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
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.
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
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
Bombing Afghanistan accomplishes nothing or little or makes things worse. I'm not saying, Do nothing. I'm saying, Do something that makes things better.
A shining example of a compassionate response, in my view, came from an American couple who lost a son in the World Trade Center and were asked if they favoured mass bombing in retaliation. They said
If truth is the first casualty in war, I guess we can now say humour is the second. Many of us tend to associate funny with smart and, on that basis, I nominate as the third casualty thought itself,
The Bush administration seems to have concluded that anything like a real war would do more harm than good, so they'll proceed with caution while also addressing what has been called - problematicall
When these enemies of America actually speak - including numerous interviews with Osama bin Laden - they stress a litany of U.S. policies and acts abroad. They never say they hate American elections
You can't hunt it down because no country is its home; its home is despair, delusion and faith in values such as cosmic war and an afterlife. You can't "make them pay"; they're already dead. You can'
Walking out is normally a power play. It reveals who and what counts to the walker. Trade counts, so you don't walk out of the World Trade Organization, but racism doesn't, not as much.