Welcome

Dennis Gruending.

I am a Canadian writer and blogger, and a former MP. This site reflects my interests in politics, social justice, rhetoric and books.  You will see on the sidebar that I write two Blogs which I invite you to follow.  I have written or edited eight Books, which I would be delighted to have you read. Some of my  Journalism is posted on the site as well. Please check out my New to Know, Want to Know, and Quotable Quotes sections below to see what I am following and writing. I refresh this page regularly. You can follow it, but if you prefer to receive an email when I post, please Contact Me and I will add you to the list.

Need to Know

French election: On Sunday, April 24, French citizens will elect their next president. Will it be incumbent Emmanuel Macron or far-right candidate Marine Le Pen? CBC Radio’s Front Burner podcast talks to Sarah White, a Paris correspondent for The Financial Times about why the race is so tight, and what it could mean if Le Pen wins. 

Volodymyr Zelensky’s media-savvy performances have won over the world. George Melnyk, a Ukrainian Canadian writer, has an insightful piece into the contrasting media strategies of the Ukrainian and Russian presidents.

Want to Know

Why the working class embraced right-wing populism? Can the left win them back? There are a variety of theories about the rise of right-wing populism. Here is one from Maclean’s magazine.

Graham Greene: a new biography: Eleanor Wachtel, host of CBC Radio’s Writers & Company, interviews Canadian poet and editor Richard Greene about his new biography of noted English writer Graham Greene.

Quotable Quote

“Try in your dealings with others, to harm not, in order that you not be harmed” – Seneca, 1st century Roman philosopher