9/11 Not a Black and White Issue

9/11 Is Not a Black and White Issue

As republished in the Toronto Star 15 Sep 2015 in conjunction with Bob Wong's letter:

"Re Toll of Sept. 11 keeps climbing, year after year, Sept. 12 The title of Rosie DiManno’s article is indisputable, and the 9/11 surviving victims suffering from the after-effects of the attacks deserve our sympathy. However, radical Islam is not the sole cause of terrorism, and her cavalier dismissal of U.S. foreign policy critics as apologists speaks to her myopic belief that exculpates American imperialism in the Middle East.

Baddeck Courthouse Vital

Baddeck Courthouse Vital

As published in the Cape Breton Post: September 27, 2015 and the Victoria Standard: October 12, 2015.

Regarding the planned closure of the Baddeck courthouse I will say that bad news feels worse when delivered by smirking politicians who will never be personally affected by their decisions. It is obvious to me that community and history are irrelevant to a Nova Scotia government that cries poverty when challenged to renovate the 126 year-old Victoria County courthouse.

Khadr is PM’s Whipping Boy

Khadr is PM’s Whipping Boy

As published in the Toronto Star: September 25, 2015

Re: Judge eases Omar Khadr's bail conditions, removes bracelet, Sept. 19

I don’t dispute the notion that 15-year-old Omar Khadr made a poor choice in traveling to Afghanistan and taking up arms against U.S. forces. However, labeling and prosecuting him as a war criminal continues to be both excessive and unfair.

Syrian Refugees to Israel

Syrian Refugees to Israel

As published in the Victoria Standard: September 14, 2015

Why doesn't Israeli, the "only democracy in the Middle East" and a self-proclaimed haven for refugees; open its doors to desperate people from Syria and Iraq? Such generosity would greatly reduce regional hostility to the presence of the embattled Jewish state in a predominantly Arab-Muslim region.

Forget the Duffy Circus - MP Pensions a Real Election Issue

Forget the Duffy Circus-MP Pensions a Real Election Issue

As published in the Ottawa Sun: August 18, 2015 and the Victoria Standard: August 31, 2015

Like most Members of Parliament and all Senators, Stephen Harper will eventually retire in publicly-subsidized security in spite of minimal contributions to his MP pension scheme. His so-called MP pension reform is, at best; a token gesture that barely reduces the current inequities.

Peter MacKay Bails Out Before Drop Zone

Peter MacKay Bails Out Before the Drop Zone

As published in the Victoria Standard July 2015

Concerning Peter MacKay’s sudden exit from the Harper government; mainstream media has exercised an obediently collective blindness to his role in the ruthless genesis of the Conservative Party; much like Orwell’s "...really well-trained [Pavlovian] dog who turns somersaults when there is no whip."

Gaza's Agony: an Alternative Perspective on Recent Events


As published in Humanist Perspectives: Spring 2015 and listed at:
saskatoonlibrary.ca: Gaza's agony: an alternative perspective on recent events. by Duchesney, Morgan. Published in Humanist Perspectives. Spring, 2015, Issue 192, p20, 6 p

The struggle of people against power is the struggle of memory against forgetting. Milan Kundera

Introduction: Historical Context Missing From Corporate Media Coverage

Federal Budget a Dodgy Shell Game

Federal Budget a Dodgy Shell Game

As published in the Cape Breton Post: April 26, 2015 and the Hill Times: May 4, 2015

Please take the time to really examine the details of Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s cynical approach to balancing the federal budget; a dodgy shell game at the best of times.

While the Conservatives depend mainly on their diehard base, they are also attempting to mislead undecided voters by underplaying the use of excessive EI contribution rates to fund their pre-election tax cuts.

Monument to Imperialism’s Victims Overdue

Monument to Imperialism’s Victims Overdue

As published in The Leveller: Spring 2015

While a monument to the estimated one hundred million victims of “communism” is a noble undertaking; it is unlikely that we will ever see a monument to the victims of modern imperialism. What we commonly refer to as communism is actually various versions of totalitarianism linked with government economic control. One of Lenin's first acts in 1917 was to kill all the real communists who espoused genuine equality and participatory citizenship.

Exporting Terrorism

Exporting Terrorism: Exposing the disgusting double standard of our government's stance on foreign fighters

As published in The Leveller: Spring 2015

The Harper government recently announced sweeping new “anti-terrorism” powers for the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS), expanded no-fly lists and extensions of preventative detention. The grave danger of such policies is that after their passage into law; it is very difficult to amend or remove policies that appeal to governing party’s political base.

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