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Rick Salutin is a Canadian novelist, playwright and critic. He is a strong advocate of left wing causes and writes a regular column in the Globe and Mail.
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Courts are terrible venues for illuminating human behaviour

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Most of the muddle, perplexity and aggravation re: the Ghomeshi trial and its witnesses this week -- Why did she see him again after he choked her? Why did she say the brute was "magic"? -- could have been avoided if this were happening in a novel or film instead of a courtroom. Courts are terrible venues for illuminating human behaviour, if that's what you happen to be looking for.

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Bernie Sanders has brought economic injustice back to progressive politics

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What happens when public education is destroyed? You get Donald Trump.

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How did U.S. politics reach this bizarre point, where so many are ready to vote for Donald Trump -- a situation encapsulated in a Daily News shot of Sarah Palin endorsing him, under the headline, "I'm With Stupid."

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What we can learn from the rise of Bernie Sanders

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The key to better Canadian crime shows lies in our past

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Amid the current abundance of watchable, nay addictive, TV series, there's Mozart in the Jungle. Très, très amusant. It's about love, hate, humour, misery -- and music -- in a fictional New York symphony orchestra.

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The real strength of Canadian nationalism might be its relative weakness

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Most annoying of 2015: Bernard-Henri Levy

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As I pondered my choice for Annoying Person of the Year, Bernard-Henri Levy kept popping into mind. He's no Trump, but luckily we're allowed to be annoyed beyond reason by people who aren't objectively all that significant. After all, annoyance is a relationship: we get out of it what we put into it.

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Trevor Noah is the outsider that U.S. television needed

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Talking about 'radicalization' misses the point

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Where did radicalization come from? The word, that is. Who makes the decision to drop these terms suddenly, like bombs, so that they decimate the political landscape and dominate all discussion? It also happened with "homeland." Before 9/11, it had been widely deployed only in Nazi Germany.

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Tablets turn the page to a new media experience

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