A Canadian in New York: an outsider’s perspective on 9/11

It was a day when Americans were becoming very tribal – very fast – and circling the wagons of exclusion

A Canadian in New York: an outsider’s perspective on 9/11I remember. For me, those two words will always and forever denote only one day in my life. Every year since Sept. 11, 2001, I find myself returning to that Tuesday morning. I remember how it unfolded in the small community 130 km from New York City where I lived and worked. What’s most instantly…

Was the Ukrainian Red Famine genocide or incompetence?

Historians are divided on Josef Stalin’s intent in the Ukraine that resulted in millions of deaths. Anne Applebaum’s new book has revived the dispute

Was the Ukrainian Red Famine genocide or incompetence?Chances are Anne Applebaum’s Red Famine will set the cat among the pigeons with respect to the horrendous Ukrainian hunger of 1932-33. It’s already touched off a rhetorical skirmish between the author and an early reviewer. Applebaum is an American journalist-historian whose Gulag: A History won a 2004 Pulitzer Prize. Russia is a particular specialty of…

The Internet’s dark side has made cybersecurity essential

Modern monsters take the shape of cyber attacks, email hacking, Internet fraud, cyber bullying, political instability, identity theft, viruses and much more

The Internet’s dark side has made cybersecurity essentialThe contemporary global electronic connectivity that I call internetization has opened a great new frontier of opportunity and empowerment. It’s a positive force for electronic accessibility and digital outreach. But it has also unleashed an environment similar to that of the wild west before law and order was established. The new frontier of the contemporary electronic world…

Canada and the U.S.: A tale of two countries

Compared to the Americans, we’re showcasing a national unity and sense of purpose that verges on the exemplary

Canada and the U.S.: A tale of two countriesThe Syrian food concession at the Powell River Saturday farmers’ market is doing a crackerjack job of introducing us all to hummus, manoushi bread, falafel and tabbouleh. There’s now a lineup every market day to sample and buy from the community’s two adopted Syrian refugee families. They also had their food tent set up on…

Is Trump unstable and therefore unable?

Trump's regime won’t offer its president for examination by anyone's head shrink. If he’s removed, it won't be because of the 25th Amendment

Is Trump unstable and therefore unable?BOSTON – Is being absolutely crazy an impediment to ‎high public office? It’s a question much debated here in the Disunited States. ‎As Donald Trump continues his ever-downward descent into the darkest, dankest depths – praising neo-Nazis and white supremacists, threatening to shut down the U.S. government if Congress doesn't give him his wall to…

Divining the truth about Trump

Traditional news sources may be too caught up in their private war with the American president to be objective or even reliable

Divining the truth about TrumpLet’s start with a story: A man, I think his name was Joe, entered the diner where he had eaten breakfast earlier that morning. He stood for a few moments, checked his pockets and glanced at the other customers. Walking over to the counter, he asked the cashier if she had recovered his wallet or…

Chaos on the poop deck but the U.S. ship sails on

Donald Trump’s vision is myopic and shambolic, but there appears to be only the promise of more of the same in the future

Chaos on the poop deck but the U.S. ship sails onIt’s seven months into the Donald Trump presidency and what have we learned? Are things going as planned? Is there a plan? Does the future augur a new tomorrow or more of the same? There are a few home truths on broad display: our man loves to play golf, on his courses, in states where…

Diana’s bad bargain and her enduring mythology

While popular opinion may cast her as a victim, it’s hard to imagine that she’d have given Charles a second thought if he wasn’t the Prince of Wales

Diana’s bad bargain and her enduring mythologyPeople remember where they were at notable moments, such as when they first heard that someone famous died. And if that death was unexpected, the memory is likely to be clearer. If you’re a certain age, John F. Kennedy’s murder is a perfect example. So, too, is the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, in…

Local youth travels to India to lend a hand

‘Me to We is trying to empower the women, to be able to sustain themselves, by providing education and resources to help them’

Local youth travels to India to lend a handKevin McBain of The Clarion “We can change the world and make it a better place. It is in your hands to make a difference,” said Nelson Mandela. Being one person in a world so big may be overwhelming, but if you try to make a difference, if you do your best, if you do…

Aftermath of Charlottesville riots offers signs of hope

The regrettable violence is the inevitable growing pains of a culture transitioning from what it is to what it will become

Aftermath of Charlottesville riots offers signs of hopeIn the wake of the violence that erupted in Charlottesville, Virginia just over a week ago, there are three possibilities when one considers the current lay of the land in the United States. Certainly, one would be forgiven for thinking that the United States is irreparably broken – that so deep are the divisions of…
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