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Stories by Lisa Van Dusen

Happy Canada Day! Pass the vodka cooler and thank God we’re a middle power

Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
The dock may be outside your isolation perimeter and the barbecue could set your mask on fire, but at least we’re still a democracy.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
Donald Trump’s relationship with China is not a great power competition: He’s a propaganda generator, not a geopolitical adversary.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
It may say as much about Donald Trump as it does about God that some of his fiercest critics these days are leaders of faith.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
Authoritarians love to leverage security, and Donald Trump would rather run against anarchy than against Joe Biden.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
The reality show president is playing ringmaster to the exploitation of Black outrage in a pre-election chaos narrative only he could front.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
Inevitability used to be a campaign strategy; now it’s a narrative cudgel.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
Amid an escalation of covert warfare tactics changing the global balance of power, perhaps Western intelligence agencies could start counter-operating.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
You'll have to watch Tiger King yourself.
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Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
Remember that bit you used to do in the 90s about being trapped in an elevator with Donald Trump? It’s not funny anymore.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
Since Benjamin Netanyahu is extremely busy staying out of jail, here’s a quick solution to the problem he thinks has been solved but hasn’t.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
Canadians are grieving compounded tragedies this week. Unbelievably enough, one man proves things could be worse.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
Whatever we’re living through now, chances are Queen Elizabeth has seen worse. Which makes her perspective priceless.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
Hunkering down amid a global pandemic whose containability depends on your latitude, longitude, and head of government requires mad adaptation skills.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
Donald Trump has called himself a wartime president. The question is: whose side is he on?
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
Working from home is not for amateurs. It requires a knack for troubleshooting and a few handy props.
In a year when American voters are longing for both change and normalcy, electability trumps all other arguments.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
As the world faces a pandemic, a dubiously performative president of the United States sets the stage.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
The man who lost to the woman who lost to Donald Trump is now the one delivering all the previously unthinkables.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
There’s a new favourite word to add to our expanding lexicon of Orwellian, new world order gibberish.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
For which babies boiled and fricasseed provide both inspiration and a cautionary tale. With thanks and apologies to J. Swift.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
The 2020 U.S. presidential campaign is already giving the relentless dumpster fire of 2016 a run for its lunacy.
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.
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.

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