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Stories by Lisa Van Dusen

The Sahel Spring: who will own the future in Sudan, Algeria?

Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
Things have changed since the pro-democracy revolutions of post-Soviet eastern Europe, in part because of another revolution altogether—the Fourth Industrial one.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
The man likely to be Ukraine’s new president is a comedian who played the president of Ukraine in a Netflix series. This could be just the casting breakthrough we need.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
Political actors are now being cast, scripted, and rewarded to perform in engineered narratives as a means to an end. Really.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
Donald Trump’s obliteration of political norms has made plausible the anointment of an erstwhile hacker, punk rocker, and manny as his potential successor. Try not to be judgy.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
While elections in Israel are never boring, the results are certainly getting a little predictable.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
At a time when we should be connecting to produce sums greater than our parts, examples of just such moments stand out amid the divisions.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
As the completely avoidable and largely contrived brink of cataclysm looms, Prime Minister Theresa May should think outside the Brexit bollocks box and consider telling the truth.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
Civilization seems to be living through another moment when the benefit of the doubt is being exploited as a weakness by corrupt actors.
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Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
With our brains cyberconditioned to abandon discernment, we're losing the political survival mechanisms of shock and perspective.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
As the cost-benefit results of China's geopolitical rise clarify daily, the most alarming thing may be America's alarm.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
The disruptive lunacy of the American president has amplified the appeal of anyone who doesn’t look, sound, and act like him. That’s excellent news for women.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
Amid the current festival of previously unthinkable geopolitical squabbles, the battle for Canada's roadside moose-statue supremacy is one we can all get behind.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
The infatuated president’s passion for Putin couldn’t have been more obvious if he’d humped the diminutive dictator’s leg and belted out the Russian national anthem during their Helsinki newser.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
As we embark on a year in which the state of electioneering will be a barometer for democracy, there are questions bigger than the horse race.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
Special counsel Robert Mueller may well solve America’s leadership crisis. If he doesn’t, the Democrats won’t just need someone who can win the presidency. They’ll need someone who can’t lose.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
As the world’s democratic and non-democratic tectonic plates continue to grind, the perpetual content feed is the new battlefield.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
The patriarch of America’s Republican political dynasty defined leadership as duty, honour, country. His death is a reminder of how much character counts.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
The visionary former Colorado Senator whose bid for the presidency was derailed in 1987 wasn’t so much an early political casualty of celebrity journalism as he was an early content provider.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
While the entirely avoidable chaos unfolding in Western democracies sucks up all the oxygen, something important is happening in one of China’s purchased pearls.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
This week’s midterm-results recount is déjà vu for some observers of the state’s 2000 presidential-election recount. As one political aide who was there recounts: ‘PTSD. Thank you.’
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
In the face of post-truth fatigue and an untimely deadline, here’s a pre-news piece filed from a rational parallel universe.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
Britain’s first Brexit referendum was, by Canadian standards, deeply unserious. Now, it’s squeaky bum time.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
In the global war on democracy, the war zone has no borders and journalists are no longer seen as non-combatants.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
Maybe vicarious space travel is the perfect escape from our current planetary unpleasantness.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
The focus on what can be proven or not about what happened to Christine Blasey Ford obscures the fact that Brett Kavanaugh has now, ironically enough, made it all about him.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
Social media has supplanted the news cycle with the drama cycle and divided politicians into those who feed it and those who don’t.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
The financial meltdown revealed the gap between numbers and reality, and between the tech masters who increasingly dominate the economy and the people whose lives they impact.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
Between Bob Woodward’s forensic reconstruction of meetings that read like a cross between Dr. Strangelove, Being There and Pee Wee’s Playhouse and the recent anonymous op-ed in The New York Times that, evidently, aimed to reassure the world that there are patriotic embeds in the White House running interference between the president and potentially apocalyptic executive functions, a portrait isn’t really emerging.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
While strong economic numbers are helping to keep a cataclysmic American president in office, Philippe Couillard isn’t getting the same popularity dividend.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
Donald Trump has taken the North American Free Trade Agreement hostage to force outcomes that will benefit neither Americans nor Canadians.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
The late U.S. Senator John McCain's life offers a reminder that there are exceptions to the usual power profile.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
When attempting to untangle the perpetual schmoz of Trumpmania, it helps to spend time in the WWE glossary.

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