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New Works

San Miguel de Allende: “NAFTA of Literary Festivals” , by Brian Brennan

A writers’ gathering in San Miguel de Allende (SMA), a colonial gem of cobbled streets and revolutionary charm, has been held annually since 2005, with an audience now of some 10,000. Its secrets to success include sun – lots of sun – a city that is culturally-rich and diverse, and  some of the world’s best-known authors.

Muskrat Falls hydroelectric – Who buried the risk assessment report? 
ROGER BILL  Reporting

Muskrat Falls, Labrador. Site of a proposed hydro electric project by the governments of Newfoundland and Quebec. This is downriver from the Churchill Falls Hydro project in Labrador. Photo by Greg Locke © 2017 DCS Files

Muskrat Falls, Labrador. Site of a proposed hydro electric project by the governments of Newfoundland and Quebec. This is downriver from the Churchill Falls Hydro project in Labrador.
Photo by Greg Locke (C) 2006


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Regular contributors, most recent works:

BRIAN BRENNAN, features and Brief Encounters

San Miguel de Allende: “NAFTA of Literary Festivals” 
Canada’s ambassador to Ireland: Once a Cop, Always a Cop

Fort McMurray: from “black pitch” and salt to oil sands
Remembering the Pillar
The Pluck of the Irish: How a proud native cuts through the kitsch.
JFK: The Murdered King


#MeToo? Not me.
 Good riddance, Hugh Hefner 
Dear Americans: Enough, Already
Rule of Law vs Rule by Man
Fake News and Our Happiness Disorder
On the death of Cuba’s Fidel Castro


Feminists mourn Wendy Robbins     
Trump’s gurus taken off air
Americans turn Canadian about health care
Fukushima still in hell
Where have all the jobs gone?
Media literacy in a post-fact age

GREG LOCKE, Photographer/F&O Web designer

Newfoundland’s fourth offshore oil project set to sail
Remembering War
Life goes on in rural Newfoundland
Mummers the Word
Welcome to Iceberg Alley
Under a malaria moon

JONATHAN MANTHORPE, International Affairs

For Britain, friendless desert looms behind Brexit door
Singapore rocked by ruling family feud 
British Election Brings Mayhem
Trump Cries Havoc! – Dogs (still) Kenneled
Theresa May’s election victory no longer certain
Broad alliances trump Trump for Israeli security

JIM McNIVEN, Thoughtlines

Why Celebrate July Fourth, or First?
Down and Dirty in the Trade Game
Nothing’s Happening
America’s Republican Quandary 
The System Comes First
America: Andrew Johnson Rides Again

TOM REGAN, Seeking Orenda

The putz in America’s room
Reflections of a Canadian abroad as Canada turns 150  
American Civil Discourse in Serious Trouble
Comey Lands Punches, But No Knockout Blow

America’s Confederate icons must go
Roger Ailes’ special place in hell 
Why Donald Trump won’t be impeached

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