Novel Thomas

About the Author Novel Thomas

Novel is a well-respected columnist and a foundation member of the CONTACT team. He graduated from Concordia University’s English department. His writing is insightful and thought-provoking.

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COLONIALISM’S IMPACT AND ENDURING LEGACY

When Europeans set out across the world centuries ago under the auspices of kings, queens and governments and flags, they never foresaw centuries of post-colonials’ discontent.Novel THOMAS I have never had a modicum of interest in Maxime Bernier’s PEOPLES PARTY OF CANADA (PPC) and its political agenda—whatever the disgruntled former Conservative Member of Parliament in the Stephen Harper government has been selling Canadians since he decided to breakaway from the Conservatives to start his own political party and one imagines version of conservatism. On reflection I’ve come to the conclusion that Harper’s version of “Old Stock” [Canadian] Conservatism wasn’t radical …

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Continuing… […] The charismatic political cultist continues to star in his presidential reality show uninterrupted, south of the border. Nothing the so-called “most powerful” man in the world does or speaks that transgresses American political and social norms (deemed offensive, inappropriate, ‘un-presidential’ and sanctionable behaviour, by his political adversaries and others in the wider public who are staunchly opposed to him and his divisive contentious ‘agenda’) seems to stymie him” So the ‘show’ continues – commercial-free, with a highlight moment almost each day – forcing some people to wonder: what will he do next, as he goes about his merry …

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THE J.J-D.T EFFECT

Creating two socio-religious-political Frankensteins, with apologies to Mary Shelley One is described as a [pseudo] “civil rights preacher, faith healer, and cult leader (of the Peoples Temple).” In 1978, the charismatic cult leader “conspired with his inner circle to direct a mass suicide of [his] followers,” inducing them to consume ‘cyanide-laced’ fruit punch… at his jungle commune in Jonestown, Guyana. The other, a veritable political cult leader, among myriad descriptions and personal characteristics, is a real estate tycoon, (“filthy lucre” –type) multi-billionaire, former television celebrity cum novice politician (by happenstance), and, more shockingly, is now President of the United States. …

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IT’S A MOOT POINT

Watching that ongoing discussion on U.S. television networks with hopes of finally hearing some earth-shattering news about the man occupying the White House is a virtual waste of time. He’s unfazed. But is he racist? For years I heard of him and read about him and his [financial] exploits, especially about his wealth accrued from major real estate holdings around the world, but especially in New York City and other parts of the U.S. But something about the real estate magnate, his wealth, his arrogance, over-the-top ego, pompousness, bombast, and other questionable human traits never resonated with me. Not the …

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IS UNION NOW UNITED?

Novel Thomas Sunday, July 7: A double celebration at church Last week Thursday 4, “she who must be obeyed” as a former local radio personality used to fondly describe his better half, announced in passing: “I’m going to church on Sunday.” Actually, she was in another room when she made the statement, but it was within earshot, probably a heads-up to me; there was no one else around to hear. I immediately thought I really don’t feel like church on Sunday, and began thinking of a few things on the home front that I could do while “She” was worshipping… …

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JUST MUSING…

Hold the politics ‘cos 2019 summer’s on, with a little something for everyone I know that global warming concept is more than that. After all that scientific data, heat waves across North America and Europe, deluges and floods, hurricanes, cyclones, tornados and other abnormal weather phenomena, that’s ample evidence that as far as weather goes something is happening. Weather phenomena have become the norm according to meteorologists; see it as the “new normal.” Close to home, the very cold winter and tumultuous weather we experienced last winter, especially the leftover cold weather coupled with millimeters of freezing rain to close …

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CONTINENT OF IRONY AND PARADOX

“Africa is the richest continent on the planet with the poorest people on the planet…” and is treated like the world’s bitch … In becoming South African president for the second time, South Africans were expecting much from Cyril Ramaphosa. His first stint as president was essentially an interim position of four years, 2014 to 2018, to which he was appointed when then President Jacob Zuma contracted that seemingly incurable African political virus: corruption and its inevitable social impact on the lives of those to whom it means most – not the least is living conditions: lack of infrastructure, running …

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SIMPLY PUT

Africa is the world’s bitch and its leaders are the pimps. She’s also “the richest continent on the planet with the poorest people on the planet…” Just because a rotten crop of post-colonial leaders have helped to stagnate the continent, but all bad things will end.Novel Thomas So here’s the rest… Notwithstanding the continual bad news stories coming out of Africa, I continue to believe that the underlying conditions that give rise to them will inevitably end. How do I know that? I see and hear ongoing evidence of that emanating from corporate media. From my perspective, what once was …

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SIMPLY PUT…

Africa is the world’s bitch, its dubious leaders the pimps. But all bad things will end – one day Watching a BBC program a few weeks ago, an African businessman in Djibouti, that small country on the northeastern tip of Africa (known as known as “the Horn…”), in talking business prospects for the country and continental economic development in general, said “Africa is the richest continent on the planet with the poorest people on the planet…” An interesting, insightful and thought-provoking statement that resonated with me and I’m sure other people who might’ve seen that particular program. It is a …

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POLITICAL WOMEN

They will be Africa’s deliverance and salvation Last time I mentioned that on his [GPS] program a couple weeks ago, CNN’s Fareed Zakaria discussed how the world would fare if more women were in national political leadership positions. It’s an interesting notion to ponder, just because except for a few countries the world for far too long has been led by an unbroken parade of white projecting and implementing their testosterone-induced agenda on the international landscape. It’s no wonder, then, that the world is currently in the tumultuous state it is; too many men have been vested with political power …

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