Category Politics

Did You Know It’s Voting Day?

They go to the polls in northern Iraq today, the area residents call Kurdistan. By the time you read this the results may be known. No matter the outcome it is a political problem, not only for the central government in Baghdad but for the rest of the world. I have been to Iraq a […]

Policing Marijuana

Canada is decriminalizing marijuana next year. As of July 1 the entire country can get stoned at will, with drugs purchased in government sanctioned shops. I’m not convinced it is sound policy. Indeed, I think the decision was based not on science, not on evidence of social harm or benefit, but rather on a calculated […]

A Blind Eye To Corruption

The Premier of Ontario is in court today. Kathleen Wynne should be embarrassed by that. But she probably isn’t. Wynne is a witness in what essentially is a corruption trial involving her political party. It is alleged that inducements were offered to a potential candidate to stand aside so that the party’s preferred nominee could […]

Welcome to Fantasyland

Americans are crazy. Kurt Andersen should know; he’s one of them, though he insists he is sane. Don’t all crazy people say that? Fantasyland, which is published today, is a voyage through American history, a look at how American society reached the point where someone like Donald Trump could be elected as President of the […]

The Dog and Trump Days of August

The Donald Trump show took on new highs, or lows, last month and I resisted commenting. At its height I was on vacation in the US, which gave a different perspective on the circus than I usually get at home. Now though I feel I have to weigh in, but probably not the way you […]

And In The News Today…

It is that time of year again. For two weeks I will be spending the majority of my time (weather permitting) sitting on the beach with a book. More than one book – I hope to get through at least ten in 14 days. In order to do that I need to concentrate, stay focused […]

President Trump! I’m Available!

I gather there is a vacancy at the White House. If not immediately, then perhaps in five or ten minutes, once the next person quits or is fired. I have resisted writing about the chaos that is American politics these days. International trade and security are begging for comment, but I am holding off. The […]