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07
Oct
I’ve finally, finally read Evangeline

I’ve finally, finally read Evangeline

I am definitely no slouch when it comes to reading big books. James Joyce’s Ulysses. Yeah, begorrah. Marcel Proust. Bien sur. War and Peace. Da. Henry James. Faulkner. Moby Dick. Most of Gibbon’s Decline and Fall. 

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23
Sep
Power to the people: N.S. political nightmare

Power to the people: N.S. political nightmare

If there is a nightmare scenario that haunts Nova Scotia politics, it is undoubtedly the price of electricity, gasoline and fuel oil.

Part of the folk memory of the Nova Scotia political class is that OPEC oil price increases stemming from the 1973 Yom Kippur Arab-Israeli war brought down the Gerald Regan Liberal government in 1978. 

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09
Sep
Why the Arab world confounds us

Why the Arab world confounds us

Time was when we labelled most of the nations of Africa, Asia and Latin America as underdeveloped. That term came to be seen as pejorative or demeaning. In time, aid organizations and the UN spoke of “developing” nations. Even that term had the whiff of a diplomatic euphemism.

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26
Aug
A Halifax Jean Paul Sartre?

A Halifax Jean Paul Sartre?

After the fall of France in 1940, Jean Paul Sartre, along with several other million Frenchmen, found himself a POW in Germany. He decided to let his inner slob come out.

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12
Aug
Why I’m still skeptical about Justin, and why the Conservatives maybe can’t take him down

Why I’m still skeptical about Justin, and why the Conservatives maybe can’t take him down

Is a capital “L” Liberal/small “l” liberal media sparing Justin Trudeau the scrutiny he deserves?

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