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The forgotten World War II backlash against Vera Lynn

Christina BaadeMcMaster University
Dame Vera Lynn’s latest album, National Treasure — The Ultimate Collection, has been released in the week of the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion. The album, filled with over 40 of her wartime hits, is yet another confirmation of her status as a living symbol of the British effort in World War II.


Why is Melanie Joly ignoring the crisis in Canadian journalism?

Sara BannermanMcMaster University
The Canadian news industry is in a crisis. Rather than providing a way forward, the Liberal government suggests that Facebook, Twitter, and Google will “jumpstart digital news innovation.”


Why universities can’t be expected to police copyright infringement

Sara BannermanMcMaster University
A recent Canadian court decision suggests universities should police any potential copyright infringements on campus and online. That’s the last thing universities should have to do.


Canada’s troubling indifference to the Air India bombing

Chandrima ChakrabortyMcMaster University
When preparing for a course, a McMaster University professor found an alarming lack of knowledge among Canadians about the Air India bombing of 1985. Why the startling indifference from Canadians?


Fredo in the White House: Trump’s rolling chaos

John ColarussoMcMaster University
Trump generates chaos every day yet there is scant information in any of it. Nonetheless, there are hints about his mental health, the consequences of the Russia probe and the power of women in 2018.


All the lessons Donald Trump has taught us

John ColarussoMcMaster University
Love him or hate him, Donald Trump has shown us a great deal in his short time on the political stage. For that, we should be grateful. Here are the lessons taught by Prof. Trump.

Why Trump must stop being Trump to survive

John ColarussoMcMaster University
U.S. President Donald Trump’s insistence on being “himself” is doing substantial damage to the United States, both domestically and abroad. A former Clinton White House adviser on Russia weighs in.



Grey Cup haunted by brain injury risk — but doesn’t have to be

John ConnollyMcMaster University and Michael D. NoseworthyMcMaster University
Concussions in football and other contact sports correlate with severe, long-term brain damage — but science shows it doesn’t have to be that way.


U2’s continuing quest for authenticity

Susan FastMcMaster University
When bands “return to their roots,” is it a genuine search, or a way to court critics and sell records?


Michael Jackson: Posthuman

Susan FastMcMaster University
The album cover for Michael Jackson’s album Dangerous was painted by American pop-surrealist artist Mark Ryden. In it, he depicts a world in which the boundaries between human and animal, living and dead, whole and part, and celestial and terrestrial have been crossed and fused.


Trump, guns and the warnings of history

Henry GirouxMcMaster University
What are we to make of a society in which young children have a greater sense of moral courage and social responsibility than the zombie adults who make the laws that fail to protect them?


‘Shithole countries’: Trump uses the rhetoric of dictators

Henry GirouxMcMaster University
Donald Trump’s language has disturbing similarities to the words and verbal tactics used by fascists, including his cries of “fake news” and his obsessive exaggerations about his achievements.

Fascism’s return and Trump’s war on youth

Henry GirouxMcMaster University
Call it Fascism, American-Style. Donald Trump’s embrace of authoritarian ideals has extended to a veritable war on America’s youth.

Democracy on life support: Donald Trump’s first anniversary

Henry GirouxMcMaster University
U.S. President Donald Trump’s “scourge of oppressive stupidity” has been in the Oval Office for a year. His assault on higher education is among Trump’s more disturbing penchants.

Donald Trump’s passion for cruelty

Henry GirouxMcMaster University
Donald Trump seems to have a passion for cruelty, often publicly celebrating his investment in violence as a source of pleasure. Those tendencies represent symptoms of a broader American sickness.

Why universities must defend democracy

Henry GirouxMcMaster University
The rise of neo-Nazism under President Donald Trump signals a new wave of authoritarianism. Now more than ever, colleges and universities must help students become informed and compassionate citizens.

Rallying cry: Youth must stand up to defend democracy

Henry GirouxMcMaster University
According to famed anthropologist Arjun Appadurai, the central question of our times is whether we’re witnessing the worldwide rejection of liberal democracy and its replacement by some sort of populist authoritarianism.


Silicosis’s toxic legacy offers deadly lessons for today

Mica JorgensonMcMaster University
Canada rushed to counter a deadly lung disease afflicting gold miners in the early 20th century. The “quick fix” cure that was invented is a symbol of the lurch towards global industrialization.


The Hitchbot’s guide to travelling across a continent

Frauke ZellerRyerson University and David Harris SmithMcMaster University
How do you rate your chances of completing a transcontinental road trip? What if you can’t drive and don’t have car? What if you can’t even move unaided? In fact, what about if you’re not even human? Tweeting, GPS-equipped robot Hitchbot managed it, hitchhiking across Canada this summer from Halifax, Nova Scotia to Victoria, British Columbia.