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Eric Margolis (journalist)

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Eric S. Margolis
Eric S. Margolis

1942 (age 81–82)
Alma materGeorgetown University
University of Geneva
New York University

Eric S. Margolis (born 1942 or 1943)[1] is an American-born journalist and writer. For 27 years, ending in 2010,[2] he was a contributing editor to the Toronto Sun[3] chain of newspapers, writing mainly about the Middle East, South Asia and Islam. He contributes to the Huffington Post and appears frequently on Canadian television broadcasts, as well as on CNN.[4] A multinational, he holds residences in New York, Paris, Toronto[5] and Banff, Alberta, Canada.[6] Margolis inherited Canadian vitamin manufacturer Jamieson Laboratories from his father in 1989[7] and owned it until 2014, when he sold it to a US private equity firm.[8]



Margolis was born in New York City in 1943 to Henry M. Margolis and Nexhmie Zaimi, an American-Albanian. His father was a New York businessman, restaurant owner, theatrical producer and investor, while his mother was a journalist and author.[5] Eric Margolis holds degrees from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, the University of Geneva, Switzerland, and New York University MBA Program.[9]


Margolis writes a regular column for the Huffington Post and also writes for Dawn,[10] an English language Pakistani newspaper, the Gulf Times[11] in Qatar, the Khaleej Times[12] in Dubai, The New York Times[13] and The American Conservative.[14][15] He appears regularly on such television outlets as CNN,[4] Fox, CBC,[4] British Sky Broadcasting News, NPR, and CTV.[16][17] He is a regular guest on the TV Ontario's The Agenda[18] after previously regularly appearing on its predecessor programme Studio 2.

He is affiliated with several organizations including International Institute of Strategic Studies[19] in London and the Institute of Regional Studies[4] based in Islamabad, Pakistan.

Animal rights[edit]

Margolis and his wife Dana have been animal rights activists for several decades. Together they created the charity The Eric S. Margolis Family Foundation which works to prevent animal cruelty and focuses on issues such as factory farming, puppy mills, and elephant poaching.[20] In summer 2019, Margolis donated $16,000 to cover the veterinarian costs of helping a puppy in critical condition that was thrown from a 6th floor condominium balcony in Toronto [1] Archived 2019-08-01 at the Wayback Machine and was actively involved in the rescue of the Elephant Kaavan from the Islamabad Zoo in Pakistan, together with Four Paws International and Free the Wild Foundation.[21]


Political views on United States[edit]

Margolis identifies his politics as "Eisenhower Republican". Though his domestic political persuasion is moderately conservative (he is an anti-communist and a supporter of capitalism), Margolis' views on the Middle East are sharply at odds with those of the neoconservatives.[22]

Margolis wrote this about Barack Obama's election:

Americans did not "liberate" Iraq, but they certainly liberated their own nation last week by sweeping the Republican Party from power. One prays America's long nightmare of foreign aggressions, fear, religious extremism, and flirting with neo-fascism is finally at an end.[23]

In a 2009 column, Margolis stated that an American politician he very much admires is Ron Paul.[24] Margolis wrote about Paul:

I came to deeply respect and admire Paul's courage, honesty, and his refusal to accept special interest money ... In fact, Rep. Paul has been a model of the type of legislators envisaged by America's founding fathers: men of high moral standards and intellect dedicated to the nation's wellbeing. He reminds me in many ways of the fiercely upright senators of the early Roman Republic.[24]

Margolis has said he rejects the Republican Party of 2010 because of the growing influence of the Tea Party movement, which he says now appeals to the fears and prejudices of its followers.[25]

Middle East[edit]

Margolis is best known from his coverage of Palestine and Kashmir. Margolis' mother, Nexhmie Zaimi, was also a journalist who spent a long time in the Middle East documenting the plight of the Palestinians during the 1950s.[26] Her influence, plus Margolis's role as a foreign correspondent in the Mideast and travelling with the mujahideen during the Soviet–Afghan War, invested Margolis with a strong interest in the Muslim World. In a January 2009 column entitled "Eradicating Hamas", Margolis called the Gaza War a "final solution campaign" on the part of Israel, and called Hamas a popular revolutionary movement that had stood up for the rights of Palestinians "ethnically cleansed" in 1948.[27]

World history[edit]

In a November 2008 book review entitled "Deflating the Churchill Myth", Margolis in the Toronto Sun endorsed Pat Buchanan's book Churchill, Hitler and the Unnecessary War as a "powerful new book".[28] Margolis stated:

Buchanan's heretical view, and mine, is that the Western democracies should have let Hitler expand his Reich eastward until it inevitably went to war with the even more dangerous Soviet Union. Once these despotisms had exhausted themselves, the Western democracies would have been left dominating Europe. The lives of millions of Western civilians and soldiers would have been spared.[28]

In a 2009 essay entitled "Don't Blame Hitler Alone for World War II", Margolis endorsed the claims of Viktor Suvorov that Operation Barbarossa was a "preventive war" forced on Hitler by an alleged impending Soviet attack, and that it is wrong to give Hitler "total blame" for World War II.[29]


  • War at the Top of the World: The Struggle for Afghanistan, Kashmir, and Tibet (ISBN 0-415-93062-6) Routledge 1999
  • American Raj: The West and the Muslim World (ISBN 1-554-70087-6) Key Porter September, 2008. Finalist in English non-fiction category at 2009 Governor General's Awards for Literary Merit.


