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Obama and Kerry Are Going Too Far To Prove We Are Tolerant and Inclusive

Diane Weber Bederman | Posted 04.03.2014 | Canada
Diane Weber Bederman

This ethic came under attack in the 20th century when Frans Boaz and Bertrand Russell introduced moral and cultural relativism. Boaz wrote there were no inferior or superior cultures, that all were equal and couldn't be ordered in an evolutionary scale. Russell believed the survival of democracy required tolerance and understanding of others.

How the Keystone Pipeline Will Shut Putin Down

Diane Francis | Posted 03.31.2014 | Canada Politics
Diane Francis

A Keystone bomb would deliver several payloads: punishment toward anti-American Venezuela; proceeds toward Canada which buys more goods and services from the U.S. than the European Union does; punishment toward Russia by casting into the markets more Venezuelan oil and replacement of Venezuelan oil with Canadian oil that is $30 a barrel cheaper.

NSA REFORM

CP | Eileen Sullivan, The Associated Press | Posted 03.25.2014 | Canada

WASHINGTON - The White House wants the National Security Agency to get out of the business of sweeping up and storing vast amounts of data on American...

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

Diane Francis | Posted 03.19.2014 | 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).

The West Should Butt Out of Ukrainian Politics

Jackson Doughart | Posted 03.05.2014 | Canada Politics
Jackson Doughart

The West, and especially the English-speaking West, has wrongly taken sides in the present conflict in Ukraine. Instead of making empty promises or threats, our message should be clear and decisive: "What is happening in Ukraine is a matter that its population has to sort out for itself. But, if asked, we will work with all interested parties to mediate a speedy and peaceful resolution." No more, no less.

What's Good For Oil Sands Companies is Not What's Good For Canada

DeSmog Canada | Posted 04.07.2014 | Canada
DeSmog Canada

We're producing so much oil sands crude that we've overwhelmed cross-border pipeline capacity. Now the industry is stuck in a Catch-22. Profit margins have dropped dramatically. To reassure investors, bitumen miners talk about dramatically expanding production. But the more we produce, the more we exacerbate the supply glut.

Canada Should Listen to Australia on Internet Censorship

David Christopher | Posted 03.10.2014 | Canada Politics
David Christopher

Now, our friends in Australia are sounding the alarm about how the Trans-Pacific Partnership could wreak havoc on Canada's economy. Australians know well the economic damage that unbalanced and extreme Internet censorship rules can cause.

What Oil-By-Rail Could Do to the Keystone XL Decision

Carol Linnitt | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Carol Linnitt

Could rail realistically provide an alternative to the Keystone XL, aiding in the expansion of Canada's highly-polluting tar sands? The Keystone XL will undoubtedly support tar sands production, promote continued tar sands investment, and contribute to Canada's already-significant greenhouse gas output.

This is the End of Civil Discussion

Jeff Paterson | Posted 10.28.2013 | Canada Politics
Jeff Paterson

I'm no John Ivison, Christie Blatchford, Chantal Hebert, Ezra Levant, Christopher Hume, Andrew Coyne or Margaret Wente. Heck, you could find bloggers...

We've Never Seen Anything Like it Before

David Christopher | Posted 12.02.2013 | Canada
David Christopher

What an incredible response! It's been just a few days since OpenMedia launched our 'No to Internet Censorship' letter calling on world leaders not to...

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.

Obama's Plan to Punish Assad Is Not Nearly Enough

Jackson Doughart | Posted 11.03.2013 | Canada
Jackson Doughart

Obama's "small footprint" action will, even if authorized by Congress, likely produce no advantageous consequence vis-à-vis American interests in Syria, but could illicit all of the bad consequences that are inevitably associated with acts of war. As the sports types say, he should go big or stay home.

Pipelines Create Jobs. Or Do They?

Sandy Garossino | Posted 10.06.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Sandy Garossino

There's a big dust-up between Barack Obama and Keystone XL proponents over how many jobs the pipeline is projected to produce.This debate can be summarized by asking the question: "How many jobs do you want it to produce?" Whatever your answer, it's not hard to find someone to support your claim.

With Latest Comments on Keystone XL, Obama Favouring Environment Over Economy

Kenneth P. Green | Posted 09.30.2013 | Canada Politics
Kenneth P. Green

Keystone watchers are in something of a swivet over comments made by U.S. President Barack Obama in a recent interview with The New York Times. Mr. Ob...

