National Newswatch

Khadr responses show right’s ugly side

Jul 14 2017 — Michael Coren — There’s been a great deal written about Omar Khadr in the past few days and I’m not going to pen yet another column on the subject. What is so revealing, however, is the response to the government’s apology and payment from the Conservative party and its followers. Frankly, Khadr has become a poster boy for […]

Omar Khadr and the politics of reactionary rage

Jul 11 2017 — Michael Coren — Some years ago, I wrote a column and recorded some television broadcasts in which I condemned Omar Khadr. In the past four years I’ve changed my opinions and attitudes in any number of ways, but while I now believe that Khadr was appallingly treated — and that the government’s recent apology and compensation amounted to […]

Dead man walking at 10 Downing Street: Michael Coren

Jun 11 2017 — Michael Coren — When British Prime Minister Theresa May called a snap general election back in April, she was supposed to have it in the bag. She had a lead of 20 points, and the consensus view was that Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was horribly unpopular and his party doomed. He campaigned well, however, and May was truly […]

Trump finds religion — for political gain, of course

May 8 2017 — Michael Coren — For some of us, every day is a day of prayer. It’s not something we make a lot of noise about because, among other reasons, if we follow the Christian faith we’re supposed to avoid ostentatiousness in our devotions. Still, dialogue with the almighty is not exclusively private and personal. But it should never be […]

Here’s what will happen when the U.K. heads to the polls — not much

Apr 28 2017 — Michael Coren — It was summed by one of those wonderfully “ordinary” people, chosen by reporters precisely because they are so representative of the non-elites. Stranding on a typical British street, 75-year-old Brenda from Bristol was asked what she thought of an election being called. “You’re joking!” she said, obviously exasperated. “What, another one? I can’t stand this.” […]

There are no good options for Syria

Apr 10 2017 — Michael Coren — For anyone who has spent time in Syria or — as in my case — has written about it extensively as a journalist and for a university thesis, it’s odd to see how the media throws up a cadre of alleged ‘experts’ on the region with every new twist in the crisis. All of these […]

Trost, the ‘whole gay thing’ and the Conservatives in crisis

Mar 29 2017 — Michael Coren — It’s the most unintentionally hilarious political video since Kellie Leitch gave us the ‘long pause’ and the ‘sudden head tilt’ at the end of February. Looking more like a wrestling promoter than a political activist, Mike Patton — Conservative party leadership candidate Brad Trost’s campaign manager — looks deeply into the lens and states the […]

The Rebel Hits a New Low

Mar 14 2017 — Michael Coren — The April edition of The Walrus features a cover story by Peter Norman detailing his close encounters with Ezra Levant, self-appointed “commander” of the surging online right-wing media outlet known as The Rebel—a site that specializes in Islamophobia, climate-change “skepticism,” and polemics against feminism and lgbtq rights. So influential has The Rebel become among hardcore […]

Even in Canada, conservatism is a ticking time bomb

Mar 1 2017 — Michael Coren — Conservatism is at a crossroads: in the United States under Donald Trump, in post-Brexit Britain, with the rise of the National Front in France and Geert Wilders in Holland, and with the reformation of traditional conservative parties in the rest of Europe and even Latin America.

Karma, meet Milo Yiannopoulos

Feb 22 2017 — Michael Coren — It would not be unreasonable to say that it’s been a rough couple of days for Milo Yiannopoulos. It also would not be unreasonable to say that a lot of people — even the kind and forgiving ones — are wearing mile-wide smiles this week. Never has schadenfreude been so valid. Or, to put it […]

What the right keeps getting wrong about free speech

Feb 17 2017 — Michael Coren — On Wednesday night, a rally against the federal Liberals’ Motion M-103 was held in Toronto. The motion is moderate and largely exploratory, and is in part a response to the grotesque slaughter of Muslim worshipers in Quebec City in January. Frankly, it would be shocking if Ottawa had not initiated some sort of response to […]

How Trump Conquered the Christian Right

Jan 27 2017 — Michael Coren — t’s difficult to recall now, but not so long ago Donald Trump was regarded by the Christian right as an enemy of the Almighty. And nobody knows who belongs on the Almighty’s naughty list as thoroughly as the Christian right. Trump supported abortion rights and same-sex marriage. He had been married three times, used profane […]

Preparing for what 2017 may bring

Jan 2 2017 — Michael Coren — Britain’s former security minister, an old and good friend, once said to me, “Predicting the future is not only useless but dangerous; understanding the present and using that understanding to prepare for the future, however, is useful and vital.” So how do we prepare for 2017? The details may be obscure but the trends are […]