Northern Reflections: Hedges on 9/11

On the anniversary of 9/11, Chris Hedges offered these thoughts: The explosions and collapse of the towers, however, were, to me, intimately familiar. I had seen it before. This was the familiar language of empire.  I had watched these incendiary messages dropped on southern Kuwait and Iraq during the first Persian

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Northern Reflections: The Shame Of It

I was never a fan of George W. Bush. He made some terrible decisions that had far-reaching consequences. But, yesterday, in a speech in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, he spoke the unvarnished truth. Jennifer Rubin writes:  In perhaps the most important words spoken in his political career, Bush in his remarks at the

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Northern Reflections: No Debate

I tried to listen to the English language leaders debate. I turned it off after about forty-five minutes. It wasn’t a debate. Michael Harris correctly characterizes it as “a third rate cage fight:” The confrontation that everyone was waiting for, Trudeau versus O’Toole, never materialized in any coherent way. Given

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Northern Reflections: Way Past Redemption

  Jennifer Rubin wonders why Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger are still members of the Republican Party: To recap: Kinzinger and Cheney’s party pushed the “big lie” that the election was stolen, overwhelmingly opposed impeachment, blocked a bipartisan commission, tried to undermine the committee and now has threatened private companies

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Northern Reflections: Looney Candidates

Every election has its share of looney candidates. One such candidate is Cheryl Gallant for the Conservatives. Robin Sears writes: Conservative candidate Cheryl Gallant, is back. This year she launched a hilariously wacko set of YouTube videos insinuating that the Liberals plan a “climate lockdown.” (What does that even mean?

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Northern Reflections: We Never Learn

Andrew Nikiforuk writes that there are seven lessons that the American withdrawal from Afghanistan should teach us. Here are three of them: 1. Interventionistas by definition do harm. The straight-talking philosopher and risk expert Nassim Nicholas Taleb lays out the disastrous hubris of interventionista thinking in his excellent book Skin

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Northern Reflections: Generating Insanity

Paul Krugman writes that there’s an interesting connection between right-wing politics and the peddlers of snake oil: Right-wing extremists, and to some extent even more mainstream conservative media, rely on financial support from companies selling nutritional supplements and miracle cures — and that financial support is arguably a significant factor

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Northern Reflections: No Future

Andrew Nikiforuk writes that expecting governments to fight COVID is yet another example of misplaced faith: When governments play with viral fires, it is ordinary citizens, including our unvaccinated children, that get burned. And so the fourth wave has arrived in our midst like some crazed arsonist in a dry

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Northern Reflections: What Now?

Yesterday in Afghanistan was horrific. Observers are comparing the American withdrawal from Afghanistan to the American withdrawal from Saigon in 1975. Marc Thiessen writes that the real analog is Beirut in 1983: On Oct. 23, 1983, terrorists detonated a truck bomb at the U.S. Marine Corps barracks in Beirut, killing

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Northern Reflections: The Same Old Song

For decades, conservatives have advocated for austerity. They are now planning to dish out more of it. Jim Stanford writes that during the pandemic, governments around the world racked up eye-watering deficits as they opened the fiscal taps to support personal incomes, subsidize businesses, and finance public health responses. Canada was

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