The White House’s distorting mirror

“When I use a word,” Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, “it means just what I choose it to mean – neither more nor less.” “The question is,” said Alice, “whether you can make words mean so many different things.” “The question is,” said Humpty Dumpty, “which is to be master – that’s all.” Continue reading The White House’s distorting mirror

The right to remember and not necessarily to forgive

For over a century, Canada tried to assimilate its Aboriginal people, including setting up a system that sanctioned the kidnapping of native children. A reckoning was long overdue. Continue reading The right to remember and not necessarily to forgive

El Salvador seeks justice for El Mozote

Miraculously a wave of retribution is sweeping Latin America leading to the crimes of military dictators and their accomplices being finally brought to trial. El Salvador is the latest to join other countries in pursuing those responsible for crimes against humanity. Continue reading El Salvador seeks justice for El Mozote

The Chagos Islands – still a starless midnight

In his Nobel Prize lecture (2005), Harold Pinter spoke about “Art, Truth and Politics”, using the opportunity to castigate the anti-democratic nature of our great democracies.  “It never happened. Nothing ever happened. Even while it was happening it wasn’t happening. It didn’t matter. It was of no interest.” But misdeeds inevitably come back to haunt us. Continue reading The Chagos Islands – still a starless midnight