Canada: The Great Grey North

Canada growing old; who’s going to take care of them?
Rahman Mohamed

On May 3, 2017 Statistics Canada released the facts: Canada’s grey.  In 2016 there were more people on the ice that were losing their hair than growing it.

The comb-over generation (age 15-64) was still the largest (59%), controlling the puck, but the baldies outnumbered the babies, the seniors (65+) had a larger team than the juniors (under 15).  23.5% of males were 65+; 16.6% were under 15.  There were more oldies dying their hair (25.4%, women 65+) but fewer women than boys combing (15.3%, girls under 15).Canada population pyramid 2016

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Canada: A Nation Overseas?

A nation that might possibly increase its Atlantic and Pacific coastline
Rahman Mohamed

After the American election there were immediate reports of California proposing to leave the United States in response to the Presidency of Donald Trump.  There were propositions of California becoming its own nation or joining Canada with other Western Democratic states.  In terms of California Canada has seen movement in business; some have moved North while others have moved south.  #Calexit is still strong on Twitter.

Prior to this a new account advertising and supporting the California referendum (@YesCalafornia) has appeared and has been verified by Twitter.

Recently a suggestion appeared for Canada’s 11th province, one that sits across the Atlantic: Scotland. Continue reading

Understanding Syria

An intense conflict; friends and foes fighting side-by-side
Rahman Mohamed
Updated April 9, 2017

Today when a someone hear’s “Syria” they often think of ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria), ISIL (Islamic State in Iraq and Levant), or DAESH (Arabic acronym for ISIS).  What’s commonly misunderstood is the complications of the conflict in Syria.  Today conflict in Syria is made up of civil war, war against terrorism, and proxy wars that are evolving into direct war involving nations outside of Syria. Continue reading