Firearms occupy an intrinsic role in U.S. society and remain a potent symbol of freedom and democracy. So much so that the prospect for real change is slim
Oct 02, 2015
U.S. community college the site of a rampage that leaves Obama frustrated and underscores country’s tortured relationship with guns
Oct 01, 2015
Though nominally fighting the Islamic State, Russia’s first air strikes in Syria instead hit positions of other opponents to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad
Sep 30, 2015
In the United States, chip-based credit and debit cards are still a new and exotic thing, but they will become the norm as of this Thursday
Sep 29, 2015
U.S. pharmaceutical industry became focus of worldwide attention this month after news broke that Turing Pharmaceuticals had purchased rights to Daraprim and raised the price from $13.50 (U.S.) a tablet to $750
Sep 28, 2015
Republicans will soon need to tone down rhetoric – and hope electorate forgets what candidate had to say to get that far
Sep 24, 2015
International Council on Clean Transportation was just looking to compare vehicles’ government test result with real-world performance
Sep 23, 2015
Political outsiders Donald Trump and Ben Carson are surging in the poles at the expense of the party’s mainstream candidates in a crowded race that constantly threatens to descend to spectacle
Sep 17, 2015
Front-runner Trump is the main target as crowded field of GOP candidates gathers at presidential library for televised debate
Sep 15, 2015
A strong startup culture is emerging in Canada’s major cities, rebuilding an industry once dominated by BlackBerry, and Silicon Valley North seems poised to carry the load while the natural-resources sector slumps
Sep 13, 2015
Omar El Akkad is The Globe's Western United States reporter, based in Portland, Oregon. He has been with The Globe since 2005. Prior to becoming the newspaper's Western U.S. reporter, he worked as the technology reporter, parliamentary correspondent at the Ottawa bureau and general assignment reporter in Toronto.
Omar has covered many stories across the U.S., including dispatches on the new generation of Silicon Valley corporate giants, the mass protests in Ferguson, Mo., Arab Spring revolution in Egypt.
Omar is the recipient of a National Newspaper Award for investigative reporting and the Edward Goff Penny Memorial Prize for young Canadian journalists, and has been nominated for several National Magazine Awards. He is a graduate of Queen's University with a BSc (Hons) in Computing.