The deep social scars will take a long time to heal

How do Canadians wash away the shame of the slaughter of six men in a mosque in Quebec City?

The deep social scars will take a long time to healRED DEER, Alta. Feb. 3, 2017 /Troy Media/ – No society is perfect. Tragedy has a way of turning blemishes into scars – scars that take a long time to heal. Canadians can now drop the smug pretence that we’re superior to the vast number of nations on this planet. We, too, have fundamental social…

Trudeau and the Aga Khan: A storm in a Bahamas teacup

Justin Trudeau's relationship with the Aga Khan is a healthy thing for Canadians and the Islam world in these troubled times

Trudeau and the Aga Khan: A storm in a Bahamas teacupEDMONTON, Alta. Jan. 23, 2017 /Troy Media/ – On Dec. 31, as Canada was about to inaugurate its 150th year, some sharp-eyed reporters noticed something wrong: the prime minister was absent. Where was Justin Trudeau? He and his family were on a private island in the Caribbean visiting the Aga Khan. Apart from criticizing the PM…

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 weaknessPORTLAND, Ore. Jan. 16, 2017 /Troy Media/ – If 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…

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…

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 warPORTLAND, Ore. Dec. 23, 2016/ Troy Media/ – On 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…

The West is not to blame for the Aleppo tragedy

Forgive me for not wanting Canada to get involved in this game, other than to take in and support as many refugees as we can

The West is not to blame for the Aleppo tragedyRED DEER, Alta. Dec. 19, 2016/Troy Media/ – The tenuous ceasefire in Aleppo has allowed a heartbreaking, stuttering exodus of residents, fleeing whoever it is who will take over their ruined city next. And the flow of these now-refugees raises deep concerns – and plenty of blame. Just don't blame the West. Syria's civil war has resulted in a nation that not…

Our border is also likely to tighten under Trump

Trump may well remind Canadians that the "special access" to the U.S. they feel entitled to is not a view shared by Americans

Our border is also likely to tighten under TrumpNEW YORK, Nov. 27, 2016/ Troy Media/ - So much attention has been focused on the possibility of the incoming Trump administration building a wall along the U.S. southern border with Mexico that scant attention has been paid to the much longer border that the United States shares with Canada. Canadians should be prepared for…

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 actorPORTLAND, Ore. Oct. 30, 2016/ Troy Media/ – Turkey'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.…

Pierre Trudeau and Canada’s October Crisis

Invoking the War Measures Act was an iconic moment in the former prime minister's career, but was it just authoritarian posturing?

Pierre Trudeau and Canada’s October CrisisTORONTO, Ont. Oct. 27, 2016/ Troy Media/ – It was an iconic and defining moment in Pierre Trudeau’s political career. Confronted by CBC reporter Tim Ralfe about the presence of soldiers on Ottawa’s streets in the autumn of 1970, Trudeau gave no quarter. Ralfe’s questioning about the prime minister’s decision to deploy the military was persistent and…

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 ObamaPORTLAND, Ore. Oct. 9, 2016/ Troy Media/ - The [popup url="https://www.troymedia.com/2016/09/16/yet-another-syrian-cease-fire/" height="1000" width="1200" scrollbars="1"]Syrian ceasefire[/popup] 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…