Canada’s ambassador to Ireland: Once a Cop, Always a Cop

By Brian Brennan May 28, 2016 It’s hard to tell from the raw television footage if the shaven-headed protester posed any real danger to the Irish and British dignitaries gathered at a Dublin military cemetery this week to honour British soldiers killed

Beijing tests mettle of Taiwan’s Iron Lady President

JONATHAN MANTHORPE: International Affairs May 28, 2016 Since Tsai Ing-wen was elected president of Taiwan in January, the Chinese regime of Xi Jinping has done everything it can to inflame cross-strait relations by goading her into making an outraged response. Tsai, who

Facts, and Opinions, that matter this week

The Story of the Komagatu Maru, by Rod Mickleburgh, report At long last, a formal apology was delivered in the House of Commons for Canada’s racist behaviour in its shameful treatment of Sikh passengers aboard the Komagata Maru who had the effrontery to seek immigration

Venezuela’s drawn-out agony nears crisis

JONATHAN MANTHORPE: International Affairs May 21, 2016 This weekend’s largest military exercises ever by Venezuela may reveal whether the country is heading merely for an accelerated political and economic melt-down, or a full-blown civil war. Besieged President Nicolas Maduro authorised the demonstration of military

Facts, and Opinions, this week

  When governments go rogue, fail, or are toppled by forces outside their control, things break down. Quickly, ordinary people suffer. Venezuela, once oil-rich and the fat cat of Latin America, is in trouble: the government is fighting for its political life and declared a state of

Commercial journalism can’t die fast enough

TOM REGAN: SUMMONING ORENDA May 14, 2016 Friends, North Americans, country men (and women), I come to bury commercial journalism, not to praise it. First of all because there is almost nothing to praise. And unlike Marc Anthony with Caesar, I want

Canada’s Navy: Dying From Neglect

JONATHAN MANTHORPE: International Affairs May 14, 2016 One highly desirable result of an isolationist Donald Trump presidency is that it would expose in short order the philosophical, economic, political and moral corruption that has been at the heart of Canadian defence policy

Fort McMurray: Boom, bust … burned

  By Rod Nickel and Liz Hampton May 7, 2016 CONKLIN/LAC LA BICHE, Alberta (Reuters) – A convoy of evacuees from the Canadian oil town of Fort McMurray drove through the heart of a massive wildfire guided by police and military helicopters