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

Conrad Black | Posted 04.24.2014 | 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 04.22.2014 | 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 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.

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.

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

J.J. McCullough | Posted 03.03.2014 | 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.

Pro-Russian Troops Take Ferry Terminal, Borders In Crimea

AP | DALTON BENNET AND DAVID MCHUGH | Posted 03.03.2014 | Canada

KIEV, Ukraine -- Russia pressed hard Monday for Ukrainian politicians to return to the Feb. 21 agreement that promised a new unity government -- with ...

Canadian Ambassador Recalled, Prep For G8 Suspended

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 03.03.2014 | 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.

No Regrets: Jailed Pussy Riot Member

AP | Posted 09.02.2012 | Canada

BERLIN - Jailed Pussy Riot member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova says she regrets nothing about the band's anti-government performance in a cathedral that got...

Win For Putin Projected

The Associated Press | Posted 05.04.2012 | Canada

AP -- Vladimir Putin swept Sunday's presidential election to return to the Kremlin and extend his hold over Russia for six more years, incomplete retu...

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.