Contributors

The editor of this collection is Janice Williamson.

Revised January 12, 2012 (extended bios below list of contributions)

  • Maher Arar, human rights activist, publisher of Prism-Magazine (essay)“Omar Khadr: America’s Injustice Canada’s Shame”
  • Craig Kielburger, child labour activist and co-founder of “Free the Children” foundation (essay) “The Day I Met Omar”
  • George Elliott Clarke, poet, novelist, librettist, scholar  “Re: That Gunfight at the O.K. Corral” (long poem)
  • Luc Côté and Patricio Henriquez, writers, directors, cinematographers, producers  of  YOU DON’T LIKE THE TRUTH – 4 days inside Guantánamo” , a documentary based on security camera footage from the Guantánamo Bay prison (excerpt from screenplay)
  • LGen the Hon. Roméo A. Dallaire, Senator, excerpts from “How to Unmake a Child Soldier.”
  • Gail Davidson, Executive Director, Lawyer’s Rights Watch Canada, (essay) “Torture as Foreign Policy: The Omar Khadr Decision”
  • Nathalie des Rosiers, General Counsel, Canadian Civil Liberties Association “Pray or Play For Them: The Rights of Canadians Abroad” (essay)
  • Robert Diab, lawyer, PhD student, instructor at Capilano University  (author of Guantãnamo North:Terrorism and the Administration of Justice in Canada) Alnoor Gova, broadcaster and PhD student, UBC (essay) “Reading Khadr: Making sense of Canada’s reluctance to do the right thing”
  • Shadia Drury, CRC in Social Justice, U of Regina (essay) “Omar Khadr and the Perils of Multiculturalism”
  • Kim Echlin, novelist, essayist, film producer (essay) “Extreme Loneliness”
  • Dennis Edney, former lawyer for Omar Khadr (speech/essay) “The Politics of Fear”
  • Charles Foran (essay) “Our Kids”
  • Deborah Gorham History, Carleton University “Omar Khadr, Canadian Child Soldier” (essay)
  • Patricio Henriquez, who with Luc Côté was writer, director, cinematographer and producer of  “YOU DON’T LIKE THE TRUTH – 4 days inside Guantánamo”, a documentary based on security camera footage from the Guantánamo Bay prison
    • “Some Images of the Unseen” (Henriquez, essay)
    • and extended excerpts from the film screenplay by Luc Cote and Patricio Henriquez
  • Yasmin Jiwani,  Communication Studies, Concordia University.  Author of Discourses of Denial:  Mediations of Race, Gender and Violence. (essay) “Ensnared in the Carceral Net”
  • Hasnain Khan, graduate student, University of Toronto (essay)
  • Andy Knight & John McCoy, Political Science, University of Alberta (essay) “Omar Khadr:  Child Soldiers and Family Ties under International Law”
  • Sheema Khan, columnist and author of Of Hockey & Hijabs (essay) “Politics Over Principles: The Case of Omar Khadr”
  • Audrey Macklin, Law, University of Toronto (essay) “The Rule of Law, The Rule of Men, The Rule of Force” (on  Human Rights Watch witnessing at Guantanamo Bay)
  • Marina Nemat, author of Prisoner of Tehran (essay) “Hoping for Omar Khadr”
  • Gar Pardy served in Canada’s foreign service from 1967 to 2003. Actively engaged in the travails of the Khadr family from 1995 to 2003. (essay) “The Long Way Home: the Saga of Omar Khadr”
  • Sheila Pratt, “A Legal Portrait of Omar Khadr’s Edmonton Lawyers”
  • Sherene Razack, Sociology & Equity Studies in Education, OISE, University of Toronto. Author of Casting Out: The Evacuation of Muslims from Law and Politics. “Afterword.”
  • Rick Salutin, author and columnist (essay) “Omar Khadr as Canadian Icon”
  • Heather Spears, poet and artist (drawings)
  • Judith Thompson, playwright, “Nail Biter” (one-act drama)
  • Lola Lemire Tostevin, poet and novelist, (poem) “Delta Force”
  • Janice Williamson, English and Film Studies, University of Alberta (introduction) “Introduction: The Story So Far”
  • Richard J. Wilson, Professor of Law and founding director of the International Human Rights Law Clinic at American University’s Washington College of Law, “War Stories: A Reflection on Defending an Alleged Enemy Combatant Detained in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba“
  • Grace Li Xiu Woo, lawyer, legal scholar, member of Lawyer Rights Watch Canada. “The Omar Khadr Case: how the Supreme Court of Canada Undermined the Convention on the Rights of the Child.”
  • Jasmin Zine, Sociology, Wilfred Laurier U (essay) on Muslim youth and Omar Khadr
  • Rachel Zolf, poet,  Dept. of English, U of Calgary  (poem) “Child Soldier (for Omar Khadr)”

