Surface-Level Politics – A Minor Analysis of Yesterday’s Debate

There are so many things that you can nit-pick and focus on in last nights debate, where Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump squared off in a response-long and answer-less debate. This was also the first opportunity for Americans (and people around the world) to see what Donald Trump is like in a formal and respected forum like the Presidential debate. And even though I was live-tweeting most of it, most of my tweets happen to be jokes about what was being said instead of any actual policy debate.

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This is what I want to focus on. Donald Trump said something which raised a huge red flag for most people. And that was this:

“She doesn’t have the look. She doesn’t have the stamina, I said she doesn’t have the stamina, and I don’t believe she does have the stamina” – Donald Trump, Presidential Candidate

Stamina? If stamina is a criteria, you might as well hire The Rock or Seth Rollins or even Rusev (I mean he was WWE United States Champion before last weekend, amirite?)

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Opposition and Backlash – On the Criticisms of Noor Tagouri’s Playboy Piece

There is so many incidents where the online world of social media is in backlash over a certain statement, a certain decision, or anything of the sort. Especially when it comes to decisions that interfere with common religious thought, this opposition can be vocal.

And that’s totally okay. You’re allowed to be against what a certain person does, just as that person is allowed to partake in that decision (of course, as long as it’s not a decision which will change the way you practice your religion or anything else).

And this brings me right to my topic. Noor Tagouri recently was featured in Playboy (which, to clarify, ended its full frontal nudity in March 2016) as part of their ‘Renegades section’, which, as they write, will highlight this:

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Why is Congress Protesting Congress?

Democrats have staged a sit-in in Congress in order to force a vote on gun control in America. This is just after the Orlando massacre, the worst mass shooting in US history.

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Hold up, a sit-in? Like a protest?

Yes.

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How Does Canada’s National Anthem Make Us More Inclusive?

It almost seemed like the end of a Hollywood film where MP Mauril Belanger, who was recently diagnosed with ALS (or Lou Gehrig’s disease), finally saw his Bill C-210 being voted in the House of Commons. Bill C-210, the bill to make the Canadian national anthem more gender inclusive, passed in the House by a voice vote.

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The specific change is to the line in all thy sons command, which will now change to in all of us command.

But what does this change do?

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Words Unspoken About the Orlando Massacre

I’ve had a few people asking me to do a video on this topic, and for some reason I felt it wasn’t right. I didn’t want to throw my face into this debate, especially with all that happened.

I want to first take the time to offer my prayers and sympathies to the victims of this massacre, the families, and the LGBT community. It’s not fair that this happened to you, for one man to take away the security you’ve fought so hard for in the past few years (and continue to fight for).

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It seems really strange and surreal to see the name ‘Mateen’ on the news. I’ve never really known anyone who has had the same name as me, and it seems like an abuse to the name for someone to go and commit this horrendous act. I don’t want to make this a thing about myself, but I feel that it’s necessary for me to share this with you.

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Ramadan, Canadian Politics and Struggle

Ramadan is a very important month for Muslims all over the world. Every year during the Islamic month of Ramadan, Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset. Although Muslims consume food or water during daylight, Muslims also cannot do anything that would be considered sinful (lying, etc.). The month is about spiritually building yourself into a better person.

Although it does sound like a struggle, it is actually a time of happiness. I’ve always seen Ramadan as a time to get together with your family and community, and to focus on yourself as a member of society.

This is why I think it’s amazing that Canadian politicians are going around making videos wishing Canadian-Muslims ‘Ramadan Kareem’ (which translates to generous Ramadan). This past election, which saw the Liberals take a majority government, was a big election for Canadian-Muslims. Groups like Canadian Muslim Vote and many others worked on getting Muslims to take part in civic engagement.

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Some thoughts on banning the Islamic Head-Scarf (and other Religious symbols)

I recently read an interesting article about a top EU Court advisor who suggested that banning the Islamic head-scarf may be justified if all religious symbols are banned as well.

This opens up a very interesting debate on banning not just Islamic symbols, but other religious symbols as well. It also opens up the debate on what we define a symbol as. Is the head-scarf, or hijab, really a symbol of Islam? Has it not been used before by other religions?

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Are Conservatives Too Late to Supporting Same-Sex Marriage?

Surprisingly the Tories have officially ended their opposition to gay marriages in a surprising 1036-462 vote at the Conservative convention. Canada legalized same-sex marriage 11 years ago.

Now many are criticizing the party for being too late to make such a declaration, considering that same-sex marriage has been legal for over a decade.

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I think the opposite. I think this is a great step for the party itself.

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Should Canada Restore Relations With Iran?

Canada has a history when it comes to it’s diplomatic relations with Iran. Canada had closed their embassy in Iran in 2012 and expelled all Iranian diplomats.

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Justin Trudeau G7 Mission: Not Paying Ransoms

Justin Trudeau has made it his mission to convince others from the G7 meeting to not pay the ransoms of kidnapped citizens to terrorists. Trudeau feels that by paying the ransoms, you are funding terrorism.

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Canada has demonstrated this by not paying the $8 million ransom for John Ridsdel by the Fillipino terrorist group Abu Sayyaf. The group beheaded Ridsdel because the Canadian Government was being non-compliant.

There is a lot to discuss when we talk about citizens safety going abroad, especially since Canada was at the forefront of this not too long ago when Al Jazeera journalist Mohamed Fahmy was arrested in Egypt.

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