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Remembering Allende

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April 4, 2012
Remembering Allende

Isabel Allende’s much celebrated 1982 novel The House of the Spirits was a wonderful read full of angst and sorry, pain, anger and frustration. It joins the great Latin American magical realist tradition while offering a credible depiction of the horrors of early 1970s Chile and the overthrow and assassination of Marxist president Salvador...
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Thatcher without Thatcherism – A Film Review

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January 21, 2012
Thatcher without Thatcherism – A Film Review

It seems an appropriate time to release The Iron Lady, a film that promises to review the life and times of Britain’s first female prime minister, the redoubtable Margaret Thatcher. That’s Baroness Thatcher, if you please.  Regrettably filmmaker Phyllida Lloyd (Mamma Mia!) gives us a watered-down version of Thatcher. Instead of providing a no-holds-barred...
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Scared healthy

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December 15, 2011

A recent health-related accident revealed a few reasons why Americans are scared of socialized health care. I got up early the other day, put the kettle on, ground some of my favourite Sumatran coffee beans and proceeded to snooze on my feet until the kettle screamed a wake-up call at me.  I grabbed for it...
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America Needs Eastwood – A Film Review

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November 22, 2011
America Needs Eastwood – A Film Review

I wonder if Clint Eastwood is thinking about running for president. Maybe he should. With his latest success, J. Edgar, he has once again put his finger on the pulse of what is wrong in American society. President? Not another Hollywood transplant to DC? Could he be worse than the last actor-president? I doubt...
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The Innocence of Joe Hill

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October 28, 2011
The Innocence of Joe Hill

William M. Adler, The Man Who Never Died: The Life, Times and Legacy of Joe Hill, American Labor Icon (New York: Bloomsbury, 2011). Since he was shot by a Utah firing squad on November 19, 1915, people have debated the guilt or innocence of storied protest songwriter and singer Joe Hill. Now, with a...
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Moneyball hits a homer

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October 18, 2011
Moneyball hits a homer

My wife is not, decidedly and emphatically not, a sports fan. She’d rather watch her garden grow, which it was slow to do this past late-starting summer, than watch a baseball game…even a World Series game. So, when she agreed to join me for a showing of the new movie Moneyball, I was surprised....
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Switching to Credo II

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September 14, 2011

Does “America’s only progressive phone company” walk the walk? In a recent blog post, I praised Credo, the mobile phone service that bills itself as “America’s only progressive phone company.” The post subsequently appeared on www.labourstart.org, the global site for progressive labour activists. After a brief appearance on LS, the editors removed the piece and...
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Switching to Credo

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August 23, 2011
Switching to Credo

I just switched cell phone accounts from Verizon, a major American service carrier, to Credo, “America’s only progressive phone company.” Yes, you read correctly, and Credo tries hard to live up to this claim by support progressive causes through online petitions and by offering us a chance to stop supporting the big often anti-union...
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Tree is this year’s big (yawn!) bust

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July 13, 2011
Tree is this year’s big (yawn!) bust

Film-goers might be forgiven for wondering what in the Hell director Terrence Malick has foisted on them with his latest work, The Tree of Life. For the first time in a long while, I felt like asking the theatre to refund my money after watching – and occasionally falling asleep – in this cinematic...
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Opposing the Tory Majority – A political commentary

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May 5, 2011
Opposing the Tory Majority – A political commentary

“NDP, NDP, NDP,” they chanted interrupting New Democratic Party leader Jack Layton’s solid victory speech on May 2, election night. It was a chant of hope and pride that couldn’t help but make Jack’s night. After all, he’s been working hard for this moment for almost a decade. But as I watched the elated...
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