Rick Salutin

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 Toronto Star.

Nov 16, 2002

The New Post-Imperial Imperialism

U.S. policy is widely seen as unjust and hypocritical. Leave aside whether the perception is correct; it is a force in itself. The new bin Laden tape is based almost wholly on that perception. It str
Nov 8, 2002

Busy Izzy and the Sniper

For the three weeks leading to the U.S. elections, the entire nation, by media osmosis, gets mesmerized and terrified by the D.C. sniper. It doesn’t matter that he had nothing to do with al-Qaed
Nov 1, 2002

Perspective Is Everything

Or so say those ads for <i>The Globe and Mail.</i> So I&#146;d like to offer mine on an event of the past week: the election of former steelworker and union leader, Lula, as Brazil&#146;s new preside
Oct 26, 2002

Basking in Fear and Paranoia

There is a culture of fear that pervades the U.S. Well, at least it monopolizes their TV sets. Their news often seems to consist of murders (and some fires), and most recently, an exciting chase of a
Oct 18, 2002


In the war zone the Middle East has become, arrows criss-cross the area not just in the form of hate, but as a sort of second-order hate, in which people accuse each other of hating.
Oct 11, 2002

A Canadian Clash of Civilizations

Canadians can politely debate our immigration policy, the us versus them of the argument, but the issues often go far deeper than the simple question of who we let in and who we don't.
Oct 4, 2002

Making Do With Defiance

What could possibly replace the grim satisfactions of revenge from suicide bombings? In the long run, perhaps a healthy, independent society. In the short term, one can hope that a positive experienc
Sep 27, 2002

A Lack of Balance

Without a counter super-power to the United States, there is a serious lack of balance in international politics. And speaking of international politics, the US rules with its doctrine of "we are big
Sep 20, 2002

The Big Chill

Society's problem hasn't been suppression of the debate about terror and September 11, it's been suppression of many other debates and usurpation of their space by that one. It's a chill of a differ
Sep 13, 2002

The Politics of Symbolism

Did Americans deserve September 11? To some extent, this depends on whether you are talking symbolically. Surely the people in the buildings and planes did not deserve it or bear responsibility, no m


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