• Wiretrap: Trump’s Tweet War with US Intelligence

    Wiretrap: Trump’s Tweet War with US Intelligence

    • March 21, 2017

    Early one Saturday morning, March 4, President Trump took to his favourite bully pulpit to issue his most infamous tweet — that President Obama had wiretapped his Trump Towers residence during the 2016 election — using various trigger words, including “McCarthyism.” Since then he has doubled-down on this preposterous claim at every opportunity, going so

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  • Canada–China Free Trade Part 2: Forging an Agreement

    Canada–China Free Trade Part 2: Forging an Agreement

    • March 10, 2017

    by John Gruetzner and Phil Calvert A new free trade agreement with China, in whatever form it takes, should be advanced within the context of a broader strategy for Canada’s engagement with China, particularly (but not exclusively) the strategy of expanding the commercial relationship. This should be a coherent, pan-Canadian approach with the support and

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  • Canada–China Free Trade Part 1: Business before Politics

    Canada–China Free Trade Part 1: Business before Politics

    • March 10, 2017

    by John Gruetzner and Phil Calvert Canada and China have begun exploratory discussions on a possible free trade agreement (FTA). Expanding Canada’s economic ties with China and moving the commercial relationship forward is a positive step. If it is properly titled, conceived, and well negotiated, a new binding contract that reduce barriers to trade could

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  • #rezist: Protest in Romania

    #rezist: Protest in Romania

    • March 9, 2017

    by Teodor Lucian Moga In the past weeks, Romanians have staged the largest mass protests since the country’s break from Communist rule in 1989. On Sunday, February 27, several thousand protesters gathered in front of the government building in Bucharest’s Victory Square — the usual rendezvous since demonstrations began on January 31 — forming a

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  • Humanitarian Action on the Front Lines

    Humanitarian Action on the Front Lines

    • March 1, 2017

    by Dominik Stillhart The ICRC is mandated by the international community to assist and protect those affected by conflict or violence, including promoting international humanitarian law, monitoring respect for that law, and assisting people affected by war. This mandate reflects the ideas of Henry Dunant, a private Swiss businessman who witnessed more than 40,000 dead

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  • CANZUK: Marching Backward to Empire

    CANZUK: Marching Backward to Empire

    • February 24, 2017

    “As Prime Minister, I will actively pursue a Canada, UK, Australia, New Zealand trade and security pact, including freedom to live, work, and invest in these countries.” So says Conservative leadership candidate Erin O’Toole on his website — a bold vision, borrowed from a previous century. “CANZUK,” the working name for this pact, is meant to build on a common language,

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