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  • National Post Media Bias Against Israel Is Entrenched and Runs Deep Monday August 30th, 2021
    Commentary Here is a joke I told some high school students years ago—teenagers can be a tough crowd—to show how easily media bias can manufacture or manipulate public sympathy. In Paris, a man sees a pit bull attacking a little girl. He kills the dog, saving the child’s life. Reporters swarm him. One says, “Tell us your name. Your fellow Parisians will rejoice in tomorrow’s headlines: ‘...
  • National Post The ‘Sudden’ Erasure of Women’s Sex-Based Rights Tuesday July 27th, 2021
    Commentary How did we get from common sense on biology to the erasure of women’s sex-based rights? As Ernest Hemingway said of how he arrived at bankruptcy, “Gradually, then suddenly.” The blueprint for “suddenly” was drafted in Yogyakarta, capital city of Indonesia’s island of Java. It was to Yogyakarta, in 2006, that a group of trans activists and human rights professionals—including ...
  • National Post Counter-Theme to Victimhood: Canada’s Indigenous Peoples Need Not Be Defined by Past Injustices Friday July 2nd, 2021
    Commentary Following the announcement of 215 unmarked graves at a former Kamloops residential school in late May, the city of Victoria in B.C. announced the cancellation of its Canada Day celebrations. When an estimated 751 graves were then discovered at a former Saskatchewan residential school site, #CancelCanadaDay began to trend on Twitter. The activist group Idle No More urged Canad...
  • National Post Anti-Semitism: The Haters Have Changed, but the Hatred Hasn’t Tuesday June 1st, 2021
    Commentary It’s been a difficult time of late for Jews everywhere. CombatAntiSemitism.org (CAM) reports that anti-Semitic incidents in the UK have increased 600 percent, while “dozens” of alarming incidents have taken place in Berlin, Paris, Brussels, Rome, Vienna, and across North America. Canadian Jews have been profoundly shaken by a level of expressive anti-Semitism—genocidal ...
  • National Post O’Toole Has a Real Chance in Election if He Can Get the Support of Women Monday May 3rd, 2021
    Commentary Justin Trudeau has proved himself incompetent in a crisis and lurches from scandal to scandal. And yet his poll numbers point to a 93 percent likelihood of a majority (50 percent) or minority (43 percent) Liberal government in the next election. How to explain it? My Liberal-voting friends—including those who are presently alienated from Trudeau for his multiple failures of l...
  • National Post In Service of Progressive Values, US Military Has Become Detached From Reality Monday April 5th, 2021
    Commentary To mark International Women’s Day on March 8, U.S. President Biden honoured women in the U.S. military. “We’re making good progress designing body armour that fits women properly; tailoring combat uniforms for women; creating maternity flight suits; updating—updating requirements for their hairstyles,” he boasted. Maternity flight suits? The idea provoked Fox News host Tucker...
  • National Post Quebec, France Resistant to Encroaching ‘Woke’ Ideology Monday March 8th, 2021
    Commentary Last month, Quebec Premier François Legault took to Facebook to criticize “radical activists” who he said are taking political correctness to extremes. He was in part reacting to the suspension last September of a francophone University of Ottawa professor for using the N-word in class. “If we don’t defend someone who is a victim of this, we’re playing the game of the radical...
  • National Post Instead of Expanding MAiD, Expand Palliative Care Monday February 8th, 2021
    Commentary A good friend of ours died last year of a slow-growing but inexorable form of lung cancer. In his final months, he received expert outpatient care from a team of palliative-care specialists. When the end was imminent and breathing became difficult, he was asked if he preferred lucidity with suffering, or comfort. “Comfort,” he whispered. His medication was adjusted, and he re...
  • National Post Despite Trump’s Accomplishments, I’m a Never-Again Trumper Thursday January 14th, 2021
    Commentary Mea culpa. I had assumed there were limits to Donald Trump’s narcissism and it turned out there were not. I never liked Trump, and I never had any illusions about his character—both weak and bad—but, like so many others who voted for Trump (or in Canadians’ case, “voted”), I believed the alternative would be worse. My “vote” was transactional: accommodation to a disagreeable ...
  • National Post Despite Trump’s Accomplishments, I’m Now a Never-Again Trumper Thursday January 14th, 2021
    Commentary Mea culpa. I had assumed there were limits to Donald Trump’s narcissism and it turned out there were not. I never liked Trump, and I never had any illusions about his character—both weak and bad—but, like so many others who voted for Trump (or in Canadians’ case, “voted”), I believed the alternative would be worse. My “vote” was transactional: accommodation to a disagreeable ...
