Trump and the Kurds

So, in Business Insider, I see that this is the justification that US President Donald J Trump uses for allowing Turkish President Recep Erdoğan to unleash his forces against the Kurds: "President Donald Trump on Wednesday defended his decision to abandon the Kurds to a Turkish military incursion in Syria by saying they didn't help the … Continue reading Trump and the Kurds

It’s a global issue

Gerald Butts made an important point on social media just yesterday (6:23 AM · Aug 23, 2019) ... ... the environment, he is saying, is a global issue. On that point, I agree, 100%. A couple of months ago I said that "The [global warming] problem is global and the solutions need to be global, … Continue reading It’s a global issue

Birds of a feather

Garnett Genuis, the Conservative MP for the Alberta riding of Sherwood Park-Fort Saskatchewan and the deputy (to Erin O'Toole) critic for foreign affairs, is featured in a brief (supplied by him?) opinion piece for the Sherwood Park-Strathcona County News (for which he wrote a column, off and on, since he was 15) in which he suggests … Continue reading Birds of a feather

The everlasting prejudice (2)

I wish I didn't have to raise this issue again, but ... Several months ago I commented on the rise of anti-Semitism in America and Europe, on both the political left and right wings. Now I see, in an Associated Press report that  "Jewish leaders in the Lithuanian capital are indefinitely closing the city's sole … Continue reading The everlasting prejudice (2)

Everyman’s Strategic Survey: Europe’s Dilemma

Carl Bildt is the former prime minister and foreign minister of Sweden, and co-chair of the European Council on Foreign Relations. He co-authored, with Mark Leonard, the recent report ‘From Plaything to Player: How Europe Can Stand Up for Itself in the Next Five Years.' Just the other day he wrote a follow-up for the … Continue reading Everyman’s Strategic Survey: Europe’s Dilemma

War in the “grey zone”

I said, about 18 months ago, that "Western leaders like Presidents Marcon and Trump, Chancellor Merkel and Prime Ministers Abe, May, Rutte, Trudeau, Turnbull all see “war” as a binary choice ~ you’re either fighting or you’re not, while Putin and Xi see it as spectrum wherein actual armed conflict is only one of many, … Continue reading War in the “grey zone”

Two issues

John Ibbitson, writing in the Globe and Mail, touches on a couple of issues that always concern me: restoring correct relations, including free(er) trade with China and immigration policy, and he revisits his thesis, in his recent book (with Darell Bricker), Empty Planet, which says that global populations are declining, even collapsing, in China's case. "Canada’s … Continue reading Two issues