Turkey’s dispute with Europe feeds Erdogan’s power thirst

JONATHAN MANTHORPE: International Affairs March 18, 2017 The Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte this week saw off a serious populist challenge from bleach-blonde Islamaphobe Geert Wilders, but in so doing he has unwittingly given another demagogue the leg-up he needs to achieve

Americans’ Addiction to Drinking the Kool-Aid

JONATHAN MANTHORPE: International Affairs March 11, 2017 The United States is singularly prone to producing charlatans, messianic faith healers, snake oil merchants, flim-flam artists and all kinds of Pied Pipers who beguile, befuddle and bemuse large numbers of the population. Donald Trump

Environmentally-sound agriculture can support farmers and consumers

Agroecology can help fix the food, water and energy challenges that conventional agriculture has created. By Andrea Basche and Marcia DeLonge March, 2017 The past several years have been rough for many U.S. farmers and ranchers. Net farm incomes this year could fall

More than 100 million at risk of starvation

An internally displaced man looks at the carcasses of his goats and sheep in the outskirts of Dahar town of Puntland state in northeastern Somalia, December 15, 2016. REUTERS/Feisal Omar By Umberto Bacchi March, 2017 ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – The number

Renewed Scottish campaign to leave post-Brexit UK

JONATHAN MANTHORPE: International Affairs March 4, 2017   In these times of seething rage, it is increasingly likely that Britain’s divorce from the European Union will lead to the break-up of the United Kingdom itself. As the parliament in Westminster completes the

Canada-EU Pact Touted as Model Trade Deal

By Philip Blenkinsop February, 2017 STRASBOURG (Reuters) – Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau praised the European Union as an unprecedented model for peaceful cooperation, in a speech to EU lawmakers that contrasted sharply with the critical stance of U.S. President Donald Trump.

Churchill essay on aliens timely reminder of modern dangers

British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, circa 1940-`945. Photograph MH 26392, Imperial War Museums collection, by Cecil Beaton, UK government, public domain via Wikimedia By Elizabeth Tasker, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)  February 18, 2017 Buried within the archives of a museum in Missouri, an

The terrifying mathematics of the Anthropocene

By Owen Gaffney and Will Steffen, February, 2017 Here are some surprising facts about humans’ effect on planet Earth. We have made enough concrete to create an exact replica of Earth 2mm thick. We have produced enough plastic to wrap Earth in clingfilm. We

Canada needs ranked, not proportional, voting

TOM REGAN: SUMMONING ORENDA February 11, 2017 Like many Canadians (even those of us who live abroad and may have dual citizenship) who had hoped that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau would follow through on his campaign promise to reform the voting system

Media literacy in a post-fact age

PENNEY KOME: OVER EASY February, 2017 Fake news is as old as the Internet. From the 1990s, I remember spam, scams, and ghost ship “rolling” petitions that sailed the white-font-on-black-background PINE and LYNX seas – almost as soon as the first E-list was

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