Gunnar Heinrich

Column: Buy gas while you can

“The Future’s A Gas,” joshes a column headline from an August issue of last year’s Economist. It continues, “Even as headlines scream about $50 a barrel oil, energy firms and their investors are becoming increasingly excited about its likeliest replacement: liquefied natural gas (LNG).” Even if LNG is the future of energy technology, it does […]

Column: Praising a peacemaker

I have wanted to meet the Pope for some time now. So when a fellow student told me in a yawning, casual way that she was blessed by His Holiness in a receiving line not once but three times on a spring trip to Rome, I was both shocked at her distasteful lack of respect […]

Column: Unmatched generosity

Following World War II, Winston Churchill addressed an audience of war weary British who were mindful of the billions of pounds that they would owe the United States. In his speech, the prime minister asked the rhetorical question, “What are dollars?” Answering, he said that, “Dollars are the result of the toil and the skill […]

Column: Ending in political fury

There is an expression in Britain that political careers “end in tears.” Then along came a strong-willed woman by the name of Barbara Castle. Ms. Castle, a Socialist version of Margaret Thatcher, missed the opportunity to become the first female prime minister in British history when her own Labour party imploded underneath her, leaving Margaret […]

Column: Libyan relations not worth it

Money, it would seem, heals all wounds faster than time does. The ongoing rift between the Socialist People’s Libyan Arab Jamahiriya (Libya) and the United States has, according to some sources, been a problem since the days when Libyans were colonial subjects of the Ottomans. Contemporary Libya under Colonel Muammar al Qadhafi, a dictator in […]

A great paradox

The term “Orwellian,” according to Daniel J. Leab of Brown University, “has become a synonym for the oppressive social forces that make us discontented and fearful, be they by state regimentation, or (other means).” The book whose message this term is derived from – George Orwell’s “1984” – is a dark tale of a world […]

The great thaw

A favorite quote of mine is that of former Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau. “Living next door to the United States,” he said, “is like sleeping with an elephant. You are affected by every twitch and grunt.” How true that must be. Back in October, I wrote an article focusing on our icy relations with […]

Column: Russia moves against the oligarchs

Mother Russia simply cannot help itself. Ever since the years of Peter the Great, it has birthed men who rule with iron fists. The latest autocrat, Vladimir Putin, is taking on imperial tradition in true Russian form. In the last two years, all political opposition coming from the economic sector – former Yeltsin-supporting billionaire magnates […]

Column: Strained relationship with northern neighbor

Canada is the home and native land to some 31 million people. Over 90 percent of those millions are nestled snuggly up against the American border. The rest of their enormous country is kept pristine for a few Indian tribes, elk, salmon, and, yes, polar bears. Canada is America’s largest trading partner. Most of their […]