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Educating the public

I am luckier than most North Americans, having benefited at formative moments in my childhood from attending backward private schools. That word “backward” is emotive, and I am (did you guess?) using the word...

Order in chaos

Out of the bloody mess in Karachi—hundreds killed and maimed in Al Qaeda’s latest effort to gain power through psychopathic violence and intimidation—comes a kind of order. The position of Benazir Bhutto—the seemingly perpetual...

Historical scab-picking

Theodore Roosevelt’s excellent foreign policy advice for superpowers—“Speak softly and carry a big stick”—was uttered a few days before the assassination of President McKinley in 1901 thrust Roosevelt himself into the presidency. He was...

Just Say No

Last week’s Ontario election was of broader than Ontario significance. By overwhelmingly rejecting a referendum proposal to introduce “proportional representation,” the province’s voters did a service nationwide, and sent a love letter to partisans...

Theatre d’absurd

We (royal we) awoke yesterday morning to the following citation from the Nobel Committee, awarding their Peace Prize for 2007, not to us for our thoughtful columns on Iraq, Afghanistan, and the global menace...

The balance in Ontario

It is election day in the province of Ontario. On Saturday I told you I would be voting perversely for my local NDP candidate (the most likely to defeat the Liberal). But since, I’ve...

At the root of it

Several correspondents have alleged, that when I use such terms as “the West,” or (with greater drollness) “Western Civ,” it is a secret code for a secret agenda and that what I really mean...

A miserable choice for Ontario

My opportunities for writing sympathetically about the NDP are so few and far between, I don’t like to miss one. So bless Howard Hampton, leading our soft-socialist party into next week’s provincial election, for...

Pakistan is the prize

As one of my heroes, Horatio Nelson, once put it, with characteristic succinctness: “Never break the neutrality of a port or place, but never consider as neutral any place from whence an attack is...

The people are not nothing

Looking, through the dusk screen of the media, at the events in Burma, one feels a cold and pointless rage. The vicious regime that has long enslaved that country is again winning a struggle...

Saving families

There are few areas of government policy, I have frequently claimed, where the government could not improve things for everyone by withdrawing most existing government programs. This may sound like the raving of an extreme...

The limits of science

While he more-or-less promised not to return to this subject for a while, and it doesn’t really feel like “a while” yet, your faithful pundit is going to write about science again today. For...

Sifting the entrails for the hidden Mideast war

Together with perhaps a million other inquiring minds who want to know, I am still trying to figure out what happened over Dayr az Zawr in northern Syria on Sept. 6. And even more,...

The Greenspan papers

In ancient China, as I understand, the aspiring senior bureaucrat wrote an exam before he achieved office. He was left in a little room for a couple of days—with paper, brush, ink, and I...

Getting warmed up

This last week, at the APEC conference in Australia, Prime Minister Stephen Harper put both feet in the global warmer. After a few introductory tips of his purely figurative hat toward something called “free...

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