Our Leaders Need To Shed The Corrupting Influence Of Weapons

Harith Chaudhary | Posted 04.11.2017 | Canada Politics
Harith Chaudhary

We have a problem, rather, a preoccupation with power. It is human nature to want and crave it, but the ways we get it and keep it are usually inhumane. The simplest, most base feeling of power is that of physical might. The ability to defeat one's foes in combat.

Dealing With Trolls In A Donald Trump World

Jeff Paterson | Posted 01.24.2017 | Canada Living
Jeff Paterson

Back when the primaries kicked off, the trolls found a common hero in Trump. Someone on the outside the norm of the establishment, someone not taken seriously. Someone himself a master at getting reactions from making a single statement. I mean, that's the whole purpose of trolling, isn't it? Get people defensive and engage them to react with real emotions and sincerity.

Trump's U.S.-Russia Relationship Won't Be Built On Mutual Respect

Simon Palamar | Posted 01.12.2017 | Canada Politics
Simon Palamar

The U.S. won't get a better relationship by ignoring the Kremlin's efforts to run roughshod over the most fundamental institutions in U.S. democracy. Doing so sends one message and one message only: that the American president is weak, inviting further interference in U.S. domestic affairs.

Putin Wants To Sit With The G7 Leaders Again

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.19.2016 | Canada Politics

Russian officials dropped hints all day Friday that a deal might be the works for Putin to attend the next summit after missing two consecutive meetings.

'Putinsanity' Energizes Nascent Democratic Movements In Sub-Saharan Africa

David Himbara | Posted 03.10.2015 | Canada Politics
David Himbara

I have borrowed the term "Putinsanity" from Daniel Kaufmann, a renowned economist who specializes in governance. Kaufmann used the term in 2012 after Vladimir Putin was re-elected as president of Russia once again. But what has Putinsanity got to do with Sub-Saharan Africa?

Russia Accuses Baird Of Being Provocative

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 01.07.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Comments that Canada's foreign minister has made about the ongoing crisis in the Ukraine has stirred up the ire of Russian officials.Russia's...

Canada Won't Impose Tough Sanctions On This Russian Industry

CP | Alexander Panetta, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.24.2014 | Canada Politics

NEW YORK -- For all its much-touted toughness in imposing economic sanctions against Russia, Canada has been significantly more timid against one part...

Putin Isn't Crazy, He's Ruthless

Diane Francis | Posted 09.28.2014 | Canada Politics
Diane Francis

The facts are that Putin is not erratic or crazy, but is rational and predictable. He knows the West is divided and he is executing his plan like the KGB officer that he is. He wants total control over Europe's gas markets, and accompanying influence, and has done, and will do, whatever it takes to achieve this.

Joe Biden Once Looked At Putin And Said 'I Don't Think You Have A Soul'

Posted 07.22.2014 | Canada

Vice President Joe Biden's foreign policy work -- including an interesting exchange he says he had with Russian President Vladimir Putin -- is closely...

Putin Does Not Like Being Compared To Hitler

CP | Andrew Woodcock, Press Association, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.24.2014 | Canada Politics

ST PETERSBURG, Russia - Russian President Vladimir Putin has described the Prince of Wales's reported comparison of him with Adolf Hitler as "unaccept...

The Bizarre, Unintentional Way Obama May Slow Down Iran's Nuclear Development

Conrad Black | Posted 07.21.2014 | Canada Politics
Conrad Black

The Iranians allegedly do not want talks to break down because of a likely Israeli air attack, which though it would not be permanently incapacitating, would do great damage, retard development, and could be repeated as needed at intervals. The Vienna talks will have one more session before breaking for the summer. Though no one seriously expected that they would achieve an agreement, the Iranians have apparently put their program on hold, without rolling it back very far.

Ukraine Must Play Tough After This Week's Election

Diane Francis | Posted 07.19.2014 | Canada Politics
Diane Francis

If Ukraine calls Putin's bluff, Russia's stability may be shaken and certainly western Europe's indifference will be. Putin's nationalistic narrative has temporarily supplanted the protests in his own country and allowed him to impose repressive measures, but his power is fragile.

The Ukraine Crisis Is the Most Irritating Example of How NATO Has Eroded

Conrad Black | Posted 06.24.2014 | Canada Politics
Conrad Black

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization was the most successful alliance in world history, as it contained the threat of Soviet imperialism and international communism in the West for 50 years, until the Soviet Union disintegrated, without an exchange of a single pistol shot between the two sides. Today, every two weeks or so, we see a new demonstration of the fruit of weakness and delusional misjudgment in the chancelleries of the West, where formerly, great, or at least consistent and sensible, statesmen ruled. One dares not ask where it will all end, for fear that the logical answer spring from the mists of the unthinkable and legitimize the antics of the Russian gangster-state.

Why Putin Is Popular: An Aristotelian Explanation

Robert M. Cutler | Posted 06.22.2014 | Canada Politics
Robert M. Cutler

What is the origin of Vladimir Putin's new popularity (approval rating) in Russian public opinion polls? The usual answer that it is due to the nationalist rallying in the wake of the invasion of Crimea. This is only a part of the story.

How the Keystone Pipeline Will Shut Putin Down

Diane Francis | Posted 05.31.2014 | 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.

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).

The West Should Butt Out of Ukrainian Politics

Jackson Doughart | Posted 05.05.2014 | 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.

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.

Canadian Ambassador Recalled, Prep For G8 Suspended

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 05.01.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Ominous developments in Ukraine have prompted Prime Minister Stephen Harper to strongly condemn Russia military intervention in the country w...

Ukraine Has No Choice But to Join the EU

Diane Francis | Posted 04.23.2014 | 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.

WATCH: Putin's Facebook Look Back Is As Creepy As It Gets

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 02.09.2014 | Canada

OK, OK, we know you're getting tired of these Facebook look back videos, but come on, this is Vladimir Putin. And this retrospective on the Russia...

Sochi Olympics: Remembering Sergei Magnitsky

Irwin Cotler | Posted 04.08.2014 | Canada Politics
Irwin Cotler

Thus, as the world prepares to gather in Russia in the Olympic spirit of unity and fellowship, those Russians who have been and still are victimized and persecuted by their own government must be front-of-mind. Indeed, their cause -- and that of Sergei Magnitksy -- must continue to burn brightly even after the extinguishing of Sochi's Olympic flame.

Putin: Discrimination? What Discrimination?

CP | Lynn Berry, The Associated Press | Posted 11.03.2013 | Canada

NOVO-OGARYOVO, Russia - President Vladimir Putin sought to ease concerns that Russia's new anti-gay law would be used to punish athletes who display r...

Davos: Nation-States Are Brands Now

Diane Francis | Posted 04.02.2013 | Canada
Diane Francis

President Vladimir Putin's gift of citizenship and 13 per cent tax rates to French actor Gerard Depardieu highlighted the next phase of globalization:...

The Depardieu Saga Is Oscar-Worthy

Diane Francis | Posted 03.16.2013 | Canada Business
Diane Francis

I've always enjoyed Gérard Depardieu as an actor, but his most recent role, as an international tax dodger, is pure Academy Award quality. For those unaware of his theatrics, Depardieu left France last month in a huff over its proposed 75% income taxes on rich people. This is ironic: His surname in French sounds like it could mean "departure of God" in English.