A new front in Cold War 2.0

I remarked, albeit only in passing, on the media's role in the campaign to persuade Canada that it should do a prisoner exchange: Meng Wanzhou for the “Two Michals,” Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor. My comment was that the Globe and Mail's front page was devoted ~ item after item ~ to that issue. It … Continue reading A new front in Cold War 2.0

Failure after failure after failure after …

... well, you get the picture. Justin Trudeau came into office in 2015 proclaiming that Canada is Back! Of course, as recent events have shown, nothing could be further from the truth. By almost every measure Canada has fallen in wealth, power and international stature since Justin Trudeau replaced Stephen Harper at the head of … Continue reading Failure after failure after failure after …

I don’t often disagree …

... with Norman Spector, he is a man of HUGE accomplishments, an author, diplomat and very senior public servant, who always takes a reasoned approach to situations. But this time, I must. Mr Spector said ... ... and I think he's wrong. I think Canadians should be quietly applauding today because Canada "dodged a bullet," … Continue reading I don’t often disagree …

Don’t talk, Act!

I see in The Guardian that "seven former Conservative and Labour UK foreign secretaries have come together to declare ...[that] ... Britain must take the lead in co-ordinating the international response to China’s efforts to impose draconian security laws in Hong Kong." They have written a letter to UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab suggesting that … Continue reading Don’t talk, Act!

I don’t believe …

... that Justin Trudeau is an idiot who cannot manage to sit through a briefing. There are global leaders like that, but Mr Trudau is not amongst them. He can understand the points being made by senior officials, he can discuss, rationally, the policy options presented by his political advisors. He may not be the … Continue reading I don’t believe …

Is India the answer?

There is an interesting opinion piece, by Vijay Sappini, in the Toronto Sun in which the author suggests that "As the COVID-19 pandemic spreads over the world, governments are struggling to grapple with the scale of the crisis and to get ahead of it when and where possible ... [and] ... A direct consequence of the crisis has been … Continue reading Is India the answer?

Is China offering a swap? What will Justin do?

Aadil Brar, a Canadian freelance journalist, speculates in an article in The Diplomat, that "Experts believe that letting Meng return to China will ease domestic tensions within Canada, and it could result in the release of detained Canadians. Chinese state media has repeated the line that the ball is in Canada’s court, which is also considered … Continue reading Is China offering a swap? What will Justin do?

An optimistic view

Minxin Pei, who is the Tom and Margot Pritzker '72 Professor of Government and George R. Roberts Fellow at the prestigious Claremont McKenna College near Los Angeles, CA, writes, in Foreign Affairs, that "Over the past few years, the United States’ approach to China has taken a hard-line turn, with the balance between cooperation and competition … Continue reading An optimistic view

Exactly back-asswards

I see, in a report in The Guardian, that former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown "has urged world leaders to create a temporary form of global government to tackle the twin medical and economic crises caused by the Covid-19 pandemic ... [and] ... The former Labour prime minister, who was at the centre of the international efforts … Continue reading Exactly back-asswards

The return of the nation

Gideon Rachman, writing in the Financial Times, says that despite the popularity of the idea of a borderless world, which became near gospel about 30 years ago, "borders are now returning with a vengeance," and their return, he says, is being driven by the frightening spread of the COVID- 19 corona-virus. "When the pandemic passes, … Continue reading The return of the nation