The Mueller indictments: laughing all the way to the Kremlin

The entire episode feels increasingly like a Russian intelligence operation designed to create political turmoil in the U.S. and exacerbate social tensions

The Mueller indictments: laughing all the way to the KremlinThe Kremlin’s favourite soap opera these days is the ongoing investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Each new episode is followed intently. It’s unclear whether popcorn or caviar is served, and whether fans at the Kremlin consider the program a drama or a comedy. Its popularity, however, is indisputable. The investigation…

The western media’s appalling embrace of North Korea

The international media is so blind in its disdain for Trump that they are whitewashing the crimes of one of the world’s most repressive regimes

The western media’s appalling embrace of North KoreaThe government of Kim Jong-un is one of the world’s most repressive, holding North Korea’s 25 million people in a virtual slave state. A third or more of North Koreans suffer from malnutrition. The regime’s penal camps are among the harshest on Earth, with a reported 20 per cent of inmates dying within 12 months…

$45,000 bottle of Scotch whisky has decades-long gestation

Cask 121 was filled the same day that Churchill, Roosevelt, de Gaulle and Eisenhower met at the Casablanca Conference in Morocco

$45,000 bottle of Scotch whisky has decades-long gestationGordon and MacPhail’s latest whisky bottling is likely to be priced somewhere between $45,000 and $50,000 per bottle. That makes it the most expensive Scotch whisky ever offered in Canada. At that price, don’t expect it to fly off the shelves. Then again, it’s unlikely that more than one bottle will be allocated to Canadian…

Is Europe at a crossroads?

The next few years will determine whether Europe’s current problems represent bumps in the road or a fundamental turning point in its grand vision

Is Europe at a crossroads?Imagine perusing your local newspaper one morning to discover that the province of Alberta had voted to secede from Canada and was in increasingly tense talks with the federal government over the terms of its departure. In the meantime, the lower mainland of B.C. had voted to leave the province in a bitterly contested election…

The German election earthquake

The AfD has its share of political troglodytes but they are not Nazis

The German election earthquakeBy all accounts, Germany’s elections on Sunday turned out exactly as expected. Angela Merkel cruised to an easy victory. Her fourth term puts her on track to be the longest serving chancellor in the post-Second World War period and second only to Otto von Bismarck as Germany’s longest serving leader. Beneath the surface, however, the…

Should the U.S. withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal?

Arguments that Iran has already violated the agreement and that the U.S. should pull out and immediately reinstate sanctions have consequences

Should the U.S. withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal?During the 2016 presidential campaign, Donald Trump described the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), otherwise known as the Iran nuclear deal, as “the stupidest deal of all time” and vowed that if he became president he would “rip it up.” Now, as president, Trump’s posturing suggests he’s ready to do just that. The deal…

The legacy of 9/11: no end in sight for the war on terror

We’ve spent the last 16 years fighting the symptoms of jihadism but we’ve made little progress in dealing with its root causes

The legacy of 9/11: no end in sight for the war on terrorThis week marks the 16th anniversary of the attack on the World Trade Center in New York City. It wasn’t the beginning of jihadism or terrorism. Nor was it the first attack by jihadists in Europe or North America. Still, 9/11 marks a beginning. Sixteen years later, however, it’s still unclear what beginning it marks.…

Canada’s economic outlook positive, YPO’s Global Pulse confirms

Rising commodity prices, increased tourism revenue, higher investment and an overall strong economic performance all contributed to the positive outlook

Canada’s economic outlook positive, YPO’s Global Pulse confirmsYPO, the world’s leading chief executive leadership organization, reported today that business confidence among Canadian business leaders strengthened considerably in 2017’s second quarter. The upturn confirmed an an equally optimistic forecast by the International Monetary Fund (IMF). In its latest World Economic Outlook, the IMF predicted that Canada’s economic growth would lead the G7 countries…

West complicit in North Korea’s 21st-century slave trade

Hundreds of thousands of World Cup soccer fans will buy tickets to sit in stadiums being built in Russia and Qatar with slave labour

West complicit in North Korea’s 21st-century slave tradeOf all the egregious forms of modern slavery, none is more despicable or far-reaching than the export of labour by North Korea. It’s estimated that North Korean slave labour is used in more than 45 countries, including in the European Union, and entails the exploitation of 100,000 to 200,000 individuals. The government of North Korea…

Saving the euro: Why Germany must bring back the mark

Germany must exit the increasingly dysfunctional eurozone to allow its other members to benefit from a cheaper euro

Saving the euro: Why Germany must bring back the markIt’s time for Germany to abandon the euro – to save the European Union. The euro is the official currency of the eurozone. It’s used by the institutions of the European Union (EU) and by 19 of its 28 members. It’s the currency of around 400 million people – the second most traded money and reserve…