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Why Geopolitics, Not Economics, Governs Russia's Crimea Decision

Sam Singh | Posted 03.15.2014 | Canada
Sam Singh

Despite the very tangible political or economic benefits it could bring, Russia never considered peacefully ceding any of its remaining territorial holdings to its neighbours. During the 1998 financial crisis for example, President Boris Yeltsin never thought of selling the sparsely populated, almost vestigial property of Sakhalin Island in the north Pacific to a cash-rich, land-poor Japan, even as Russia desperately needed hard currency to prop up a crashing ruble. If and when Crimea votes to leave Ukraine for Russia, Western economic sanctions will surely follow if Russia happily embraces the peninsula.

Canada Fails the Test of a Good Society

Bernie Farber | Posted 03.03.2014 | Canada Politics
Bernie Farber

Chris Alexander, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, is attempting to justify the recent changes to the refugee determination system and refugee health care with divisive language and misrepresentation of the facts. This is not a reasonable way to develop public policy that affects some of the most vulnerable people in the world.

Has the Tymoshenko Brand Gone Stale?

Michael Bociurkiw | Posted 02.26.2014 | Canada
Michael Bociurkiw

With the Ex-Ukranian PM, Yulia Tymoshenko, announcing Monday that she will be leaving to Germany for medical treatment it is now clear that she will not be written into the new political narrative. The future appears to belong to younger, untarnished politicians such as former heavyweight boxer Vitali Klitschko.

Let the Ukrainians Vote On EU or Russia Once and For All

Diane Francis | Posted 02.26.2014 | Canada
Diane Francis

Russia is home to the biggest Ukrainian diaspora in the world, an estimated 20 million or so persons of Ukrainian descent live there. The Russian minority in Ukraine is estimated to be as high as 40 per cent of its 45 million population. Frankly, if a division along EU versus Russia lines exist the country as now constituted is untenable.

Ukraine Has No Choice But to Join the EU

Diane Francis | Posted 02.21.2014 | Canada Politics
Diane Francis

Ukraine's Orange Revolution 2.0 has been underway for months and crowds are now demanding that the President leave office. Ukraine's only hope is to join the European Union because its leaders have proven to be corrupt and undemocratic or ineffectual. The EU would, as it has with other former Soviet satellites, become steward and provide a template for modernization of Ukraine. Yanukovych and Putin alike have overplayed their hand by authorizing snipers to murder innocent people in the streets of Kiev.

6 Reasons Canada Won't Share America's Economic Growth in 2014

Diane Francis | Posted 02.26.2014 | Canada Business
Diane Francis

Consumer debt is Canada is worrisomely high. The housing bubble in Ontario, condo craziness, has forced prices for all real estate upwards, and increased borrowing, with the result that Canadians now have switched places with the Americans as holders of the highest consumer debt.

U.S. and Canada Should Become Partners in the Arctic

Diane Francis | Posted 02.12.2014 | Canada Politics
Diane Francis

The fact is that Canada may announce claims, but it's too little too late and quite beside the point. Canada is not even in the Arctic game and cannot catch up unless it invests hundreds of billions of dollars or, alternatively, joins forces with the rich and powerful United States. Here's why.

Is North America Ready for the Ring, or the Gym?

Christopher Sands | Posted 02.05.2014 | Canada Business
Christopher Sands

The Obama administration, the Harper government and the Peña Nieto administration in Mexico all hope to boost economic growth and create jobs by opening up global markets and letting the best North American firms and workers compete. Before stepping into the ring with the world's heavyweight economies, North America needs to listen to Muhammad Ali.

Rescuing Ukraine's Tarnished Image

Michael Bociurkiw | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
Michael Bociurkiw

An elderly Ukrainian woman waiting patiently to cast her ballot in last year's Parliamentary elections. Credit: Michael Bociurkiw Just a few sh...

Does Monsanto Deserve a Prize for Agriculture?

Sangita Iyer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Sangita Iyer

If you thought our global food crisis can't get any worse, guess who's winning this year's Nobel Prize of Agriculture? Robert T Fraley, Executive VP of Monsanto is one of the recipients of this prestigious award (equivalent to the Oscars) on World Food Day October 16 for creating genetically modified organism (GMO).

You're Living in a G-Zero World

Diane Francis | Posted 11.08.2013 | Canada Politics
Diane Francis

The G20 summit this week, and the growing Syrian catastrophe, underscores the reality that we are living in a G-zero world. The bonds that once held nations together have severed, and there is nothing close to an international consensus on any hot-button matter being discussed today. Welcome to the G-Zero world, where we exist in a geopolitical power vacuum as the west declines and emerging nations (China, India) concentrate on their own domestic problems. It may be this way for a long while.

The Hidden Genocide of Muslims

Diane Weber Bederman | Posted 10.28.2013 | Canada
Diane Weber Bederman

I've been reading about the war in Burma/Myanmar. It's a conflict between the Buddhist Burmese majority and approximately 800,000 Royhingya Muslims in the Arakan (Rakhine) State. They are among the world's least wanted and most persecuted people.

