At the height of the Cold War, Canada was still holding periodic diplomatic talks with the former Soviet Union and although both countries strongly disagreed with each other, they kept talking. Nowadays, Ottawa has decided to send a message of strong opposition and unwillingness to make the situation less delicate.
Black Lives Matter Toronto spokesperson Yusra Khogali's description of Justin Trudeau as a "white supremacist terrorist" at a recent rally has sparked significant backlash. Shantal Otchere defended the "white supremacist" part of Khogali's statement. Labelling our handsome PM a "terrorist" may be less solid, but it's worth exploring.
Despite the outrage, there is no end in sight to the humanitarian crisis unfolding in Syria. As the war grinds on, very few people have any workable solutions. Even a temporary ceasefire, for which the UN is begging all sides to adhere to in order to allow humanitarian aid in, is almost impossible to achieve -- and looks more distant after Syrian Government forces began closing in on rebel-held territory in East Aleppo over the weekend.
If and when there is a second Cuban Missile Crisis, we need to ask ourselves how the next president of the United States will handle it. Will he react as JFK did 54 years ago, with a clear head, with reason and persuasion, with a strong aversion to the destruction of war, and by appealing to the Russian President's humanity?
As a Korean, I could find many parallels between Korea and Ukraine. Both had suffered Mongol invasion, imperialism, fascism and communism in the past. In recent years, both have been struggling with corruption and the kleptocracy. Ukrainians' hope and aspirations in life are not much different than mine.
Canada has historically been a leading voice for international accountability. Mass violence and mass atrocities being committed in Syria, Ukraine, the Central African Republic and North Korea suggest that states are falling short of their obligations. Expectations are not being met. Canada can and should resuscitate its leadership on this front.