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Stories by Lisa Van Dusen

The great brain robbery: Looking up from the content glut

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.
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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.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
In a time when all politics are global, Riyadh’s tactical tantrum over Canada’s principled human rights stand aims to isolate moral leadership.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
What’s happening in Washington these days makes Richard Nixon seem sane and the democracy of the day look like a well-oiled machine.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
The quote ‘What’s past is prologue,’ from Shakespeare’s The Tempest, is displayed on the National Archives in Washington. There’s a reason it’s a favourite of military strategists.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
With Colin Firth and Stellan Skarsgård dancing like nobody’s watching, and Pierce Brosnan singing like nobody’s listening, we should all be watching Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again on a loop as a serotonin boost.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
Can the country that stood against authoritarianism during its last major surge pull the geopolitical equivalent of Stuart Sutcliffe leaving the Beatles and maintain its authority?
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
With his love of Putin, trolling of NATO, tactical support of China’s ascendancy, and daily degradation of American soft power, Trump is not a political black swan. His presidency is a turning point in a dangerous story.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
History has made us friends. Geography has made us conjoined twins. And Donald Trump has made us co-captives.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
Never has a major politician been so adept at the flimflam art of destructive distraction. What’s the con?

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