Matters of Facts, and Opinions, this week

What deserves attention, in this crazy and constant flood of distractions? That, always, is F&O’s  top question. Our aim to offer a journalism boutique of the best, most interesting, stories –to earn a regular spot in your travels through the web. Here are our new reads for the weekend; on Monday, we’ll have a series for the climate summit in Paris. If you have

Catholic confusion over the troublesome Pope

JONATHAN MANTHORPE: International Affairs November 27, 2015 For faithful Catholics, the whole point of the Pope and the Vatican is that they should be pillars of certainty in a troubled and troubling world. But as Argentinian Jesuit Jorge Mario Bergoglio approaches the

Findings: the best of the web

You’ve read F&O’s latest work, I assume? (If not, may I respectfully remind you, here, of the essential stories on our Contents page?) Why ISIS is winning, with America’s help TOM REGAN: Summoning Orenda Column Soldiers patrol Brussels, raids lead to arrests GABRIELA BACZYNSKA & PHILIP BLENKINSOP  Report

Sunday reads on F&O

Ron Hynes: the man of 1000 songs departs for Cryer’s Paradise. By Greg Locke Newfoundland singer-songwriter and musical legend, Ron Hynes, died Nov. 19. He was 64. In an ironic coincidence there was a power failure in downtown St John’s around the

Bosnia divided two decades after peace deal

By Daria Sito-Sucic November 21, 2015 SARAJEVO (Reuters) – A metal capsule containing over 20,000 wishes for the future was stored away in a Sarajevo museum on Saturday to mark the 20th anniversary of the peace deal that ended the Bosnian war

Remembrance and Refugees

  ROD MICKLEBURGH November, 2015 Vancouver, Canada Two days before the numbing atrocities of Paris, I went to the annual Remembrance Day ceremony at the Japanese-Canadian War Memorial in Stanley Park. It was a simple, almost homespun occasion, far removed from the

Suicide Bombing: history’s least successful military tactic

JONATHAN MANTHORPE: International Affairs  November 20, 2015 It is cold comfort, certainly, with the horrors of Paris and Beirut still fresh, but the terrorist tactics adopted by the Islamic State show clearly the group is heading down a path of political irrelevance

Ron Hynes: the man of 1000 songs departs for Cryer’s Paradise

GREG LOCKE St John’s, Newfoundland, November, 2015 Newfoundland singer-songwriter and musical legend, Ron Hynes, died Nov. 19. He was 64. In an ironic coincidence there was a power failure in downtown St John’s around the same time. Across the bar I heard someone

Facts, and Opinions, this week

F&O ranges this week from extremist attacks to Starbucks’ red cups; from the trouble with America’s news media to HONY; from the science behind picky-eating cats, to how Jihadi John — reportedly killed  — came to be.  Find essential facts, and analysis that  goes behind the headlines and off the beaten track: Focus

Attacks rock France

PARIS (Reuters) – France was rocked by multiple, near simultaneous attacks on entertainment sites around Paris on Friday evening and French media said at least 60 people were killed and hostages were being held in a concert hall in the capital. The