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Stories by Lisa Van Dusen

The blurred line between interesting and incriminating

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.
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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.
The supremely gifted and fatefully flawed diplomat died in 2010 after collapsing in the office he never got to occupy. A new biography unfurls the backstory.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
Sure, people laughed when Barack Obama’s White House operating principle was revealed. Apparently, it needs to be revived and repeated. Over and over again.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
The Trump administration’s relations with the media, which began as shocking and outrageous, have become predictably, dangerously normalized.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
The U.S. ex-vice-president’s experience on both foreign and domestic policy makes him a formidable presidential candidate. His decency makes him the perfect foil for Donald Trump.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
Instead of enabling yet another circus in an era of circuses by impeaching Donald Trump, Democrats should defeat the symptom and clean up the system.
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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