Erna’s best-selling, award-winning book, The End of Days: A Story of Tolerance, Tyranny, and the Expulsion of the Jews from Spain, will be re-published in an updated edition by Cormorant Books, Toronto. The new title is: From Tolerance to Tyranny: A Cautionary Tale from Fifteenth-Century Spain
Pre-order at Amazon.ca
Monday July 14, 2014, Globe and Mail
A man with soulful eyes and a wispy beard approached me at a recent academic meeting in St. Petersburg, Russia. “What do you hear in Canada about Crimea and the struggle in Ukraine?” he asked shyly. “We hear about a reborn Russian imperium, among other things,” I reply.
“That’s what Putin wants outsiders to think,” he said, “but it’s much more complicated. A few people feel uncomfortable over Crimea, but all of us grieve because the fighting in Ukraine is personal. It’s a family affair, a conflict over Mother Russia.” [more]
Monday June 16, 2014, Globe and Mail
Are you there Sigmund Freud? Your famous couch has fallen into disuse in recent years, but the need is urgent. In France, a public dispute has erupted between Jean-Marie Le Pen, 85, the retired leader of the far-right National Front party, and his daughter, Marine, whom he hand-picked to succeed him in 2011. On the surface it’s as elevated as a food fight. Papa made another of his notorious anti-Semitic remarks, suggesting he’d like to send a Jewish critic of his party to the crematory. Breaking with the past, Marine openly rebuked him, then cancelled his blog on the party’s website. The next day Papa addressed an open letter to his daughter, in which he claimed to be the victim of an injustice, spoke of the support he had received, and demanded the reinstatement of his blog. Then he posted the offending comments on his personal website. “I will not submit to totalitarian censorship,” he railed. [more]
Saturday, March 8, 2014
Erna Paris will deliver the keynote address at
the Providence Spirituality Centre,
1200 Princess St., Kingston, Ontario.
For more information:
International Women’s Day 2014 Conference
Read the full Keynote Address
Wednesday, January 29, 2014, Ottawa Citizen
We almost missed our flight several weeks ago at the end of a lengthy stay in Mexico. A raucous demonstration by thousands of the country’s teachers was blocking traffic near the historic centre of the capital.
The powerful teachers’ unions had been fighting back since President Enrique Peña Nieto announced education reforms last September. The reforms demanded testing and advancement according to merit. The unions objected. Many teachers are themselves poorly educated; in addition, many had inherited or bought their jobs. [more]