In Brief

How to miss the Republican Convention in Cleveland without being sad ..

Jul 19th, 2016 | By Randall White | Category: In Brief

As it happens, summer family obligations mean I’ll miss most of the US Republican convention in Cleveland. Veteran North American progressive political junkie that I am, why am I not sad? (Well … I did stay up last night with the diverse gang at MSNBC, as they only somewhat gleefully pondered the news that at [...]



Struggles in US and UK .. electoral reform in Canada .. and the hopeful island of blue in the red state of Texas

Jul 13th, 2016 | By Randall White | Category: In Brief

GANATSEKWYAGON, ON.  JULY 13, 2016. Rachel Maddow, back from her (unexplained?) absence last week, was showing some footage of a vigil for slain police officers in Dallas Monday night. In the morning a piece on the CNN website had mourned “A tragic first week of July.” (Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge ; Philando Castile in [...]



Meditations in time of almost civil war .. US election, Dallas shootings, and summer in a northern city 2016

Jul 8th, 2016 | By L. Frank Bunting | Category: In Brief

GREAT LAKES REGION OF NORTH AMERICA. JULY 8, 2016. Almost all aspects of the  US election campaign strike me as too much over the top at the moment. Maybe it’s just the summer heat. (Or maybe it’s just that the 2016 US election really is crazy, as all our US friends keep telling us, again [...]



“Primary cause of Brexit is first-past-the-post” — Canadian committee on electoral reform take note

Jul 6th, 2016 | By Citizen X | Category: In Brief

TORONTO, CANADA. JULY 6, 2016. Try as it will, our local and regional universe doesn’t quite seem able to escape altogether from the ongoing Brexit crisis in the United Kingdom — enhanced by “nervousness” over recent “weak data from China.” (See from yesterday, eg : “Wall Street skids as global growth worries resurface” ; “Wall [...]



Big Brexit surprise in UK .. and what it may or may not mean for Donald Trump in USA

Jun 24th, 2016 | By Randall White | Category: In Brief

TORONTO, CANADA. FRIDAY, JUNE 24, 2016. 12:30 AM. Both ITV and the BBC have now called the Brexit referendum for the Leave the European Union side, with approximately 52% of interested United Kingdom citizens voting Leave and 48% voting Remain. This is a great surprise for a great many people, and I am certainly one [...]



Last Canadian thoughts on UK Brexit : trying to remember Orwell’s “Toward European Unity” in 1947

Jun 21st, 2016 | By L. Frank Bunting | Category: In Brief

[UPDATED JUNE 22, 23 : scroll below for LFB’s VERY LAST-MINUTE THOUGHT. LUNCHTIME, JUNE 23]. It first became altogether clear to me that the Brexit referendum in the United Kingdom across the seas this Thursday, June 23 was serious, when I met the UK uncle of a friend of my son, in Canada on business [...]



In the middle of June 2016 : we have to start trying to like Hillary .. and remember Horace on nil desperandum

Jun 11th, 2016 | By Randall White | Category: In Brief

One feature of cruise ships is that (briefly but sometimes with a strange intensity) you get to know people you might not otherwise encounter in your more particular ordinary life. Late last month I met various citizens of the USA this way. And some of these encounters came back as I watched the results of [...]



Northern Europe (and Russia) in the spring of 2016 .. and further adventures toward a Canadian republic

May 10th, 2016 | By Counterweights Editors | Category: In Brief

Late in the evening of this coming Wednesday, May 11, the entire office staff here will be boarding an airplane for our semi-regular European conference. We’ll be returning on Thursday, May 26, late in the afternoon. This time we’re in the north of what a UK series on TV Ontario many years ago called The [...]



Death of George Dryden (Diefenbaker?) : remembering the last prime minister of the old Dominion of Canada

May 5th, 2016 | By Randall White | Category: In Brief

Inevitably, the sad death of the so-called “Diefenbaby,” George Dryden, highlights the career of his “likely” unacknowledged father, John George Diefenbaker. For those not old enough to remember, Dief the Chief was a melodramatic prairie courtroom lawyer from Wakaw (and then Prince Albert), Saskatchewan. Somehow he became supreme leader of “my fellow Canadians,” 1957–1963 — [...]



Can Bernie help Hillary rediscover what Bill’s White House tried to hide in her Saul Alinsky thesis?

Apr 28th, 2016 | By Citizen X | Category: In Brief

This past Tuesday’s “Acela primaries” (after the Amtrak train that connects the five northeast states of Connec-ticut, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island ) have stiffened the prospect that it really is going to be a Donald vs Hillary sideshow in the US presidential election this fall. There is some excitement in some quarters about [...]