Maher Arar, a telecommunications engineer, is a passionate advocate of human rights. He recently founded Prism (www.prism-magazine.com), an online not-for-profit magazine that focuses on national security related issues. A victim of “extraordinary rendition” in 2002, he was detained in the US and deported to Syria where he was imprisoned and tortured for over a year. In January 2007, a lengthy Canadian commission of inquiry cleared him of any links to terrorism. The Government of Canada offered an official apology and awarded compensation for the “terrible ordeal” he and his family suffered.  The Syrian government has declared that Arar is “completely innocent.” In spite of this, the US government has not exonerated him and he and his family remain on a watch list. Time Magazine chose Maher as the 2004 “Canadian Newsmaker of the Year” and three years later, they named him one of 100 most influential people in the world. The Globe and Mail called him “The Nation Builder” in 2006. Maher contributes to various publications including The Globe and Mail, The Guardian and The Huffington Post on issues of national and human security.

George Elliott Clarke is the inaugural E.J. Pratt Professor of Canadian Literature at the University of Toronto. A poet, playwright, screenwriter, novelist, and essayist, his scholarship and his writing have won him numerous awards, including a Trudeau Foundation Fellowship, a Governor General’s Award for Poetry, plus appointments to the Order of Canada and the Order of Nova Scotia, and seven honorary doctorates.

Luc Côté has been directing and producing films for the past 35 years. He’s traveled extensively around the world, making social documentaries that capture the human spirit. He has co-directed over 30 documentaries including the award winning Turning Sixteen and Crash Landing. He collaborated with Patricio Henriquez in writing directing, filming and producing YOU DON’T LIKE THE TRUTH – 4 days inside Guantánamo, a documentary based on security camera footage from the Guantánamo Bay prison.

The Honourable Roméo A. Dallaire is a Canadian Senator who had a distinguished career in the Canadian Forces achieving the rank of Lieutenant-General. In 1994, General Dallaire commanded the United Nations Assistance Mission for Rwanda (UNAMIR). His book on his experiences in Rwanda, entitled Shake Hands with the Devil: The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda, was awarded the Governor General’s Literary Award for Non-Fiction. Since his retirement from the military, Senator Dallaire has worked to bring an understanding of post-traumatic stress disorder to the general public. He has published and advocated on behalf of conflict resolution and worked to eradicate the use of children as weapons of war -  the subject of his most recent book They Fight Like Soldiers, They Die Like Children.

Gail Davidson, a lawyer, is the Executive Director of Lawyer’s Rights Watch Canada, an organization she founded in 2001. She also co-founded Lawyers Against the War (LAW), an international committee of jurists residing in 10 countries who oppose war against Iraq and promote adherence to international law. She publishes articles about international humanitarian law.

Nathalie des Rosiers is General Counsel, Canadian Civil Liberties Association She was previously Dean of the Faculty of Law – Civil Law Section of the University of Ottawa from 2004 to 2008 and President of the Law Commission of Canada from 2000 to 2004. From 1987 to 2000, she was a member of the University of Western Ontario’s Faculty of Law. She served as law clerk to Supreme Court of Canada Justice Julien Chouinard from 1982 to 1983 and then worked in private practice until 1987. She is the past President of the Canadian Federation of Social Sciences and Humanities and has been active in other organizations.

Robert Diab, a lawyer is an instructor at Capilano and the author of Guantãnamo North: Terrorism and the Administration of Justice in Canada.

Shadia Drury is a Canada Research Chair in Social Justice, a Member of the Royal Society of Canada, and Professor in the Departments of Political Science and Philosophy at the University of Regina. She is a political theorist whose work focuses mainly on the American right and the intersection between religion and politics. Her books include: Aquinas and Modernity: The Lost Promise of Natural Law (2008), The Political Ideas of Leo Strauss: Updated Edition (2005) Terror and Civilization: Christianity, Politics, and the Western Psyche (2004), Leo Strauss and the American Right (1998), and Alexandre Kojève: The Roots of Postmodern (1994). She is also an enthusiastic essayist whose articles can be found on the op-ed pages of Free Inquiry.

