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Beware America’s Radical Right

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September 8, 2013
Beware America’s Radical Right

Ever been accused of a dastardly crime that you didn’t think you had committed? Well, I have. Just recently, in fact, I got a letter and smack dab on the envelope it said I was doing something every day “to support the Radical Right.” Huh? Yes, that’s what I thought. When I read the...
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Reconsidering Obama – A Political Commentary

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August 31, 2013
Reconsidering Obama – A Political Commentary

The other day I got a letter from President Obama. He gives me a lot of credit for his Administration’s accomplishments. After claiming that health care and Wall Street were reformed and the economy was rescued from free fall, he went on to say “We would not have brought our troops home from Iraq...
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Revered labour school weakens

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June 18, 2013
Revered labour school weakens

Harper’s offers labour historians and labour educators some powerful reasons for concern in its July 2013 edition for it exposes the corporatization of Cornell University’s revered School of Industrial and Labor Relations (ILR). Anyone who considers that ILR is a progressive school will want to take note of its habit of “wearing corporate influence...
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Why Argo won

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February 26, 2013
Why Argo won

I went into apoplectic mode when Michelle Obama opened the envelope last Sunday night, Oscar night, and drew out the paper that said Argo. The flawed account of the Canadian rescue of six American embassy staff members during the 1979-1981 hostage incident in Iran had won for best picture. How could this be? I...
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Harper’s blasts Spielberg’s Lincoln

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January 11, 2013
Harper’s blasts Spielberg’s Lincoln

Anyone who has seen Lincoln, nominated for 12 Oscars and likely to win quite a few on February 24, may want to read Harper’s (February 2013) for a second opinion. Thomas Frank, who describes Steven Spielberg as “that Michelangelo of the trite,” speaks for me with the following statement about the filmmaker’s regular forays...
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What happens if labour dies?

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December 2, 2012
What happens if labour dies?

“The only way unions can regain their strength and provide a counterweight to corporate power is if liberals join the fight,” argues Washington Post writer Harold Meyerson in this alternet.com article. http://www.alternet.org/labor/what-happens-if-labor-dies?page=0%2C11&paging=off
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New Orleans General Strike Remembered

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November 8, 2012
New Orleans General Strike Remembered

One-hundred and fifteen years ago today on November 8, 1892, half the workers of New Orleans struck for ten-hour day and other rights. “In 1892 New Orleans was the scene of a general strike, the culmination of a decade’s growth and development of the city’s labor movement. New Orleans of that period has been...
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The Nation on what’s next

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November 8, 2012
The Nation on what’s next

The Nation provides a good summary of what the election means and what has to come from an Obama presidency over the next four years. “We are glad the 1 percent were rebuffed at the polls. We are glad the racist minority that still poisons this country’s politics failed to get their way. We...
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Do your homework kids – Election 2012

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November 5, 2012
Do your homework kids – Election 2012

When I reached for my mail last Saturday, I was pleased to see the faces of three youngsters poking their heads out of the mailbox. I reminded myself that I hugely enjoy the public service of having mail delivered on Saturdays, a service that has been denied to my fellow Canadians for many years....
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South African Elvis – A Film Review

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November 1, 2012
South African Elvis – A Film Review

Searching for Sugar Man, a documentary directed by Malik Bendjelloul, 2012, 85 minutes Sometimes, maybe too much of the time, the music industry lets a great talent slip into oblivion, disappearing into the cracks and crinkles of rock n’ roll history never to be heard from again. That was the case with Sixto Rodriquez...
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