PHOTOS: David Climenhaga yaks … and yaks and yaks and yaks … about Turmoil in the Tories! Art work by Malcolm Azania. Below, Mr. Azania, also known by his nom de plume, Minister Faust (from Twitter). I am the first to admit I am not a podcasting kind of guy – don’t make ’em, don’t . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Now for something completely different: The Climenhaga podcast, as transmitted by the sensational, sinister Minister Faust
Addressing the United Nations was one of the more intimidating experiences of my life. I spoke on behalf of GOPAC’s global alliance of parliamentarians, on our work to bring kleptocrats to justice.
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The nice folks at http://www.thisweekinenergy.tv/ (TWiE) invited me to guest on their podcast on their late November episode, Good News, Bad News, Ugly News. While most of their guests are leading experts in their fields, and I’m just a talkative and reasonably-knowledgeable former fuel cell engineer, I heeded Gore Vidal’s wisdom and agreed. 🙂
It . . . → Read More: Eclectic Lip: December: a podcast premiere
There is no worse cancer in a free society than the thuggish impulse to equate dissent as disloyalty… The greatest patriot is the person with the courage to be the lone voice in the crowd crying out that the Emperor has no clothes. The test of our society’s democratic nature is our instinct to . . . → Read More: Akaash Maharaj – Practical Idealism: TVO’s The Agenda: The New McCarthyism
Our capacity to do violence to one another is the worst tragedy of the human condition, but it makes our still greater capacity to forgive one another all the more powerful.
Gandhi and Bose were brothers in the hunger for justice, and both had followers who were willing to die for freedom rather than live as slaves. But one group was so blinded by passion for its cause, that it was willing to join hands with regimes whose very names have become bywords for evil . . . → Read More: Akaash Maharaj – Practical Idealism: TVO’s The Agenda: The Raj, the Reich, and the Good Fight – Akaash Maharaj Videocast
In any democracy worthy of the name, it is not merely the right, but the responsibility of every citizen to resist unjust laws… but there is a contrast between making a scene, and making a difference. There is a choice between the comfort of self-righteous illusion, and the peril of self-sacrificing commitment. There is . . . → Read More: Akaash Maharaj – Practical Idealism: TVO’s The Agenda: Resistance is Not Futile – Akaash Maharaj Videocast
We will be able to hold our heads high before the judgement of history if we can reply that in our season, we held on to hope, we put aside our doubts, we came together believing in our better selves, and we remembered that we have always burned brightest as a nation during the . . . → Read More: Akaash Maharaj – Practical Idealism: TVO’s The Agenda: Hope for the Holidays – Akaash Maharaj Videocast
Over the past quarter century, political parties have too often lurched away from being mass movements of individual Canadians sharing a common vision of the public good, and towards being backdrops for individual party leaders who speak the language of democracy while wielding near-absolute power over their elected caucuses.
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The 20th century began as the age of the dictator. It ended with liberalism having come of age as the ascendant political philosophy across the world. Yet liberal parties everywhere are in crisis. Can they grow with the success of liberalism, or have they been outgrown by the success of their own political philosophy?
. . . → Read More: Akaash Maharaj – Practical Idealism: TVO’s The Agenda: Liberalism of Conviction and of Convenience – Akaash Maharaj Videocast
Speaking on TVOntario’s The Agenda with Steve Paikin, I make the case that separation of church and state is as much in the interests of the church as it is in the interests of the state. However, upholding the ideal of the secular state often demands more courage than we might expect.
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Jonathan Goldstein’s work on CBC’s Wiretap is something of an under-appreciated gem of Canadian public broadcasting. . . . → Read More: Art Threat: Radio Without Boundaries: Tapping into the treasures of fictional ‘truths’ – An interview with Jonathan Goldstein
In my broadcast essay for TVOntario’s The Agenda with Steve Paikin, I argue that despite our sometimes chequered history in the region, Western states have an obligation to enforce the Libyan no-fly zone, both to protect civilians and to ensure that the Arab Spring and the hopes for democracy in the region are not . . . → Read More: Akaash Maharaj – Practical Idealism: TVO’s The Agenda: The Arab Spring – Akaash Maharaj Videocast
Videocast of my televised essay for TVOntario’s The Agenda with Steve Paikin, on Canada’s role in Afghanistan: Our ability to successfully conclude the mission and effect an honourable departure is being prejudiced by an ignominious political retreat from the truth: the truth about why we went to Afghanistan in the first place and what . . . → Read More: Akaash Maharaj – Practical Idealism: TVO’s The Agenda: Truth, Casualties, and War – Akaash Maharaj Videocast
In this, my second broadcast essay for TVOntario’s The Agenda with Steve Paikin, I argue that the efforts by the federal government to place emotion above reason and shut down Insite are unworthy of our country’s better traditions and higher responsibilities. It is little more than an effort to purchase easy political popularity at . . . → Read More: Akaash Maharaj – Practical Idealism: TVO’s The Agenda: An Injection of Moralism – Akaash Maharaj Videocast
CBC Radio One’s Fresh Air interviews me on whether Team Canada will be able to repeat our improbable dominance of tent pegging, the cavalry sport of horse, sword, sabre and lance, as I saddle-up to compete at the 2010 International Championships in New Delhi.
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TV Ontario’s The Agenda debates the question of how long Stephane Dion and the Liberal Party can, or should, endure the Conservative government’s electoral brinksmanship. Steve Paikin moderates, as Professor Christine de Clercy, Dion biographer Linda D… . . . → Read More: Akaash Maharaj – Practical Idealism: Red Party Blues, The Liberals in Crisis? – Akaash Maharaj Podcast
With more than a year of minority government behind us, Steve Paikin and The Agenda assemble a national panel to ask if political power in Canada is still primarily a matter of the proverbial “who do you know in the PMO”. With Jeffrey Simpson, Norman … . . . → Read More: Akaash Maharaj – Practical Idealism: Power, the People, and the PMO – Akaash Maharaj Podcast
A CBC Radio One national debate on the decline of civility in Canada’s public discourse. More than a question of discourtesy, the decay of the tenor of political dialogue diminishes the dignity of the nation itself. Hosted by The Current and Avi Lewis,… . . . → Read More: Akaash Maharaj – Practical Idealism: Public Degradation and Public Discourse – Akaash Maharaj Podcast
An interview with CBC Ontario Today’s Rita Celli, on UNICEF Team Canada, the international equestrian skill-at-arms championships,and galloping hell for leather for honour and country
Andy Barrie tries, largely in vain, to restrain his mirth as we discuss the upcoming world equestrian skill-at-arms championships in Oman, at which I will represent the country as a member of UNICEF Team Canada. The segment was originally broadcast on CBC Radio One’s Metro Morning.
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CBC Television’s The Hour canvasses Bob Rae, John Tory, Olivia Chow, and me on why Canada has yet to see a visible minority party leader. Ranging from the ridiculous to the sublime, the programme included calls for “affirmative action” and more Americ… . . . → Read More: Akaash Maharaj – Practical Idealism: Are Canadian Political Parties Afraid of the Dark? – Akaash Maharaj Videocast
Sarika Sehgal of CBC Newsworld interviews me on my support for Stephane Dion, and on how the Liberal Party can re-animate Canadians’ passion for politics. With the convention behind us and the election before us, the question of civic engagment in the… . . . → Read More: Akaash Maharaj – Practical Idealism: Integrity and the Liberal Leadership – Akaash Maharaj Videocast