In an Age of Cyber Wars

  I don’t own a smart phone. I use an old-fashioned flip phone and I have trouble reading texts or retrieving voice mail messages on it. I don’t own a laptop or a notebook. I sit at a desk and type these blogs on a 10-year-old PC that crashes mysteriously from time to time. As […]
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The Red Menace Evolves

  Back in the Sixties, we expected the Soviet Union to launch a nuclear attack on North America at any moment. In Canada, where I was living then, some people even built bomb shelters in their basements and stocked them with canned goods, hoping to hide from the blast and wait out the radiation that would ensue. I understand […]
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Will Trump Listen Now?

  The whole world knows the shouting match between Trump and Kim Jong-un is a bad idea. And myriad voices have been raised in an effort to calm things down. Unfortunately, the two loudmouths haven’t been listening. But when Vladimir Putin chimes in with a word of warning, perhaps Trump, at least, will pay attention. In an article on […]
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Trump’s Diversionary Attack

My guess is that Trump bombed that Syrian airbase to divert attention from the growing evidence that he is Putin’s pawn. I wouldn’t be surprised if Putin knew about the attack beforehand. Syria is not a priority as far as Putin is concerned. So he probably gave his old pal Trump permission to bomb the Syrian […]
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Troubling Signs

I’m sure you’ve heard that “imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.” And I’m also sure you’ve noticed how America’s new president is imitating Vladimir Putin. He and his minions are deploying a massive propaganda initiative, for example, based on “alternative facts.” And they relentlessly attack the mainstream media while silencing critics like Elizabeth Warren. Are they […]
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An Illegitimate Presidency?

  Civil rights icon John Lewis (above) says Trump’s presidency is illegitimate. He refuses to attend Friday’s inauguration ceremony. And he has some pundits shaking their heads in dismay. But what if Lewis is right? And I think he might be. Representative Lewis questions the legitimacy of Trump’s election because he is convinced it was the result […]
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Person of the Year

  Time Magazine got it wrong. Donald Trump should not be the Person of the Year. That honor should have gone to Vladimir Putin. Without firing a shot, the Russian dictator brought America’s democratic process to its knees and installed his fawning puppet as “leader of the free world.” This bloodless coup is becoming more and more obvious […]
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“Strong Man Never Wrong”?

  Growing up in Jamaica, I used to hear the saying, “Strong man never wrong,” and I’ve heard the same sentiment occasionally expressed in Canada and America as “might is right.” It’s a dangerous idea. It represents a deceptively simple kind of logic: If you’re strong enough, you can impose your will on others. But does that […]
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The Silence is Deafening

  I am bemused by the muted attention Donald Trump’s Russian connection is attracting. The media are more agog over emails by Democratic Party staffers suggesting they wanted Bernie Sanders to lose his primary bid. Surely, it’s more shocking that Russian hackers are meddling in America’s elections? As expected, the Russians deny they hacked the DNC computers, […]
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Shame on Time Magazine!

  Can anyone tell me why Time Magazine included Donald Trump (above, left) among its finalists for Person of the Year? Indeed, with a few exceptions, the magazine’s finalists seem more like a rogue’s gallery than a list of top newsmakers. It includes: ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi (above, right); Black Lives Matter activists; Caitlyn Jenner, […]
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