"Thank You, Canada!" From Europe's Youngest State

Enver Hoxhaj | Posted 09.21.2013 | Canada
Enver Hoxhaj

On my official visit to Canada this week, I want to thank Canadians for all that you have done to support the sovereignty and security of Kosovo, the youngest state in Europe and a new member of the worldwide family of multi-ethnic democracies. Canada recognized Kosovo shortly after the country declared independence in 2008 and now our nations have full diplomatic relations.

Why Canada Still Needs the CBC

Jennifer Blastorah | Posted 07.12.2013 | Canada Politics
Jennifer Blastorah

In recent days there has been much focus on the CBC and the government's intentions to control it. Provisions in Bill C-60 will effectively change the way the CBC is run and funded. But why should we care? And what does it mean for us as Canadians?

Island Of Tranquility?

CP | Juergen Baetz And Don Melvin, The Associated Press | Posted 05.24.2013 | Canada Business

BRUSSELS - Cyprus secured a package of rescue loans in tense, last-ditch negotiations early Monday, two EU diplomats said, saving the country from a b...

You Can't Predict Politics, So Here Are My 2013 Wishes

Werner Patels | Posted 03.10.2013 | Canada Politics
Werner Patels

Choosing six out of 49 numbers that will turn you into a millionaire is an easier task than predicting the political events and outcomes of 2013. I have therefore decided to list my wishes for the New Year instead. We need clear priorities across the country.

The EU Won the Nobel Peace Prize, Fair and Square

Tim Knight | Posted 12.14.2012 | Canada
Tim Knight

Right now, Europe is having serious economic and social problems. But that's no reason to challenge the award of the Nobel Peace prize to the European Union. When it comes to handing out peace prizes, you can't ask for a lot more than traditional enemies beating their swords into ploughshares. And lions lying down with lambs. This Peace Prize is truly well-deserved.

When In Rome, Push For Consensus

CP | Colleen Barry,Frances D'Emilio, The Associated Press | Posted 08.21.2012 | Canada Business

ROME - The leaders of France, Germany, Italy and Spain have agreed to push for a growth package worth up to €130 billion ($163 billion) at a Europea...

If the Europeans Can Make a Union Work, Maybe the Arabs Can

Qais Ghanem, MD | Posted 07.29.2012 | Canada
Qais Ghanem, MD

It is no secret that the idea of amalgamating into a single country, which was farthest away from the minds of the rulers of these countries, was only contemplated as a direct result of the Arab Spring which toppled several Arab dictators who were thought to be completely invincible, and left the rest of them asking "Who will be next?" Now more than ever, a union of the Arab Gulf states is possible.

Why Won't Canada's Troubled Friends Take Our Advice?

Christopher Sands | Posted 07.22.2012 | Canada
Christopher Sands

The G8 Summit was oddly clarifying: With Europe riven with divisions over the euro and the sclerosis of welfare states in aging societies, the United States wrapped up in increasingly parochial domestic politics, Japan adrift and Russia backsliding into authoritarianism, Canada stood alone as a country with healthy economic prospects and a stable government.

Greece Must Go -- and Quebec's Students Too

Diane Francis | Posted 07.22.2012 | Canada Business
Diane Francis

Quebec's unruly students are no different than the Greeks. Both have enjoyed free rides for years, both are being asked to pay their share of the tab and both are refusing to do so. The Greeks are going to fall behind the Romanians in living standards in short order while the students are making a fuss over a pittance. That makes the Quebec students, in a sense, even more irresponsible.

What Does Allan Greenspan Think of the Eurozone Crisis?

Diane Francis | Posted 07.15.2012 | Canada Business
Diane Francis

For nearly 20 years, Alan Greenspan was the most powerful banker in the world as chairman of the Federal Reserve Board until 2006. Here, Greenspan speaks with National Post Editor-at-Large, and Huffington Post contributor Diane Francis regarding the eurozone crisis.

What do the Elections in Greece and France Have in Common?

Peter Worthington | Posted 07.10.2012 | Canada
Peter Worthington

For starters, the status quo in both countries has been capsized. Voters in both countries reject austerity measures that were imposed to save the euro and avoid bankruptcy, and to deter some countries bailing out of the 17-country European Union.

Ukraine's Braided Heroine is Being Beaten, Where's Canadian Outrage?

Peter Worthington | Posted 07.10.2012 | Canada
Peter Worthington

Today, Canadian Ukrainians should be thinking about the leader of the Orange Revolution, Yulia Tymoshenko, the braided once-prime minister of the Ukraine, who is currently on a hunger strike, and being beaten in her prison cell.

Lobbying Stand Between Good Ideas and Results

Andrew Cooper | Posted 07.07.2012 | Canada Business
Andrew Cooper

From a political economy perspective however, the important question is how these debates play out at the policy, and political level. Do what for most detached observers seem like good ideas actually stand up to pressures from lobbying exerted by interests that want to dilute, or further delay the introduction of these regulations (formally expected to be phased in from January 2013)?