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Tony Burman / @TonyBurman

Former head of CBC News and Al Jazeera English

Tony Burman is former head of CBC News in Canada and Al Jazeera English in Qatar and was a distinguished visiting professor at Ryerson University’s School of Journalism between 2011 and 2016. Since 2011, he has been a contributing world affairs columnist with the Toronto Star. While managing director of Al Jazeera’s English news channel in Qatar from 2008-2010, its worldwide reach more than doubled to 220 million households, and he led the campaign that brought Al Jazeera to Canada in 2009 and expanded it throughout the United States. In October 2009, Arabian Business Magazine named him the second most influential non-Arab in the Arab world. While at the CBC, he spent more than three decades as an award-winning news and documentary producer, working in 30 countries, including seven years as CBC’s editor-in-chief. He began his journalistic career as a reporter with the Montreal Star.

Most Recent Posts

Burman: Should U.S. diplomats meet with Hamas leaders when conducting ‘shuttle diplomacy’ in the Middle East?

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November 23, 2012

“Yes”, “yes”, a thousand times “yes”. The deadly stalemate between Israelis and Palestinians is a dangerous threat to all sides, including to the State of Israel. If the current Israeli government is too foolish to recognize this, surely its American friends are not. The curse of the Middle East is that millions of innocent people […]

Burman: Will Obama be successful in convincing Netanyahu not to strike Iran?

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March 5, 2012

In any rational world, the answer would be “yes”. If an attack happened, the biggest loser would be Israel. Iran’s retaliation would be brutal, and it would further isolate Israel in the region. An attack would also only delay Iran’s nuclear development by a year or two. Incredibly, it would come when sanctions against Iran […]

Burman: Should religion be a tool of Canadian foreign policy?

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February 19, 2012

No, definitely not. It would be a foolish approach that would only undermine Canada’s credibility in the world. And to what end? Surely, the rich diversity of our own population is a reminder we need to tread carefully on potentially explosive issues. Having lived until recently in the Middle East where religion both dominates and […]