Kim Echlin is a novelist, essayist, and teacher, and has written and produced television documentaries. Her doctoral thesis was on Ojibway story-telling and she has published a translation from the Sumerian of the INANNA myth. Her most recent novel The Disappeared is set in Cambodia and Montreal and was published in nineteen countries. It won the Barnes and Noble Best Novel Award in the United States and was nominated for a Giller in Canada. Her most recent nonfiction work on witness, human rights and literature is called Tell Others and will be published by Hamish Hamilton, Penguin in 2012.

Dennis Edney, originally from Scotland, is an Edmonton-based lawyer. He and Edmonton lawyer Nate Whitling began defending Omar Khadr on a pro bono basis in 2002. In 2011, nine months after the conclusion of the military tribunal, Omar Khadr released them.  Edney has appeared at all levels of court, including the Supreme Court of Canada and the United States Supreme Court. He received the 2008 National Pro Bono Award that acknowledged how his long-term commitment to “an unpopular case [is] a testament to the finest traditions of the legal profession…. [It] increased access to justice for one individual…[and] impacted human rights the world over.” In 2009, the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia awarded him the Human Rights Medal. Presently a Bencher of the Law Society of Alberta, he lectures extensively throughout North America on legal issues including the rule of law as it relates to the war on terror.

Charles Foran has published ten books, including four novels, and writes regularly for magazines, radio, and newspapers in Canada and elsewhere. He taught in China, Hong Kong, and Canada. His work has won various awards: most recently his biography Mordecai: The Life & Times won the Charles Taylor Award and the Governor General’s Award. He is the current President of PEN Canada.

Deborah Gorham is Distinguished Research Professor of History at Carleton University. She has published numerous articles and books on social history, childhood, education, women intellectuals and activists, and peace, including Vera Britain: A Feminist Life, (1996, 2000).  She is now working on a biography of Marion Dewar.

Alnoor Gova, a PhD candidate in the Faculty of Education at UBC-CCFI, studies Canadian politics in the areas of citizenship, multiculturalism, immigration, national security, race, and law. He was commissioned in 2007–08 to conduct a study on racial profiling. A producer/host on Vancouver Co-op Radio CFRO, he also writes political poetry and essays.

Patricio Henriquez was a director for Chilean television, who settled in Montreal after the coup d’état against president Salvador Allende in 1973. His work focuses on social injustice around the world and have won over 40 national and international awards.  From 1980 to 1993, he worked on dozens of stories for Quebec’s benchmark international news magazine, Nord-Sud. In 1998, he completed the highly acclaimed The Last Stand of Salvador Allende, a film on the last day in the life of the Chilean president. The following year, he completed Images of a dictatorship, a unique look at life in Chile under Pinochet, another multiple national and international award winner.  Since 2000, Patricio has directed and produced several films in the Extremis collection including a film on a gay community in Mexico, as well as a highly publicized episode on the death penalty, and one on a handful of soldiers who dared to defy military orders and discipline on ethical and moral grounds. In 2008, Patricio completed Under the Hood, A Voyage into the World of Torture, a feature-length documentary. He collaborated with Luc Cote on writing directing, filming and producing YOU DON’T LIKE THE TRUTH – 4 days inside Guantánamo.

Hasnain Khan graduated with a BA Honours in Political Science and English at the University of Alberta. He is completing an MA in Political Economy of International Development at the University of Toronto.

Sheema Khan is the author of the nonfiction collection Of Hockey & Hijab. Since 2002, she has been a monthly columnist for The Globe and Mail, writing on issues related to Islam and Muslims. In addition, she has spoken at numerous NGO conferences and government agencies on issues of security, civil rights, and Muslim cultural practice.  She holds an A.M. in Physics, and a PhD in Chemical Physics, both from Harvard University, along with patents in drug delivery technology. She has served on the Board of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (2004–2008), and is the founder of the Canadian Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CAN) and its former chair (2000–2005). She testified as an expert witness on Muslims in Canada before the Commission of Inquiry into the Actions of Canadian Officials in Relation to Maher Arar (Arar Commission) and has appeared before a number of parliamentary committees. She is currently a patent agent in Ottawa.

Yasmin Jiwani is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Concordia University, Montreal.  Her doctorate in Communication Studies, from Simon Fraser University, examined issues of race and representation in Canadian television news. Her recent publications include:  Discourses of Denial:  Mediations of Race, Gender and Violence, as well as an edited collection Girlhood, Redefining the Limits. Her work has appeared in Social Justice, Violence Against Women, Canadian Journal of Communication, Journal of Popular Film & Television, The International Journal of Media and Cultural Politics, The Review of Education, Pedagogy and Cultural Studies, and in numerous anthologies. Her research interests include mediations of race, gender and violence in the context of war stories, reporting of sexual violence and femicide in the press, and representations of women of colour in popular and mainstream media.

