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Akaash Maharaj's projects, articles, broadcasts, and blog serving the public good and advancing the national interest. On politics, public policy, liberalism, foreign affairs, and equestrian sport.



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WADA and the IOC Will be One Another's Salvation or Undoing

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 11:00:00 EDT

(image) Too many of the World Anti-Doping Agency's ostensible sport partners appear to feel that the agency has betrayed them, by unmasking the ugly truths that lie behind the Olympic's impeccable fictions.




Montreal Gazette: WADA and the IOC Will be One Another's Salvation or Undoing

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 08:30:00 EDT

(image) In my article in the Gazette, I caution the International Olympic Committee against undermining the World Anti-Doping Agency. Not everyone who stands up to you is your enemy, just as not everyone who flatters you is your friend.




Akaash Maharaj - News: Corruption Declared a Crime Against Humanity

Mon, 09 Dec 2013 09:30:02 EST

(image) Reuters reports on our efforts at the United Nations: There are some forms of corruption so grave, whose effects on human life, human rights, and human welfare are so catastrophic, that they should shock the conscience of the international community and mobilise the will of nations to act across borders. They are Crimes Against Humanity, and should be prosecuted in the highest national and international courts.




Akaash Maharaj - Advisory: New Leadership for the GOPAC Global Secretariat

Wed, 10 Apr 2013 18:01:00 EDT

(image) I am enormously grateful to the Board of the Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption for their confidence in naming me their Executive Director, and I will work tirelessly to justify their faith. I feel deeply privileged to have a chance to work with GOPAC's global alliance of democratically elected parliamentarians to fight political corruption and advance the rule of law around the world.




Akaash Maharaj - Projects: Tent Pegging with UNICEF Team Canada

Thu, 08 Feb 2007 08:55:02 EST

(image) Of my many eccentricities, none is as improbable as my involvement in tent pegging. Often referred to as equestrian skill-at-arms, the sport has a mounted cavalier riding at a full gallop across a timed course, on the flat and over jumps, using sword and lance to smite a succession of ground and elevated targets. Yes, really... Like most tent peggers, I was introduced to the sport through service in a cavalry regiment. Seat a man on a horse, hand him a sword, and set him off at a gallop: any ability to resist tent pegging will immediately abandon him.




Group Sword at the International Tent Pegging Championships - Akaash Maharaj Photocast

Thu, 05 Apr 2007 10:10:03 EDT

(image) On the final day of competition at the world equestrian skill-at-arms championships in Oman, my horse Shomool remained in a surly mood. The rider to our left is keeping a considered distance, as Shomool had just attempted to deliver a slaying kick to his horse; Shomool's rear hooves came within centimetres of the intended victim. The warhorse's wayward bloodlust would remain with Shomool for the rest of the competition, and he seemed dejected that I insisted on coming between him and his wrath. A full account of the games is at my March 2007 blog.


Media Files:
http://www.maharaj.org/images/pc_gsword.jpg




Addressing the United Nations - Akaash Maharaj PodcastAddressing the United Nations - Akaash Maharaj Podcast

Sun, 07 Jun 2015 11:00:00 EDT

(image) (image) Addressing the United Nations was one of the more intimidating experiences of my life. I spoke on behalf of GOPAC's global alliance of parliamentarians, on our work to bring kleptocrats to justice.


Media Files:
http://www.maharaj.org/video/MP3/un22apr2015.mp3




TVO's The Agenda: The New McCarthyismTVO's The Agenda: The New McCarthyism

Mon, 02 Jul 2012 11:00:01 EDT

(image) (image) (image) There is no worse cancer in a free society than the thuggish impulse to equate dissent as disloyalty... The greatest patriot is the person with the courage to be the lone voice in the crowd crying out that the Emperor has no clothes. The test of our society's democratic nature is our instinct to value the right of our fellow human beings to disagree with us.


Media Files:
http://www.maharaj.org/video/QuickTime/agenda26jun2012.mov




TVO's The Agenda: Forgiving the Unforgivable - Akaash Maharaj VideocastTVO's The Agenda: Forgiving the Unforgivable - Akaash Maharaj Videocast

Thu, 14 Jun 2012 16:15:01 EDT

(image) (image) (image) Our capacity to do violence to one another is the worst tragedy of the human condition, but it makes our still greater capacity to forgive one another all the more powerful.


