NAFTA Is A Failure, May 2, 2006 - Harper's "deal" is an admission that NAFTA is a failure. The sleeping elephant can still twitch whenever it pleases.
One Step at a Time: Harper Supports the Incremental Approach, January 17, 2006 - The Conservative Party's agenda isn't hidden. It is, however, incremental and progressive, and it starts with getting elected.
2005: The Year in Hypocrisy, January 10, 2006 - With the gargantuan outpouring of hypocrisy in the Bush administration, this annual essay threatens to blow up into book form.
Torture Works, January 9, 2005 - If the purpose of detainment and questioning is to humiliate, demoralize, and terrorize a group of people, then torture is a very effective tool.
I'm Gonna Vote You Out, December 21, 2005 - I saw a photo op of Stephen Harper boxing (see attached), and the following lyrics came to me in a flash (I hope I'm not dating myself too badly by parodying L.L. Cool J).
No Two Ways About It, November 21, 2005 - City streets should foster the connections and interactions between people that add up to city life.
Plugging the Leaks, April 30, 2005 - Hamilton can make significant improvements to transportation sustainability without massive capital outlays, simply by leveraging the infrastructure we already have.
Let Them Have Cake (and Eat it Too), April 27, 2005 - The purpose of a health care system is to treat sickness and promote health, not to provide lucrative investments.
"Dithers" is the New Flip-Flop, April 1, 2005 - Martin is trying to serve two masters: the interests of business and the values of citizens. Is there any question which master Martin loves and which he despises?
Analyze This, March 17, 2005 - Right on the heels of criticizing American media organizations for uncritical and even propagandistic coverage of the Bush Administration, the New York Times shows us how it's done.
Missile Defence and the Weaponization of Space, March 3, 2005 - A closer look at missile defence shows clearly that, while the program itself is unlikely to perform its intended function, it does accomplish one of America's biggest long-term military goals: it gives America an early and commanding presence in space.
Canadian "Sovereignty", America-Style, March 2, 2005 - Paul Cellucci came right out and told Canada that it can retain its "sovereignty" only to the extent that it does what America wants it to do.
FileList, January 10, 2005 - Download a small (32KB) Windows utility that lets you browse to a directory and display its files in a text box. That way, you can copy the filenames en masse and paste them into a text editor. (Also includes options to convert the list to an HTML list or an HTML table.)
What Comes After Farce?, January 31, 2005 - It's tempting to call Afghanistan the tragedy and Iraq the farce, but to do so would ignore America's long and ignoble history of meddling.
Why Do They Hate Us?, January 11, 2005 - Westerners just can't seem to understand why the rest of the world hates us so much.
2004: The Year in Hypocrisy, December 21, 2004 - 2004 continues a grand tradition of systematic mendacity for the Bush administration and its clients. In several key areas, the government actually managed to outdo itself over 2003, mainly by building on its legacy and counting on the relentless stupefaction of the nation's news media.
Missile Defence and Space Weapons, December 3, 2004 - Prime Minister Paul Martin and Defence Minister Bill Graham insist that the American Ballistic Missile Defense System is not associated with the weaponization of space. Let's see what the US Military has to say about it.
Letter to Bill Graham: Say No to US Ballistic Missile Defence, November 8, 2004 - Canada is flirting with the US Ballistic Missile Defence program. I wrote this letter to Defence Minister William Graham and Parliament arguing that BMD will violate international law, make the world less secure, and move America closer to the weaponization of space - and that's assuming it works, which almost nobody believes will happen.
The Coming Crash, November 2, 2004 - Whoever wins the US federal election will inherit an economy with a ticking time bomb inside it, soon to go off: the housing bubble.
The Game: Rules of Engagement, October 6, 2004 - A closer look at who is behind the Bush administration and what their real goals are.
How to Throw a Street Party, September 29, 2004 - World Carfree Day provided an opportunity for us to reclaim our neighbourhood for people, not cars.
A Winning Formula: How Business Manages Canada, June 14, 2004 - Canadian big business has a winning formula for running this country: the Conservatives enacts sweeping changes, and then the Liberals consolidate those changes. It's time for the next upheaval.
Fiscally Responsible? The Tories will run deficits, June 11, 2004 - Canadians are notorious for voting against politicians rather than for them, and this has been a windfall for the Conservative Party. The Tories have portrayed themselves as fiscally responsible, but the evidence suggests a Conservative government would have to cut program spending or else run deficits.
Ballistic Missile Offense, April 30, 2004 - Prime Minister Paul Martin seems to think he can support the American Ballistic Missile Defense system while simultaneously opposing the militarization of space. But missile defense is best understood as an integral component of America's offensive capability, including full spectrum dominance of the "ultimate high ground".
Oil Peak Production: A Local Perspective, April 22, 2004 - Hamilton, Ontario continues to invest tens of millions of dollars annually in its sprawl infrastructure, starving or abandoning every program that might reduce our car addiction. What use will our expressways be when petroleum is no longer cheap or abundant?
