The Trump administration has pulled one of its most successful vanishing acts to date—they have disappeared the migrant children from their parents. To date, the children remain missing. Trump may argue that family separation is the price of flaunting rules at the border, but he is not one to speak as he continues to obfuscate the tenets of natural justice in his struggle to avoid the Russia investigation, and to preserve his presidency. I’m quite sure his alleged affair with Stormy Daniels broke at least a moral rule, if not campaign finance laws. Continue reading “MINI OP-ED| Where Have the Children Gone?”→
I am a bystander trapped in time along with millions of others. It’s Heather Heyer’s memory that keeps us here. It is the very worst version of Groundhog Day but without the happy ending. Yes, it’s been one year since that Saturday afternoon when I first heard the news, saw the footage. Big strong men aren’t supposed to cry, but there are exceptions. Continue reading “OPINION | The Day America’s Leader Forgot to Mourn”→
I had a different relationship with Cosby than perhaps most. I first met him when I was an 8-year-old listening in on his conversation between Noah and God. Cosby went on to teach me how not to run track and field, and how to play “Buck, Buck”. His comedy records brought me and my friend Jon to tears of laughter each time we heard his voice. We loved Cosby. He was funny, black, and parent approved. Continue reading “OPINION | I Started Out as a Child: No pardons for Bill Cosby”→
In 1941, following the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the Canadian government unilaterally decided that Japanese Canadians posed a threat to national security. Under the War Measures Act, the roundup began as Japanese Canadians were stripped of their homes and business, and sent to internment camps, thus beginning one of Canada’s darkest periods in its relatively short history as a nation.
My university film theory teacher was such an internee. Although never discussed at length, as he taught us about Kuleshov and Eisenstein, he was also teaching us about his life, and resilience.
Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un have now left the Singapore summit, and with their departure, a silence fills in the anticipation and the apprehension of the meeting. Both leaders were supposedly looking for something, but it is uncertain whether it was peace.
From a political point of view, the summit was a success for both leaders. Let’s be clear, Trump was not the first to propose a sit-down, but he was the most pugnacious, and the least criticized when the idea was proposed. Was he looking for an end to tensions between North Korea and the world at large or a photo opportunity to boost his poll numbers? Continue reading “OPINION | The Quest for Peace or Popularity?”→
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, contrary to Mr. Trump’s latest tweet, is not weak.
Trump blustered into Canada this weekend, Charlevoix, where I used to live. The Quebec countryside is peaceful and serene, perhaps deliberately chosen as a safe haven in which to discuss issues of economic importance among allies. Trump, like all the other participants, was among friends or at very least not among enemies.
When I was in grade school, there was always one student who simply did not fit in. Whether it was the schoolyard bully who knocked down lunch bags or the child who deliberately took too long at the water fountain on those hot days—there was always one child who’s behaviour separated themselves from the rest.
Trump may not be a genius, but he knows enough to surround himself with people he trusts, if not necessarily trustworthy people. Of late, we’ve heard whispers of Bannon being consulted along with John Kelly and Stephen Miller. Trump is not working alone.
We see this evidenced in some carefully worded tweets, and of course in the recent hiring and subsequent publicity tour of New York City’s ex-mayor, Rudy Giuliani. Giuliani was chosen for three reasons:
The latest poll indicates that President Donald J. Trump’s approval rating has improved over the last few months. Why? Booming economy aside, as much as I hate to say it, Trump makes politics fun, at least for his voters.
Trump is a salesperson who handily exploits the innate behaviour of human beings—the propensity towards laziness. We have Siri’s voice helping us with our math, our directions, our memory, and we now have Trump doing likewise.
Trump inoculates himself and others from the truth by simplifying complex issues, changing the narrative, and of late, simply lies outright, knowing often people will believe things that are repeated loudly and strenuously enough. In other words people are too lazy to “not” believe his rants or his tweets. Trump is his own downloadable voting app. His administration manufactures and disseminates self-interest conspiracy theories waging a counter-truth campaign against mainstream news, and Trump’s base loves it. Trump who has positioned himself as the champion of the everyday person, is lauded by his fans anytime he challenges the norms regardless of outcome. He brands issues and assigns flamboyant names like “Fake News” “Witch Hunt” “Spygate” repeating them until they become part of the everyday parlance, in his attempt to dismantle any credibility of the ongoing investigation into Trump-Russia et al. The latest news, as reflected in the polls suggest the strategy is working.
The blood in the hallways of Santa Fe High School is no doubt as crimson as the reality of the present administration. This is not hyperbole, but fact. America is beyond arms reach, arguably ideologically isolated from ally countries by Trump’s leadership. Trump the candidate had promised to move the American embassy to Jerusalem, a promise he unceremoniously fulfilled earlier this month, in doing so destabilized the area and ejected the United States from being considered a fair broker in any negotiations between Palestinians and Israelis.
While on the campaign trail Trump also promised to increase veterans’ health care. A promise largely unfulfilled. And what about his presidential promise of the war against opioids? It’s been almost seven months since he declared the opioid crisis a public health emergency with no measurable action or gains, instead Mr. Trump prefers to declare war against the media that reports his blunders, the U.S. Post Office, and the world in general. Top of his list remains the FBI and Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who continues to indict those connected to Trump. Some already pleading guilty. Continue reading “Opinion | The Drowning Man”→