By ANGELO PERSICHILLI The Hill Times - Feb. 27, 2017 What is fake news? The question is dominating political debates after Donald Trump’s extravagant use of the term. The problem is an old one, though it was never raised before because the news, fake or otherwise, were handled only and exclusively by what we call … Continue reading Fake news not new, not easy to define
On Friday, American president Donald Trump attacked media for using 'anonymous sources' in their reporting. Notwithstanding the fact that he often uses them himself, I believe that 'anonymous sources', if properly used, are vital to defend democracy. I often resorted to 'unnamed sources' during my career and I had to defend myself several times. I did it in … Continue reading Truth off the record, or hypocrisy on record?
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, U.S. President Donald Trump, and various officials from both sides meet in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 13. Photograph courtesy of Kate Purchase's Twitter By Angelo Persichilli THE HILL TIMES Feb. 20, 2017 There is no doubt that the visit Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made to the White House last week to … Continue reading Trudeau put Canadian interests ahead of politics for Trump visit
By ANGELO PERSICHILLI The Hill Times (Feb. 13, 2017 12:00 AM) TORONTO - The 2016 census confirmed what we knew, that is the future of Canada is intimately tied to immigration. We need more people and they can only come from abroad. We all knew that, we all agree, and the only alternative is to … Continue reading Immigration isn’t just about refugees and culture, it’s about Canada’s future
I completely agree with the column by Azeezah Kanji published today by Toronto Star (We are not all immigrants here). This story reminded me about a column I wrote for The Hill Times on December 20, 2004, talking about our tendency to lecture others and to forget our own shortcomings. by Angelo Persichilli THE HILL … Continue reading NO LECTURES ON HUMAN RIGHTS, PLEASE
Establishment-type politicians see Trump as the cause of all problems. Never mind that Saddam Hussain, Osama bin Laden, and ISIS were the direct consequences of their previous failings. Western countries are not using countries like China, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and the UAE enough in international diplomacy, allowing figures like Russia's Vladmir Putin too much influence … Continue reading Problems easy to identify, solutions not so much