The soulless gaze of haters

Back in 1994, I spent a month in South Africa writing features for The Canadian Press (CP) during the campaign leading to the country’s first democratic elections. I saw South Africa from every perspective I could—black, white, Coloured. I regularly visited and ate in the home of my fixer Noah Makone in Soweto and...
  • Army tents for refugees

    August 16, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
    While Haitian and other refugees flee the United States in fear of its new government policies on immigration, Canadians do what Canadians do best: they help. Canadian soldiers were out last week erecting a tent village near the U.S. border to accommodate waves of asylum...
  • Could Canada return to Afghanistan?

    August 9, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
    Most Canadians would agree that after 13 years of war, Canada sacrificed enough blood and treasure in Afghanistan. The problem is, the longest war in Canadian history was, apparently, not long enough. After 24 Canadians died at the hands of the 9/11 terrorists, taxpayers shelled...
  • Gender identity not an issue with Canada’s armed forces

    August 2, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
    On July 26, Republican President Donald Trump declared transgender people personae non gratae in the U.S. military, reversing a decision made under his Democratic predecessor, Barak Obama. “After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not...
  • Images with impact

    July 25, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
    For 60 of the past 62 years, the World Press Photo competition has been holding a mirror to the world we live in, and it’s not, so to speak, a pretty picture. For all but two years since 1955, when a shortage of funding shut...
  • The path of procurement

    July 18, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
    Of the many questions surrounding the federal government’s recently released defence policy review, perhaps none is more topical than whether Canada has the ability to spend an additional $62.3 billion on its military over the next 20 years. And not just because it’s a lot...
  • Mission to Iraq extended, other options considered

    July 12, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
    The federal government had no sooner released its new foreign and defence policies than it put its money where its mouth is and renewed its commitment to the allied coalition fighting ISIS in Iraq and Syria. It’s a relatively small contribution—logistical and training support, mainly—but,...
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