New UN Report Examines Challenges to Sustainable Development in a Warming World

For The Real News, I speak with Professor Petra Tschakert, a lead author of a new United Nations report that examines the effects of climate change on sustainable development.

According to Professor Tschakert, “climate change threatens our progress towards reducing poverty, towards eradicating poverty.”

My interview of Professor Tschakert can be seen here:


Under its New Leader Jagmeet Singh, Will Canada’s NDP Finally Call for Sanctions on Israel?

During the NDP leadership campaign, I had the opportunity to ask Jagmeet Singh, who subsequently won the NDP’s leadership contest, whether he supported sanctions on Israel. In this report for The Real News, you can listen to my conversation with Mr. Singh.

In my report, I also speak with NDP activists Genevieve Nevin and Yazan Khader about their remarkable efforts to garner support for a new NDP resolution on Israel/Palestine. That resolution calls for a ban on the importation of products made in Israel’s illegal settlements.

If adopted at next week’s NDP convention in Ottawa, it will mark the first time in Israel’s 50-year occupation of Palestinian lands that one of the three major Canadian political parties has called for sanctions on Israel. Until now, only the Green Party of Canada has called for sanctions on Israel.

My report can be seen here:

BDS Activists and Canada’s Communist Party Sue the City of Montreal for Civil Rights Violations

During Canada’s 2015 federal election, Montreal-based supporters for the BDS Movement and local candidates of the Communist Party of Canada attempted to draw attention to Steven Harper’s indifference to the suffering of the Palestinian people by erecting provocative posters in Montreal. The central and devastating image of their posters (pictured above) was a dead Palestinian boy who had been killed along with three other Palestinian boys in an Israeli missile attack on a Gaza beach in the summer of 2014.

In apparent violation of Canada’s electoral laws, the City of Montreal, whose mayor at the time was pro-Israel Denis Coderre, removed and confiscated the posters. City workers continued to remove the posters even after a lawyer for the City acknowledged in writing that the posters should not have been removed.

As a result, BDS-Quebec and Canada’s Communist Party later sued the City of Montreal for damages. The trial of that lawsuit was conducted last month (January 2018) in Quebec Superior Court in Montreal. The judge’s decision is now pending.

For The Real News, I attended the first day of the trial and, at the courthouse, I spoke with two of the plaintiffs – Bruce Katz of BDS-Quebec and Bill Sloan of the Communist Party.

My report on the trial can be seen here:

Falsely Accused Terrorism Suspect Released After 10-Year Ordeal

Dr. Hassan Diab is a Canadian sociology professor. His academic career was interrupted about a decade ago when he was falsely accused of an attack near a synagogue in Paris, France in 1980. In 2008, France requested Dr. Diab’s extradition from Canada. Canadian authorities then imprisoned him, subject to Draconian bale conditions, for six years.

Dr. Diab was extradited to France in 2014. His extradition occurred at the hands of a Canadian judge, Robert Maranger, who described the evidence against Dr. Diab as “illogical,” “very problematic,” and “convoluted and confusing with conclusions that are suspect.” The judge concluded that the prospects for conviction seemed unlikely, but that his hands were tied by Canada’s extradition law. He therefore committed Dr. Diab to extradition.

Under Canada’s extradition law, Canada’s Justice Minister nonetheless had discretion not to surrender Dr. Diab to French authorities. That minister was conservative Rob Nicholson. Upon reading Justice Maranger’s concerns, Nicholson could have chosen not to extradite Dr. Diab, but did so anyways.

After being extradited to France, Dr. Diab spent three years and two months in France’s largest prison. He was ordered released on bail eight times by four different French judges. However, each time, the prosecutor blocked his release. On January 12, 2018, only days ago, two French anti-terrorism judges cleared him and ordered his immediate and unconditional release. Dr. Diab has finally been reunited with his family in Canada, including his son who was born after his extradition.

For The Real News Network, I spoke to Dr. Diab about his decade-long ordeal and about the individuals and organizations who had a hand in that ordeal – former Conservative Justice Minister Rob Nicholson and B’nai Brith Canada. My interview of Dr. Diab can be seen here:

Bankrupt Greece Becomes a Major Military Spender and “Sales Agent” for NATO

For The Real News Network, I speak with the former Deputy Defence Minister of Greece, Costas Isychos, about Greece’s massive military spending and its government’s remarkable willingness to forge close ties with egregious human rights violators.

Although Greece is effectively bankrupt, it is the second highest spender in NATO (as a percentage of GDP).

Moreover, the ‘radically left’ government of Alexis Tsipras is deepening economic and military ties with extreme right-wing governments in the region, including and particularly the apartheid regime of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

My interview of Mr. Isychos can be seen here:


Trudeau Government Allows Wines Produced in Israel’s Illegal West Bank Settlements to be Fraudulently Labelled

On CKUT radio’s program, Under the Olive Tree, I discuss the labelling of wines produced in Israel’s West Bank settlements.

As I explain in the interview, those settlements constitute a war crime under the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, yet the Trudeau government allows wines made in those settlements to be sold in Canada with fraudulent ‘Product of Israel’ labels.

My interview can be heard here:

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Roger Waters Confronts the Occupation of the Canadian Mind

For The Real News Network, I talk to Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters about his recent concert tour in Canada.

Since performing in Israel in 2006, Roger has become a globally renowned advocate for the freedom and dignity of the Palestinian people, but his calls for peaceful economic sanctions on Israel have attracted the ire of Israel’s apologists. Their hostility was on full display during Roger’s recent concert tour in Canada.

In this interview, Roger responds to their attacks: