Deadly pinpricks

The Russian ambassador to Turkey was shot dead yesterday, the Globe and Mail reports, “by an off-duty police officer who shouted “Don’t forget Aleppo” and “Allahu Akbar” as he opened fire … [and] … The Russian foreign ministry confirmed the death of envoy Andrei Karlov, calling it a “terrorist act.” Relations between Moscow and Ankara…… Continue reading Deadly pinpricks

The winds of change?

There is an interesting article in iPolitcs by journalist/historian Michael Petrou headlined: “How Trudeau’s foreign policy could blow up in his face.” “Trudeau hasn’t been blown far off course — yet, ” M. Petrou writes, because, inter alia: “He’s enjoyed a sun-setting political romance with Obama. Visa requirements for Mexicans will be lifted by the…… Continue reading The winds of change?

Everyman’s Strategic Survey: The Middle East

There are, it seems to me, four different, contending visions for the future of the Middle East, each based on a largely imaginary remembrance of times past and ambitions for the near to mid-term future. Each, I suspect, is based on the notion that a historical empire or caliphate should be restored, for the good,…… Continue reading Everyman’s Strategic Survey: The Middle East