In England’s Mean and Truculent Land

JONATHAN MANTHORPE: International Affairs June 24, 2016 When I was born in 1944 my parents lived a few hundred yards from where George Vancouver grew up in Kings Lynn, on England’s North Sea coast where the thrills of the horizon and the

Brexit (UK referendum on European Union), etc.

Citizens of the United Kingdom vote tomorrow today* on Brexit, the referendum on whether Britain should leave Europe. The impact, no matter which way the vote goes, is already global. We’ll have a wrapup on the weekend. Meantime, here are some suggestions of where to follow the breaking

Canada’s National Aboriginal Day

DEBORAH JONES: FREE RANGE June 21, 2016 It’s fitting that today, on Canada’s 20th National Aboriginal Day, Historica Canada released a new Heritage Minute video about the death of a young man. It tells the story of Chanie “Charlie” Wenjack.  Historica Canada, the non-profit organization that

Facts, and Opinions, that matter this week

Commentary and analysis: Verbatim: Hate, mainstreamed — UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. By Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein  Excerpts Hate is becoming mainstreamed. Walls – which tormented previous generations, and have never yielded any sustainable solution to any problem – are returning. Barriers

African democratic reform falters and falls

JONATHAN MANTHORPE: International Affairs June 17, 2016 Two events in the last few days make it depressingly clear that after a few years of great political and social advances, Africa is slipping back into its bad old ways. On Thursday, the Mo

Massacre at US nightclub

Massacre at U.S. nightclub, ISIS claims responsibility, by Reuters  A man armed with an assault rifle killed 50 people at a packed gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida on Sunday in the worst mass shooting in U.S. history, which President Barack Obama described

Facts and Opinions that matter, this week

MUHAMMAD ALI: the final goodbye to “The Greatest,” by Nick Carey and Steve Bittenbender Fans chanting “Ali!” and throwing flowers lined the streets of Muhammad Ali’s hometown in Kentucky on June 10 for a funeral procession to celebrate the boxing champion who jolted America

Small Stampede for the Brexit

JONATHAN MANTHORPE: International Affairs June 11, 2016 It is unlikely that Britons are going to give a conclusive answer to the question whether they should remain in the European Union or leave it when they mark their referendum ballots on June 23.

Court awards reporter-turned-politician damages, costs, in defamation case

By Brian Brennan June 2016 An award-winning Canadian war correspondent who left television journalism to enter politics won a defamation lawsuit against Canada’s largest newspaper publisher and one of its former columnists. Arthur Kent was awarded $200,000 in compensatory damages. Kent, who acquired