• Trump should try on the velvet glove in dealing with Moscow

    Trump should try on the velvet glove in dealing with Moscow

    • April 15, 2017

    Every country in the world, Canada included, is scrambling to catch up to some breathtaking changes in the fundamental approach of the United States to global politics. These changes were prompted by the Trump administration’s reactions to the use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime in Syria against civilians in a rebel-held town. Gone,

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  • Trump and Syria: After Cruise Missiles, What?

    Trump and Syria: After Cruise Missiles, What?

    • April 7, 2017

    The United States has moved swiftly and dramatically to punish the Syrian regime for its use of chemical weapons against civilians in a recent attack on a rebel-held town in Northern Syria. On Thursday evening, US warships off the coast of Syria launched a barrage of cruise missiles against a Syrian airfield. US intelligence had

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  • Illegal but Legitimate? The Consequences of US Action in Syria

    Illegal but Legitimate? The Consequences of US Action in Syria

    • April 7, 2017

    The United States has fired missiles at the Syrian military. This is a dramatic escalation in the horrific Syrian conflict. It is also the most legally doubtful use of military force by a NATO state in recent history. To be clear, the regime of Bashar al-Assad has itself transgressed most bounds of international law and

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  • Trump vs. the Climate, Round 1

    Trump vs. the Climate, Round 1

    • April 6, 2017

    Trump’s executive order, “Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth,” is the latest and perhaps most wide-ranging assault on climate change policy under the Obama administration in the US. Much has already been said about it, with excellent commentaries here, here, and here. In this post, I want to highlight four specific aspects, important in particular

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  • The New Colossus

    The New Colossus

    • March 30, 2017

    by Ruth Bradley-St-Cyr “Give me your tired, your poor,/ Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free…” The words inscribed at the base of the statue of Liberty are famous, and yet hardly anyone knows that they are from a sonnet called “The New Colossus” and hardly anyone could name the poet, Emma Lazarus. She shares

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  • 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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