Naheed Nenshi, Canada’s Mayor

When river flooding inundated downtown Calgary, it caused billions of dollars in damage and tested the leadership of Naheed Nenshi, a first-term mayor who handled the crisis so adroitly that he attracted national and international media attention.    How did this former

Iran opens the gate to a long and stony road

In a new column, international affairs analyst Jonathan Manthorpe writes of the remarkable developments today between Iran and the United States, at the United Nations in New York. But hopes for a thaw in the icy relationship are tempered by tough questions

Iran opens the gate to a long and stony road

JONATHAN MANTHORPEPublished September 27th, 2013. The 34 years of animosity that has marked relations between Iran and the United States took a new direction today when President Barack Obama had an apparently constructive telephone conversation with his new counterpart from Tehran, Hassan Rouhani.

“Give Disaster a Chance”

CHRIS WOOD: NATURAL SECURITY Published September 27, 2013 Where I live, in Mexico, screens have been filled with the devastation wrought by Hurricane Ingrid and tropical storm Manuel along the country’s coasts. Mexico is in no doubt about the reality of climate

Science speaks on climate change

By CHRIS WOOD  The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a summary of its fifth periodic report on what’s happening to our planet’s climate on Friday, Sept. 27. The balance of the report, collecting the findings of more than 2,000 researchers over

Facts and Opinions goes LIVE.

OPEN HOUSE: September 25 – October 1  It’s official folks, we are live. Welcome to our Open House – come in and browse our sections for no charge, before our paywall goes up on Oct. 1.  Independent, non-partisan and employee-owned, Facts and

Kenyan siege will increase U.S. military footprint in Africa

JONATHAN MANTHORPEPublished September 25, 2013. One result of the siege of the Kenyan shopping mall occupied by Islamic militants will be to reinforce Washington’s determination to continue expanding its controversial military presence in Africa.  The take-over of the up-market Westgate shopping centre

Climbing rocks on The Rock

While Squamish, British Columbia and Yosemite, California are the major centres for rock climbing sports in North America, on the island at the far eastern edge of the continent Newfoundlanders have some pretty good rocks, too. The climbs are not as high,

New column: Aggression roils the East China Sea

Today’s column by international affairs analyst Jonathan Manthorpe examines why the relationship between China and Japan is souring, as Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe loosens constitutional restrictions on the use of the country’s armed forces. Japan’s move is in response to increasing military pressure from China over

Tokyo moves to boost military in response to Chinese “provocations”

JONATHAN MANTHORPE Published: September 18, 2013. Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is moving to loosen constitutional restrictions on the use of the country’s armed forces, in response to increasing military pressure from China over disputed islands in the East China Sea. On Wednesday

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