The rise and rise of Daesh

The terrorist group isn't a spent force yet

The rise and rise of DaeshExtremism thrives in chaos. Since the Arab Spring plunged Syria into civil war, the country has been consumed by factionalism. For example, the northwest of the country is controlled by the Syrian National Army (which includes an Al-Qaeda faction), and the northeast is controlled by the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). Syria’s political landscape is…

Stop the spread of American fascism before it’s too late

Fascism involves fear, unquestioning loyalty, intimidation, hatred of minorities, violence, and manipulation of democratic structures

Stop the spread of American fascism before it’s too lateIt’s very odd to hear pundits on the far-right calling an FBI raid on Donald Trump’s private compound evidence of a “police state.” Usually, people on the left make such accusations toward agents of public order in the United States. What’s happening to the world? We no longer understand the difference between leadership and manipulation.…

Liz Cheney’s fall from political grace is her own doing

As a disloyal conservative and Republican, her political fate has largely been sealed – and she has no one to blame but herself

Liz Cheney’s fall from political grace is her own doingThere was a time not too long ago when Liz Cheney was regarded as a loyal conservative and Republican. The eldest daughter of former American vice-president Dick Cheney made a name for herself as an attorney and in several State Department positions during then-president George W. Bush’s administration. She won Wyoming’s at-large congressional seat in…

Richard Nixon’s California embarrassment

How did a man with one of the highest profiles in American politics flop so badly in 1962?

Richard Nixon’s California embarrassmentIncluding his two campaigns for vice-president, Richard Nixon ran for office nine times and lost twice. One of these losses was the razor-thin defeat to John F. Kennedy in 1960’s presidential contest. The other was his ill-advised California gubernatorial effort two years later. California was Nixon’s home state and he’d always done well there, even…

Leaders in the sunset of their lives slow-marching us to extinction

The U.S. and the rest of the world are drifting apart as our planet continues to burn in the Climate Emergency

Leaders in the sunset of their lives slow-marching us to extinctionAs you leave the enchanting town of Saumur to enter the lush and abundant forests adorning the rivers Indre and Loire in France, you are transported to another age, a sense of the centuries melting away. The forest suddenly yields to a brilliant glade with the land rising towards a distant horizon, bringing into view…

Big ripple effects from Enbridge pipeline project

Big ripple effects from Enbridge pipeline projectEnbridge’s Line 3 Replacement Project had bigger economic benefits than expected for U.S. communities, with thousands more jobs and nearly double the anticipated project spending, according to a new independent study. The mayor of Thief River Falls, Minn., said the findings run counter to the narrative by opponents, who claimed the forecasts of its economic impact were overstated…

Surprise! Elected officials tend to do what the rich tell them to

Elite influence is no myth

Surprise! Elected officials tend to do what the rich tell them toDo you believe “Big events (wars, recessions, elections) are controlled by small groups secretly working against the rest of us”? Abacus surveyed 1,500 Canadians on that question, and 44 per cent agreed. However, the pollster characterized those who “believe dangerous contrarian theories” and “mistrust what media report and what governments say” as “a poison affecting…

No guarantee Biden’s trip to Saudi Arabia will bring results

Biden wanted more crude, Mohammed bin Salman needed recognition. The visit served both purposes

No guarantee Biden’s trip to Saudi Arabia will bring resultsWhat did United States President Joe Biden gain from a trip that took him to Saudi Arabia, the state he once promised to make into the pariah he said it deserved to be? What did Biden get from meeting with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, whom he has avoided until now? In response to…

Five reasons why Biden should ask Canada, not Saudi Arabia, for more oil

U.S. and Canada should work together to build new pipelines to strengthen North American energy security

Five reasons why Biden should ask Canada, not Saudi Arabia, for more oilHere’s an important message for U.S. President Joe Biden as he heads to Saudi Arabia tomorrow to ask the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) to increase oil production: he should be asking Canada instead. Canada’s oil producers have helped to free American consumers from the world’s oil dictators before and can do it again…

We lost our way. But Eleanor Roosevelt showed us the right route

We must see that her vision is the only way to create political stability, universal prosperity and peace

We lost our way. But Eleanor Roosevelt showed us the right routeOne of the things I love about being a public school teacher in Canada is that I can offer the highest quality of education possible to every one of my students, regardless of the socio-economic status of their families. Every child is a gift to the world and the well-being of humanity is hindered when…

U.S. exporting Canadian natural gas as global LNG demand surges

U.S. transport of LNG to Europe is surging in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

U.S. exporting Canadian natural gas as global LNG demand surgesCanadian natural gas is finding its way to global customers desperate for more LNG, but it’s not because of any export project on Canada’s coasts. Instead, the supply is taking off on ocean tankers as part of the mix from liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals in the United States, according to Deloitte Canada. “It appears…

Softwood lumber dispute is bad for consumers and producers

The big losers from the tariff are, without a doubt, American consumers

Softwood lumber dispute is bad for consumers and producersBy Olivier Rancourt and Gabriel Giguere The Canadian softwood lumber dispute with the United States, which has been dragging on for some 40 years now, is long overdue for a resolution. Despite setbacks before WTO and NAFTA tribunals, accusations of subsidized production from American decision-makers and producers continue. The accusations have notably led to the…

Without Russian oil, can the world produce enough crude?

Analysts warn that prices could reach $380/barrel if existing penalties prompt Russia to make cuts

Without Russian oil, can the world produce enough crude?The crude oil world is in deep flux. Ongoing attempts by the G7 to put a price cap on Russian crude exports – almost an admission of its failure to curb the flow of petro-dollars to Moscow – also meant it needed to do more. But moving ahead with the proposal could result in global…

Four critical things to know about critical race theory

Why an academic theory that dates back to the 1970s has become a political lightning rod today

Four critical things to know about critical race theoryIn April of this year, Georgia became the latest of 15 American states to ban the teaching of critical race theory in schools. In celebrating a similar ban in Mississippi, Republican Gov. Tate Reeves recorded a video in which he claimed, without evidence, that school children had been “dragged to the front of the classroom and coerced…

Strategic procrastination is Canada’s preferred Indo-Pacific strategy

But it could turn out to be the wisest approach to follow

Strategic procrastination is Canada’s preferred Indo-Pacific strategyPlans are useless, but planning is indispensable Dwight Eisenhower I was recently invited to present my views on Canada’s Indo-Pacific Strategy in discussion with Asian ambassadors in Ottawa. I noted that it’s better not to hold one’s breath waiting for a government policy document. That’s why Canada’s preferred foreign policy approach in normal times is…
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