Putin’s War threatens Germany’s competitive advantage

Limiting gas imports from Russia has thrust the country into its biggest energy crisis since the Second World War

Putin’s War threatens Germany’s competitive advantageGermany is stuck between a rock and a hard place. On the one hand is its decision to limit crude and gas imports from Russia. On the other, its industrial might is under threat. Berlin’s political decision to limit gas imports from Russia has thrust the country into its biggest energy crisis since the Second…

Putin’s War is the root cause of the cost of living crisis

The West won’t dig itself out of the crisis unless it decisively responds to Putin’s strategic aim

Putin’s War is the root cause of the cost of living crisisThe cost of living crisis is being misrepresented and mishandled by the political class. Misrepresented because only occasionally do politicians link the crisis to the Russia-Ukraine War and Putin’s use of hybrid warfare to destabilize the West; mishandled because, fundamentally, the solution lies not in economic measures but in ensuring first that Russia is defeated…

Putin is the most dangerous terrorist on the planet

The world must awaken to the reality of Russian nuclear blackmail and terrorism

Putin is the most dangerous terrorist on the planetAfter the U.S. forces killed al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri last week, one of my friends texted me, “Putin is now the most dangerous terrorist on the planet.” It is difficult to disagree. While nearly 3,000 people had perished in the deadly 9/11 terrorist attacks, the number of civilian casualties in the Russian war of aggression…

How the world lulled itself into a false sense of security

Free nations must devote more resources to defence. Denialism and appeasement deliver death and destruction

How the world lulled itself into a false sense of securityOn Nov. 9, 1989, the Berlin Wall fell. East Germans streamed from communist East Berlin into democratic West Berlin. At the 1991 royal review of the Royal Observer Corps (ROC), Queen Elizabeth II announced “the end of the Cold War.” Amid talk of a peace dividend in 1995, the ROC, vital to Britain’s home defence,…

Saudis talk to suitors from all sides as oil market uncertainty grows

Saudi Arabia isn’t ready to ditch Russia

Saudis talk to suitors from all sides as oil market uncertainty growsAfter a brief lull and a price drop, crude oil markets are heating up again, surging by more than US$2 a barrel last week. The Aug. 3 expanded OPEC+ ministerial meeting, which includes Russia, is just around the corner. And signals from producing countries aren’t helping to stabilize the markets. In addition, the threat of…

Saudi Arabia still not ready to ditch Russia

An intense tug of war is being waged on the global crude horizon

Saudi Arabia still not ready to ditch RussiaStakeholders continue to make interesting moves across the global energy chess board. Six days after U.S. President Joe Biden flew out of Saudi Arabia – without any public commitment from Riyadh to increase crude output significantly – Russian President Vladimir Putin and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman spoke by phone, underlining the importance of…

Trump the better man to negotiate end to Putin’s War?

Proved to be an effective negotiator while president, especially when dealing with dictators

Trump the better man to negotiate end to Putin’s War?Many people in the political mainstream will say, “Even a broken clock is right twice a day” when they discuss the viewpoints of left-leaning public intellectual Noam Chomsky. They will often say the same thing about Donald Trump, who is supported by the far right. Chomsky and Trump agree on issues far less than twice…

Ukraine, Taiwan, and the politics of big neighbour resentment

Anyone who resists is a “traitor”and therefore deserving of brutal retribution

Ukraine, Taiwan, and the politics of big neighbour resentmentMore than a month has elapsed since Russia launched its war of aggression against Ukraine. Its constant targeting of civilian targets, and evidence in recent days of other mass atrocities, have dispelled any doubt that what we are witnessing in Ukraine is nothing less than an annihilative effort by Moscow – an attempt to negate…

With the world facing an energy crisis, why won’t Canada help?

The importance of unleashing Canada’s enormous oil resources has never been clearer

With the world facing an energy crisis, why won’t Canada help?Oil prices have risen to a staggering $US120 per barrel in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. But that’s not a record in real-dollar terms. Inflation-adjusted oil prices reached the same level in 2013, driving a supply response that temporarily lowered prices. World oil demand steadily increased, reaching a record 100 million barrels per…

The West needs to step up to curb Putin’s aggression

The leaders of the so-called “Free World” are in an ineffectual muddle

The West needs to step up to curb Putin’s aggressionThe predictable invasion of Ukraine by Russian dictator Vladimir Putin has put the outgunned Ukrainian forces in a very difficult situation. The leaders of the so-called “Free World” are in an ineffectual muddle. Surprisingly, Germany is finally making solid moves to shore up its military and become a NATO leader. Germany, a NATO financial delinquent,…

Biden’s state of the union address hit the right notes on foreign policy

The speech’s overall tone was positive and upbeat

Biden’s state of the union address hit the right notes on foreign policyU.S. President Joe Biden gave his first state of the union address on Mar. 1. How did he perform overall? Let’s get the obvious analysis out of the way. There were many things in Biden’s address that I disagreed with. His political agenda is left-leaning and focused on increasing the size and involvement of the…

How each of us can stand up to megalomaniacs like Putin

Manipulative fantasy crises and villains fail to gain traction when met with healthy public skepticism

How each of us can stand up to megalomaniacs like PutinThe world has been shocked by Russian President Vladimir Putin’s aggression in neighbouring Ukraine and we all watch in horror as millions of people are made to suffer. What lessons does this situation reveal about our humanity? We’re capable of responding to people in need with empathy. The media coverage of the Ukraine crisis has…

Putin’s risky Syrian gambit is not serving him well

While former KGB agent Vladimir Putin no longer reports to anyone, that doesn’t mean a demotion might not be in his future

Putin’s risky Syrian gambit is not serving him wellRussia intervened in the Syrian Civil War in September 2015, with the deployment of a range of 65 bombers and fighters, 16 attack helicopters and roughly 4,000 personnel, including a contingent of Russian Special Forces. At the time, the Assad government was experiencing significant losses to the Syrian rebels and seemed on the verge of…