Author: Judith Deutsch

Judith Deutsch is a member of Independent Jewish Voices, and former president of Science for Peace. She is a psychoanalyst in Toronto. She can be reached at judithdeutsch0@gmail.com.

  • People Music: From Mozart to Climate Change

    David Yearsley’s fine article “Disaster Music” in April 12 Counterpunch generates thoughts about what can be called People Music. At present, global political and environmental events unfold disastrously. Yearsley writes about people in the past facing the forces of natural catastrophes, framed as People versus God in Handel’s powerful music: “…earthquakes on land and beneath … Keep reading »

  • Episode 14: Saudi Arabia, MBS, and Everlasting War w/ Medea Benjamin

    In this wide-ranging interview, Oats speaks with celebrated activist and writer Medea Benjamin about Saudi’s Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman (MBS), Saudi’s Twitter spat with Canada last year, and how to connect questions of everlasting war with climate and environmental issues. Listen to audio »

  • Wealth and the Invisibility of Human Life

    Judith Deutsch reviews Quinn Slobodian new book Globalists: The End of Empire and the Birth of Neoliberalism. Keep reading »

  • Exterminators-in-Chief: Trudeau, Bolsonaro, et al, and Informed Consent

    I read the Canadian news today: “Pipeline expansion should be approved: regulator.” Regulators ignorantly, negligently, criminally, and in contempt of life, yet again gave the go-ahead to money over incontestable science. Liberal democratic Canada is in league with Brazil’s military dictatorship and the Lima Group. Keep reading »

  • A Tale of Two Toilets: Profiting from Necessity?

    Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities famously opens with the lines “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness…” Reflecting extremes in wealth and well-being, a number of current publications mirror Dickens: Andrew Levine’s “A Tale of Two … Keep reading »

  • Siloed Thinking, Climate, and Disposable People

    Thinking in siloes about the climate and about our planet’s people puts us at risk of increasing climate disruption and massive loss of life. This year the climate meeting, COP24, is in Katowice, Poland, from December 3 to December 14. These international meetings were set up by the United Nations and led to the Kyoto … Keep reading »

  • Grieve the Beloved Children: Israel and the War on Children

    The Palestinian Health Ministry reported on June 1st that a beautiful young woman medic, Razan Ashraf Najjar, 21, was the second medic to be killed by Israeli army fire since March 30th. To date, Israel has killed 130 and injured more than 13,400 non-violent people in Gaza for protesting the siege. Among the injured are … Keep reading »

  • The Canadian Pension Plan: The Deadly Hand of the Market

    A recent article in the Toronto Star and its accompanying photo bear comment. The reaching hands are not of rioting, starving people grasping for food but of stockbrokers on the trading floor. The article, about protecting individual portfolios, counsels people to know of their options though “the majority of investors have little or no understanding … Keep reading »

  • Gaza: Who or What Has a Right to Exist?

    Gaza: An Inquest into its Martyrdom (Verso, 2018), is an extraordinary book. It is also a difficult book to read. In his preface, Norman Finkelstein writes that this work “has been a painstaking, fastidious undertaking born of a visceral detestation of falsehood, in particular when it is put in the service of power and human … Keep reading »

  • Justice for Hassan Diab and the Unbearable Banality of Evil

    Great joy and relief came with the news this January 12th that French investigative judges issued an “order of final release” for Dr. Hassan Diab from a French maximum security prison. Dr. Hassan Diab is a Canadian citizen and sociology professor who lived in Ottawa. He was extradited from Canada to France in November 2014 even though the Canadian extradition judge Robert Maranger described the evidence presented against Dr. Hassan Diab as “very problematic,” “convoluted,” “illogical,” and “suspect. Keep reading »

  • The Unimaginable: Canada, Missile Defence and Nuclear War

    The Invictus Games, attended by Prince Harry and many celebrities in Toronto last month, overshadowed another big military story: a September 19 report in the Toronto Star that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has “cracked open the door to joining the U.S. ballistic missile defence program, [and] reversing Canada’s long-standing opposition in the face of North … Keep reading »

  • The Ordeal of Hassan Diab

    In December 2014, Hassan Diab, the former Carleton University sociology professor, husband to Rania, father of a lovely toddler daughter and one month before the birth of their delightful baby son, was whisked from his home by Canadian officials and extradited to France. The reason: suspicion that he was involved in the bombing of a … Keep reading »