Politics and its Discontents: More On Fake News

I was tempted to conflate the first two words of my title to drive home a point, but I resisted. Meanwhile, Star readers weigh in on that shameful Canadian, Stephanie MacWilliams, who played a key role in the ‘pizzagate’ fake news story that almost ended in tragedy: Belleville woman played role in delivering ‘Pizzagate’ conspiracy, ...

Politics and its Discontents: Fidel’s Legacy

Although the Toronto Star is my newspaper of choice, there are times when I strongly disagree with its content. Recently, its most prolific writer, Rosie Di Manno, wrote a series of articles in which she was withering, to say the least, in her assessment of Fidel Castro. As one who has visited Cuba many, many ...

Politics and its Discontents: (Bitter) Fruits Of Our Neoliberal Governments

It would seem that Star reader Douglas Porter of Peterborough sees with unusual clarity what so many prefer to ignore: It seems that many things in history do a repeat cycle about every 80 years. I hate to think that we are on target for another societal unravelling evidenced by what we are seeing in ...

Politics and its Discontents: I’ll Keep Posting These Kind Of Videos

…. whenever I find them. Meanwhile, these letters from Star readers remind us that the threat of racism is never far from home. We must be constantly vigilant and ready to take action against it: Re: Signs in Toronto urge white people to join ‘alt-right’. Marilyn May is correct in asserting that these fringe racist ...

Politics and its Discontents: On Today’s Menu

Even though I will be riveted to the television tonight watching the U.S. election results, I have had more than enough American political coverage, having just returned from Cleveland, where politics seemed pretty much to be the only topic being covered by the media. So a return to Canadian politics is in order. Saturday’s Star ...

Politics and its Discontents: Trudeau Has Some Explaining To Do

While our ‘new’ government continues upon the Harper neoliberal path, apparently never having met a free trade agreement it doesn’t like, one issue that never seems to be honestly addressed by either Mr. Trudeau or his most ardent acolyte, Chrystia Freeland, is the Investor-State Dispute Settlement provisions. Thanks to always astute Toronto Star readers, this ...

Politics and its Discontents: On Corporate Plundering

H/t makaycartoons.net Having written previously on the breath-taking legalized theft of our groundwater made possible by an Ontario Liberal government that has yet to meet a corporate entity it doesn’t love, I avidly follow public reaction to this outrage. Today’s Star offers an excellent series of letters on the topic, two of which I reproduce ...

Politics and its Discontents: BDS, May And Israel’s Occupation

The title for this post I took from the online flurry of letters that brought out the usual voices in The Star. I will reproduce a number below that both support and demonize the movement to sanction Israel for its depraved mistreatment of Palestinians in the occupied territories. I remain convinced that words will accomplish ...

Politics and its Discontents: BDS, May And Israel’s Occupation

The title for this post I took from the online flurry of letters that brought out the usual voices in The Star. I will reproduce a number below that both support and demonize the movement to sanction Israel for its depraved mistreatment of Palestinians in the occupied territories. I remain convinced that words will accomplish ...

Politics and its Discontents: More On The Guaranteed Annual Income

Responding to a recent opinion piece advocating for a guaranteed annual income, Star reader David Gladstone of Toronto has this to offer the crucial role it can play in a world of tremendous change and increasingly precarious employment: It seems the world is never proactive when it comes to preparing for a disaster, whether it ...

Politics and its Discontents: A Unity Of Purpose

In these polarized times, it seems that two age groups are often looked upon by the media in almost absolutist terms. We are told, for example, that people over the age of 65 are the most likely to vote (about 75 per cent did so in the 2011 election), and that their support predominantly goes ...

Politics and its Discontents: Economic Fact Check

Contrary to what our self-described economist Prime Minister would have us believe, the jobs that are being created in Canada today are but a pale echo of what once existed. Responding to a January report about the creation of 29,000 new jobs, Star readers have this to say: Jump in jobs eases economy fears, Feb. ...

Politics and its Discontents: Sammy Yatim: One More Word

While I can’t promise this will be my last post on Sammy Yatim, I do want to direct you to Rosie DiManno’s column and a few comments from The Star’s readers that remind us of the real nature of this tragedy. Writes DiManno: I am sickened by the content of civilian-shot videos which captured that ...