Trudeau trumps naysayers with moderate tone

In the face of uncertainty over Canada's relationship with the United States, the prime minister chooses to reach out to Trump

Trudeau trumps naysayers with moderate toneNEW YORK, Jan. 8, 2017/ Troy Media/ – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s wait-and-see approach to dealing with U.S. president-elect Donald Trump has been exactly the right strategy – and it puts him in the unusual position of appearing to be the only adult in the room. You're excused for thinking that Trudeau, the world poster boy for…

The battle for Mosul inches forward

So far, Islamic State forces have stopped short of using civilians as a buffer between its and the advancing Iraqi military

The battle for Mosul inches forwardPORTLAND, Ore. Jan. 8, 2017 /Troy Media/ – The campaign to liberate Mosul, Iraq, now in its 12th week, has gone about as expected – Islamic State forces are not leaving their stronghold quietly. Iraqi forces, backed by Sunni militias and Kurdish Peshmerga units, have steadily advanced into the eastern half of Mosul. At the same time, Shiite militia…

Liberal international order unravelling like a cheap carpet

Our comfortable assumptions about a liberal international order and a robust free-market economy are unravelling in a hurry; but there is hope

Liberal international order unravelling like a cheap carpetEDMONTON, Alta. Jan. 2, 2017/Troy Media/ – It's been quite a while since a New Year's celebration has been accompanied with such trepidation. Certainly we've had anxious moments in the past but this year is different. It seems we're headed into a dark and fearful future. For almost 75 years, we in the developed world…

O’Leary’s abhorrent attack on the Canadian military

Kevin O’Leary attack on the brave men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces should exclude him from the leadership of the Conservative Party

O’Leary’s abhorrent attack on the Canadian militaryTORONTO, Ont. Dec. 20, 2016/ Troy Media/ – Kevin O’Leary still hasn’t decided whether he’s going to run for the leadership of the Conservative Party of Canada. After his recent remarks about the Canadian military, I would strongly advise him against it. In an interview with the Ottawa-based talk radio station CFRA last week, the popular…

Finding new markets will ease impact of U.S. protectionism

As Canada integrates more and more into the global economy, it will matter to us less and less that the United States withdraws

Finding new markets will ease impact of U.S. protectionismVANCOUVER, B.C. Dec. 5, 2016/ Troy Media/ - One of the reasons the new president-elect in the United States is generating so much nervousness around the globe is the fear that he is not connected to the realities of how the global economic system works. For example, there is no such thing as a truly…

Never again: the social imperative to stop genocide

History shows that we can act to put an end to these crimes and even prevent them, yet far too often, our lack of action allows them to happen

Never again: the social imperative to stop genocidePRINCE GEORGE, B.C. Dec. 1, 2016/Troy Media/ – The Chinese philosopher Confucius said, “Study the past if you would define the future.” When we look at the chaos in today's world, it's easy to feel overwhelmed and helpless. When we look at history, however, we see that many atrocities were the result of our failure to respond in a timely…

Death of a tyrant

The best assessment of Castro came from his daughter Alina who, when told he was a dictator, replied: “Strictly speaking, Fidel is a tyrant”

Death of a tyrantTORONTO, Ont. Nov. 29, 2016/ Troy Media/ - I never liked Fidel Castro. Not even a little bit. Part of my aversion had to do with a general antipathy towards 20th century dictators, especially charismatic ones. They were, after all, the most dangerous. Intelligent people who waxed apoplectic over the alleged authoritarian tendencies of Stephen…

NATO needs to rebuild its capabilities

NATO needs to return to the basics, dust off the old manuals from the Cold War, and think through what is really required to successfully defend Eastern Europe

NATO needs to rebuild its capabilitiesWASHINGTON, D.C. Nov. 29, 2016/ Troy Media/ - The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is heralded as the world’s most successful military alliance. However, it finds itself under pressure from within and without. Some people in NATO countries do not understand the importance of its goal: to safeguard its members’ freedom and security by political…

Justin Trudeau’s unforgettable Fidel faux pas

No matter who wrote the statement, the prime minister’s name is on it, effectively ending his political honeymoon

Justin Trudeau’s unforgettable Fidel faux pasTORONTO, Ont. Nov. 29, 2016/ Troy Media/ - There’s been much speculation as to what it would take for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s extended political honeymoon to end. The answer, it turns out, is a recently deceased Marxist-Leninist revolutionary. The PM’s official statement about Fidel Castro, the 90-year-old former president of Cuba who died on Nov.…

NATO urgently needs to redefine its mission

NATO needs to redefine the kinds of threats it is designed to oppose to reflect the current tactics in the Kremlin’s playbook

NATO urgently needs to redefine its missionPORTLAND, Ore. Nov. 27, 2016/ Troy Media/ – Founded in 1949, the 28-member North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) aimed “to keep the Russians out, the Americans in and the Germans down.” Those were the words of Lord Ismay, its first Secretary General, and those goals largely defined NATO’s mission over its first 40 years. Since the…