Cold War

The "Russian Edison" Changed Our World for the Better

Leah Morrigan | Posted 09.26.2014 | Canada
Leah Morrigan

Have you ever heard of Leon Theremin? If you don't know him but you like electronic music or have ever used a toll road transponder, or even if you've noticed the square tag on the side of a peanut butter jar at the grocery store, you have Leon Theremin to thank. The early 20th century Russian-born inventor developed technologies that have and will continue to change our world.

EXCERPT: The Spy I Brought in From the Cold

Peter Worthington | Posted 07.09.2014 | Canada
Peter Worthington

For some time, Olga had been talking in riddles, dropping hints, making provocative comments. Once when I had remarked on her relatively good life in Moscow, she replied: "It is better to be a free sparrow than a caged canary." I had ignored all hints, aware they might be a trap.

Ukraine's Breakup Has Nothing To Do With Russia or Washington

Diane Francis | Posted 05.19.2014 | Canada
Diane Francis

Crimea is a pity, and likely victimized by Moscow pressure, but the reality is that Ukraine is a failed state without a government, a constitution that can be enforced, an army that can be called upon to defend its people or an economy. If I lived in Crimea I'd vote for the devil I know (Moscow) rather than the devils to come (Kiev).

Why Putin's Attempts to Annex Crimea Would Never Fly in Canada

J.J. McCullough | Posted 05.03.2014 | Canada Politics
J.J. McCullough

2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg You can argue -- as I do -- that Canada's too immigrant-friendly and too multicultural, but the reality remains that ethnic diversity is now a basic Canadian fact of life. Upholding this nation's territorial and political integrity therefore requires a staunch commitment to the principle that national governments have a right to govern multicultural populations, and even stauncher opposition to any notion that foreign nation-states possess a right to infringe the sovereignty of others in order to protect "their" people living abroad. Canada is a country that worries about foreigners. But it's also a country that has a right to worry about itself.

Canada Needs to Think More Like a Company

Diane Francis | Posted 02.02.2014 | Canada Business
Diane Francis

Facts are that the new cold war is like the old one but is about conquering markets and resources. Canadians and Americans must join this economic weapon race and creating a trade sales force through embassies is a decent beginning. But much more needs to be done in concert with the Americans.

Cold War, Hot Songs: Best Tunes To Emerge From Fear Of Nuclear War

HuffPost Canada Music | Aaaron Brophy | Posted 08.29.2013 | Canada Music

The United Nations has declared August 29 the International Day Against Nuclear Tests, "a day in which educational events, activities and messages aim...

Let Them Eat Borscht

Peter Worthington | Posted 04.26.2012 | Canada
Peter Worthington

The Soviet Union once sought to intimidate, undermine, influence, subvert, exploit, deceive, penetrate, and dominate every country it had dealings with -- friendly or otherwise. It was paranoid and paralyzed by its dependence on the secret police. But today, the best course of action with Russia is to leave the damn country alone.

Cheer Up Folks! Things Could be Worse

Conrad Black | Posted 04.02.2012 | Canada
Conrad Black

Grumpy and worried though Americans may be, they can take some comfort from the fact that unlike in China, 60 per cent of the wealthy do not want to emigrate, and unlike Russia according to recent polls, nor do about 40 per cent of their whole population.

Gorbachev's Legacy of Peace

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 01.21.2012 | Canada Politics
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Shaking his head, with eyes downcast, Mikhail Gorbachev admitted to us he has made mistakes and would have done many things differently if he had the chance. We asked him what his legacy would be. His reply: "Freedom, and the elimination of nuclear weapons in our time."

CIA Secretly Kept Eye On Canada During Cold War

CP | Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.07.2011 | Canada

OTTAWA - The CIA secretly painted Pierre Trudeau as a politician torn between being a leader of the Third World and a genuine player with global indu...

RCMP Spied On Scholar Northrop Frye: Files

The Canadian Press | Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.23.2011 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Canada's intelligence service spied on renowned literary scholar Northrop Frye, closely eyeing his involvement in the anti-Vietnam War movement, an academic forum on China and efforts to end apartheid in South Africa.

Newly released archival records show the RCMP Security Service relied on a secret informant to help compile a 142-page file on the esteemed University of Toronto professor, who died in 1991 at age 78.

Canada's $6M Cleanup

The Canadian Press | Posted 09.08.2011 | Canada

THE CANADIAN PRESS -- OTTAWA - The cleanup of two Canadian Forces bases in Germany that closed after the Cold War cost Canada millions of dollars, new...