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Third parties, first ideas

By Tom Lamberti on July 10, 2008

As we approach the 2008 U.S. Election, we see many familiar signs. Now that Republican John McCain and Democrat Barack Obama have just about clinched the nomination of their parties, they will be looking to sure up their core supporters, as well as try and appeal to the independent voters who will ultimately decide who the next president of the United States will be...

Antiaméricanisme et élections présidentielles

By Hubert Villeneuve on July 10, 2008

Affirmer que l’hostilité internationale face aux États-Unis fut forte au cours des dernières années relèverait de l’euphémisme. Ce phénomène multiforme a connu depuis la venue au pouvoir de pouvoir de l’administration Bush et, surtout, de l’invasion malheureuse de l’Irak, une immanquable virulence...

Les réalités propres à Israël

By Jean Ouellette on July 10, 2008

À vingt-quatre heures d’intervalle, au son lugubre des mêmes sirènes qui annoncent la chute probable d’un missile ennemi, les Israéliens, à onze heures du matin, et dans tout le pays, se mettent au garde-à-vous et observent deux minutes de silence. La première alarme marque  le souvenir des soldats tombés au combat.

UAVs: Changing the face of modern warfare

By Robert J. Galbraith on July 10, 2008

On January 29th in the North Waziristan region of Pakistan, the commander of Osama bin Laden’s al-Qaeda terror network in Afghanistan, Abu Laith al-Libi, was killed by a US missile strike launched from what was believed to be an MQ-1 Predator, an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)...

Kissinger à Montréal

By Alain-Michel Ayache on June 26, 2008

À 85 ans, l’ancien Secrétaire d’État américain, Henry Kissinger, n’a pas manqué d’impressionner les quelques huit cents convives—ou dois-je dire privilégiés—qui ont assisté à son allocution dans le cadre de la quatorzième édition du Forum économique des Amériques, de la Conférence de Montréal au Hilton Bonaventure...

China indicted: Human dignity is indivisible

By The Hon. David Kilgour on June 26, 2008

In recent weeks, the world has witnessed catastrophes of nature in China and Burma beyond the ability of mostof us to comprehend. For what happened in Sichuan province, the thoughts, sympathies and prayers of all of us go unreservedly to all families of the victims and survivors...

Le protectionnisme agricole

By Prof. Ian Irvine on June 26, 2008

e monde a une énorme capacité de production de nourriture en réserve pour dénouer la crise alimentaire mondiale. Mais ce potentiel a été bridé depuis trop longtemps par le protectionnisme agricole dans les économies développées et, plus récemment, par les restrictions imposées aux exportations dans les pays moins développés...

RFK: “A tiny ripple of hope…”

By Beryl Wajsman on June 12, 2008

Last week we commemorated the fortieth anniversary of the assassination of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy. He was shot on June 5th, 1968 at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles as he was celebrating the California primary victory that would have led him to the Democratic Presidential nomination. He died the next day. For many of us who were coming to political maturity in that turbulent time hope seemed to die with him...

La politique étrangère du Québec: un passage obligé

By Alain-Michel Ayache on June 12, 2008

Il y a quelques années, je me battais encore pour l’indépendance du Québec car j’y croyais… Je croyais et crois toujours que le Québec est une nation distincte et qu’elle mérite d’avoir son propre pays… Mais aujourd’hui je me pose de sérieuses questions sur la nature même d’un tel État québécois lorsqu’il s’agit de mettre de l’avant sa politique étrangère, et pour cause!..

Ô Jérusalem !

By Amb. Fred Eytan on June 12, 2008

ÉRUSALEM - Au moment où nous célébrons la réunification de Jérusalem, des questions se posent dans le monde arabe et dans les capitales occidentales sur l'avenir de la capitale légitime de l'État d'Israël et du peuple juif...

Bernier-Couillard: A little southern sympathy

By David T. Jones on June 12, 2008

Sex sells. And a good sex scandal generates 360 degree, "24/7" attention. Thus Canadians (and Canada watchers around the world) have found the Bernier-Couillard saga a perfect foil for all sorts of analysis both light and ostensibly deep—certainly more than that accorded whatever serious issue a serious commentator would select for public attention...

