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First Man and the power of perspective

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.
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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?
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
While people continue to share the impact the writer and world traveller had on their lives, his most lasting legacy may be political.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
Like a mean girl in a high school cafeteria, Donald Trump has now taken his tray and moved to the bully table. Welcome to Thug Prom.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
The famously unbiddable Senator has lived a life whose lessons defy, and will outlive, the temporary insanity of America’s current political crisis.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
The upcoming Charlevoix summit of major democracies has already taken on the air of a siege disaster movie. It doesn’t have to end badly.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
After more than a year of bad actors hogging the global stage, the marriage of a good one to a prince offers joy amid chaos.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
Like so many elements of politics, corruption isn’t what it used to be. The Trump presidency is both a product and instrument of a uniquely 21st-century version.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
As politics have become colonized by a toxic combination of reality-show drama and covert intelligence tactics, will the guardians of reason catch up?
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
There have been chants of 'Nobel' at a rally for President Donald Trump. But will the people of South Korea thank him?
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
The American matriarch was remembered last week as ‘the first lady of the greatest generation’ but her qualities as a leader were timeless.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
The tech revolution has produced a bifurcated culture of industry players who understand how they’re changing society, and regulators who don’t.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
With journalism, politics, and democracy all under siege, the Trump administration’s relentless output of reality-show gibberish seems designed to prove the totalitarian tenet that no news is good news.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
Fifty years after the civil rights icon was assassinated, it seems everything has changed except the timeless perversion of power.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
The display of bravery, unity, and eloquence the world witnessed Saturday on an issue that has paralyzed Washington for decades was also a rebuke to the current chaos in ostensibly grown-up politics.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
As the Muslim mayor of a major Western capital and a Brexit critic, Sadiq Khan is well-placed to warn of the downsides of technology’s impact on democracy.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
The chaotic American president’s approach to the protracted conflict between Israel and the Palestinians has been anything but nuanced.

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