Author Archives: Terry Glavin

About Terry Glavin

Terry Glavin has worked as a reporter, columnist and editor for a variety of newspapers. His assignments in recent years have taken him to Afghanistan, Israel, the Russian Far East, the Eastern Himalayas, Iraq, Syria, Turkey, Jordan, Geneva, China and Central America. He is the author of seven books and the co-author of three. His books have been published in Canada, Germany, the United States and the United Kingdom. He has won more than a dozen literary and journalism awards, including the Hubert Evans Prize and several National Magazine Awards, and the B.C. Lieutenant-Governor's Award for Literary Excellence. Terry's most recent book is Come From the Shadows - The Long and Lonely Struggle For Peace in Afghanistan.

Canada Day, 2015. Mahsie, Nika Illahie.

Further to my Canada Day column Finding the Right Words for Canada’s History I thought I’d put this up. It’s from Rain Language, a long poem in translation, the last poem I ever wrote. It was in dedication to the memory … Continue reading

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The Shock and Awe of 2013: “Knowing What We Know Now. . .”

“Knowing what we know now, would you have authorized the invasion of Iraq?” For my column this week, I figured, what the heck, I’m going to say “yes.” I say “yes” and I didn’t even support the invasion at the time … Continue reading

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My Heart Tonight Is Far Away, Across The Rolling Sea.

This moment is not a gift from Ireland to LGBT community. It’s the other way round. Thanks for making us proud of ourselves again. – Fintan O’Toole. It is an historic occasion, of course: The first time a country has … Continue reading

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“Tens of Billions” In Beijing Lucre Blowback: The Backstory

The smartass headline is because I’m trying to amuse myself after being rather let down by Foreign Minister Rob Nicholson’s shop on Wednesday. Having provided roughly 24 hours lead time I was assured of a fulsome response by my column … Continue reading

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You Have Come To The Attention Of The Authorities. . .

My column this week is about how Canada’s Unhappiest City owes much of its foul mood to Ottawa’s disastrous courtship of China’s lucre-laden princelings (National Post, Ottawa Citizen) through the scandalous Immigrant Investor Program. It’s been an elaborate swindle from the beginning, … Continue reading

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Document No. 9 and the Persecution of Gao Yu.

As a tribute to the brave 71-year-old Chinese journalist Gao Yu, what follows below is the text of Concerning the Situation in the Ideological Sphere.  It is the incendiary state-secret document that Gao has just been sentenced to seven years in prison for … Continue reading

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The Case Against Modi Is A Case Against Mother India

Addendum: A fair criticism of the column below might be that I cut Sikhs For Justice far too much slack. Today, at a rally at the Kanishka- Air India Flight 182 Memorial site Toronto, SFJ’s Jatinder Singh Grewal fingered Indian … Continue reading

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The Komagata Maru Story: More Awkward Than We’d Like.

Terry Glavin, National Post, April 8, 2015 History doesn’t lend itself to being abused and apologized for at the same time. Leonard Frank/Handout/Vancouver Public Library Special CollectionsArchival photo of some of the 376 Punjabis, mostly Sikhs, aboard the Komagata Maru … Continue reading

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