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Conrad Black

Author and Historian

Conrad Black is the author of critically acclaimed biographies of Maurice Duplessis, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Richard Nixon.

The former head of the Argus and Hollinger corporate groups and of London's Telegraph newspapers, Black is also the founder of Canada's National Post. Black has been a member of the British House of Lords since 2001.
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Clean Up the CAJ or Put It Out of Its Misery

Journalists are often interesting, not infrequently quite talented, and usually have some professional pride, or at least common decency. Those who rightly call themselves journalists in this country might wonder why this admittedly (and reassuringly) declining occupational association is the carrier and propagator of the pernicious virus of malicious invention. It doesn't represent journalistic standards and if it did, no one would know any facts at all about any subject of public interest, other than to the extent any individual was directly aware of what was being reported.
05/28/2014 06:00 EDT
ASSOCIATED PRESS

The Bizarre, Unintentional Way Obama May Slow Down Iran's Nuclear Development

The Iranians allegedly do not want talks to break down because of a likely Israeli air attack, which though it would not be permanently incapacitating, would do great damage, retard development, and could be repeated as needed at intervals. The Vienna talks will have one more session before breaking for the summer. Though no one seriously expected that they would achieve an agreement, the Iranians have apparently put their program on hold, without rolling it back very far.
05/21/2014 05:34 EDT
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The Greatest Single Demonstration of the Democratic Process Takes Place Next Week

The Indian public has clearly tired of the complacent incumbency and inertia of the governing Congress Party, founded by Jawaharlal Nehru, led by him and his daughter, Indira Gandhi, and later Nehru's grandson Rajiv Gandhi, and now by Rajiv's son Rahul, under the guidance, as party chairman, of Rajiv's Italian and Roman Catholic widow, Sonia Gandhi. Congress has governed India, either alone, or at the head of coalitions, for 54 of India's 67 years of independence.
05/08/2014 12:44 EDT
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The Ukraine Crisis Is the Most Irritating Example of How NATO Has Eroded

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization was the most successful alliance in world history, as it contained the threat of Soviet imperialism and international communism in the West for 50 years, until the Soviet Union disintegrated, without an exchange of a single pistol shot between the two sides. Today, every two weeks or so, we see a new demonstration of the fruit of weakness and delusional misjudgment in the chancelleries of the West, where formerly, great, or at least consistent and sensible, statesmen ruled. One dares not ask where it will all end, for fear that the logical answer spring from the mists of the unthinkable and legitimize the antics of the Russian gangster-state.
04/24/2014 05:49 EDT
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'The Truth Sometimes Requires a Bodyguard of Lies'

Winston Churchill's political principles never changed, but his ability to apply them steadily, first to a vast colonial empire and the European balance of power, then to fluctuating alliance systems and finally to a post-colonial world in which Great Britain was a linch-pin between a semi-federal Europe and North America, never failed him or left him for long, behind changing political times.
04/10/2014 12:44 EDT

Why Palestinians Should Not Take the 'Never Again' Pledge Lightly

In Palestine, it is hard to believe that any sane regional strategist believes that Israel can now be eliminated. It is a nuclear power with a sophisticated anti-missile defence and no one could doubt that it will reply to any nuclear attack with a massive counter-blow of obliteration, and in the light of modern Jewish history, the firmly repeated pledge "Never again," should not be taken lightly.
03/12/2014 05:27 EDT
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Prison Should Be a Repair Shop of Flawed Personalities, Not a Junk-Yard of Human Souls

All people are sinners and all are good and bad in differing degrees at different times. I am not a moral relativist and am a believer in law and order, the confession and repentance of sin, and the punishment of crimes. But I also believe in forgiveness where the adjudicated penalty has been served, there is remorse and a determination to avoid past misconduct.
02/26/2014 02:10 EST
AP

My Departure From the Order of Canada

It had been obvious for two years that the honours and awards staff that administer the Order of Canada were rabid in their ambition to remove me, and I publicly referred to their ambitions in this regard as "orgasmic." I learned long ago that honours do not make a man, any more than the withdrawal of honours unmakes one.
02/03/2014 03:06 EST
AP

JPMorgan's Jamie Dimon Got Rich on His Merits

There is nothing sufficiently irritating to push a reasonable person into the camp of Jamie Dimon's Dimon's vocal critics, some of the institutional investors and unions, who carp and whine at a less bald pretext than a drop of the hat, and masquerade as shareholding democrats with the savings of others.
01/29/2014 06:18 EST
AP

Why Is This Journalist In Jail?

