Nadine Tahan

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Nadine is currently working as a Research Analyst for Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME). Her focus at CJPME includes human rights and civil liberties as they relate to Canada and the Middle East. She is a McGill University graduate of Lebanese-Canadian origin, having graduated with a BA in Political Science with minors in World Islamic and Middle East Studies and Women’s Studies.

Nadine is greatly interested in Canadian and Middle Eastern politics and women's issues. More specifically, she is passionate about the racism, sexism, and xenophobia Middle Eastern women face in Canada, especially those visibly identifiable as Muslim. In addition, she is interested in challenging the essentializing representations of Middle Eastern people as backwards, monolithic, and exotic, which have been used to justify Western imperialism in the Middle East to “save” Muslim women.

See Nadine Tahan's articles below:


Dubious Prognosis for Canadian aid to Palestine  (Nov 17, 2016)

This article was originally published on Nov. 16, 2016 on the Huffington Post.

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Until I looked more closely at Governor General David Johnston’s recent trip to the Middle East, I was totally oblivious to the fact that Canada funds programs to help Palestinian women. Long concerned about the plight of women in the Middle East, I was thrilled to learn that Canada funds a CARE International program to increase Palestinian women’s access to the labour force.  

Admittedly, I wasn’t fully aware of the plight Palestinian women workers until recently, as this topic doesn’t get much attention in academia or Western mainstream media.  What I learned was sobering....

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Muslim Canadians Must Hold Trudeau Government Accountable  (Oct 25, 2016)

This article was originally published on Oct. 25, 2016 on the Huffington Post.

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As the Harper era ended and Trudeau’s term began in late 2015, a collective sigh of relief could be heard from ethnic communities all across Canada, especially from Muslim Canadians. From opposing niqabs at citizenship ceremonies to setting up a hotline for individuals to report the “barbaric cultural practices” of their fellow Canadians - which would have undoubtedly targeted Muslims and those believed to be Muslim - Steven Harper’s Conservative government proved to be highly intolerant of certain minority communities and certainly aided in the heightening of tensions against ethnic and religious groups in the country. 

It is no surprise, then, that Trudeau’s comparatively progressive stances and charismatic personality have been so enthusiastically embraced by Muslim Canadians. As a Muslim Canadian myself, I have witnessed the raw enthusiasm within the community over our new Prime Minister. I can’t tell you the number of times my Muslim friends have posted selfies with our “dreamy” Prime Minister on social media. Many others have either proudly shared posts of the PM doing some pretty quirky things, like practicing yoga moves on a desk or showing off his Bhangra dancing skills....

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