Snowden is a Heretic, Not a Hero

Diane Francis | Posted 08.31.2013 | Canada
Diane Francis

His motivation aside, there is no debate that Snowden broke the law and should go to prison. But his methods are important and will determine what happens next. U.S. lawmakers have been demanding answers from intelligence officials on how Snowden, a high-school dropout, got his hands on the country's top-secret programs.

Obama's Oscar Surprise Angers Right-Wingers

CP | Lee-Anne Goodman, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.27.2013 | Canada Politics

WASHINGTON - In a country where anything to do with the Obamas can set off a partisan firestorm, conservative commentators vented spleen on Monday abo...

Obama Will High-Five Keystone -- and Flip Environmentalists the Bird

Mitch Wolfe | Posted 04.17.2013 | Canada Business
Mitch Wolfe

I do not think Obama will impose a carbon tax. That would require Congressional consent. And he will never get that. But he will not kibosh the Keystone pipeline either. There are too many jobs on the line. If Obama nixed Keystone, he would lose the Senate.

Watching the Watchdog: Obama's Been Playing the Part Too Long

Tim Knight | Posted 04.17.2013 | Canada
Tim Knight

This week, in his fifth State of the Union address, Obama showed every sign of no longer believing in his words. He was Hamlet, unable to make up his mind, over-trained and over-rehearsed. This Obama speech was so flat, so monotonous, so uninteresting. But Florida Senator Marco Rubio had been carefully chosen by the Republican Party bigwigs to offer the party's answer to Obama. The Republicans must be insane.

Should The Next Liberal Leader Follow Obama's Lead?

Errol P. Mendes | Posted 03.27.2013 | Canada Politics
Errol P. Mendes

President Obama's liberal warrior call happens at the same time as the Liberal Party of Canada seeks not only a new leader, but also to reclaim its place as the alternative to the hard right government of Stephen Harper that has more in common with the hard right of the Republican Party than the Progressive Conservative Party of Diefenbaker, Joe Clark and Mulroney.

Obama Understands There's More to a Country Than Politics -- Values Matter Too

Diane Weber Bederman | Posted 03.26.2013 | Canada
Diane Weber Bederman

The state and the clergy have two different purposes, but they are not at cross purposes. History shows that nations that thrive are those that care for the stranger, the other, the weak and the poor, the widow and the orphan. Nations that thrive include religion in the public square.

Beyonce, Lip-Sync: Singer Faked National Anthem At Obama Inauguration

HuffPost Canada Music | Joshua Ostroff | Posted 01.22.2013 | Canada Music

Say it ain't so, Beyonce. While hardly a scandal on the level of, say, Lance Armstrong, reports are now surfacing that Beyonce's flawless performa...

Sunny Freeman

The Road Forward: Canada Looks To Obama For Leadership

HuffingtonPost.com | Sunny Freeman | Posted 01.19.2013 | Canada Politics

TORONTO -- As Barack Obama swears the oath of office at his second inauguration Jan. 21, the Canadian government and its people are looking for leader...

Don't Let 26 Deaths Be in Vain -- Demand Change

Joan Sutton | Posted 02.17.2013 | Canada Living
Joan Sutton

We cannot anticipate such senseless slaughter. But we can make the next one more difficult. America does not have any more mentally handicapped, disturbed, or mad people than any other country. What it does have is more guns. We cannot make sense of what happened in Newtown. We can only try to give this senseless massacre some purpose other than a cathartic outpouring of grief.

New Year's Business Resolution: Think Big Data

Paul Barter | Posted 02.16.2013 | Canada Business
Paul Barter

On the heels of big data grabbing headlines the world over for its role in President Obama's re-election, could 2013 be the year big data makes the big leap into the mainstream, especially business? The task ahead of us is to take the promise of big data and realize it in every department and in every industry. Some surprising pioneers are already leading the way.

No Time for Emotions, Let's Talk About Gun Control

Daniel Alexandre Portoraro | Posted 02.13.2013 | Canada
Daniel Alexandre Portoraro

What exactly is so "unthinkable" about Friday's school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, when it almost seems to happen on a regular basis? There is public outpouring of "sentiment" across all forms of social media and then...Nothing. It's time for the supposedly sentimental to drop the notion that this is not the moment for discussion, but rather the time for emotion and prayer. President Obama should not be crying, the flag should not be lowered; they ought to do away with temporary sentimentality, and finally take action regarding gun control. After all, with so many of these types of tragedies under their belt, shouldn't the Americans be rather immune to this sort of thing?