The Question of our Age

CHRIS WOOD: NATURAL SECURITYPublished September 5, 2013 With apologies to Charles Dickens, it is the best of times, it is the worst of times.  We are surrounded by miracles and wonders that would have dazzled the most indulged monarch of any earlier

Mongolian fashion model’s murder plagues Malaysian leader

The torrid and sordid saga around the death of a Mongolian fashion model continues to dog Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, writes international affairs analyst Jonathan Manthorpe. The case was re-ignited by a court decision to quash the murder convictions of her

Murder of Mongolian fashion model dogs Malaysia’s Prime Minister

JONATHAN MANTHORPE Published September 4, 2013.   The torrid and sordid saga around the death of a Mongolian fashion model continues to dog Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, re-ignited by a court decision to quash the murder convictions of her killers, two of

Chemical weapons? What chemical weapons?

A meme making the rounds on social media: “So the Americans draw a red line at the use of chemical weapons? “What the hell was Agent Orange? A cake garnish, like chocolate sprinkles?”   Good questions.    

MOVIES: Cold War Relics Fight On

By Brian BrennanCALGARY, Alberta, 1989 On the eastern edge of the Rocky Mountains, in a mock English pub converted temporarily into a Bavarian inn, the night air holds a solemn stillness as the director John Frankenheimer shoots the pivotal scene of his latest movie.

Is China’s leader purging his rivals?

There are strong indications that the much-touted anti-corruption drive by China’s new leader Xi Jinping is also becoming a purge of his rivals and route to embedding his own authority, writes international affairs analyst Jonathan Manthorpe in today’s column. Manthorpe’s piece, in

China’s leader Xi Jinping moves to purge rivals

JONATHAN MANTHORPE Published: September 3, 2013. There are strong indications that the much-touted anti-corruption drive by China’s new leader Xi Jinping is also becoming a purge of his rivals and a route to embedding his own authority. There has been a series

One Person’s Journey: Brian Brennan

F&O contributor Brian Brennan, an Irish journalist based in Alberta, has a new series of biographical profiles on his own web site. Writes Brian: If a story was worth telling once, it’s worth telling again. That’s been my motto for many years. It’s

Talk, not guns, between Egypt and Ethiopia – for now

There is an unintended consequence of the army’s coup in Egypt, writes international affairs analyst Jonathan Manthorpe in today’s column. It has averted the threatened war between Egypt and  Ethiopia, over control of the waters of the Nile River on which Egypt

Seamus Heaney’s living past

In 1995 the Irish poet Seamus Heaney was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, “for works of lyrical beauty and ethical depth, which exalt everyday miracles and the living past.” In his death today he becomes a part of our “living past.”