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Humble Word Warrior – A Book Review

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January 15, 2014
Humble Word Warrior – A Book Review

After being prodded, cajoled,  and possibly even guilted into it by people like me, Ed Finn has finally published his memoirs. Who’s Ed Finn? some of you might ask. Fair question…if you haven’t been observing Canadian left politics for the past 70 years. For that long, Finn has served as a tireless journalistic voice...
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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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The Smelter Poets – A History Essay

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April 23, 2013
The Smelter Poets – A History Essay

Abstract When celebrated Wobbly troubadour Joe Hill purportedly visited the Rossland Miners’ Hall in the early 1900s to lend his support to the first Canadian local of the rugged Western Federation of Miners (WFM), he no doubt shared some of his inspired verses with the mine workers who are said to have protected him. Claims...
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‘Cause Mother Thatcher Knows Best

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April 9, 2013
‘Cause Mother Thatcher Knows Best

Rocker Richard Thompson’s take on Margaret Thatcher, who died April 8, offers a different and perhaps more truthful obituary considering her bitter legacy of battling with her own people. Here’s a sample stanza from “’Cause Mother Knows Best”: She says, “Bring me your first born and I’ll suck their blood Bring me your poor,...
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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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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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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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