Another “exactly right” notion

David Staples, an award-winning journalist, writing about a week ago in the Edmonton Journal, got it exactly right. After noting, correctly, that "There are a good number of sober, sensible actions that will change the world from a smoggy and smoky place into a clean and prosperous home for us all ... [but] ... Lashing out … Continue reading Another “exactly right” notion

I wonder if anyone is listening

Michelle Carbert, writing in the Globe and Mail, says that "Canada’s top general [General Jonathan Vance, ⇐ the Chief of the Defence Staff] says Russia poses the most immediate military threat to this country and the international community today, while China represents a significant risk for cyber attacks ... [and, the point was echoed by … Continue reading I wonder if anyone is listening

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?)

Another Trudeau train wreck?

A year ago, I commented on a train wreck in Saskatchewan that spilt 1.5 million litres of crude oil on to Saskatchewan's farmlands. Now I see, on CBC News, that another train has crashed, just hours ago, in the same area ... ... about 100 km South-East of Saskatoon; and from the looks of the … Continue reading Another Trudeau train wreck?

The Trump Peace Plan

On the subject of the Trump Mideast Peace Plan, I agree with both The Economist which says, "as a blueprint for a two-state solution it was dead on arrival," and with the Globe and Mail's Mark MacKinnon who writes that "President Donald Trump’s Middle East peace plan ... aims to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict almost … Continue reading The Trump Peace Plan

More on immigration

Linda Nazareth, who is an economist and a self-described 'futurist,' and a regular contributor to the Globe and Mail, has written a useful opinion piece for that journal in which she follows up on some thoughts from the World Economic Forum. The world she (and they) says can be seen like this*: Most of Africa, … Continue reading More on immigration

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)

Pointless, partisan, political posturing

I saw this post on social media the other day:   It must be possible to try to understand what is going on in North Africa, the Middle East and South-West Asia without trying to blame just one person for anything. With all due respect to Cangal48 and to Representative Kevin McCarthy, it is clear … Continue reading Pointless, partisan, political posturing

NATO in the Middle East

The situation in and around the Middle East is horrifically complex and changes fast. A couple of days ago Murray Brewster wrote, for CBC News, that "A NATO team has been meeting at the U.S. State Department in recent days to draft proposals on what an expanded alliance presence in the Middle East would like … Continue reading NATO in the Middle East