To Aurel Braun | 02Mar2010 | Orest Slepokura


Dear Professor Braun,

I draw your attention to the letter copied below from the March 2, 2010 edition of Toronto Star.

It is, of course, unflattering; but is it unfair? Naturally, I expect that you should and will respond.

“McCarthyism?” Them’s fightin’ words -- or word, in this case. Let’s keep the pot boiling, shall we?

Debate and transparency are good -- however much they may alarm the plutocratic among us.


Orest Slepokura
Strathmore, Alta.

Toronto Star | 02Mar2010 | Robert Bruce Sims

Re: Expecting transparency from rights agency, Letter Feb. 27,2010, Toronto Star

Professor Aurel Braun, chair, board of directors, Rights and Democracy would have us believe he and his colleagues were given their appointments so as to bring a sense of fiscal order to this organization. They were appointed to ensure this organization would follow the "unwritten" Stephen Harper Middle East foreign policy: "Israel –- right or wrong" –- and have been found out.

In direct contrast to Chairman Braun and his two colleagues, I do not subscribe to the view that human rights are divisible or that some human beings or nation states are immune from criticisms of human rights policies because of either religious beliefs or nationality.

The McCarthyism in Braun's letter is even more abhorrent.

Robert Bruce Sims, Ottawa