Author Archives: Sarah Kendzior

The debate from hell

For the Globe and Mail, some thoughts on the worst presidential debate in US history: Who won the debate? Does it matter? When this country has sunk this low – after a year dominated by bigotry and threats and now … Continue reading

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Midwestern Nice, Midwestern Lies

Last night I got to watch two Midwesterners debate each other in a style any Missouri resident knows well — “Midwestern nice.” On Kaine vs Pence: The vice-presidential debate was Midwestern Nice meets Midwestern Lies. An anticipated snoozefest between two … Continue reading

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The Murder of Darren Seals

For De Correspondent, I wrote about the murder of Darren Seals, a Ferguson activist who believed the local movement here had been coopted: September 6, 2016, Darren Seals, a Ferguson protester and local activist, was found dead in St. Louis’s … Continue reading

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The soft bigotry of Trumpian expectations

More on the presidential debate for Quartz: That is the difference between skepticism and nihilism. The latter is what some elite journalists did by declaring Trump the winner before he opened his mouth. That is a capitulation to incompetence, the … Continue reading

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Hillary Clinton destroyed Trump in the debate

My take on last night’s presidential debate for Globe and Mail: Last night, Hillary Clinton, the daughter of a drape maker, revealed the man behind the curtain. Combining the personal with the political, she hit Trump where it hurt – … Continue reading

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The terrible new gun law of Missouri/Missourah

For Quartz, I wrote about Missouri’s terrible new permitless carry law and our state’s cultural divide: Gun culture, in Missouri, is indeed ubiquitous: that Kander, running as a Democrat advocating gun control, assembled a rifle on TV to show his bona … Continue reading

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Birtherism

For the Globe and Mail, I wrote about Trump’s long-running birther crusade against President Obama: What Americans did not know is that this was arguably the moment Mr. Trump’s serious presidential ambitions began. When Mr. Trump announced his 2016 candidacy, he … Continue reading

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Did Trump buy the Fourth Estate?

I have been writing and tweeting about Trump’s relationship with the US media for over a year. Now I have written a summary of the fiasco, appropriately published in a Canadian newspaper, where I can speak freely. An excerpt: Some have … Continue reading

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No, Uzbekistan is probably not going to be invaded by terrorists

For twenty-five years, an invasion of Uzbekistan by Islamic terrorists has been predicted, and for twenty-five years, it has not happened. Instead, that fear has been used as a pretext for the state to clamp down on domestic dissent. For … Continue reading

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A Trump rally without Trump

What is a Trump rally like without Donald Trump present? To find out, I drove to a Harley Davidson lot in Festus, Missouri, where the local branch of the Tea Party was holding their own rally without them. It was … Continue reading

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