Craig Kielburger is a child labour activist and co-founder of “Free the Children” foundation and “Me to We.” He began researching child labour at twelve years of age and since then has built over 650 schools and implemented projects in 45 countries. He has won many awards including the Nelson Mandela Human Rights Award and the Office of the Order of Canada.

W. Andy Knight is Chair of the Department of Political Science and Professor of international relations at the University of Alberta. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and has written and edited several books and essays on aspects of multilateralism, global governance, peace and the United Nations. His most recent books include: Global Politics (Oxford University Press 2010), with Tom Keating, and the Routledge Handbook of the Responsibility to Protect (Routledge 2012), with Frazer Egerton.

Audrey Macklin is a professor at the Faculty of Law. She holds law degrees from Yale and Toronto, and a bachelor of science degree from Alberta. After graduating from Toronto, she served as law clerk to Mme Justice Bertha Wilson at the Supreme Court of Canada. Professor Macklin’s teaching areas include criminal law, administrative law, and immigration and refugee law. Her research and writing interests include transnational migration, citizenship, forced migration, feminist and cultural analysis, and human rights. She has published on these subjects in journals and collections of essays such as The Security of Freedom: Essays on Canada’s Anti-Terrorism Bill and Engendering Forced Migration.

Monia Mazigh speaks Arabic, French, and English fluently and holds a Ph.D. in finance from McGill University. Dr. Mazigh worked at the University of Ottawa and taught at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, British Columbia.  In 2004, she ran in the federal election, gaining the most votes for her riding in the history of the NDP. She was catapulted onto the public stage in 2002 when her husband Maher Arar was deported to Syria where he was tortured and held without charge for over a year.  During that time, Dr. Mazigh campaigned vigorously for her husband’s release and later fought to re-establish his reputation and sought reparations which were won along with an apology after a lengthy inquiry in January 2007. Her 2008 memoir Hope and Despair documents her ordeal after her husband’s arrest and her successful campaign to clear his name. Her first novel Mirroirs et mirages (2011) is published in French and explores the lives of four Muslim women. She lives with her two children and her husband in Ottawa.

John McCoy is a PhD candidate and Sessional Lecturer in Political Science at the University of Alberta.  His primary areas of research include multiculturalism, race and racism and citizenship. His dissertation examines the role of ‘xeno-racism’ or “fear of the stranger” in shaping the contemporary state approache to multiculturalism.

Marina Nemat is a nonfiction writer and human rights activist. A native of Tehran, she was arrested at the age of sixteen and spent more than two years in Evin, an Iranian political prison where she was tortured and came very close to execution. She emigrated to Canada in 1991 and published her memoir Prisoner of Tehran in 2007 – a finalist in many literary awards, it has been published in 28 other countries. She received the inaugural Human Dignity Award from the European Parliament and the prestigious Grinzane Prize in Italy. Her second book, After Tehran: A Life Reclaimed, was published in 2010.

Gar Pardy worked initially with the Meteorological Service of Canada in Gander, Goose Bay and Frobisher Bay (now Iqaluit). He joined the Canadian foreign service in 1967 and served in India, Kenya, and Washington, D.C.  He was ambassador to Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama.  In 1992, he became Director General of the Canadian Consular Service.  From 1996 until his retirement in 2003, he assisted various members of the Khadr family.  He now comments on public and foreign policy issues from Ottawa and his articles appear regularly in The Ottawa Citizen, The Globe and Mail,  Embassy-Canada’s Foreign Policy Newsweekly and the on-line Prism Magazine.  He is a regular contributor to the CBC, CTV and Global television networks.

Sheila Pratt has been analyzing and commenting on politics as a columnist, feature writer, and television commentator. Former managing editor of The Edmonton Journal, she is co-author of Running on Empty: Alberta After the Boom. She is a regular contributor to Alberta Views magazine.

Sherene Razack is professor of Sociology and Equity Studies in Education, the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto. Her research and teaching interests lie in the area of race and gender issues in the law.  Her most recent book is entitled Casting Out: The Eviction of Muslims From Western Law and Politics. She has also published Dark Threats and White Knights: The Somalia Affair, Peacekeeping and the New Imperialism, an edited collection Race, Space and the Law: Unmapping A White Settler Society, Looking White People in the Eye: Gender, Race, and Culture in Courtrooms and Classrooms and Canadian Feminism and the Law: The Women’s Legal and Education Fund and the Pursuit of Equality.