Media Files:
http://www.maharaj.org/video/QuickTime/agenda13jun2012.mov




TVO's The Agenda: The Raj, the Reich, and the Good Fight - Akaash Maharaj VideocastTVO's The Agenda: The Raj, the Reich, and the Good Fight - Akaash Maharaj Videocast

Sat, 07 Apr 2012 12:00:01 EDT

(image) (image) (image) Gandhi and Bose were brothers in the hunger for justice, and both had followers who were willing to die for freedom rather than live as slaves. But one group was so blinded by passion for its cause, that it was willing to join hands with regimes whose very names have become bywords for evil in almost every spoken language on the planet.


Media Files:
http://www.maharaj.org/video/QuickTime/agenda04apr2012.mov




TVO's The Agenda: A Meritocracy Worth Fighting For - Akaash Maharaj VideocastTVO's The Agenda: A Meritocracy Worth Fighting For - Akaash Maharaj Videocast

Sat, 03 Mar 2012 15:45:01 EST

(image) (image) (image) Throughout our history, Canada has grown through the toil of generations of Canadians who were inspired by the belief that our country is free of the rigid class systems of the Old World, that Canadians' success or failure depends on our own efforts and our own abilities...But in recent years, we have come to doubt our faith in this meritocracy.


Media Files:
http://www.maharaj.org/video/QuickTime/agenda02mar2012.mov




TVO's The Agenda: Resistance is Not Futile - Akaash Maharaj VideocastTVO's The Agenda: Resistance is Not Futile - Akaash Maharaj Videocast

Sat, 28 Jan 2012 18:00:01 EST

(image) (image) (image) In any democracy worthy of the name, it is not merely the right, but the responsibility of every citizen to resist unjust laws... but there is a contrast between making a scene, and making a difference. There is a choice between the comfort of self-righteous illusion, and the peril of self-sacrificing commitment. There is a hard journey between railing against unjust laws, and living out a life that models justice.


Media Files:
http://www.maharaj.org/video/QuickTime/agenda27jan2012.mov




TVO's The Agenda: Hope for the Holidays - Akaash Maharaj VideocastTVO's The Agenda: Hope for the Holidays - Akaash Maharaj Videocast

Sun, 18 Dec 2011 19:15:01 EST

(image) (image) (image) We will be able to hold our heads high before the judgement of history if we can reply that in our season, we held on to hope, we put aside our doubts, we came together believing in our better selves, and we remembered that we have always burned brightest as a nation during the darkest hours.


Media Files:
http://www.maharaj.org/video/QuickTime/agenda16dec2011.mov




TVO's The Agenda: To Lead or to Serve - Akaash Maharaj VideocastTVO's The Agenda: To Lead or to Serve - Akaash Maharaj Videocast

Fri, 25 Nov 2011 14:45:01 EST

(image) (image) (image) Over the past quarter century, political parties have too often lurched away from being mass movements of individual Canadians sharing a common vision of the public good, and towards being backdrops for individual party leaders who speak the language of democracy while wielding near-absolute power over their elected caucuses.


Media Files:
http://www.maharaj.org/video/QuickTime/agenda30oct2011.mov




TVO's The Agenda: Liberalism of Conviction and of Convenience - Akaash Maharaj VideocastTVO's The Agenda: Liberalism of Conviction and of Convenience - Akaash Maharaj Videocast

Fri, 11 Nov 2011 19:10:01 EST

(image) (image) (image) The 20th century began as the age of the dictator. It ended with liberalism having come of age as the ascendant political philosophy across the world. Yet liberal parties everywhere are in crisis. Can they grow with the success of liberalism, or have they been outgrown by the success of their own political philosophy?


Media Files:
http://www.maharaj.org/video/QuickTime/agenda23june2011.mov




TVO's The Agenda: Faith in Secularism - Akaash Maharaj VideocastTVO's The Agenda: Faith in Secularism - Akaash Maharaj Videocast

Fri, 24 Jun 2011 01:36:01 EDT

(image) (image) (image) Speaking on TVOntario's The Agenda with Steve Paikin, I make the case that separation of church and state is as much in the interests of the church as it is in the interests of the state. However, upholding the ideal of the secular state often demands more courage than we might expect.


Media Files:
http://www.maharaj.org/video/QuickTime/agenda30may2011.mov




TVO's The Agenda: The Arab Spring - Akaash Maharaj VideocastTVO's The Agenda: The Arab Spring - Akaash Maharaj Videocast

Thu, 31 Mar 2011 12:31:01 EDT

(image) (image) (image) In my broadcast essay for TVOntario's The Agenda with Steve Paikin, I argue that despite our sometimes chequered history in the region, Western states have an obligation to enforce the Libyan no-fly zone, both to protect civilians and to ensure that the Arab Spring and the hopes for democracy in the region are not snuffed out in the killing fields of Libya.


