• Europe

    Catalonia’s Paradox

    Certainly, the days leading up to October 1 were days of paradox. Disobedient parties called for order and calm, while leftists turned to the Catalan police. Right-wing forces appealed for institutional disobedience, disguised as complying with the new Catalan legality, while activists and anarchists lined up to vote. A reactionary government accused its citizens who wanted to organize a referendum of plotting a coup.

  • USA Politics

    Russia-gate’s Shaky Foundation

    Presumably not even our cyber-security experts at the DHS and FBI know what the CIA and NSA’s cyber-warriors are up to. Thus Russian hacking becomes “Pearl Harbor” rather than an unsurprising reciprocal response. Both the State Department and the CIA, after all, have been in the foreign propaganda business for decades; the American public, however, has not the vaguest idea of what they do.

  • Canadian Politics

    Canada is missing its chance to shut the gate on nuclear weapons everywhere

    In April of this year, Chrystia Freeland issued the following statement to mark the 20th anniversary of the entry into force of the Chemical Weapons Convention: “Twenty years ago today, the international community was united in denouncing the use of chemical weapons by anyone, anywhere, under any circumstance.” Isn’t it time for the same to be said about nuclear weapons?

  • Canadian Politics

    NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh embraces Imperialist Policies of Helene Laverdiere

    The lack of discussion about Singh’s embrace of Laverdière reflects the party’s unwillingness to tackle foreign policy issues. Not one of the “issues” or “priorities” listed on Charlie Angus, Guy Caron or Singh’ leadership campaign websites deals with foreign policy. Niki Ashton does a bit better. Her “issues” section includes “A Just Peace in the Middle East” and a summary list of 14 priorities she says she wants to “Ensure that Canada is a voice for peace in the world.”

  • 2009

    End Times in Copenhagen

    It’s hard to overstate the importance of the upcoming December meetings at Copenhagen, Denmark. The best science tells us there is a rapidly closing window for turning climate change around before irreversible positive feedback loops set in. Once this sets in (it may already have begun), climate change, awful as it now is, will likely spiral rapidly downhill with consequences catastrophic beyond belief and comprehension. And yet the numbers of those who do not take this brutal truth seriously include the main forces geared up for Copenhagen.