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.

Columnists
Nov 9, 2001

Complexity: What An Amazing Concept!

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
Columnists
Nov 2, 2001

If Kandahar Burns, Will We Feel Safer?

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
Columnists
Oct 12, 2001

Absorbing the Lessons of September 11

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
Columnists
Oct 5, 2001

The Fear of Thinking

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,
Columnists
Sep 21, 2001

American Elections and Jazz

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
Columnists
Sep 14, 2001

One Way to Beat the Bombers

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'
Columnists
Sep 7, 2001

Racism Can Make You Crazy

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.

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