Michele Landsberg November 10
There is so much gorgeous poetry and enchanting nature imagery in Dream that I've always revelled in the shimmery, glimmery words, while flinching away from the embarrassing, even horrifying, spectac
Lyle Stewart November 9
For those new to the debate around globalization, trade deals such as the Free Trade Area of the Americas are not about trade at all but about the privatization of public goods and services. In othe
Rick Salutin November 9
Whatever the virtues of simplifying the news, you have to admit there aren't many places to go once you reduce a huge mess to something like good versus evil. As we've seen this past week, the news o
Dalton Camp November 7
The combination of reasonably objective coverage of the war blessedly free of commercials and program promos offers the viewer considerably therapeutic benefits while making him or her better informe
Parker Barss Donham November 7
Petty pot busts in Canada last year left thousands of youngsters with the stigma, and barrier to future employment, of a conviction. They diverted police from real crimes. They propelled hundreds of
Roy Adams November 7
Bush announced with a grin that he wanted bin Laden "dead or alive" an approach to justice that was the norm in the fabled American Wild West. Despite all of the feel-good movies made about it, the W
Naomi Klein November 7
Naomi Klein
As negotiators at the World Trade Organization meetings in Qatar wrangle over agricultural subsidies, softwood lumber and pharmaceutical patents, helicopters will be waiting to whisk U.S. delegates o
Jerry West November 7
Jerry West
We hear about wars protecting our way of life, which in many ways may be true. But the statement begs the question, Why is it that we have a way of life that attracts wars?
Thomas Walkom November 6
The U.S. and its friends will almost certainly drive the Taliban from Kabul (although, perhaps, not until next year). They will almost certainly not end the Afghan civil war, which, now fuelled by a
Linda McQuaig November 5
This breathless dismissal of the suffering of well over a billion people around the world as mere "garden variety social problems" is stunning in itself. But what of its connection to terrorism?
Parker Barss Donham November 4
A realistic war against terror will make more use of architects, engineers, urban planners, sociologists, computer scientists, and psychologists than police. As a society, we need to think in an orga
Dalton Camp November 4
What we seem to have got ourselves into is a war our side cannot lose, in any traditional sense, but cannot win either. Then, it also seems likely that the losses will prove more enduring and provoca
Michele Landsberg November 4
Even witnesses - never mind columnists in the conservative press who make a point of grovelling to male dominance - seem to slip easily into seeing events from the murderer's vantage point.
Michele Landsberg November 3
"It was the incredible silence that struck me as I walked down through the empty streets covered with white ash," Nahama told me in New York last week. "Older people say there was the same intense, s
Thomas Walkom November 3
Across the country, newspapers headlined what they called the dollar's "woes" while analysts beat their breasts trying to figure out what Canadians have done wrong.
Rick Salutin November 2
We are at a point where there may be no security for anyone in the world unless there is security for all. That used to be rhetoric; now it's close to literal truth. The deaths of more innocents will
Judy Rebick November 1
Judy Rebick
The burgeoning media-democracy movement is an important component of the anti-globalization movement. Young people are fed up with corporate control of our society. Nowhere is that control more destr
Rachel Giese November 1
An increasingly concentrated ownership of media organizations has meant that news coverage is more uniform and is more often programmed based on how well it will sell. And terror sells. Especially wh
Parker Barss Donham October 31
Whatever their personal view of nudists or rave dancers, police should respect the law. Their overseers should demand nothing less.
Dalton Camp October 31
Accusing the CBC of bias, the Fraser Institute complained that the CBC "is a government-owned, government supported organization ... and we cannot have government-supported bias." The charge is, of c
Thomas Walkom October 30
It already is illegal in Canada to blow up buildings. Police and CSIS already possess extensive authority. The government manifested that last week when it used extraordinary powers under the Immigra
Michele Landsberg October 28
It's mulch time. Well, it's always mulch time, but for me this is the time of year when I remember a hidden courtyard in downtown Toronto, tucked into a maze of old factory buildings at the end of a
Parker Barss Donham October 28
A parade of expert witnesses are wary of the Chrétien government's anti-terrorism bill, which would allow police to arrest and detain persons suspected of crimes that haven't even taken pl
Dalton Camp October 28
Only American diplomacy, not its war machine, can subdue the passions and reconcile the grievances of the Middle East, now ominously spreading as a cancer to the Indian subcontinent.
Michele Landsberg October 27
They began as "fanzines" when punk rock was still political and largely ignored or misunderstood by mainstream media, and followers decided to spread the word themselves. The urgently political and q
Thomas Walkom October 27
Crackdowns make the public feel better but do little to stop violence. The debate surrounding Canada's tough, new anti-terrorist bill focuses on whether it will erode civil liberties, but security ex
Rick Salutin October 26
What is the alternative to the clashing civilizations schema? It's that we live in an interconnected, interpenetrated world in which you cannot hive off nations or cultures. I mean, do you take globa
Dalton Camp October 24
War is an exercise in excess. We emerge from battle choking on the blood of innocents. Self-deception is always helpful to those of delicate sensibility. Hence, we do try to limit collateral damage a
Parker Barss Donham October 24
Civilized societies regard security of the person as a fundamental value worthy of stringent protection. That's why police in free societies can't arbitrarily search large numbers of people on mere s
Jerry West October 24
Jerry West
War is what they like to call it because it makes it sound so much more manly and heroic - and easier to provoke the passions of the gullible on both sides. After all, some people might think twice

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