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…

Statues tell a story that people need to hear

You could fill volumes with the uncomfortable statements uttered in the past by people whom we now revere, from Abraham Lincoln to Mahatma Gandhi

Statues tell a story that people need to hearFrantic officials in the American south are joining with the Taliban and Islamic State as the latest group to destroy memorials to the past. Specifically, they are tearing down statues in praise of the Confederacy. We might well examine the racist speech of Civil War-era politicians to see what motivates the iconoclasts of today to…

Feuding ideologies the second American civil war?

Conservative Arthur Brooks argues people can head off a cultural and political implosion by celebrating the perspective of the other

Feuding ideologies the second American civil war?Various commentators have concluded that America is in the throes of its second civil war. Dennis Prager, a conservative radio host, has concluded that the political left and right share no common value system (such as respect for freedom of speech), therefore there can be no collaborative coming together over core beliefs. He argues that…

Zundel’s foul legacy of persistent, organized hatred

We must never forget. We must never falter. We must never stop fighting the purveyors of hate and lies

Zundel’s foul legacy of persistent, organized hatredHell just got a little more crowded. Some might consider that inappropriate. “About the dead, nothing but good should be said,” goes the Yiddish proverb. But when the deceased in question is Ernst Zundel, a distinction needs to be made. Because when the list of monsters is drawn up one day, Zundel will have achieved…

U.S. soft on inappropriate sexual student/teacher relationships

School boards, teacher’s unions reluctant to act against teacher predators

U.S. soft on inappropriate sexual student/teacher relationshipsThink you know what a sexual predator looks like? You might want to think again. With alarming frequency, the new face of predation is the person standing at the front of your child’s classroom. Hard numbers are not easy to come by but there seems to be a troubling trend. The Center for Sex Offender…

Out of the closet, slowly and cautiously

Britain’s 1957 Wolfenden Report was the first step towards changing legal and social perspectives on homosexuality in the English-speaking world

Out of the closet, slowly and cautiouslyIn August 1954, the British government tasked a committee to look into the law on both homosexual offences and prostitution. Chaired by Sir John Wolfenden, the committee set to work on Sept. 15, 1954, and its recommendations were published just under three years later. Known to history as the Wolfenden Report, it’s remembered as an…

Chicago, Chicago: how 1968’s unrest is still making waves

Almost 50 years on, the American electoral system is still trying to come to terms with what happened at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago

Chicago, Chicago: how 1968’s unrest is still making waves“The past is never dead. It’s not even past,” said American novelist William Faulkner. Chicago in 1968 is a good example. Almost 50 years on, the American electoral system is still trying to come to terms with what happened at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago, just a year after the Summer of Love. It…
1 13 14 15 16 17 19