An important anniversary

Two hundred and five years ago the fate of the world hung in the balance. Napolean Boneparte, a master tactician but, fortunately, a deeply flawed strategist, had returned from exile, recreated his Army and was threatening to topple Europe, again, and impose his very, very illiberal rule on the continent. Happily, the Duke Of Wellington … Continue reading An important anniversary

Relationships

Former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, whose insights into China have caused me to comment before, writes, in an article in Foreign Affairs, that  "despite the best efforts of ideological warriors in Beijing and Washington, the uncomfortable truth is that China and the United States are both likely to emerge from this [global pandemic] crisis … Continue reading Relationships

We must never forget

Despite the ongoing concerns about the novel coronavirus which we are all facing, we must never forget what happened more than 75 years ago. 75 years ago today, on 15 April 1945, soldiers of the British 11th Armoured Division liberated the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp ... ... they found many thousands of bodies that lay unburied … Continue reading We must never forget

Not good enough

Emerald Bensadoun, writing for Global News, says that "Canadian Minister of Public Safety Bill Blair said Tuesday that in an attempt to prevent the spread of novel coronavirus, those crossing the border irregularly will still be allowed into Canada, but will be subject to medical screening and housed in quarantine when necessary." That's right, even though, just a … Continue reading Not good enough

Afghanistan in retrospect (3) (the Future?)

Following on from the other day, Dr Carter Malkasian writes, in Foreign Affairs, that in 2015 and 2016 the war in Afghanistan went from bad to worse for the US-supported Afghan government. That rejuvenated Taliban went from victory to victory, from strength to strength. Then, "When President Donald Trump took office in January 2017, the … Continue reading Afghanistan in retrospect (3) (the Future?)

The Alliance for Multilateralism (AKA the committee to save the world)

A bit more than a year ago I discussed a proposal for a G-9 which was dubbed 'The Committee to Save the World Order.' Sometime later, I discussed how such a group, I called it a G-X, might displace the G-20. Now, I see that last September, France and Germany formed just such a group: … Continue reading The Alliance for Multilateralism (AKA the committee to save the world)

We need to do better

Shelly Hagan, Bloomberg's Ottawa based Canadian economics reporter, says, in a recent (7 Jan 20) article, that "Economists expect Canada and the U.S. to compete for the top spot for growth among the Group of Seven countries in 2020, yet the latest population data reveal the two nations have starkly different forces driving their expansions." … Continue reading We need to do better

She’s right

Please watch this short video clip (it's only 30 seconds long). It's packed with real facts, with genuine data, in short, with the truth. Governor (Ambassador) and maybe future US presidential candidate Nikki Haley says that: "In the last 70 years ... [i.e. since after I was born] ... over 4 Billion people have been … Continue reading She’s right

And it’s …

... Boris Johnson by a good, solid margin, according to the very early returns and exit polls. Prime Minister Johnson appears to have the solid majority (forecast to be 86 seats more than the combined opposition)* that he needs to make the Brexit happen. It's not a landslide but it is, it seems to me, … Continue reading And it’s …

Everyone needs to hear or read this

This is a video of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's remarks made at Auschwitz. What she says matters: she speaks of "barbaric crimes," and about people who were "humiliated, tortured and murdered," and she says "this is the place where the most horrible crimes against humanity took place." Let us be clear: the victims of these … Continue reading Everyone needs to hear or read this