Linda McQuaig

Jun 6, 2005

We've been tricked into working too hard

&#147;Anybody who has lived in Europe knows how delicious European life can be.&#148; So wrote <i>New York Times</i> columnist David Brooks last week. He got that part right. Not only do the European
May 30, 2005

Canada should speak up about torture claims

A 22-year-old prisoner at a U.S. detention centre in Afghanistan died in 2002 after being chained by his wrists to the top of his cell for four days and beaten. During his interrogations, the prisone
May 23, 2005

Budget survives attacks from outraged right

By crossing the floor, Belinda Stronach &#151; hero or political whore, depending on your perspective &#151; allowed the budget to survive. With the extra $4.6 billion in social spending insisted on
May 9, 2005

Martin: Listen to your rock star friend

If Canada has loomed large on the international stage it's because we've occasionally captured the global imagination with a powerful idea for making the world a better place. One inspiring moment of
May 2, 2005

Layton has done the country a big favour

The NDP leader has forced the Liberals to redirect almost $5 billion of our money &#151; which would otherwise end up as a windfall in corporate coffers or sunk into needless debt reduction &#151; in
Apr 18, 2005

Snap election won't fix a corrupt system

A horse's head has yet to be found in anyone's bed, but in some ways the Liberal party has been doing a surprisingly good impersonation of the mob. So the desire for an immediate election is understa
Apr 11, 2005

Media became cheerleading comforters

I've never been to journalism school, but I can imagine what must go on there. Judging from the coverage of the Pope's death, I assume that aspiring media types are taught that one of the key functio
Apr 4, 2005

A U.S. 'smear campaign' against the UN

Those on the right in the U.S. have long disliked the UN, which stands for co-operation among nations and restricting the use of unilateral power. This clashes with the right's desire for a more musc
Mar 21, 2005

A lawless mentality seeps into Canada

The more horrific the crime, the more justice seems to call out for punishment. Punishing the right people and following the niceties of the rule of law often seem to get lost in the rush to &#147;ha
Mar 7, 2005

Despite errors PM is in step with Canadians

George W. Bush is frequently praised for being a man of resolve. Even though his plan for Iraq proved a disaster, based on a lie, at least he stuck to it. I see little merit in this school of thought
Feb 21, 2005

Martin's debt reduction: of no consequence

When it comes to meeting our Kyoto targets, Paul Martin's resolve has all the firmness of ice cream left too long in the sun. Yet Martin's resolve couldn't be firmer when it comes to meeting his gove
Feb 14, 2005

Kyoto: opposed mainly by huge corporations

By now, most people acknowledge the dangers of global warming and the need for the sort of collective action set out in the Kyoto accords. But some powerful corporations still hope to head off any su
Jan 31, 2005

Yesterday's election was about oil

In the weeks before the U.S. invasion of Iraq, the influential <i>New York Times</i> columnist Thomas Friedman wrote that the invasion would lead to &#147;a long-term U.S. occupation&#148; and that &
Jan 10, 2005

The need to relate to other humans

About the same time the tsunami was hitting the shores of southeast Asia, North Americans were hitting the stores in the usual Boxing Day shopping frenzy. In other words, North Americans were behavin
Jan 3, 2005

The poor haven't changed &#151; we have

In recent years, the word &#147;underprivileged&#148; has fallen out of use. Too bad; the word was helpful. It captured the fact that what separated the poor from the rest of society was mostly just
Dec 30, 2004

History will show U.S. lusted after oil

While ordinary people around the world apparently suspect that the invasion of Iraq was motivated by oil, not terrorism, there continues to be a strange unwillingness in the mainstream media to probe
Dec 20, 2004

The meek take on the mighty

For those who enjoy a good David-and-Goliath confrontation, it doesn't get much better than this. In one corner, we have the White House and Exxon; in the other, some of the most powerless people on


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