Hadani Ditmars is the author of Dancing in the No Fly Zone: a Woman's Journey Through Iraq. A former editor at New Internationalist, she has been reporting from the Middle East for two decades.
Comment: Religious leaders in Canada are right to speak out against hate crimes at home, but their double standards when it comes to Israel/Palestine are unacceptable, writes Hadani Ditmars.
How did it all come to this?
The international film festival featured dozens of films from the Middle East and North Africa, as the appetite grows for cinema from the region, reports Hadani Ditmars
(With apologies to Emma Goldman)
Comment: Discontent over expensive foreign wars and rising unemployment; to Trump, the concerns of Iranian protesters must sound eerily familiar, writes Hadani Ditmars.
Jerusalem is once again under the international spotlight, but the tensions between Palestinians and Israelis in the city were not always so evident, writes Hadani Ditmars.
World leaders are playing political chess with Jerusalem while Disneyfying its history, notes Hadani Ditmars.
Comment: How many more acts of violence and racism need occur before Ottawa admits we have our own home-grown issues, asks Hadani Ditmars.
Analysis: The injustice of a corrupt state fuels recruitment to armed groups, notes Hadani Ditmars.
Society: With significant Iranian and Arab communities, Vancouver's film festival has now become a hot-ticket event for new documentaries and feature films from across the Middle East, writes Hadani Ditmars.