America no longer exceptional

By Deborah Jones As the United States shutdown nears its bitter end, the global flood of American-induced hysteria is subsiding – but beneath the tainted waters a new current is gathering force, one directed away from American shores. Call it Plan B. The

‘Truth’ and Iraq’s ‘excess’ body count

By Deborah Jones A commentary that accompanies a new report on Iraq’s war dead is more poignant than the statistics cited. The study links nearly half a million “unexpected” deaths in Iraq to the American-led invasion, between 2003 and 2011. Most of the deaths

Zombies: they’re tiny – and these ones are real

They’re called zombies – but their nature is molecular, not Hollywood Human. Their presence is worldwide. And now new research suggests they’re far more frightening than any horror fantasy. Author Chris Wood writes in his Natural Security column today: In Alberta rivers

Boys will be girls: “zombie” chemicals are pervasive

CHRIS WOOD: NATURAL SECURITYPublished Oct. 14, 2013 In Alberta rivers downstream from certain Intensive Livestock Operations – better-known as feedlots, where hundreds and even thousands of cattle are crowded together in foetid paddocks of manure and urine the more economically to supply

Kenyan siege will increase U.S. military footprint in Africa

JONATHAN MANTHORPEPublished September 25, 2013. One result of the siege of the Kenyan shopping mall occupied by Islamic militants will be to reinforce Washington’s determination to continue expanding its controversial military presence in Africa.  The take-over of the up-market Westgate shopping centre

New column: Aggression roils the East China Sea

Today’s column by international affairs analyst Jonathan Manthorpe examines why the relationship between China and Japan is souring, as Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe loosens constitutional restrictions on the use of the country’s armed forces. Japan’s move is in response to increasing military pressure from China over

Tokyo moves to boost military in response to Chinese “provocations”

JONATHAN MANTHORPE Published: September 18, 2013. Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is moving to loosen constitutional restrictions on the use of the country’s armed forces, in response to increasing military pressure from China over disputed islands in the East China Sea. On Wednesday

Shattering Canada’s solitudes

By Deborah Jones Opponents of Quebec’s controversial proposed “charter of values” are their own worst enemies. You’d think a workplace ban on kippas, turbans, burkas, hijabs and large crosses worn by public employees would unite religious minorities and other political activists. Instead, opponents

Northern cod: an ecological and economic disaster

  The moratorium on fishing northern cod off Newfoundland hit like a shock wage in Bonavista, where people trace their ancestry – and reliance on the fish – back five centuries   By Deborah Jones BONAVISTA, Newfoundland, Canada, 1993This summer, the smell

Taiwan’s leadership, China’s influence – and leadership intrigue

Eight years ago international affairs analyst Jonathan Manthorpe authored Forbidden Nation: A History of Taiwan, published by Palgrave-Macmillan of New York. Manthorpe returns to the subject in today’s column, explaining why political upheaval looms in Taiwan as President Ma seeks to retain his party’s

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