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Stories by Lisa Van Dusen

‘He may be a lunatic, but he’s our lunatic’? The GOP doubles down on destruction

Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
By keeping Donald Trump in the White House, the Republicans will disprove the theory that the corruption degrading American democracy is all about one man’s narcissism.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
Beijing is celebrating the Lunar New Year by cracking down on satire. This is not a good sign in a presumptive superpower.
The real two popes seem at odds over priestly celibacy. I blame Fleabag.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
Boris Johnson is casting content creators for a whole new sh*tshow. Public servants need not apply.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
A happy Christmas to all! In spite of, you know… everything.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
Amid all the toxicity, an impromptu clapback in Washington provides a political moment of—gasp—truth and love.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
The question for NATO isn’t ‘Who’s the enemy?’ It’s ‘How do we respond?’
Canada’s rational new deputy prime minister will need a doctrine of radical normalcy to wrangle Donald Trump and Doug Ford.
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Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
Albert Einstein said that time could not be absolutely defined. That doesn’t mean it can’t be leveraged as a political commodity.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
Like so many narratives catalyzed by Donald Trump, the targeting of America’s career diplomats is likely about more than just Donald Trump.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
Rime (noun): An accumulation of frost on an exposed object.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
The real challenge presented by the Oct. 21 election result will be for Parliament to produce progress from division.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
With elections being messed with in ways democracies are just beginning to fight, maybe protecting the process itself should be the ballot question.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
The political wince-o-meter that once delineated interesting from incriminating is busted. The results are about what you’d expect.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
As Ottawans make progress in preventing an eyesore addition to the capital’s iconic Château Laurier hotel, local artist Shirley Van Dusen (yes, relation) ponders the beauty of a favourite subject.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
As Britain grapples with the ongoing chaos of Brexit, a second prime minister in as many decades delivers a 'my bad' for a balls-up.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
With the disclaimer that these days, the 48 hours between filing and press time can produce a multitude of dumpster fires, our federal election actually seems pretty normal so far.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
As cyberconnection obliterates boundaries, some speculate that truth stranger than fiction will render literature obsolete.
The word ‘conspiracy’ has been so tainted by crackpots, including the one in the Oval Office, it may be due for a semantic reclamation.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
The first rule of campaigning No. 347 should be ‘Never speak publicly about your own electability.’
Political scandals can now be charted on a graph from detonation to amplification to stoking to fallout. There was one in 2008 that took a different turn.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
As we gear up for elections on both sides of the border, the new must-have campaign accessory is your very own ‘crap Rasputin.’
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
After achieving concessions through mostly peaceful means, Hong Kong's protests have turned violent, which only plays into Beijing's hands.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
The president of the United States is using Twitter as a racist flamethrower against his fellow citizens.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
Wiring our brains could open new possibilities in the treatment of neurological diseases. It could also leapfrog us to a whole new level of human rights abuse.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
After 30 years as Canada’s architectural avatar on ‘America’s Main Street,’ the Canadian embassy in Washington has become part of the local furniture.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
As the public sphere has become unrecognizably dystopian, the toll on human health includes a range of symptoms it may take more than pharmacology to cure.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
The principle that there are unalienable rights is under siege, including in the country founded on it. That makes Canada’s status as a functioning democracy all the more valuable.
How did being a rampaging ass become a prerequisite for political success instead of a disqualifier? Good question.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
Like everything else in Trumpian Washington, impeachment would make previous iterations seem both sane and dignified.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
In normal circumstances, beating Trump in 2020 would be a laugher. But again, in normal circumstances, he wouldn’t be … you know.
The image of a man staring down a column of tanks in Beijing 30 years ago is an indestructible tribute to what the tanks of D-Day were defending 45 years earlier.

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