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04
Nov
Is the NDP at a crossroads?

Is the NDP at a crossroads?

Writing in this space during the Nova Scotia election campaign, I suggested that the NDP might turn out to have the most solid base vote among the parties. Some readers might think this was my Dewey Beats Truman moment as a columnist. 

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21
Oct
Malala’s moment

Malala’s moment

Just 200 years ago, Lord Byron was said to have woken up one morning and found himself famous. Which made him the first celebrity of the modern era.

Malala Yousafzai may not have experienced such instant fame or celebrity, but she’s come close. Except in her native Pakistan, it appears. 

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07
Oct
I’ve finally, finally read Evangeline

I’ve finally, finally read Evangeline

I am definitely no slouch when it comes to reading big books. James Joyce’s Ulysses. Yeah, begorrah. Marcel Proust. Bien sur. War and Peace. Da. Henry James. Faulkner. Moby Dick. Most of Gibbon’s Decline and Fall. 

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23
Sep
Power to the people: N.S. political nightmare

Power to the people: N.S. political nightmare

If there is a nightmare scenario that haunts Nova Scotia politics, it is undoubtedly the price of electricity, gasoline and fuel oil.

Part of the folk memory of the Nova Scotia political class is that OPEC oil price increases stemming from the 1973 Yom Kippur Arab-Israeli war brought down the Gerald Regan Liberal government in 1978. 

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09
Sep
Why the Arab world confounds us

Why the Arab world confounds us

Time was when we labelled most of the nations of Africa, Asia and Latin America as underdeveloped. That term came to be seen as pejorative or demeaning. In time, aid organizations and the UN spoke of “developing” nations. Even that term had the whiff of a diplomatic euphemism.

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