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Is it time to reform the Senate? In the past, I’ve resisted the temptation to climb aboard the reform “bandwagon” believing that the existence an independent house of “sober second thought” like the Senate in our legislative process is a good thing. Not having to pander to special interests or party officials to keep their jobs, an independent Senate ensures that bills passed by a sometimes emotionally-charged House of Commons are as fair and effective as we all want them to be. Now, after giving the subject my own dose of “sober second thought”, I’ve changed my mind.
The recent spate of commentary in media about the troubles in Egypt illustrates how widespread is the confusion among the "commentariat" class in the West witnessing the "breakdown" of democracy when an elected president was unceremoniously removed by the military.
In the face of a growing body of evidence indicating the present approach to transportation security is ineffective, wasteful and makes air travel unbearable, there are surprisingly few voices calling for reform.
Since 9/11 the West has been confounded with the question whether Islam and Islamism are one and same, or if there is a critical distinction to be drawn between the two. How this question is answered has profound implications for understanding and explaining the immense convulsion seizing the Muslim world, and on how best to frame a proper response without undermining or eroding the secular and liberal democratic culture of the West.