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Shimon Peres funeral joins Israeli, Palestinian leaders — briefly. By Jeffrey Heller and Jeff Mason Israeli and Palestinian leaders shook hands during a brief chat and U.S. President Barack Obama gently reminded them of the “unfinished business of peace” at the funeral Friday

Putin, Grand Master of the Great Game, awaits next opponent

JONATHAN MANTHORPE: International Affairs October 1, 2016 When the new United States president moves into the Oval Office early next year, at the top of her foreign policy priorities will be what to do about Vladimir Putin. Forget the various manifestations of

The Canadian roots of indigenous equality rights declaration

“All the rights and freedoms recognized herein are equally guaranteed to male and female indigenous individuals.”   PENNEY KOME: OVER EASY October, 2016 I did a double-take recently when I came across Article 44 of the 2001 United Nations Declaration on the

Facts, and Opinions, that matter this week

  Fresh works on Facts and Opinions this week: Bush’s War on Terror Unending, by Jonathan Manthorpe   Column Fifteen years ago George W. Bush launched the “War on Terror.” It was an incalculable strategic mistake, and there is no end in sight. Rage over Racism: America Asked For

EU Bids to Seal Canada trade Pact as US Prospects Dim

By Philip Blenkinsop and Tatiana Jancarikova September, 2016 BRATISLAVA (Reuters) – EU ministers took steps Sept. 23 to approve a contentious free trade deal with Canada, while France and Austria demanded that talks towards a similar agreement with the United States should

Bush’s War on Terror Unending

Fifteen years ago George W. Bush launched the “War on Terror.” It was an incalculable strategic mistake, and there is no end in sight JONATHAN MANTHORPE: International Affairs September 24, 2016 Fifteen years ago this week President George W. Bush uttered a few phrases that have tainted much

Not all things in journalism are equal

TOM REGAN: SUMMONING ORENDA September 17, 2010 Several years ago, then CNN journalist Campbell Brown uttered what I’ve always called the “Campbell dictum” on reporting: “If I interview two politicians, and one says it’s raining and one says it’s sunny and I

Iranians close in on Aleppo, not Mecca

JONATHAN MANTHORPE: International Affairs September 10, 2016   There will be no Iranians this year among the two million Muslims who make the hajj pilgrimage to the holy sites at Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia that starts on Sunday, September 11.


Our regulars at F&O are taking a breather this Labour Day, to savour the last of summer and brace for the passage into fall and winter — a snowy and cold one, if the Farmer’s Almanac has anything to say about it. Our journal is a trove