The unlucky end of an American war deserter

Private Eddie Slovik was executed 70 years ago this week

The unlucky end of an American war deserterPurchase The unlucky end of an American war deserter TORONTO, ON, Jan 28, 2015/ Troy Media/ - If you’re familiar with the current series of Downton Abbey, you’ll know the plotline about the cook’s nephew who was shot for desertion during the First World War. And such things did occur. For instance, the British and…

The myth of fiscal conservatism and the F-35

Alternatives to the F-35 do exist

The myth of fiscal conservatism and the F-35KELOWNA, BC, Jun 16, 2014/ Troy Media/ - Proceeding with the decision to sole source F-35 fighter jets for the Royal Canadian Air Force is irresponsible and flies in the face of fiscal conservatism. We are currently waiting for the results from a special panel of “experts” commissioned by the Harper government’s National Fighter Procurement…

D-Day and “Divine Destiny”

Dwight D. Eisenhower’s luck was legendary, and June 6, 1944 certainly brought its fair share

D-Day and “Divine Destiny”TORONTO, ON, Jun 4, 2014/ Troy Media/ - This June 6 marks the 70th anniversary of D-Day, the Second World War allied landings in Normandy. Described as the largest seaborne invasion in history, it was a critical turning point in the war. And the scale was certainly enormous. Facilitated by an invasion fleet of over…

Napoleon’s grasp exceeded his reach

This month marks the 200th anniversary of the first abdication of the “little dead dude”

Napoleon’s grasp exceeded his reachTORONTO, ON, Apr 10, 2014/ Troy Media/ - Some years back, one of the tennis-playing Williams sisters provided an endearingly irreverent TV moment. Interviewed after the French Open, she was asked if she’d managed to sample any of the famous sights of Paris, to which she responded that she’d been taken to see the “little…

Was the Afghan mission worth it?

Yes, because life in Afghanistan is infinitely better today than it was under Taliban rule

Was the Afghan mission worth it?VANCOUVER, BC, Mar 17, 2014/ Troy Media/ - Was it worth it? As Canada’s mission in Afghanistan comes to an end, that question is most often asked from the perspective of Canadian self-interest. We look at the number of dead and the cost in taxpayer dollars and conclude that this was an expensive mission in…

Canadian attitudes toward US war resisters isn’t what it used to be

How come we don’t provide aid to people who are in total agreement with us about US policies in the Middle East?

Canadian attitudes toward US war resisters isn’t what it used to beWINNIPEG, MB, Mar 2, 2014/ Troy Media/ - The situation for war resisters in Canada has changed since the Winnipeg-based War Resistor Information Program (WRIP) used to arrange bus tours from Toronto to Fort Dix, New Jersey so that a rare, compassionate base commander could arrange Chapter 10 discharges for busloads of Vietnam War era…

Is the French intervention in Mali even legal?

Is the French intervention in Mali even legal?January 16, 2013 By Brian Lee Crowley Macdonald-Laurier Institute and Robert Murray University of Alberta OTTAWA, ON and EDMONTON, AB, Jan. 16, 2013/ Troy Media/ - Readers of the National Post might be forgiven for doing a double take at the news that the French, staunch opponents of American 'unilateralism and illegality' in Iraq, have…

Afghanistan losing its strategic importance

Afghanistan losing its strategic importanceJanuary 11, 2013 CALGARY, AB, Jan. 11, 2013/ Troy Media/ - Western militaries are emotionally, institutionally, and intellectually committed to victory by winning decisive combat engagements. As just about everyone now knows, the enemy in Afghanistan has largely declined face-to-face battles, which has raised the question of whether it is possible for modern western armies…