Latin America Delivers A Swift Kick

April 30, 2012 by

On one level, April’s hemispheric summit meeting was an old fashioned butt kicking for Washington’s policies in the region. The White House found itself virtually alone—Dudley Do Right Canada its sole ally—on everything from Cuba to the war on drugs. But the differences go deeper than the exclusion of Havana and the growing body count in Washington’s failed anti-narcotics strategy. They reflect profound disagreements on how to build economies, confront inequity, and reflect a new balance of power in world affairs.

Opening the Other Eye: Charles Taylor and Selective Criminal Accountability

April 27, 2012 by

From all that we know Charles Taylor deserves to be held criminally accountable for his role in the atrocities committed in Sierra Leone during the period 1998-2002. Taylor was then President of Liberia, and did his best to encourage violent uprisings against the governments in neighboring countries so as to finance his own bloody schemes and extend his regional influence.

Iceland’s Loonie Idea: Will Ditching the Krona Solve its Currency Quagmire?

March 27, 2012 by

After having gone through a dramatic financial meltdown and two years of recession in 2009 and 2010, Iceland started to recover in 2011 and IMF estimates now indicate that economic growth should average between 2.5% and 3% over the short-medium term. Yet the country is in a post-crisis transition and a number of systemic and structural issues still need to be addressed by the authorities in order to secure economic stability for the future.

The Symbolism of the Keystone XL Pipeline

January 20, 2012 by

The Obama administration has rejected the application from TransCanada to build the Keystone XL pipeline—but without fanfare. If President Obama continues to quiet the issue when so many others are raising its volume level, he will miss a grand political opportunity for his reelection campaign and the U.S. environmental movement. Public policy concerns of such inherent symbolism come once in a generation.

Somali youth radicalization

December 17, 2011 by

The radicalization of Somali youth in North America has taken two principal forms — supporting extremist organizations in Somalia and joining Somali gangs in the United States and Canada. These two phenomena are related to the extent that social alienation experienced by those living in a new and alien culture contributes to their attraction to gangs and extremist organizations.

Startling the Global Community, Canada Withdraws from the Kyoto Convention

December 16, 2011 by

Canada has announced its intention to withdraw from the Kyoto treaty on greenhouse gas emissions (GGE), sandbagging the other signatories to the convention. The Kyoto protocol, initially adopted in Kyoto, Japan in 1997, was designed to combat global warming with the agreement allowing countries like China and India to take voluntary, but non-binding steps to reduce their greenhouse gas carbon emissions.

Central banks’ credit lifeline will keep global economy liquid, but not afloat

December 2, 2011 by

For European banks threatened by a looming credit squeeze, the US Federal Reserve’s move to cut the cost of obtaining US dollars rescue hasn’t come a moment too soon. The Fed’s decision to engage in quantitative easing is the result of coordinated action between a number of the world’s major central banks, including the European Central Bank (ECB), the Bank of Japan, the Bank of England the Bank of Canada and Switzerland’s National Bank.

UNESCO membership for Palestine may leave America out in the cold

November 3, 2011 by

UNESCO, the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation has a number of objectives including: attaining education for all; mobilising science knowledge and policy for sustainable development; addressing emerging social and ethical challenges; fostering cultural diversity, intercultural dialogue and a culture of peace; and building inclusive knowledge societies through information and communication.

Canadian Oil Sands - A Good Investment? Not in Europe, Apparently

October 12, 2011 by

Any American watching cable TV over the past few months can hardly fail to have noticed the seemingly ubiquitous advertisements extolling the virtues of extracting oil from Canadian oil sands, which the commentators assure their audience has a carbon footprint largely comparable with traditional fossil fuels, and which, if developed will provide not only millions of new jobs but billions of dollars for governments as well as energy security by weaning the Western Hemisphere off its addiction to terrorism-tainted Middle East oil.

G8 clings to relevancy in Deauville

May 26, 2011 by

Since 2007 analysts have been predicting that the G8, the world’s oldest and most elite political club, would collapse under the weight of a changing world. And yet the G8 has refused to fade away.

A Northern Realignment?

May 6, 2011 by

On May 2nd of this year, Canadians went to polls to cast ballots in what ended up being a very historic election. Prime Minister Stephen Harper won the majority which had eluded him in his two terms, and Jack Layton, leader of the social democratic New Democratic Party, became the first person in his party to be designated leader of the official opposition.