• Hassan Diab: Nothing Less Than a Public Inquiry Will Do

    He has been compared to Alfred Dreyfus, the iconic 19th-century French victim of false accusation and racism. The entire spectrum of the Canadian press has covered his unfolding story since its inception in 2007. His return to Canada from France in January 2018 was breaking news. An Ottawa sociology professor, Dr. Diab is the Canadian … Keep reading »

  • Justice for Hassan Diab and the Unbearable Banality of Evil

    Great joy and relief came with the news this January 12th that French investigative judges issued an “order of final release” for Dr. Hassan Diab from a French maximum security prison. Dr. Hassan Diab is a Canadian citizen and sociology professor who lived in Ottawa. He was extradited from Canada to France in November 2014 even though the Canadian extradition judge Robert Maranger described the evidence presented against Dr. Hassan Diab as “very problematic,” “convoluted,” “illogical,” and “suspect. Keep reading »

  • The Ordeal of Hassan Diab

    In December 2014, Hassan Diab, the former Carleton University sociology professor, husband to Rania, father of a lovely toddler daughter and one month before the birth of their delightful baby son, was whisked from his home by Canadian officials and extradited to France. The reason: suspicion that he was involved in the bombing of a … Keep reading »

  • The Case of Hassan Diab

    4 December 2016. Part 1: Part 2: Part 3: This is a 3-part podcast series on the case of Hassan Diab, a Lebanese-Canadian sociology professor extradited from Canada and currently in a French jail, accused of a bombing that happened in Paris in 1980. Part 1 looks at the bombing of the synagogue at Rue … Watch video »

  • Taking Liberties: Canada’s Growing Torture Infrastructure

    The ease with which self-described democratic states embroil themselves in torture continues to be illustrated by the manner in which agencies of the Canadian state, from spies to judges, have wedged open a door to legitimize complicity in a practice that both domestic and international law ban outright. Before dismissing that paragraph as preposterous, it … Keep reading »