layton, whom Mansur said "has gone to bed with Islamists", because he is running candidates in Ontario and Quebec who are closely identified with the push for Sharia law.

Stop quibbling over terror profiling

The arrests last week in Ottawa and London, Ont., of four of eight suspects allegedly linked with the global Islamist movement reveal again how vulnerable Canada and other democracies are to Islamist

Mosque really about pushing Sharia law

The swirling controversy over the Ground Zero mosque obscures what should be obvious, at least since 9/11, about the behavioural pattern of radical Islamists engaged in stealth jihad, or

Don’t blame Israel for Arab failures


Israel facing revival of deep-seated hate


Politics of resentment live in West Bank

RAMALLAH — I am struck by the construction boom across the city as I visit Ramallah, the legislative and political centre of the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank. Just about everywhere, high towers of...

Walk in Jerusalem affirms beliefs

JERUSALEM — There is something special when preconceptions dissolve on your first encounter with a new person or place. As I disembarked a flight at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport, I felt some apprehension arriving...

Failed states to blame for own misery

The July/August issue of Foreign Policy features the “Failed States Index” for 2010 — an index it has been publishing every year since 2005 in collaboration with the U.S.-based Fund for Peace. The Top 10...

Grim anniversary marks UN’s failings

Fifteen years ago this week, the terrible news of a massacre of men and boys, Bosnian Muslims, trickled out of the town of Srebrenica where UN forces under Dutch command had established safe haven...

Multiculturalism has undermined unity

On this Canada Day weekend, there could well be as many perspectives as there are those who might pause to reflect upon their country’s well-being. Mine is one shaped by the education and experiences of...

G8 must weigh in on ‘unwinnable’ war

Irrespective of how well in advance preparations for an event are made, the unexpected cannot be ruled out. The July 2005 G8 Summit hosted by Britain in the township of Perth and Kinross in Scotland,...

Morocco prospers under monarchy

As I prepare to leave Fes I know I will return. The story of Morocco is compelling and the people gracious. What I have seen and heard from people — including a wonderful gentleman and...

Morocco is open for business

The massively towering Hassan II mosque in Casablanca sits on the edge of Africa, looking serenely across the waters to the new world beyond. This impressive architecture — as I watch from its terrace...

Churchill’s lesson for a modern world

Geopolitics is a simple yet slippery notion about understanding politics in terms of the power capabilities of states on the global stage. It is a notion that has earned suspicion in English-speaking countries of...

We must not forget Churchill’s defiance

In 70 years — or in the words of the biblical psalm, three score years and 10 being the span of a man’s life — living memory of events fades away and much gets...

When Churchill stood up to Hitler

On May 10, 1940, Neville Chamberlain reluctantly stepped down as prime minister of Britain and handed the keys for 10 Downing Street to Winston Churchill. In the early hours of the same morning, Adolf Hitler’s...

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