Everyman (again) on the Middle East (again)

The "quality" press is full of interesting and useful; articles that try to help us make some sense of the situations (there are many) in the Middle East: The Economist reports on the unravelling of the ceasefire in Syria and on Saudi Arabia's domestic problems with its own "game of thrones;" meanwhile the Financial Times explains the … Continue reading Everyman (again) on the Middle East (again)

Masters of cynicism, inactivity and selfies

A few days ago I commented on this issue: "Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s first months in office were the least productive of any government in the House of Commons in more than two decades, data compiled by the Library of Parliament shows," reported Althea Raj in the Huffington Post. But, in their defence, the Liberals … Continue reading Masters of cynicism, inactivity and selfies

Everyman’s Strategic Survey: The Middle of Nowhere

The very highly regarded (but not uncontroversial) Brookings Institution has published an interesting article about the Sino-Kazakh border city of Khorgas but it is, really, about the prospects of a new Silk Road, linking Western China to the Middle East, Near East and Europe which, in turn, is really about the "Rise of China." Khorgas, as the … Continue reading Everyman’s Strategic Survey: The Middle of Nowhere

The cost of government propaganda

Earlier this week I mentioned "bad optics" with regard to large real estate fee reimbursements for senior PMO insiders Gerald Butts and Katie Telford and the faulty résumé of Maryam Monsef, which, on top of the various ministers' limo rides, hotel and "glamour photo" bills, began to make the governing Liberals look too "entitled" and even a … Continue reading The cost of government propaganda

Another case where the benefit of the doubt is in order

Social media, especially, is full of this story: "Democratic Reform Minister Maryam Monsef," the Globe and Mail's Robert Fife explains in the linked story, "whom the Liberals have championed as this country’s first Afghan-born MP, says she was actually born and lived most of her early life in Iran before arriving with her mother and … Continue reading Another case where the benefit of the doubt is in order