It’s 2021 …

… and I note that the United Nations says that “The Human Rights Council is an inter-governmental body within the United Nations system made up of 47 States responsible for the promotion and protection of all human rights around the globe.” Isn’t that grand? We have a body, it meets in Geneva ~ lovely city, …

Can the liberal-internationalist order be saved?

Welcome to 2021! I hope all my readers had a happy and safe New Year celebration. I have commented, since this blog began, about liberalism, itself, and, just days ago, my fears for it in Justin Trudeau’s Canada. That brings me to an article, by the renowned American political scientist Walter Russell Mead in Foreign …

Being prepared

Professor Jean-Christophe Boucher a foreign and defence policy expert at the University of Calgary has released some poll results about how Canadians feel about military missions. I do no find the overall results shocking … … because I remain convinced that most Canadians neither know nor care much about either foreign or defence policy. They, …

About the Great Reset

OK, first, The Great Reset is NOT some kooky conspiracy theory … no matter what fruitcakes like Glen Beck and the people behind QAnon might think. The Great Reset is a real plan by a real organization, the World Economic Forum ~ you know those people, including the rich and famous and world political leaders, …

Biden’s world in 2021

Following on from yesterday’s discussion of what a Biden foreign policy might mean for Canada, I see, in The Economist, a very useful forecast signed* by Zanny Minton Beddoes, the Editor-in-chief of that journal that looks at the forces that might shape the post-COVID-19 and post-Trump world. She says that “Some years loom large in …

This needs public, official condemnation

There is a report in the Globe and Mail which says that the Ottawa based Come From China News account on WeChat, a popular Chinese owned message site (similar to WhatsApp), posted messages extolling China’s role in the Korean War in which over 26,000 Canadians fought and in which over 500 were killed in action, …

The United Nations …

… fails again. I see in a Reuters report that “China and Russia were elected to the United Nations Human Rights Council on Tuesday, but support for Beijing dropped by more than 20 percent compared with a 2016 vote and Saudi Arabia failed in its bid to win a seat on the Geneva-based body … …

Is America entitled to be the leader?

Professors James Goldgeier and Bruce W Jentleson, in a provocative article in Foreign Affairs, say that despite the fact that the notion “That the United States should lead the world is often taken for granted, at least in Washington, D.C. … [because] … The country played that role for more than seven decades after World …

Arrant nonsense

So, I see, in the Globe and Mail, that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has, finally, broken his silence on the latest act of vandalism by the cancel culture movement: the wanton and I believe planned* destruction of a statue of Sir John A Macdonald in Montreal. But rather than coming out and condemning vandalism, as grown-ups, …

A G-something?

I said, almost two years ago, that leaders should be considering some sort of a Committee to Save the World. It’s a fairly popular idea in many academic circles, in several think tanks, and in a few governments. Now I see, in a very recent article in Foreign Affairs,  that British Prime Minister Boris Johnson …