For war-torn Syria, a diplomatic solution is the only solution

By Richard Forbes. It's fair to say despite political unrest in Syria, the UK and Sweden, a slow news week had crept passed us Canadians by hump day. We - exhausted with the antics of our southern neighbor's president - were resigned to enjoying the finer things in life beyond Donald Trump. Speaking of chutzpah: … Continue reading For war-torn Syria, a diplomatic solution is the only solution

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Sooner or later, Canada will have to wake the sleeping elephant

By Richard Forbes. Living next to you is in some ways like sleeping with an elephant. No matter how friendly and even-tempered is the beast, if I can call it that, one is affected by every twitch and grunt. - Pierre Trudeau. Under the ominous hashtag, #muslimban, Americans and people all around the world tweeted … Continue reading Sooner or later, Canada will have to wake the sleeping elephant

The Trudeau Ethos: What a year in office says about his administration

By Richard Forbes. It was a year ago this week: Justin Trudeau, smiling blissfully, walks through the kitchen of the opulent Queen Elizabeth hotel in Montreal. His victory speech is just minutes away now but first he's to receive his first (and most intimate) of the night's many standing ovations: the kitchen crew, forming lines … Continue reading The Trudeau Ethos: What a year in office says about his administration

The unmaking of a president

By Richard Forbes. As I sip my morning coffee, my aunt says, not “good morning” or ask “how did you sleep?” – no, the first words I heard over breakfast were, “Could Donald Trump resign from the race? I was up last night wondering if he could just... you know...give up.” Oh, what forty eight … Continue reading The unmaking of a president

Let the games begin (sewage and all)

By Elias Weiss. Time to dust up that good ‘ol (reluctant and tempered) patriotism of ours: the Rio Olympics are finally upon us. The Olympics are a celebration of human athletic prowess, an occasion for nations to come together in a spirit of peace and unity. For the next sixteen days, we’ll play witness to the … Continue reading Let the games begin (sewage and all)

Ottawa’s response to the Yezidi Genocide is a debate as old as genocide itself

By Richard Forbes. Over three thousand women and children are being imprisoned and enslaved by ISIL, the UN Human Rights Council reported this week – confirming the fears of many. Women used as sex slaves; children, indoctrinated and exploited as child soldiers; men, missing and presumed dead – the vast majority of these victims of war crimes forced … Continue reading Ottawa’s response to the Yezidi Genocide is a debate as old as genocide itself

On New ISIL Mission: Critics, not Liberals, Guilty of Incoherence

By Richard Forbes, Editor. Featured image via Canadian Armed Forces. Richard Forbes graduated with honours from the University of Waterloo, where he studied Political Science and Philosophy. Winner of the Peter Woolstencroft Prize in Canadian Politics (2015). This article was lovingly typed on his 1949 Royal Quiet De Luxe - made in Canada; when typewriters were tanks, Newfoundland became a … Continue reading On New ISIL Mission: Critics, not Liberals, Guilty of Incoherence