Ethnic Cleansing Roils Burma’s Democracy Transition

JONATHAN MANTHORPE: International Affairs November 26, 2016 Burma’s 50 million people languished under a most vile military dictatorship for 50 years, but that has not made them a tolerant and open-handed society. The country’s military is in the middle of a scorched

Canada’s dark time might be closer than you think

TOM REGAN: SUMMONING ORENDA November 19, 2016 After the election of 2015, Canadians probably thought they were safe from the kind of racism and bigotry that has gripped the United States after the election of Donald Trump. After all, the Stephen Harper-led

Trump victory rattles Asia

JONATHAN MANTHORPE: International Affairs November 19, 2016 Public displays of anxiety are frowned on in Japanese culture, and are especially unacceptable in political leaders. Even more anathema to the spirit of “Bushido” – the chivalric code of the samurai warrior – is

Facts, and Opinions, this week

We focus this week on three main events: F&O marks Remembrance Day this year with a photo-essay by Greg Locke, thoughts on the poppy by Alex Kennedy, and a feature by Jonathan Manthorpe on the WWII Battle for Hong Kong. We have a story about Canadian poet,

Canadians and the Battle for Hong Kong

JONATHAN MANTHORPE: International Affairs November 11, 2016 On this day 75 years ago, 1,975 men, and two female nurses, of the Royal Rifles of Canada and the Winnipeg Grenadiers were steaming across the East China Sea in the New Zealand liner-turned-troop ship,

Leonard Cohen, Poet, Rocker, Mystic, Dead at 82

By Alex Dobuzinskis November 10, 2016 LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Leonard Cohen, rock music’s man of letters whose songs fused religious imagery with themes of redemption and sexual desire, earning him critical and popular acclaim, has died at age 82, a statement

Britain needs election to clear Brexit fog

JONATHAN MANTHORPE: International Affairs November 4, 2016 At the heart of Britain’s Brexit drama is a fundamental problem of political legitimacy. None of the main players now in leading roles has any mandate to have their voices heard. This central void loomed

Facts, and Opinions, this week

Below is F&O’s Fresh Sheet. We’ll have more stories later this week — see our Contents page for our newest original and curated works. Notebook: Current affairs are a raging flood, from breaking news about the Canada-Europe free trade dea. (Reuters) to a pipeline protest in North Dakota that activist Bill McKibben calls

Laws and Lawsuits Highlight Global Risks for Airbnb

By Heather Somerville and Tina Bellon  October, 2016 SAN FRANCISCO/BERLIN (Reuters) – Airbnb, the online lodging service that investors now believe is worth $30 billion, faces a reckoning. In eight years of torrid growth, the company has often clashed with local public officials

Rare win for journalism as PR firms overwhelm news

By John Jewell, Cardiff University October, 2016 Recent articles about the public relations firm Bell Pottinger are a stark reminder of the power and pervasiveness of PR in today’s fragmented media landscape. The Sunday Times and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism revealed that

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