Questions Bush Didn't Answer, February 12, 2004 - President Bush managed to avoid answering most of Tim Russert's questions about Iraq in last Sunday's Meet the Press interview.
Filling in the Doughnut, January 10, 2004 - Last November, I wrote about Hamilton's "doughnut politics", the planning model that has resulted in dreary suburban sprawl in a ring around a decaying city centre. We can't treat Hamilton's ailments without knowing what constitutes good health. Published on January 10, 2004 in The Hamilton Spectator (external link opens in new window).
2003: The Year In Hypocrisy, January 5, 2004 - Ah, the year that was. If hypocrisy could be used as fuel, America wouldn't need to drill the ANWR. Enjoy this list of the more eggregious doozies.
Doughnut Politics Reasserts Itself, November 13, 2003 - Committed to the suburbs, Hamilton, Ontario's citizens demand a city that allows them to continue driving everywhere. That means more expressways, more lanes, and more sprawl. Red Hill was just the most visible symbol of this larger conflict. Published on November 22, 2003 in The Hamilton Spectator (external link opens in new window).
But They're There, September 18, 2003 - The Bush administration's embarrassing backpedaling on its reasons to invade Iraq remind me of the stories with which my father used to scare me.
'H-Bomb' Teller, Dead at 95, September 12, 2003 - Edward Teller helped turn postwar America into the world's global military superpower. Here's a look at the man behind the madness.
Chasing its Losses in Iraq, September 11, 2003 - Like a gambling addict chasing its losses, the Bush administration has sunk so much money, political capital, and credibility into its Iraq misadventure that it can't admit the invasion was launched under dangerously false and misleading pretences.
Terrorist Lottery!, July 29, 2003 - It's just been revealed that the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is planning to launch a terrorist acts futures trading scheme. That got me thinking about ways that the group could sell their idea to a nervous public. Update: For some reason, DARPA has decided not to pursue their idea of a terrorist futures market.
Imagine utopia without automobiles, July 21, 2003 - A recent cycling championship road race offered a glimpse of what cities could be like if they weren't choked with cars. Published on July 21, 2003, in The Hamilton Spectator (external link opens in new window).
Saving the Village, April 11, 2003 - America expected the people of Iraq to celebrate their arrival as 'liberators'. When this didn't happen, the invasion subtly entered a new phase. American soldiers do whatever is necessary to accomplish their mission, even if it means gunning down children. Iraqi militants do the same, even if it means suicide attacks and guerilla tactics. The value of a life goes into sharp decline on both sides.
Speaking Truth to the Powerless, March 21, 2003 - Civic engagement, creative resistance, and peaceful protest cannot stop the war, but they can drain it of its legitimacy.
The Game: Setting up the Board, March 19, 2003 - The past two newsletters responded to mainstream claims about the war. This newsletter, and the two that will follow, looks beyond the claims to the underlying issues.
Shocked and Awed: US Government Flouts International Law, March 04, 2003 - America accuses Iraq of violating international law, yet has no qualms about violating international law itself.
Lies, Half-Lies, and Truth about Iraq, February 25, 2003 - The Bush administration continues to distort the truth in order to sell its war on Iraq. This newsletter exposes the lies.
Beyond War: How to 'Deal With' Iraq, February 10, 2003 - War is supposed to be an absolute last resort, the path when all other paths fail; but America has declared that war is its new foreign policy, its new means of diplomacy. Supporters claim that the coming war's opponents offer no alternative, mainly because "there is no alternative". Here's an alternative.
Selling September 11, September 11, 2002 - After the September 11 attacks on America, the government immediately cast the attack into an epic, almost biblical struggle of good versus evil, which simultaneously bolstered domestic and international support for a war of retaliation against Afghanistan, and neutralized all criticism of American actions or policies. Then, after America's response became increasingly difficult to justify within the parameters of the "Bush Paradigm," the framework of debate quietly shifted from a classical model of good and evil to a consequentialist model, where the best act is the most efficient act and morally problematic means were justified by ostensibly noble goals. However, both models are intended more to provide cover and justification for America's activities than to explain events in an objective manner.
Requiem for International Justice, April 24, 2002 - The US government just deposed D-G Jose Bustani from the Organization for the Prevention of Chemical Weapons after he tried to persuade Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein to sign the Chemical Weapons Convention. Convincing Hussein to join the international community would undercut America's campaign to cast him as an irredeemable villain and weaken international support for America's planned military offensive against Iraq.
The War on Terror, Act II, April 12, 2002 - The western press has long blamed Yasser Arafat for failing to endorse the Camp David accords, and holds him accountable for the renewal of hostilities after Camp David collapsed. But was Camp David really fair? And how much responsibility must Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon bear for the ongoing violence?