Burden sharing redux, with a twist

I have written before that US President Donald Trump wants allies, including Canada, but especially Germany and other EU members, to do more, by which he means spend more, in the common defence realm. Now, Murray Brewster, writing for CBC News, wonders if President Trumps new or accelerated trade war with most of his allies … Continue reading Burden sharing redux, with a twist

And on again…

The South China Morning Post reports that "US President Donald Trump said on Friday that his meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un would happen on June 12 in Singapore after all, despite calling it off last week ... [and] ... Trump said that North Korea was interested in denuclearisation, and that the US was … Continue reading And on again…

Ethno-nationalism

In an interview with CBC News Yale University law professor and author Amy Chua discusses a phenomenon that has worried and continues to worry me: political (and social) tribalism. The ""ethno-nationalist movements, backlash against both the establishment and outsider minorities — and above all, the transformation of democracy into an engine of zero-sum political tribalism,"" she … Continue reading Ethno-nationalism