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The end is beginning in Iraq

Thursday night, U.S. President George W. Bush confirmed what Gen. David Petraeus had already signalled to the U.S. Congress: the beginning of American troop...

Missed opportunities

It really is a pity the Americans (or better, the Pakistanis), have not tracked Osama bin Laden down to his cave by now, and...

Saintly courage

We have often heard the slogan, “Speaking truth to power.” It is a phrase now slipping out of fashion, yet still used more often...

Defending Mulroney the man

Brian Mulroney has re-impinged himself on the Canadian consciousness with the impending publication of his memoirs, thus inviting his countrymen, including the sages in...

The meaning of work

Labour Day is part of the rich Protestant heritage of Ontario, that once included Orange parades, excellent public schools, unequal separate ones, fall fairs...

A few idle observations

My two columns for this weekend will be on “idleness” and “labour” respectively. I think I will leave “labour” for tomorrow. Early yesterday morning I...

The danger of Darwin

In recent columns I returned to an old bte noire of mine: Darwinism. It is one of three I wrestled with as a young...

Duking it out with deluded Dawkins

As readers of this column may know, I am a deranged, deluded, deceived, and deceiving writer, whose judgment has been warped by an infectious,...

We will miss George Bush

With that arrogance and boorishness that is characteristic of diplomatic overtures from the Putin administration, the Russian military chief of staff, Yuri Baluyevsky, chose...

The tyranny of science

As Paul Feyerabend, one of my scientific heroes, wrote in his 1975 essay, How to defend Society against Science: “In society at large the...

The curse of unearned wealth

Stirling engines. This was my first thought on reading this week’s important news, that the Russians have resumed long-range bomber flights over both the...

Smashing the false gods

I should like to add today a footnote to the column I wrote on Sunday, in which I again confessed to being a heretic...

The limits of atheism

I get such apoplectic letters, whenever I write about “evolutionism,” that I really can’t resist writing about it again. This is not, of course,...

Threats from China

Go ahead make my day, would be one possible response to a “veiled” threat to the United States from China this week. The threat...

The problem with peace in Darfur

Peace negotiations are always good news, to those whose view of the world is simplistic, and while they are not covering them in detail,...