  1. ^ "Al Qaeda contemplated giving Canadian journalists 'special media material' for 10th anniversary". Toronto Star. May 4, 2012. Retrieved May 5, 2012.
  2. ^ Garris, Eric, Sun Newspapers Fire Eric Margolis After Receiving Canadian Govt Grants, antiwar.com, 24 July 2010, retrieved 24 July 2010
  3. ^ "Toronto Sun page". Retrieved 2009-07-14.
  4. ^ a b c d Margolis, Eric. "Brief bio at huffingtonpost.com". Huffington Post. Archived from the original on 2009-07-23. Retrieved 2009-07-14.
  5. ^ a b Rita Zekas (Feb 3, 2012). "Couple live in the dog house". Toronto: Toronto Star. Retrieved Feb 18, 2013.
  6. ^ "Eric Margolis". Archived from the original on 2009-10-04. Retrieved 2010-01-25.
  7. ^ http://www.prnewswire.co.uk/cgi/news/release?id=106854[dead link]
  8. ^ "U.S. firm buys Jamieson for $300M". windsorstar. Retrieved 2021-06-30.
  9. ^ news release. "Interview opportunity - Britain's Sky News heralds Eric Margolis as 'The Man Who Got it Right About Iraq'". PRNewswire. Archived from the original on January 16, 2018. Retrieved Feb 18, 2013.
  10. ^ "Article written for Dawn Aug 5 2002". Retrieved 2009-07-14.
  11. ^ "A Margolis acticle in Gulf Times". Archived from the original on 2009-10-03. Retrieved 2009-07-15.
  12. ^ "Khaleej Times article by Margolis". Retrieved 2009-09-02.
  13. ^ "Margolis article in New York Times". The New York Times. 2007-09-04. Retrieved 2009-08-02.
  14. ^ "Article by Margolis in American Conservative". Retrieved 2009-08-02.
  15. ^ "PDF of American Conservative listing Margolis as Contributing Editor". Archived from the original (PDF) on 2009-10-03. Retrieved 2009-08-02.
  16. ^ "recent reference to CTV interview". 16 July 2009. Archived from the original on 2009-10-03. Retrieved 2009-08-02.
  17. ^ "recent CTV interview". Retrieved 2009-08-02.[dead link]
  18. ^ "Agenda interview with Margolis". Archived from the original on 2009-10-03. Retrieved 2009-08-02.
  19. ^ "PDF of IISS membership list". Archived from the original on 2011-06-04. Retrieved 2009-07-15.
  20. ^ "About the Eric S. Margolis Family Foundation". Archived from the original on 2015-02-15. Retrieved 2015-03-18.
  21. ^ ‘World’s loneliest elephant’ Kaavan starts trip to Cambodia vom 29. November 2020 in Apnews.com
  22. ^ "Margolis declares his politics and admiration for Eisenhower". Archived from the original on 2009-10-04. Retrieved 2009-07-14.
  23. ^ Margolis, Eric (November 10, 2008). "Obama's Very Long To-Do List". ericmargolis.com. Archived from the original on October 4, 2009. Retrieved 2009-10-21.
  24. ^ a b Margolis, Eric (July 6, 2009). "Dr Ron Paul Has The Right Cure For America". ericmargolis.com. Archived from the original on October 4, 2009. Retrieved 2009-10-21.
  25. ^ "Eric Margolis: The current Republican Party appeals to fear and prejudice Video". Archived from the original on 2012-04-03. Retrieved 2010-07-24.
  26. ^ "Margolis writes of mother's coverage of Middle East June 2, 2003". Archived from the original on October 3, 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-14.
  27. ^ "Eradicating Hamas"[permanent dead link], ericmargolis.com, January 12, 2009
  28. ^ a b Margolis, Eric (November 17, 2008). "Deflating the Churchill Myth". ericmargolis.com. Archived from the original on 2009-10-04. Retrieved 2009-10-21.
  29. ^ Margolis, Eric (September 7, 2000). "Don't Blame Hitler Alone for World War II". ericmargolis.com. Archived from the original on October 4, 2009. Retrieved 2009-10-21.

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