“We are all treaty people”

PENNEY KOME: OVER EASY  January, 2015 One day early this year,  75  people showed up for 35 seats at a free seminar in downtown Calgary called “We Are All Treaty People.”  This was the first of three lunchtime brownbag seminars intended to

Newspapers their own worst enemy in battle to survive

TOM REGAN: SUMMONING ORENDA January, 2016 From as early as I can remember my mother told me she knew that I was going to be a journalist. One day, many years later, I asked her how she knew. “That’s easy,” she said

The Islamic State is a mere shadow of the Assassins’ Caliphate

JONATHAN MANTHORPE: International Affairs January 29, 2016 The psychopaths of the Islamic State are not the first murderers to try to create a Muslim theocracy – a Caliphate – in Syria and what is now Iraq. But unlike their predecessors nearly a thousand

Matters of Facts, and Opinions, this week

When I was a kid, my family subscribed to the local broadsheet newspaper. (Remember newspapers?) There was an insert every Saturday called the Weekender, and after devouring the comics, it the first thing I read:  a eclectic collection of features that put events in

What Pantone’s colors of 2016 mean for the future of design

RYAN RUSSELL Pennsylvania State University January, 2016 Pantone, the global authority on color standards for the design industries, recently announced its colors  of the year for 2016: Rose Quartz and Serenity, which are muted shades of pink and blue, respectively. It’s the first

Five years on, Arab Spring’s thirst for blood still unsated

JONATHAN MANTHORPE: International Affairs January 23, 2016 In an eerie reflection of the start of the Arab Spring five years ago, tens of thousands of Tunisians took to the streets on Friday demonstrating outrage at the death of a young man protesting his

Facts, and Opinions, that matter this week

REUTERS/Pichi Chuang Taiwan set to complete the transition to democracy. By Jonathan Manthorpe, International Affairs Column Taiwan has surged over the hump of its 35-year voyage from a military-ruled, one-party state to one of the most successful and vibrant democracies in Asia. The

Taiwan set to complete the transition to democracy

JONATHAN MANTHORPE: International Affairs January 16, 2016 (Updated) Taiwan has surged over the hump of its 35-year voyage from a military-ruled, one-party state to one of the most successful and vibrant democracies in Asia. Tsai Ing-wen, 59, leader of the opposition Democratic Progressive

F&O: New stories and findings

Aid workers were finally allowed into besiged Syrian town Madaya this week. As predicted, they found desperate, starving citizens. Read the Reuters report: Heartbreak in starving Syrian town about emaciated and starving residents, with hundreds in need of specialised medical help. On the weekend we ran international affairs

Matters of Facts, and Opinions, this week

To Protect Monarch Butterfly,  A Plan to Save the Sacred Firs. By Janet Marinelli  Report Mexican scientists are striving to plant oyamel fir trees at higher altitudes in an effort to save the species, as well as its fluttering iconic winter visitor —