It might have been expected that Alabama would be the first jurisdiction in this hemisphere in many years to imprison a journalist. This is the lot of Roger Shuler, blogger under the title "Legal Schnauser," which implies a self-image of a persistent, little dog, with a loud bark. Shuler is accused of taking liberties with the truth, but his self-image seems to be well accepted as exact. Shuler and his wife operate a left-wing blog from their home in Birmingham, Alabama, and although The New York Times has declared the Schnauser's allegations "fuzzily sourced," the Shulers get high marks for fearless assaults on their subjects.
01/16/2014 09:56 EST
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America Needs a New Middle-East Playbook

I wonder if George W. Bush reflects on what he got the world into with Iraq. No sane person regrets the passage of Saddam, and the Kurds and Shiites are feasting on the Sunnis, as the Sunnis feasted on them throughout Saddam's time. But the United States has nothing to show for the thousands of dead and trillion dollars spent in the second Iraq War.
01/01/2014 11:14 EST
CP

The Star's Vendetta Against Ford Is Hypocritical Claptrap

Mr. Dale now has indicated that he will sue Mr. Ford on the basis of his comments on my show, with the support of his employer. Anyone who has had small children knows the concerns of lurking strangers, and all of us who have been hounded unmercifully in our homes by the media know how unutterably provoking it is. The notion that the mayor had insinuated that Dale was a pervert was a confection uniquely of his colleagues at the Star, and he has his colleagues to thank for whatever stigmatization he feels he has suffered.
12/14/2013 09:47 EST
ASSOCIATED PRESS

When Prisoners Have Stronger Ethics Than Prosecutors

Ex-New York Senate Leader Joe Bruno will prevail in court. But I wonder how many more of these prosecutorial travesties have to take place, and how many more innocent people have to be ruined, before the justice the founders promised reigns again in the courts of a country that sings to itself that it is "the land of the free."
12/04/2013 02:07 EST
AP

Israel's Future Is Brighter Than You Think

Israel has sailed through the international economic downturn and continues to rack up impressive economic growth rates and excel in all areas of scientific innovation. Large reserves of oil and natural gas have been discovered just off-shore. And the Arab Spring has created immense disarray in the ranks of Israel's traditional enemies.
11/21/2013 05:08 EST
AP

Nobel Hits and Misses

The award this year of the Nobel Prize for Literature to Alice Munro is inspiring. Less satisfactory is the Norwegian Nobel Committee's award of the Peace Prize to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. The organization is doubtless well-intentioned, but it has absolutely no method to achieve its ends. It might be advisable for the Norwegian Nobel Committee to specify whether it is awarding the Peace Prize for genuine achievements of designated goals of peace, or for strenuous effort in such a cause with no implication of whether the recipient's efforts will actually be fruitful.
10/16/2013 05:44 EDT
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My Conversation with Brian Mulroney

Brian Mulroney: "Trudeau's big strength is that he's not Stephen Harper. ... Justin is younger, he has more panache and for the moment that has its own appeal. Mr. Harper defeated Mr. Martin, Stéphane Dion and Michael Ignatieff. Justin Trudeau is no Stéphane Dion."
10/08/2013 02:47 EDT
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Haven't Madoff's Victims Suffered Enough?

As if the victims of Bernard Madoff had not suffered enough, the Justice Department has now inflicted on them the albatross of Richard C. Breeden, who has been named "special master" of $2.35-billion of recovered assets for redistribution to them. How much money will Breeden accumulate for himself in payments while he defers a distribution in what should be a fairly simple process of prorating payments to victims?
10/01/2013 10:28 EDT
AP

Eliot Spitzer Lost: Maybe America Isn't a Nation of Obtuse Dolts

As I was contemplating whether the descendants of those who elevated some of modern history's greatest statesmen to America's highest public offices had become a nation of obtuse dolts, a Damascene bolt of reassurance came through my car radio: Eliot Spitzer lost his race for comptroller of New York City. The United States re-elected an inadequate president but its largest city has held the red line on someone manifestly unfit for public office.
09/11/2013 12:17 EDT

The Rubashkin Case: A Mockery of Justice

Sholom Rubashkin received a staggering 27-year sentence for a first-time, non-violent commercial offense of which there was no victim. There is no modern American precedent for such severity. Even scores of people who have served prominently in the system are shocked by this mockery of justice.
08/28/2013 05:18 EDT
CP

When You're Wrong, You're Wrong - Unless You're a Columnist

It is befuddling when columnists, whose job is to express opinions and interpret matters they have some background in for readers -- and who do so with evident inaccuracy for years on end -- are always unrelievedly mistaken but don't change their message or alter their analytical technique. The New York Times is a hotbed of such people, and the Times itself has been mistaken about every single serious issue in American life for decades. But the in-house champion of this genre of habitual error is now Tom Friedman.
08/15/2013 12:28 EDT