International security, trade and governance

By The Hon. David Kilgour on May 29, 2008

According to a legend, in creating the world, God gave to Canada British Columbia, the Gulf Islands, the Rockies and many other natural wonders. Someone asked, "Why are so many good things going to Canadians?" God replied, "Wait till you see the neighbours I'm giving them." You'll recall the similar Mexican cri de coeur, "Oh Mexico! So far from God; so close to the United States!"..

Remembering Bobby

By John Parisella on May 29, 2008

He was not a great speaker and he occasionally stammered in public, yet he moved millions with his words. His record as Attorney General of the United States during the Kennedy Administration was considered mixed, yet he is remembered for his courage and his integrity...

Liban : Les défis du nouveau Président

By Alain-Michel Ayache on May 29, 2008

118 votes pour contre 9 abstentions. C’est le total de voix que le Commandant en chef de l’armée libanaise, le général Michel Suleiman eut pour devenir le douzième Président de la République libanaise depuis l’indépendance...

Merely children

By David Solway on May 15, 2008

Contemporary academics and intellectuals (or anti-intellectuals), by and large, strike me as the Mr. Beans of the vaudeville clerisy, epitomes of conceptual ineptitude. But they seem no less retarded than their immediate precursors, re-cycling the ineffable Bertrand Russell who in a 1937 speech declared that “Britain should disarm, and if Hitler marched his troops into this country when we were undefended, they should be welcomed like tourists and greeted in a friendly way.”..

Silo Souvenirs

By Robert J. Galbraith on May 15, 2008

The Kremlin has announced that Russia is threatening to suspend its participation in the Conventional Forces in Europe (CFE) treaty, along with refusing to implement the strategic arms reduction talks (Start 11). These decisions are in response to U.S. plans for the proposed installment of an anti-missile shield in Eastern Europe, which President Bush says will deter long-range missiles being launched from the Middle East and Asia, with Iran being the main threat...

A Canadian profile in courage

By Robert J. Galbraith on May 1, 2008

While most Canadians are sitting back at their breakfast tables, drinking their morning coffee and kissing their children on the cheek as they head off to school, others are living in a far off corner of the planet, sacrificing their security and time with their families—to build a better world...

Beyond the Veil

By Rouba al-Fattal on May 1, 2008


Long Live the Great Satan!

By Andrei Piontkovsky on May 1, 2008

The revolutions in the Middle East and in the Muslim world generally, are well underway. But they are not quite the democratic ones that George Bush and Condolezza Rice have been hoping for. Tyrants and corrupt leaders are indeed trembling. Replacing them are young and not so young men with blazing eyes, Kalashnikov machine-guns and Shahid ammunition belts. Hamas in Palestine, Shiite clerics in Iraq, Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, and a deranged President in Iran...

Tout dire

By Marc Lebuis on May 1, 2008

Le saviez-vous? Le Conseil des droits de l’homme de l’ONU (CDH) vient de limiter le principe de la liberté d’expression au nom de la protection du « droit » des religions...

The Weather in China

By Tim Mak on May 1, 2008

Having just returned from a visit to China, I could regale you with anecdotes about my antics abroad. Alternatively, I could unload a bit of my more politically oriented reflections. With the eyes of the world on China, the Olympics, and Tibet, my preference is for the latter. Over the course of my trip, I visited the cities of Hong Kong and Beijing. Since they speak different languages and pursue almost entirely different policies, one might be forgiven for wondering if they belong to the same country at all...

Jimmy Carter ou le dindon de la farce syrienne

By Alain-Michel Ayache on May 1, 2008

Pour un coup médiatique, c’en est un! C’est en ces quelques mots, que la déclaration de l’ancien Président américain, Jimmy Carter, peut être résumée après sa visite à Damas. En réalité, à regarder de très près, un observateur initié au « machiavélisme » de la famille Assad peut déceler une stratégie damascène des plus brillantes pour retrouver une place de choix sur l’échiquier politique régional et s’asseoir de nouveau sur la table de négociation avec les grands...

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