Views from the Beltline: Everyone has their favourite dictator

Our Prime Minister recently ran into a flood of criticism, particularly from conservatives, for his kind words to the Cubans upon the death of their leader of many years, Fidel Castro. The Trudeaus did indeed have a congenial relationship with Castro, but then, even though we all proclaim our commitment to democracy and human rights, ...

Bill Longstaff: Blair makes nice with Sisi—following in Margaret’s steps?

Former British PM Margaret Thatcher’s fondness for Chilean military dictator Augusto Pinochet was infamous. Pinochet was a mass torturer and murderer, but the iron lady was quite fond of him despite his peccadilloes. He was a favourite partner for tea. Now it seems former PM Tony Blair also has a fondness for military dictators. He ...

Bill Longstaff: An Allende returns to Chilean politics

Last Sunday, Maya Fernández Allende was elected mayor of Ñuñoa, a district of Chile’s capital, Santiago. Ms. Allende is a granddaughter of Salvador Allende, the Chilean president who died when General Augusto Pinochet headed a coup that ended Chile’s lengthy democracy and introduced a reign of torture and murder. Democracy eventually returned after 16 years ...