  • National Post Communism’s Long March Through the Institutions Has Succeeded Monday December 28th, 2020
    Commentary Karl Marx was convinced that his envisaged revolution to save the world from its march to perdition would be realized by the united workers of the world. They would throw off the shackles of capitalism, voluntarily re-inventing their various regions as socialist utopias joined in global sodality. That never happened voluntarily, of course. It seemed the workers of the world w...
  • National Post Tracing the Pernicious Social Contagion of Adult-Child Sex Tuesday December 22nd, 2020
    Commentary In my youth, sexual abuse of children was a little understood and never-publicly-discussed phenomenon. Pedophiles were considered to be deviants of the worst kind, in no way associated with “respectable” society or “decent” people. But in the 1970s, the veil of our ignorance was lifted by the open flirtation of far-left ideologues with the normalization of pedophilia (sex wit...
  • National Post Tracing the Malign Push to Normalize Adult-Child Sex Tuesday December 22nd, 2020
    Commentary In my youth, sexual abuse of children was a little understood and never-publicly-discussed phenomenon. Pedophiles were considered to be deviants of the worst kind, in no way associated with “respectable” society or “decent” people. But in the 1970s, the veil of our ignorance was lifted by the open flirtation of far-left ideologues with the normalization of pedophilia (sex wit...
  • National Post Those Calling for Abolition of Electoral College Want Neither a Republic Nor a Democracy Monday November 16th, 2020
     Commentary In the 2016 U.S. election Hillary Clinton won the popular vote handily, but—against all poll and virtually all pundit predictions—she lost the election because Donald Trump amassed a winning number of Electoral College votes. The outcome so stunned and outraged Clinton’s followers that an instant “resistance” sprang up to protest what they perceived as an illegitimate victor...
  • National Post How the ‘Peace Industry’ Got It Wrong on the Middle East Monday October 19th, 2020
    Commentary In 2017, when U.S. President Donald Trump fulfilled a long-standing promise to recognize Jerusalem as the eternal capital of Israel and move the American embassy to Jerusalem, the news was received with horror on the left. Politicians and pundits warned that the Arab “street” would rise in violent protest. As it happened, most Palestinians didn’t care where the American emba...
  • National Post Close Finish in US Election Could Mean Greater Civil Unrest Thursday September 10th, 2020
    Commentary My progressive friends and I, normally at odds politically, are united in dread of the fallout from a photo finish in the U.S. presidential election. In 2016, the Democrats and their media allies grudgingly accepted Trump’s official win, but immediately undertook a campaign to unseat him by every means possible. A great swath of Americans believe his presidency is illegitimat...
  • National Post Orwell’s ‘Crimestop’ Alive and Well in 2020 Friday August 14th, 2020
    Commentary True story. My eight-year-old granddaughter and her mother were working on a jigsaw puzzle, an image of a cat’s face surrounded by black background. We adults were complaining about the difficulty of joining up so many all-black pieces. My granddaughter said, without a shred of irony, “This feels like racism to me.” Well, her remark felt like “Crimestop” to me. In George Orwe...
  • National Post Could Push Come to Shove in US Effort to Rein in Beijing? Friday July 17th, 2020
    Commentary President Trump is juggling three critically important domestic fronts: COVID-19, proliferating protest with concomitant rising crime in the wake of the George Floyd killing, and a re-election campaign tethered to low approval figures. The Chinese Communist Party is doubtless pleased by these distractions. In their ongoing zero-sum competition with the United States, they see...
  • National Post Show Trial of Brock Professor Over Essay A Disgrace Tuesday June 16th, 2020
    Commentary Thirty years ago, chemistry professor Dieter Seebach, now 83, wrote a scientific article on the state of affairs in his specialty of organic synthesis. On June 4, the prestigious German chemistry journal Angewandte Chemie published an homage to Seebach’s paper written by Brock University’s Tomas Hudlicky, a Tier 1 Canada research chair in organic chemistry. In his own peer-re...
  • National Post Show Trial of Distinguished Professor Over Essay a Disgrace Tuesday June 16th, 2020
    Commentary Thirty years ago, chemistry professor Dieter Seebach, now 83, wrote a scientific article on the state of affairs in his specialty of organic synthesis. On June 4, the prestigious German chemistry journal Angewandte Chemie published an homage to Seebach’s paper written by Brock University’s Tomas Hudlicky, a Tier 1 Canada research chair in organic chemistry. In his own peer-re...
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