“You have the hair to be president, sir.”  —a staffer to Rod Blagojevich  For those who’ve forgotten Rod Blagojevich, let us refresh your memory. He was the former governor of Illinois who was sentenced to a 14 years in federal prison after being convicted of corruption and solicitation of bribery. He was caught trying to sell Barack Obama’s vacant senate seat to the highest bidder. For those who’ve forgotten what Blagojevich looked like, he did, indeed, have a spectacular head of hair. It was a veritable mane. And for those who think the staffer’s quote was so trivial...

July 31, 2017

By David Macaray

September 10, 2017

By Elvin Aghayev

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In recent weeks, relations between the United States and North Korea have sharply deteriorated, prompting panic as the world wonders if wildcard President Donald Trump is inclined to press the nuclear button.  This is not the first time a conflict has flared between North Korea and the United States. Hostilities were serious in 1993 during the height of the nuclear crisis and again after North Korea’s first nuclear test in the beginning of 2006. These and other crises ultimately ended in neutrality. Historical evidence indicates that the current crisis is also likely to end peacefully...

August 29, 2017

By David Macaray

June 28, 2017

By Elvin Aghayev & Hayati Aktaş

October 25, 2017

By Marjorie Cohn & Jonathan Moore

Longtime B.C. broadcaster and former Social Credit cabinet minister Rafe Mair has passed away at age 85.  His family told CBC he died on Monday morning.  A former political panelist on CBC's The Early Edition and CKNW radio host, Mair was best known for his provocative style. He was most passionate when talking and writing about the environment, politics and constitutional issues.  Generations of British Columbians knew his distinctive voice and it drew attention everywhere he went, Mair's widow Wendy Conway Mair told CBC News. 

Russian – Turkish relations go deep into the past. From the Cold War and the relations between the Soviet Union and the United States certainly there has not been a more complicated relationship in international relations. Both countries have different strategic positions, a different dominant religion, a different past, but their relationship largely depends on the future of Eurasia. This paper will deal with relations between the two countries since the establishment of the first diplomatic contacts in the 15th century .... 

August 10, 2017

By Nyla Ali Khan

November 12, 2017

By David Macaray

August 14, 2017

By Elvin Aghayev

October 10, 2017

By Karin Larsen (CBC News)

When people hear the words “chemical warfare” the first, and possibly sole thought, will be the threats to civilians from the use of chemical weapons – whether in war torn countries or from a terrorist attack.  They would therefore not usually associate the use of such chemicals in any supposedly democratic society as permitted by their own Government. Yet highly poisonous chemicals – that were originally designed as weapons of war – have been allowed for many decades, under successive Government policies, to be sprayed on crop fields all over the UK, and with literally... 

In an audacious attempt to silence Greenpeace’s constitutionally protected criticism of what the environmental protection group calls “Resolute Forest Destroyer,” the logging company, Resolute Forest Products, sued Greenpeace under RICO – the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act. In the suit, filed on May 31, 2016, Resolute sought CAD $100 million in economic damages and an injunction against “wrongful activity and disgorgement.” With punitive damages, liability could total $300 million.

Anyone old enough to remember when Existentialism was not seen simply as one brief, fascinating stop on the interminable journey of human inquiry—a footnote in the history of philosophy—will recall that it was regarded as the coolest, hippest, darkest, most resonant and indeed most profound explanation for all that ails Western Civilization.  Mankind’s search for meaning in an otherwise indifferent if not downright “hostile” universe. Our near debilitating sense of disconnection. Our “natural” posture toward the universe as being one of low-level dread. Freedom as a “curse.”

One of the most damaging “factoids” you hear around the campfire is the assertion that businesses and corporations are no longer afraid of labor unions. Because unions have grown so weak and decrepit and stupid, no one fears them anymore. Of course, you’re going to hear that from people who despise or resent the American labor movement, but unfortunately, you also hear it from observers who, by their own admission, claim to be “pro-union.” Consider: If that mindless assertion were true, then two accompanying assertions should also be true. 

Amidst scandals and media squabbles at home, United States President Donald Trump’s agenda in the Middle East finally broke through the news cycle this summer during his widely-publicized trip to the Gulf nations. The famous businessman demonstrated his desire to cut some deals, including some interesting — and vacillating — positions on the recent sanctions by other Arab nations against Qatar. The events of that trip were highly scrutinized and alarmed some critics, but despite his reputation as a wild card and at times zig-zagging actions...

September 27, 2017

By Georgina Downs

The ambiguous identity of a Kashmiri is one that some of us have had to live with for a while now. Indian nationalists are quick to claim their intractable hold on Kashmiris; Pakistani nationalists are just as quick to claim to speak for Kashmiris. Kashmir, despite having a real internal history and a place in the world, is suppressed by its positioning in the Indo-Pak conflict. Mainstream Kashmiri politicians culpably reiterate that “Kashmir is an integral part of India,” in the process negating the people’s voices and real existence.