Rick Salutin is an award-winning writer and columnist for The Toronto Star.

Heather Spears is a Canadian writer and artist who has lived in Denmark since 1962. She has held over 75 solo exhibitions and published 11 collections of poetry and 3 novels of speculative fiction. She has published The Creative Eye  on visual perception and 3 books of drawings. Her latest collection of poetry is  I can still draw (2007). Her writing has won a number of literary prizes including a Governor General’s Award. She specializes in drawing children, in particular premature and other threatened infants, and she travels widely to draw in hospitals in the Middle East, Europe, and America.

Judith Thompson, a professor of drama at the University of Guelph, is one of Canada’s most esteemed playwrights for stage and radio as well as a dedicated teacher. Her plays have been produced around the world and she has also written for film and television. An officer of the Order of Canada, she was awarded two  Governor General’s Awards, an Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award, and the Chalmers Award. The Walter Carsen Prize for Excellence in the Performing Arts citation describes her as “a Canadian visionary, whose often disturbing work never leaves audiences unmoved.”  In 2008, she won the American Susan Smith Blackburn Prize that celebrates outstanding plays in English by Women.

Lola Lemire Tostevin is a bilingual writer who was born into a Franco-Ontarian family.  She has published seven collections of poetry, three novels and a collection of literary criticism.  An eighth collection of poems, Singed Wings will appear in 2012.  She is presently working on a book of short fictions.

Janice Williamson, Professor of English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta, teaches Canadian literature, cultural studies, and creative writing. Her edited books include Sounding Differences: Seventeen Canadian Women Writers and Up and Doing: Canadian Women and Peace (with Deborah Gorham.) She has also written books and short works of prose and poetry in innovative forms including Crybaby! and Tell Tale Signs.She writes on  Canadian writing and cultural studies, trauma, peace studies,  adoption and mothering.  She has won national poetry and magazine awards.

Richard J. Wilson is Professor of Law and founding director of the International Human Rights Law Clinic at American University’s Washington College of Law. He has lived or consulted in several Latin American countries and has lectured or consulted in the United States, Eastern and Western Europe, and Asia. He has authored articles and co-edited books and authors in international law and human rights. His scholarly interests include the globalization of public interest law, the death penalty and international law, the role of the defense in international war crimes trials, and clinical legal education in developing or transitional countries.

Grace Li Xiu Woo  LL.B., LL.M., LL.D. is a legal historian and a member of Lawyers Rights Watch Canada. Her study of judicial reasoning in Ghost Dancing with Colonialism: Decolonization and Indigenous Rights at the Supreme Court of Canada (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2011) challenges many received assumptions about Canada’s constitution and the rights of the First Nations. Her current research focus is on paradigm change and the impact of inter-cultural misunderstanding on judicial reasoning, education and governmental practice.

Jasmin Zine is an Associate Professor in Sociology and the Muslim Studies Option at Wilfred Laurier University. She teaches courses in the areas of critical race, gender, ethnic and postcolonial studies, education, and Muslim cultural politics in Canada. Her Canada-wide study of Muslim youth and the politics of empire, citizenship and belonging post 9/11 was funded by SSHRC. She participated in an expert working group to develop educational guidelines for combating discrimination against Muslims – part of an inter-governmental initiative spearheaded by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the Council of Europe. In 2008, she published Canadian Islamic Schools: Unraveling the Politics of Faith, Gender, Knowledge and Identity.

Rachel Zolf’s fourth full-length book of poetry is Neighbour Procedure (Coach House, 2010,) Human Resources won the Trillium Book Award. Her poem in this volume was composed through the process of searching for the words “child” and “soldier” in The Tolerance Project Archive. Eighty-six writers, artists, and thinkers donated their poetic DNA to The Tolerance Project (thetoleranceproject.blogspot.com), what could be the first collaborative MFA in Creative Writing ever, recently accomplished at The New School in New York. Each piece of donated poetic DNA was assigned a barcode. The poem contains poetic DNA traces from Tolerance Project donors Erín Mouré, Gary Barwin, Jordan Scott, Rachel Levitsky, Laura Elrick, Susan Schultz, Emily Beall, Rob Read, Evie Shockley, the Office of Institutional Research, and Communications and External Affairs. She is an Assistant Professor, Dept of English, University of Calgary.