Canada’s cross-cultural identity deeply rooted in western society

While there’s great diversity in Canada – regional, urban-rural, French-English and ethnic – it’s encompassed within the framework of Canadian culture

Canada’s cross-cultural identity deeply rooted in western societyThe view that ‘‘There is no core identity, no mainstream in Canada,’’ put forward by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, is incorrect. Notwithstanding Canada’s official multiculturalism policy, Canadian culture is firmly based in western civilization. The main Canadian political structures are derived from western civilization: Language is a foundational substructure of culture, and Canada’s two official…

How to bring peace to Palestine

If we want peace and a better future for Palestinians, we must hold Palestinian officials accountable for their anti-peace actions

How to bring peace to PalestineThe Canadian government is sending $25 million of taxpayers’ money to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), which is uniquely dedicated to supporting Palestine refugees. But does Canada’s financial aid advance the cause of peace or impede it? Some observers say that UNRWA actively supports Hamas, the Muslim Brotherhood movement dedicated to the destruction…

West complicit in North Korea’s 21st-century slave trade

Hundreds of thousands of World Cup soccer fans will buy tickets to sit in stadiums being built in Russia and Qatar with slave labour

West complicit in North Korea’s 21st-century slave tradeOf all the egregious forms of modern slavery, none is more despicable or far-reaching than the export of labour by North Korea. It’s estimated that North Korean slave labour is used in more than 45 countries, including in the European Union, and entails the exploitation of 100,000 to 200,000 individuals. The government of North Korea…

After the fall: the Islamic State’s next chapter

The collapse of the Islamic State nation will have a profound effect on the organization but it will not eliminate its ongoing presence

After the fall: the Islamic State’s next chapterThe Islamic State (IS) is rapidly nearing collapse. But the end of IS is not nearly in sight. IS has lost control of eastern Mosul to a coalition of the Iraqi military and Kurdish, Shia and Sunni militias supported by the U.S. and its NATO allies. That same coalition, which has held together despite a…

Putin’s brazen bluffs obscure increasing weakness

Russia is banking that a new U.S. administration will give it a way out of the hole it has dug for itself

Putin’s brazen bluffs obscure increasing weaknessIf Vladimir Putin ever writes his autobiography, he must call it The Art of the Bluff. No Russian leader since Catherine the Great’s prime minister, Grigory Potemkin, has done a more masterful job of blending guile, audacity and bluff to project an undeserved illusion of power and success. Whether that strategy ultimately bears fruit will…

Ancient wisdom for a world struggling to find peace

Establishing lasting peace in the Middle East will not be simple, but the prophet Ezekiel shows us a way

Ancient wisdom for a world struggling to find peaceHow do we reconcile the polar opposites of a world with too much turmoil with a world that routinely witnesses amazing human triumphs? We've seen governments fail and people displaced and forced to become refugees. But we've also seen consistent economic and population growth in countries like Canada. How can we explain this difference? In examining the…

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 forwardThe 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 units have besieged the town…

The legacy of the Arab Spring is chaos and civil war

The political instability accompanying the Arab Spring has created spaces where jihadist groups can flourish

The legacy of the Arab Spring is chaos and civil warOn Dec. 17, 2010, a street vendor in Tunis named Mohamed Bouazizi immolated himself in protest of the arbitrary seizure of his vegetable stand by a local government official. That act triggered the Jasmine Revolution in Tunisia and a wave of public unrest throughout the Middle East that came to be called the “Arab Spring.”…

Turkey is the Middle East’s newest rogue actor

Erdogan asserts that his government has a right to a sphere of influence over the region that once made up the Ottoman Empire

Turkey is the Middle East’s newest rogue actorTurkey's rogue role in the battle for Mosul suggests it wants to permanently upset the balance of power in the region. Turkish President Reccep Tayyip Erdogan has been insisting the Turkish military should take part in the liberation of Mosul. Turkish troops are already in northern Iraq. The Turkish force in the Iraqi town of Bashiqa,…

Emboldened Putin rolling over feckless Obama

To the KGB-schooled “hard men” of the Kremlin, dealing with the Obama administration is akin to taking candy from a baby

Emboldened Putin rolling over feckless ObamaThe Syrian ceasefire has collapsed. At best it survived 48 hours. In reality it was stillborn. The UN Security Council is expected to take up a resolution in the next few days calling for a new ceasefire, but given Russia’s veto on the Security Council, the deliberations will go nowhere. Perhaps it’s time for U.S. Secretary…