The fall of the house of Merkel

The Economist reports that "The result of the regional election in the German state of Hesse on October 28th was a serious blow to Angela Merkel’s party, even if it was not quite the catastrophe some had feared. According to provisional results, her centre-right Christian Democrats (CDU) won the most votes with 27%, giving it … Continue reading The fall of the house of Merkel


So, I see, according to an article in the Ottawa Citizen, by Shachi Kurl who is Executive Director of the Angus Reid Institute, that "In a trend reminiscent of Sally Field’s famously misquoted Oscar speech, “You like me … you really like me!” let there be little doubt that members of the Liberal Party base still like Justin Trudeau. They really … Continue reading Credo

How to avoid a war with China

There is a very insightful article in Foreign Affairs by former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, whose views on China I have discussed before, headlined "How to Avoid an Avoidable War ~ Ten Questions About the New U.S. China Strategy." Prime Minister Rudd begins by reminding us that "This November, we will commemorate the 100th anniversary … Continue reading How to avoid a war with China

What Canadians want

Justin Trudeau did, indeed, say that "the budget will balance itself" (in a CPAC interview on 11 February 2014) and he repeated that (in a speech in Newmarket, ON, on 26 August 2015) when he said that a government he led would "grow the budget back into balance," after running a few small deficits. Now, … Continue reading What Canadians want


The United Nations has produced an interesting video promoting its Global Compact on Migration, which I have discussed just a couple weeks ago. I have no real problems with the first 1'16" of the 2'31" video ~ they are simple statements of fact and I assume the UN is smart enough to not fudge the … Continue reading Migration

And still another ship proposal

There is a very interesting thread over on which begins with a post by Chris Pook, who often comments here, too, in which he wonders if we should not have a new ship conversion projects (à la converting the Asterix into a useful fleet support ship) to provide us with an 'Afloat Support Base' or … Continue reading And still another ship proposal

Another step down the Cold War 2.0 path

I see, in an article in the Globe and Mail, that "President Donald Trump said Saturday he will pull the United States from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty because Russia has violated the agreement, but he provided no details on the violations ... [and] ... The 1987 pact, which helps protect the security of the U.S. … Continue reading Another step down the Cold War 2.0 path