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Harper, Abbott, and Cameron at the Brisbane G-20

Wednesday, 19 November 2014, 4:40 pm | John Chuckman

Canada’s Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, is reported by a spokesman, to have had the following exchange with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin during the Brisbane G-20 summit: “Well, I guess I’ll shake your hand, but I only have one thing to ... More >>

What We Truly Learned From the Absurdity of Remembrance Day

Friday, 14 November 2014, 12:42 pm | John Chuckman

No matter what high-blown claims the politicians make each year on Remembrance Day, The Great War was essentially a fight between two branches of a single royal family over the balance of power on the continent of Europe, British foreign policy holding ... More >>

Political Bunraku

Friday, 7 November 2014, 5:22 pm | John Chuckman

For those who are not familiar, Bunraku is an old form of Japanese puppet theater, its distinctive characteristic being that the puppeteers are on the stage with their puppets, dressed in black so that the audience can pretend not to see them. More >>

Some Hard Facts about Terror

Wednesday, 29 October 2014, 2:14 pm | John Chuckman

We are having an outbreak of reports in the Canadian press about “home grown” terrorists, “radicalized” young men of Muslim faith traveling out of the country to participate in extremist groups abroad, a relatively insignificant phenomenon ... More >>

The Conquest of Europe

Friday, 26 September 2014, 12:21 pm | John Chuckman

Russia’s President Putin is reported to have said in a conversation a while back that he could be in Kiev in two weeks. In our press, this was reported as yet more evidence of aggressive intentions, but, given even a moment’s thought, that is ... More >>

Foreign Affairs as Opera Buffa: The Fight Against Isis

Thursday, 18 September 2014, 2:16 pm | John Chuckman

Foreign Affairs as Opera Buffa: The Global Fight Against Isis By John Chuckman 18 September 2014 More >>

Nation of Cowards

Monday, 15 September 2014, 4:53 pm | John Chuckman

What else can you fairly call a people who attack a population of refugees confined to a small space surrounded on every side by fences and machine-gun towers, a population with nowhere to run? No, that is not put strongly enough. Not just attack, but use ... More >>

Penetrating the Darkness Covering Two Airline Disasters

Friday, 5 September 2014, 9:43 am | John Chuckman

PENETRATING THE DARKNESS COVERING TWO MALAYSIAN AIRLINE DISASTERS In each case, there appears to be only one explanation consistent with known facts By John Chuckman 5 September 2014 More >>

Things My Mother Never Told Me

Tuesday, 2 September 2014, 10:16 am | John Chuckman

Despite my title, this is not a memoir, dealing as it does with some of the most deadly serious subjects on the planet. More >>

Iraq, ISIS, and Intervention: Just What is Going On?

Monday, 23 June 2014, 1:27 pm | John Chuckman

As so often is the case in foreign affairs, we will never know with precision what is happening in Iraq. The governments involved have reasons to disguise what they are doing, and a number of governments are indeed at work there. More >>

Genocide, Great Wars, and Other Human Depravity

Tuesday, 17 June 2014, 5:43 pm | John Chuckman

The word genocide, coined in 1944 in an effort to describe what the Nazis called “the final solution” and what today we call the Holocaust, attempted to distinguish the crime of killing people of a certain identity in such great numbers that you ... More >>

Israel’s Corrosive Influence on Western Democracy

Thursday, 5 June 2014, 4:49 pm | John Chuckman

Something troubling is quietly underway in the Western world, that portion of the world’s governments who style themselves as liberal democracies and free societies. Through a number of avenues, people’s assumptions about the role of government ... More >>

The Twilight Zone of American Political Life

Tuesday, 13 May 2014, 4:30 pm | John Chuckman

I think a description of the political space in which we live as a kind of twilight reality is not an exaggeration. Not only is a great deal of the news about the world we read and hear manipulated and even manufactured, but a great deal of genuine news ... More >>

A Strange, Soulless Man and His Utterly Failed Presidency

Tuesday, 6 May 2014, 10:32 am | John Chuckman

How vividly I remember the photos of Obama in Berlin during his campaign in 2008: streets literally flooded with people keen to get a glimpse of a promising young politician, expressing for us all how exhausted the world was with the most ignorant ... More >>

A New Cold War? Or Just America’s Need for a Villain?

Thursday, 1 May 2014, 1:58 pm | John Chuckman

We read a lot about a new Cold War, and I think there is truth in the words. Obama’s so-called “pivot” towards Asia is clearly directed at China’s emergence as a great power, at the notion of containing China, to use the very word, coined by ... More >>

The Sickly Smell of Lies And Death

Sunday, 27 April 2014, 3:25 pm | John Chuckman

Only the other day, Benjamin Netanyahu earned a small note of immortality when he said the peace talks were ended by the new arrangements between the Palestine Authority and Hamas: Netanyahu’s announcement bundled a record number of lies into one mouthful ... More >>

America’s Great Leap towards Global Tyranny

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 2:19 pm | John Chuckman

The darkness to which I refer is something largely unanticipated in political studies and even in science fiction, a field which definitely enters this discussion, as readers will see. More >>

Vladimir Putin, The World’s Last True Statesman

Wednesday, 5 March 2014, 5:35 pm | John Chuckman

Everywhere you look in the West, you find political pygmies rather than statesmen. In France, we see a pathetic man whose own people intensely dislike him, François Hollande, attempt to speak as though he were something other than a dry, pompous ... More >>

Understanding Modern Israel: Why It Is Driving The World Tow

Monday, 17 February 2014, 10:42 am | John Chuckman

Understanding Modern Israel: Why it is Driving the World towards madness Nothing that Israel does in its affairs would be of quite such great concern to the world were it not for the fact that Israel drags along, willy-nilly, the world’s greatest ... More >>

The Real Lessons from the Death of Nelson Mandela

Monday, 9 December 2013, 11:00 am | John Chuckman

The press has echoed for days with admiration for Nelson Mandela and his genuinely heroic fight against the apartheid government of South Africa. There have been many recollections of the brutal quality of that government, all perhaps carrying an unstated ... More >>

 

 

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