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Critics Misjudge Vietnam War Series – A Film Review

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January 9, 2018
Critics Misjudge Vietnam War Series – A Film Review

The other day a friend at the gym mentioned that he had been watching the Ken Burns/Lynn Novick documentary The Vietnam War. “I was on the wrong side,” he concluded repeating a phrase heard in the film. “We didn’t know what we were fighting for and they had everything to fight for.” Not all...
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“The World Should Shiver” with Anger – A Commentary

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April 16, 2017
“The World Should Shiver” with Anger – A Commentary

It took less than two months in office for Donald J. Trump to haul out the Tomahawk cruise missiles and start bombing Syria. Just days later, Fox News was boasting that the president had dropped the “biggest non-nuclear bomb in history” on Afghanistan. That must be some sort of record. It’s not surprising given that Trump...
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Canada’s Vietnam Vets – A Feature Article

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April 8, 2015
Canada’s Vietnam Vets – A Feature Article

“Allan M. was a quiet kid; a sissy, according to some of his school mates. He had few friends, wasn’t good at sports, least of all the potentially violent ones like football or hockey. He was a loner, not in the habit of opening up. As the yearbook put it: ‘This tall fair lad...
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Memories of a Mac-Pap – A Book Review

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July 9, 2014
Memories of a Mac-Pap – A Book Review

Ronald Liversedge with David Yorke, ed., Mac-Pap – Memoir of a Canadian in The Spanish Civil War (Vancouver: New Star Books, 2013), 220 pages (paper), $19 (CD and USD).  A bloody harbinger of what Hitler and Mussolini had in store for the world, the Spanish Civil War served as an almost forgotten prelude to...
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Where does it all begin?

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November 27, 2012
Where does it all begin?

Novelist Louis de Bernieres, perhaps best known for his book Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, has a somewhat depressing view of history. Unfortunately it seems to ring rather true when applied to today’s messy murderous world. “History has no beginnings, for everything that happens becomes the cause or pretext for what occurs afterwards, and this chain...
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Tilting at Ice-Cream Cones – Four travel essays

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May 18, 2011
Tilting at Ice-Cream Cones – Four travel essays

For 17 days my partner Leola and I visited the fine architectural monuments of Antoni Gaudi in Barcelona, were awed by Pablo Picasso’s stunning mural “Guernica” in Madrid, applauded as young flamenco dancers strutted across the small stage at the capital city’s Villa Rosa taberna, and gobbled up as many plates of paella as possible all...
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The Crushing Time in Fiji – A short story

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February 23, 2011
The Crushing Time in Fiji – A short story

Harminder crouched near a fence well away from the Parliament buildings compound where he assumed the hostages were being held. He lit a cigarette and wished he hadn’t drunk so much kava earlier in the day. Not that it had made him sleepy; he was used to the dish-watery unofficial national drink. But...
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Project 9

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January 31, 2011
Project 9

It is the spring of 1945. The war will end in Europe in early May. In the small city of Trail, B.C., families mourn the loss of their loved ones and await the return of survivors. More women than men populate the city on the Columbia River near the American border. About 2,000 of...
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Loving bombs, hating war

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January 10, 2011
Loving bombs, hating war

I tucked into my own private bomb suit when I arrived at The Hurt Locker, a hide-your-eyes peek at three young bomb demolition experts who are caught between Iraqi insurgents, palpable fear, and the American government’s willful attempt to force its democracy on the unwilling.
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