Category World Affairs

Death By Stoning

The outrage seems a little contrived to me. Or maybe it was a slow news day The headline said Brunei, a small southeast Asian nation, was implementing the death penalty for those found guilty of committing homosexual sex or adultery. Those convicted would be stoned to death. My first thought was: “Why is this news? […]

Fighting For Colmar – III

One aspect of the military cemetery in the hills above Colmar and Sigolsheim that I hadn’t considered before was just who fought in the Second World War battles to liberate France. I guess that is a bit of Canadian blindness on my part. Canadian war cemeteries, or at least the ones I have visited, have […]

The Geriatric Vote

There is a certain prestige involved in being the world’s oldest person. The oldest living person on record (Biblical accounts are not considered records in these things) was a Russian woman who died earlier this week, supposedly at age 128. Her age has been disputed – there were no records of her birth, and allegations […]

Reflecting on Brexit

British politicians are only now it seems discovering that actions have consequences. The chaos surrounding the departure of the United Kingdom from the European Union is simply because childhood lessons have been ignored by those who should know better. I understand the frustration many people (in many European countries) have with the EU. I agree […]

The Banana Republic

Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister was at the United Nations this week, demanding an apology from Canada. He feels Canada has treated his country like a “banana republic.” The dispute has been ongoing for a couple of months now – a textbook example of why Twitter shouldn’t be used for foreign policy. Canada’s foreign minister tweeted […]

Talking Trade

When you get thrown under the bus, your first priority is to avoid the wheels. Once you have done that, you figure out your next move. These days Canada’s Prime Minister is doing his best to not get hit by the wheels. Last Monday the US and Mexico announced a trade deal to replace NAFTA, […]

The View From Abroad

German class. Seventeen students from 14 different countries. Apparently, there is one that most of us have in common, aside from our inability to communicate in German. I don’t know how we got on to the topic, but it seems most of the class is thoroughly convinced that Donald Trump is an idiot. From that […]