Armed Forces and Citizens: Canada and Venezuela

DCMontreal – Deegan Charles Stubbs – is a Montreal writer born and raised who likes to establish balance and juxtapositions; a bit of this and a bit of that, a dash of Yin and a soupçon of Yang, some Peaks and an occasional Frean and maybe a bit of a sting in the tail! PleaseContinue reading “Armed Forces and Citizens: Canada and Venezuela”

Venezuelan protests: Trump administration is sucking the air out of world news

This is Holy Week, the last week of Lent, which actually ends today, leading up to Easter. When I was in grade school we used to get a vacation from Thursday to Tuesday. These days, with spring breaks included in most school calendars,  the days off for Easter are limited to Good Friday and, inContinue reading “Venezuelan protests: Trump administration is sucking the air out of world news”

Prime Minister Trudeau, Put Your Hands Up and Step Away From Your Castro Statement

Notwithstanding the fact that I am a lifelong Liberal Party of Canada voter, a great admirer of the late Pierre Elliott Trudeau and supporter of current Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the latter’s recent statement regarding the passing of Fidel Castro was just plain wrong. I fear the long relationship between the Trudeau family and Castro,Continue reading “Prime Minister Trudeau, Put Your Hands Up and Step Away From Your Castro Statement”

Coals to Newcastle; Oil to Venezuela

There is an old adage used to indicate a superfluous activity, it likens the act to carrying coals to Newcastle. Newcastle is a coal-rich area in England, so why would anyone bring more. The oil-rich South American country is now, paradoxically, buying oil from the United States. A recent piece in the New York TimesContinue reading “Coals to Newcastle; Oil to Venezuela”

Venezuelan Elections Signal Changes on the Horizon

Last Sunday was a tense day around my place. My significantly better half, of Venezuelan origin, was glued to several social media apps – Twitter, Facebook and WhatsApp in particular – in an attempt to get up to the minute information on the parliamentary elections in Venezuela. As an interested observer I had seen thisContinue reading “Venezuelan Elections Signal Changes on the Horizon”

Racism And Corruption: Deep Roots

This past weekend we rented the film Selma. The movie documents the events around the famous 1965 march from Selma, Alabama to Montgomery, the state’s capital, in protest of voter registration finagling. Racist hurdles were systematically put in place to make it essentially impossible for African Americans – then called Negroes- to complete the voterContinue reading “Racism And Corruption: Deep Roots”

Express Kidnapping in Caracas; A Firsthand Experience

Journalist Matthew Fisher is currently filing reports for Canada’s The National Post from Caracas, Venezuela. In an ongoing series focused on the multitude of problems facing Venezuelans, the sub-head of his most recent column is: Life is cheap in Caracas, dubbed “the kidnap capital of the world”. The concept of kidnapping for financial gain isContinue reading “Express Kidnapping in Caracas; A Firsthand Experience”

World Focus Turns to Venezuela as Caracas Mayor is Arrested or Abducted

Once again the world’s media is turning its attention to the situation in Venezuela. The turmoil has been there all along, but now the world is taking notice after a bit of a hiatus. The recent arrest, or abduction depending on your political position, of Caracas mayor Antonio Ledezma has caught the eye of majorContinue reading “World Focus Turns to Venezuela as Caracas Mayor is Arrested or Abducted”

Venezuela: Cheap Barbie Dolls and All About That Bass

In an odd about-face Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has ordered retail outlets to reduce the price of Barbie Dolls. That most iconic of American toys, Barbie was once vilified by Maduro’s predecessor Hugo Chavez who stated “the stupidity of Barbie”. One is left to wonder if Chavez actually tried to converse with the doll and,Continue reading “Venezuela: Cheap Barbie Dolls and All About That Bass”

Spring is sprung, the grass is ris!

“Spring is sprung, the grass is ris. I wonder where the birdies is!” Happy Vernal Equinox to all. Today at 12:57 EDT spring will arrive. The snow will be sucked back up into the heavens to be cleaned, repaired and refrigerated until next year. The popping sound you may hear will be flowers sprouting fromContinue reading “Spring is sprung, the grass is ris!”