A fundamental shift?

Professor Branko Milanović, formerly lead economist in the World Bank Research Department, writes, in Foreign Affairs, that "As of March 2020, the entire world is affected by an evil with which it is incapable of dealing effectively and regarding whose duration no one can make any serious predictions. The economic repercussions of the novel coronavirus … Continue reading A fundamental shift?

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?)

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

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

Something we finally do know

A couple of days ago I said that "What we don’t know is ... How did PS752 crash, in a ball of fire, just minutes after takeoff? Was it an engine explosion or is the intelligence that Prime Minister Trudeau says he has accurate? Did Iranians shoot it down with a surface-to-air missile?" Well, now, according … Continue reading Something we finally do know