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A second chance at school

| October 16, 2021 | 0 Comments
A second chance at school

Grace hunches over her desk to write. Watching her, it seems she’s trying to hide her size and blend into the sea of much younger and smaller children around her. She’s 16 and sitting in a Grade 1 classroom in rural Liberia. If you were to flip through her notebook, you would be impressed by […]

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The residential schools tragedy

| October 16, 2021 | 0 Comments
The residential schools tragedy

In May, Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc leaders announced that the loss of children from B.C.’s Kamloops Indian Residential School had been confirmed by ground-penetrating radar. In the press release, Chief Rosanne Casimir said the presence of the graves was known, but the deaths appear to be undocumented and they “sought out a way to confirm that […]

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Wanted: A major reset

| October 16, 2021 | 0 Comments
Wanted: A major reset

Our writer, a former Canadian ambassador to China, says its time to re-examine and restart Canada’s relationship with its second-largest trading partner Both Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Foreign Affairs Minister Marc Garneau have alluded to an upcoming revised engagement strategy with China. This is good news as Canada takes stock of the aggressive path […]

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Hope and hopelessness in Africa

| October 16, 2021 | 0 Comments
Hope and hopelessness in Africa

Hakainde Hichilema’s resounding victory in Zambia’s August presidential poll proves that Africans can abandon identity preferences, resist intimidation by an incumbent regime and oust a sitting autocrat accustomed to rigging elections. Voters in that one southern African country removed president Edgar Lungu, a despot who had increasingly brutalized opponents, curtailed free speech and assembly and […]

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Afghanistan’s grim future

| October 16, 2021 | 0 Comments
Afghanistan’s grim future

“The first, the supreme, the most far-reaching act of judgement that the statesman and commander have to make is to establish the kind of war on which they are embarking,” wrote strategist Carl von Clausewitz in his book, On War. For the soldiers and Marines who were assigned to the U.S. security force in Kabul during the […]

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When church and state clash

| October 16, 2021 | 0 Comments
When church and state clash

The sword and the word: These terms respectively describe the power of the state to make and enforce laws and the power of religion to shape millions of believers. What separates the West from the rest of the world is the (theoretically) strict separation between state and religion. It’s a spirit that also infuses other […]

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Paul Kagame: Rwanda’s despot?

| July 9, 2021 | 0 Comments
Paul Kagame: Rwanda’s despot?

Luring Paul Rusesabagina, the hero of Hotel Rwanda, to Kigali to be tried for “treason” for opposing the regime of President Paul Kagame is hardly the first “clever” Lukashenko-like entrapment of Rwandans who dare to criticize the tight-fisted manner in which Kagame has run his otherwise oft-praised African government. Much earlier, thugs sent by Kagame […]

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Hope and despair coexist in Niger

| July 9, 2021 | 0 Comments
Hope and despair coexist in Niger

Niger is a country of 22 million people in Africa’s Sahel — a region that stretches for thousands of miles south of the Sahara across several countries. One of the poorest countries in the world, it has for decades provided refuge to people forced to flee their homes to escape devastating violence. The Sahel is […]

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China’s options to seize Taiwan

| July 9, 2021 | 0 Comments
China’s options to seize Taiwan

There is much in the news lately about an increase in tensions between China and Taiwan. Beijing sees Taiwan as a renegade province that must be reunited with the mainland. This has been a cornerstone of Chinese national security policy since Mao’s Communist Party’s victory over the Nationalist forces of Chiang Kai-Shek in 1949 and […]

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Iran’s starring role in the May 2021 conflict

| July 9, 2021 | 0 Comments
Iran’s starring role in the May 2021 conflict

The very recent fighting between Israel and the terrorist organizations Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) — both banned in Canada as foreign terrorist entities — is not about age-old grievances between Israel and Palestinians. It is about Iran. During Quds celebrations last year, according to the Associated Press, Iran’s supreme leader Ali Khamenei called […]

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