Carl Bildt is the former prime minister and foreign minister of Sweden, and co-chair of the European Council on Foreign Relations. He co-authored, with Mark Leonard, the recent report ‘From Plaything to Player: How Europe Can Stand Up for Itself in the Next Five Years.' Just the other day he wrote a follow-up for the … Continue reading Everyman’s Strategic Survey: Europe’s Dilemma
Things have turned ugly. A gang or gangs, nicknamed "white shirts," which claim to be "friends" of the Hong Kong Police have been beating people in MTR (subway) stations, trying to drive them out of the central business district. This picture was taken, today, by someone I trust 100%: This is NOT Hong Kong! The … Continue reading Hong Kong (update)
Those who know me, personally, will also know that the ongoing political crisis in Hong Kong is at the top of my mind, but I have refrained from discussing it because I'm not sure I understand enough of the nuances. Maybe I still don't, but here goes ... I think I might understand why the … Continue reading A new Hong Kong strategy?
I said, a long time ago, that I thought that many potential Conservative leaders, Rona Ambrose and John Baird, amongst them, sat out the 2017 Conservative Party leadership contest because they were convinced, and the historical evidence supports them, that Justin Trudeau, having won a solid majority in 2015, was almost guaranteed at least a … Continue reading Storm warnings
Parliamentary Affairs reporter Daniel Leblanc, writing in the Globe and Mail, says that "The federal government will award a third of the work on $1.5-billion of maintenance contracts on its military frigates to the Davie shipyard in Quebec, cementing the shipyard’s anticipated partnership with two other firms on Canada’s national shipbuilding strategy, federal officials say … Continue reading The federal government does the right thing …
I see an article in the Globe and Mail that says that "Franco-Ontarian parents have long complained that the province’s French-language schools admit too many pupils who aren’t French speakers, putting in jeopardy their children’s linguistic development ... [and] ... Now, Ontario’s French school boards are facing the prospect of a constitutional challenge over the … Continue reading A linguistic dilemma
In a recent editorial, dated 15 July 2019, the Globe and Mail's editorial board says, and I agree, that "Donald Trump is a racist. Or at the very least, he’s an exceedingly faithful re-enactor of some of history’s worst racist tropes. The President of the United States proved that once again on Sunday, when he … Continue reading I think the Good Grey Globe is right