The current turmoil in the Middle East—Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen, Libya, now Syria and others—has long coiled roots that date back at least a century and, as André Gerolymatos tells it in his new book, Castles Made of Sand, there has been British and American intervention and espionage in the region every step of the way. Our reviewer is Michael Bell, a seasoned diplomat who has served as Canadian ambassador in Jordan, Egypt and Israel.
With the dropping of the election writ, there will be intense focus on Canada’s main opposition party, the Liberals, as they attempt to unseat Stephen Harper. An auspicious time, then, for political commentator Ron Graham to review Divided Loyalties: The Liberal Party of Canada, 1984-2008, by Brooke Jeffrey, a history of the party’s internal tensions and animosities from the Chrétien era through to Stéphane Dion.
Also this month, lawyer Susan Eng, former chair of the Toronto Police Services Board, reviews John Sewell’s latest book, Police in Canada: The Real Story, and muses on the “dangerous isolation” that she sees developing between the police and the public they serve.
Thought-provoking reading in our April issue.
Bronwyn Drainie Editor