Media Files:
http://www.maharaj.org/video/QuickTime/agenda24mar2011.mov




TVO's The Agenda: Truth, Casualties, and War - Akaash Maharaj VideocastTVO's The Agenda: Truth, Casualties, and War - Akaash Maharaj Videocast

Sun, 21 Nov 2010 10:01:01 EST

(image) (image) (image) Videocast of my televised essay for TVOntario's The Agenda with Steve Paikin, on Canada's role in Afghanistan: Our ability to successfully conclude the mission and effect an honourable departure is being prejudiced by an ignominious political retreat from the truth: the truth about why we went to Afghanistan in the first place and what we are actually trying to achieve there... I fear that the current government is unwilling to engage in an honest national debate about our objectives in Afghanistan, because it believes that Canadians prefer easy lies to hard truths. But Canadians are not the fools or the cowards that such politicians take us for.


Media Files:
http://www.maharaj.org/video/QuickTime/agenda18nov2010.mov




TVO's The Agenda: An Injection of Moralism - Akaash Maharaj VideocastTVO's The Agenda: An Injection of Moralism - Akaash Maharaj Videocast

Mon, 25 Oct 2010 09:01:01 EDT

(image) (image) (image) In this, my second broadcast essay for TVOntario's The Agenda with Steve Paikin, I argue that the efforts by the federal government to place emotion above reason and shut down Insite are unworthy of our country's better traditions and higher responsibilities. It is little more than an effort to purchase easy political popularity at the expense of a wretched and unpopular segment of society.


Media Files:
http://www.maharaj.org/video/QuickTime/agenda21oct2010.mov




TVO's The Agenda: The Rights of Vulgar Little Cowards - Akaash Maharaj VideocastTVO's The Agenda: The Rights of Vulgar Little Cowards - Akaash Maharaj Videocast

Sat, 02 Oct 2010 08:01:01 EDT

(image) (image) (image) In this, my maiden broadcast essay for TVOntario's The Agenda with Steve Paikin, I argue that freedom of expression is too fundamental a right to be casually abridged, and that the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal must be stripped of its power to regulate public expression.


Media Files:
http://www.maharaj.org/video/QuickTime/agenda30sep2010.mov




Team Canada Rides Again - Akaash Maharaj PodcastTeam Canada Rides Again - Akaash Maharaj Podcast

Thu, 18 Mar 2010 02:15:00 EDT

(image) (image) CBC Radio One's Fresh Air interviews me on whether Team Canada will be able to repeat our improbable dominance of tent pegging, the cavalry sport of horse, sword, sabre and lance, as I saddle-up to compete at the 2010 International Championships in New Delhi.


Media Files:
http://www.maharaj.org/video/MP3/freshair14mar10.mp3




Chivalry and the Thrill of Tent Pegging - Akaash Maharaj PodcastChivalry and the Thrill of Tent Pegging - Akaash Maharaj Podcast

Tue, 13 Feb 2007 16:05:01 EST

(image) (image) An interview with CBC Ontario Today's Rita Celli, on UNICEF Team Canada, the international equestrian skill-at-arms championships,and galloping hell for leather for honour and country


Media Files:
http://www.maharaj.org/video/MP3/cbcont12feb07.mp3




Sword, Lance, and Adrenaline - Akaash Maharaj PodcastSword, Lance, and Adrenaline - Akaash Maharaj Podcast

Fri, 09 Feb 2007 10:15:01 EST

(image) (image) Andy Barrie tries, largely in vain, to restrain his mirth as we discuss the upcoming world equestrian skill-at-arms championships in Oman, at which I will represent the country as a member of UNICEF Team Canada. The segment was originally broadcast on CBC Radio One's Metro Morning.


Media Files:
http://www.maharaj.org/video/MP3/metro08feb07.mp3




Politics and Principles - Akaash Maharaj PodcastPolitics and Principles - Akaash Maharaj Podcast

Tue, 28 Nov 2006 01:30:01 EST

(image) (image) In the wake of the Quebecois Nation issue, TV Ontario's The Agenda asks if politics and principles are Canada's true twin solitudes. With Steve Paikin as moderator, Val Meredith for the Conservatives, Robin Sears for the NDP, and I for the Liberals.


Media Files:
http://www.maharaj.org/video/MP3/agenda24nov06.mp3




Visionary Politics - Akaash Maharaj PodcastVisionary Politics - Akaash Maharaj Podcast

Thu, 05 Jan 2006 08:30:01 EST

(image) (image) A feature-length CBC Radio One national debate between Judy Rebick of the NDP, Adam Daifallah of the Conservative Party, and myself on visionary politics in Canada.


Media Files:
http://www.maharaj.org/video/MP3/visioncbc05jan06.mp3