Dear Americans: Enough, Already

DEBORAH JONES: FREE RANGE August 19, 2017 Lacking ear plugs strong enough to block the din from America blasting the world, or a mega-phone loud enough to counter the babble, I’m resorting to two letters. Dear non-Americans: There’s a big world out

Trump Cries Havoc! – Dogs (still) Kenneled

  JONATHAN MANTHORPE: International Affairs June 10, 2017 Donald Trump in the last few days has given the world a master class on how ignorance and miscalculation by a United States president can trigger conflict and set the stage for war. Look

Broad alliances trump Trump for Israeli security

JONATHAN MANTHORPE: International Affairs May 27, 2017 Israel lives in a hostile neighbourhood, and has always had trouble making and keeping trustworthy friends. Many of the European countries were supportive both before and immediately after the founding of the state of Israel

Trump-Kim smackdown leaves South Koreans cold

JONATHAN MANTHORPE: International Affairs May 13, 2017 For a while it looked as though Donald Trump was the white horse on a cresting wave of right-wing demagogy rushing to break over liberal democracies world-wide. But the defeat of Trump’s neo-Nazi fellow travellers

Trump ain’t seen nothing yet, Iran to top agenda

JONATHAN MANTHORPE: International Affairs April 22, 2017 Donald Trump’s first rounds on the international putting green have not been a great success. His firing of 59 cruise missiles at a Syrian airfield after telling the Russians – and therefore the Syrians –

From Vimy to Gibraltar, Obamacare to Russia: Journalism Matters at F&O

New on F&O this weekend:  Sunday April 9 marked the 100th anniversary of the WWI battle of Vimy Ridge — said to have marked Canada’s passage from colony to country status. Read our report with photo-essay by Reuters, France, Canada leaders mark centenary of Vimy Ridge WWI battle. In Commentary

Canada’s Trudeau Avoids Poking U.S. “Grizzly Bear”

By David Ljunggren and Rod Nickel  February, 2017 OTTAWA/WINNIPEG (Reuters) – Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is taking a low key approach to dealing with U.S. President Donald Trump, seeking to avoid clashes while indirectly signalling the two leaders’ differences to a

Pins are out for the Trump balloon

JONATHAN MANTHORPE: International Affairs January 20, 2017 Even as the inaugural party hangovers still throb in Washington, leaders in other capitals are dreaming up ways to discover what kind of blow-hard Donald Trump is. He has given them plenty to work with

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

Not all things in journalism are equal

TOM REGAN: SUMMONING ORENDA September 17, 2010 Several years ago, then CNN journalist Campbell Brown uttered what I’ve always called the “Campbell dictum” on reporting: “If I interview two politicians, and one says it’s raining and one says it’s sunny and I