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Emad Barsoum writes: Patriarchal Authority in times of Democracy

Since man started to live in social groups, clans, and tribes; the necessity of having a leader arose. Whether chosen or appointed by force, it was a fundamental role among social groups of the homo sapiens. The leader position became highly desirable and addictive for all those who once tasted it, which consequently developed the need to secure the post for the longest time possible. These needs and hunger ...

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Emad Barsoum writes: New Year… another New Hopes

By the end of each year, we wish and hope for a better one to come. We review the year that is coming to an end and look for the changes we could make to ameliorate our future and those we care for. If everyone strives to create a better future, the whole community will prosper, and a better society will exist. The assumption here above applies solely to the matters that individuals have control on them. Bu ...

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Emad Barsoum writes: Trading Arts and Sports

Lately, the United States of America (USA) has traded its basketball player, who was detained in Russia for the possession of Cannabis, for a Russian arms dealer – Viktor Bout jailed in the USA and known as the “merchant of death”. Bout was responsible for supplying arms and weapons to most terrorist organizations like Taliban and Al Qaida, many rebels in Africa, and drug barons and cartels in Latin America ...

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Emad Barsoum writes: Prayers in Sports Arenas

There was an intention to continue last week’s article about the lost humanity in theocratic states, however, given current global events, some light needs to be shed on its ambiguity and uniqueness, yet still within the same theme of theocratic dominance. Football, aka soccer, world cup 2022 shined on the world in an unprecedented fashion, religion! It is the first time in the history of sports events and ...

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Emad Barsoum writes: Lost Humanity in the Theocratic State

History and literature are filled with stories about how humanity suffered under the control and oppression of theocratic regimes during medieval times. Stories that could be used in making horror movies, and still, the audience will wonder what disturbed mind wrote these scripts! Most religions have been, at a particular stage in their history, adopting savage and merciless ways to protect the status of po ...

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Emad Barsoum writes: Bridging the Gap in a Divided Community

Before the municipal elections started, there were expressed concerns about how ethnic groups and biases may dictate the choice of candidates or influence results. Not based on competence but rather on racial background or for serving particular groups' interests.  During the campaigns, there were many videos on social media, direct email, and even mailing in languages other than English or French, our two ...

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Emad Barsoum writes: A Community Divided

While history tells us facts and events about how the small tribes, counties, or princedoms, when came to unite, they created great nations hundreds of years ago, now we are witnessing a huge apostasy of civility and modernity. After a long journey of sacrifices and bloodshed to establish free democratic societies in the western civilizations of the new world, paving the way to establishing an exemplary nat ...

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Emad Barsoum writes: Status Decline

In a recent thorough study led by the US News and World Report about the ranking of the best countries in the world based on variable metrics, we find that in the year 2022, Canada’s ranking dropped from the number one country in the world to the third position. However, some may think that falling from number one to third is not a significant issue, as long as we are still in the top ten. This might be con ...

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Emad Barsoum writes: Demise of Monarchies

History tells us that the most significant revolutions outbroke against monarchies and the feudal systems they protected under the blessings of the church. It was a whole formula that represented tyranny, exploitation, dictatorship, and repression. The first revolution in the new world that declared its rejection of the crown and sought the formation of a republic and abolishing monarchy was the American re ...

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Emad Barsoum writes: One Place One People

Our country is proud to be the home of diversity, inclusion, equality, tolerance, acceptance, and much greater social and human values. But are these idealistic attributes real or virtual? Are they just slogans, or do they exist in reality? The premise this time is inversed. We will try to find out if some people who arrive in their new country are adapting to the place or if they are thriving to maintain t ...

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Emad Barsoum writes: Knowledge, Experience, and in between

While engaging in a debate on one of the major social media platforms about the information anarchy on the internet and how any person can state some information only for it to go viral and becomes fact (even if false), one of our intellectual friends said that most of the internet knowledge claimers fall under the Dunning-Kruger effect. In a simple form, the Dunning-Kruger effect occurs when a person’s lac ...

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….Emad Barsoum writes: Temporarily closed for

In 2019 Egyptian minister of transportation resigned after a deadly train crash that killed 25 and left 50 injured. South Korea Prime Minister resigned in 2014 over a ferry sinking that left 300 dead, and there are much more stories about officials who resign and offer public apologies when their offices failed to carry on their duties righteously and morally toward the citizens, who trusted their governmen ...

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