Rick Salutin

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Jan 11, 2002

We're Overdrawn at the Image Bank

The question of whether art imitates life or the reverse has long been settled: art, in the crass sense, won. Most of us have seen far more images of reality than we have actual landscapes, personali
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Jan 5, 2002

War and Writing

I dream of writing on Stockwell Day or globalization once again. I don't even think this is a war, yet I repeatedly call it that. Maybe I hear quotes around it in my mind, but forget to insert them.
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Dec 21, 2001

From Democracy's Floor

Our version of democracy tends to be top-heavy at the best of times, leaving leaders, generals, experts and the rich to run things unencumbered, except for occasional elections. It's a situation in w
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Dec 14, 2001

Everybody Wants to Make Jihad

Who would have thought that, in the early twenty-first century, socialism and communism would not be political factors, while religious fundamentalism would? It's nice to be surprised, I guess.
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Dec 7, 2001

Heather Reisman and the Taliban Kid

It's not surprising that states employ terror, given their power. Nor is the point that one kind of terror justifies the other. The point is that terror is reprehensible, wherever it's used, because
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Nov 30, 2001

Britain: A Nation of Sheep and Barbarians

I know Tony Blair has his Canadian fans, some here at The Globe and Mail, but with U.S. leaders telling their allies publicly to take no prisoners, and their special forces calling in jet strikes on
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Nov 23, 2001

Fear the Loss of Reason

I can hear some readers grinding their teeth and saying through them: You can't sit around having philosophical discussions while our society is being bombed and infected. You have to act - fast! But
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Nov 16, 2001

Just Who Do They Think They Are?

It seems to me there is a subtext to this crisis of, How dare they challenge us? Just who do these people think they are? The West likes to think of itself as the engine of history.
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Nov 9, 2001

Complexity: What An Amazing Concept!

Whatever the virtues of simplifying the news, you have to admit there aren't many places to go once you reduce a huge mess to something like good versus evil. As we've seen this past week, the news o
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Nov 2, 2001

If Kandahar Burns, Will We Feel Safer?

We are at a point where there may be no security for anyone in the world unless there is security for all. That used to be rhetoric; now it's close to literal truth. The deaths of more innocents will
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Oct 12, 2001

Absorbing the Lessons of September 11

A shining example of a compassionate response, in my view, came from an American couple who lost a son in the World Trade Center and were asked if they favoured mass bombing in retaliation. They said
Columnists
Oct 5, 2001

The Fear of Thinking

If truth is the first casualty in war, I guess we can now say humour is the second. Many of us tend to associate funny with smart and, on that basis, I nominate as the third casualty thought itself,
Columnists
Sep 21, 2001

American Elections and Jazz

When these enemies of America actually speak - including numerous interviews with Osama bin Laden - they stress a litany of U.S. policies and acts abroad. They never say they hate American elections
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Sep 14, 2001

One Way to Beat the Bombers

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You can't hunt it down because no country is its home; its home is despair, delusion and faith in values such as cosmic war and an afterlife. You can't "make them pay"; they're already dead. You can'
Columnists
Sep 14, 2001

One Way to Beat the Bombers

You can't hunt it down because no country is its home; its home is despair, delusion and faith in values such as cosmic war and an afterlife. You can't "make them pay"; they're already dead. You can'
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Sep 7, 2001

Racism Can Make You Crazy

Walking out is normally a power play. It reveals who and what counts to the walker. Trade counts, so you don't walk out of the World Trade Organization, but racism doesn't, not as much.
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Aug 24, 2001

Who Owes What in a Racist World?

If the world we live in made a serious attempt to correct social injustice and increase equality, then the angry claims of the poorest groups would likely diminish.
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Aug 17, 2001

Moses Goes to the Mountain

TV guy Moses Znaimer was hell to try to draw into discussion, like an embodiment of his commitment to the visual. The audience grew fascinated with whether he'd speak at all. Eventually, Moses lighte
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Aug 10, 2001

Anarchism: Its Time has Come Again

The dominant system preaches individualism but actually grinds most individuals into poverty or pre-occupation with survival, destroying the chance for their individuality to thrive. Anarchism declin

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