Stan Persky Ashes and Embers by Stan Persky

Michael Wolff, Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House (2018). 1. Most of the fire and fury about Fire and Fury, Michael Wolff’s mega-best-selling portrait of the chaos inside the Donald Trump White House, has died down since the book was published in January (although... [Read more...]

Stan Persky Monday, Monday in Europe… You Gave Me No Warning by Stan Persky

Berlin — To recall an ancient jingle by The Mamas and the Papas, “Oh, Monday morning / You gave me no warning  / Of what was to be.” Monday morning is when Europeans woke up this week to the disturbing results of the Italian parliamentary elections, which more than... [Read more...]

Stan Persky Letter from Europe: Worst-Case Scenarios by Stan Persky

William Drozdiak, Fractured Continent: Europe’s Crises and the Fate of the West (2017). At 3 a.m. one fateful middle-of-the-night in November 1989, William Drozdiak, then foreign editor of the Washington Post, was awakened by the phone in his hotel room in Bangkok, Thailand.... [Read more...]

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Monday, Monday in Europe… You Gave Me No Warning

In Italy, La Dolce Vita turns sour; in Germany, “stability” is still in fashion; in Switzerland, yodel-oh.

I Read the News Today, Oh Boy (Part MMXVIII)

Some mornings, we sit by the waters of Babylon and scroll down.

Vancouver: I’m Not Proud of This

The Vancouver Pride Society wants to ban uniformed police from the annual Pride parade. Is this something we should take pride in?

Berlin notebook: Antifa, “Fascists,” and the Real Thing in the Streets of Warsaw

Straight from the front lines of Facebook to your ear (and God’s, and the CIA’s).

Letter from Berlin: “Mutti” Merkel in the Middle

German chancellor Angela Merkel won a fourth term, the Far Right won seats in Parliament for the first time since Hitler. Dooney’s is on-site to read the tea-leaves.

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Ashes and Embers

Taking a second look at Michael Wolff’s “Fire and Fury.”

Letter from Europe: Worst-Case Scenarios

The Grand Tour is more precarious than it used to be.

2017: Last Year’s Reading

Longer than a tweet, faster than a Fox News lie, here are some of the books of the year — read, re-read, and not-so-red in the Age of Trumpty-Dumpty.

The Ins and Outs of the Labyrinth

It’s a flash-mob Greek tragedy. Stan Persky reviews “Adults in the Room,” the political memoir that tells you almost everything you need to know about the EU.

Our Intrepid Reporter

Martha Gellhorn’s journalistic beat covered the globe. Today, there’s more reason than ever to read her dispatches from the front.

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National Game: Quebec Bans Hockey Mask Face-Covering

Amid criticism from across Canada over a province of Quebec law that bans

Quebec Justice Minister Stephanie Vallee.

face coverings for giving or receiving public services or  entertainments,  Quebec Justice Minister Stephanie Vallee announced on Thursday that hockey masks for goalies would be banned as part of the “State Religious Neutrality Law.” “Why should goalies be able to hide their faces during the national game?” asked the minister. “Their ability to conceal their goal-tending strategy while a left-winger is taking a slapshot is totally unjust,” Vallee declared.

Hockey mask.

However, in a statement partially walking back her initial decree, Vallee softened the application of the law. “If goalies are taking public transportation to the game,” the minister explained, “they only have to briefly lift their mask for the bus driver to see their face, and can wear the full mask for the remainder of the bus-ride, along with Muslim women, and punks in face-concealing hoodies.”

Person in niqab. Possibly a hockey centre.

Further, Vallee said that hockey centres-in-burkas have to lift their face-coverings only during face-offs. Other “accomodations” will be provided as necessary, the minister promised.


Montreal seismological scientists

Jacques Plante, c. 1945.

reported that legendary Canadiens goaltender Jacques Plante (1929-1986) rolled over in his grave, and it registered as a 5.8 quake on the Richter Scale. Plante invented the goaltender mask in the 1959-1960 season when his nose was broken by a shot by  the New York Rangers’ Andy Bathgate. (cf. Wikipedia, “Jacques Plante” for the long history of Plante’s argument with coach Toe Blake, who tried to prevent the goalie from wearing the mask, claiming it would harm the “national game.”) According to the scientists, Plante not only rolled over, but was recorded as saying, “Sacre bleu! Goddamned pure laine bourgeois bosses.”


— Not The Onion, this is The Paul Bunyan Review: Tall Tales for the Time of Trump.

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