Monthly Archives: June 2013

Photo of the day

Saudi Arabian Women’s conference. Click here for the story.


Canada’s reputation is tops for third year in a row


‘Canada’s reputation is tanking’ has been a narrative pushed by anti-Conservatives for some time now.

Fortunately, it’s not true.

According to a new poll released Thursday, Canada actually has the best reputation in the world for the third year in a row.

As explained by Forbes magazine, the Reputation Institute’s annual 2013 Country RepTrak Study, asked 27,000 people in all the G8 countries to give their opinions about 50 countries. Respondents were asked four questions on a country’s overall reputation, about whether respondents had a good feeling about said country, about how much they admired the country and about how much they trusted the country.

They were then asked 16 questions under three comprehensive categories: effective government, appealing environment and advanced economy.

Canada finished with a score of 76.6 out of 100 and was followed by Sweden (76.5), Switzerland (76.3), Australia (76.1), and Norway (74.1).

At the other end of the spectrum was are Russia (36.7), Nigeria (34.0), Pakistan (28.8), Iran (22.6), and Iraq (21.2). The United States finished 22nd.


14 Jews left in Egypt

‘I knew that one day I would be the one that closes the door,” says Magda Haroun, one of Egypt’s last Jews. Numbering 80,000 more than 60 years ago, today only 14 remain. “It is sad and very heavy to bear.”

Video: Lady Rides Her Skull Adorned Motorcycle as Her Pet Bird Flies Alongside

This video may only be 36 seconds long, but you will rewind it again and again to make sure that you did, in fact, just see a real outlaw woman driving down the street on her bright green motor bike, accompanied by her pet bird, with rifles strapped to the wheels and handlebars, and a skull for good measure.

Video: “Zionism is not welcome on native land!”

Just some ignorant, filthy haters in Vancouver.

Kurds fight for place in Syrian civil war

Taking advantage of the chaos of the civil war, Syria’s Kurdish minority has carved out a once unthinkable degree of independence in their areas, creating their own police forces, even their own license plates, and exuberantly going public with their language and culture.

But by pursuing their own path distinct from both the opposition and the regime, they are also colliding with Sunni rebels, who have increasingly clashed with Kurdish militiamen. Rebels have besieged a pocket of Kurdish towns and villages in the mainly Sunni Arab corner of northwest Syria for weeks, leading to reports of shortages of food and medicine.

The fighting threatens to expand into an ethnic war between Kurds and Arabs, adding another layer to the potent mix of fighters and conflicts in a brutal civil war.

Video: The Genesis One Code

Daniel Friedmann, President & CEO of MDA, a Vancouver aerospace company, has written a new book called “The Genesis One Code,” in which he attempts to reconcile science and religion.