Bringing an End to the Conflict in Ukraine

The images we are seeing of the conflict in Ukraine continue to shock and generate understandable sympathy for the people of Ukraine that find themselves in the middle of this nightmare.   It is entirely understandable that the first instinct of the people of Ukraine is to fight the invaders with everything they have.  It is … Read more Bringing an End to the Conflict in Ukraine

Unattractive Options in the Ukraine Crisis: What is to be done?

  It is always difficult to admit that one was wrong about something. I have to confess that I was wrong about Vladimir Putin.    I was not alone in seeing his record of the last twenty years as displaying the characteristics ruthlessness and determination, but also of caution, pragmatism and rationality in regard to Russian … Read more Unattractive Options in the Ukraine Crisis: What is to be done?

NATO, Russia and the Ukraine Issue

  President Putin is responding to Ukraine just as President Biden would under similar circumstances. NATO needs to find a face-saving formula expressing the reality that Ukraine will not be joining NATO, thereby avoiding a devastating war. In the 19th century and today great powers have spheres of influence. Russia no more “deserves” or “has … Read more NATO, Russia and the Ukraine Issue

CANADA’S ROLE IN SUPPORTING NUCLEAR WEAPONS

  Canada played a key role in the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, but few Canadians are aware of it. In August 1943 Canadian Prime Minister Mackenzie King invited US President Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill to a conference in Quebec City. When the two leaders signed the Quebec Agreement for joint … Read more CANADA’S ROLE IN SUPPORTING NUCLEAR WEAPONS

NATO, Canada and Nuclear Disarmament

Photo by Pixabay from Pexels      In 2001 Erika Simpson, professor in Political Science at the University of Western Ontario, published a book entitled ”NATO and the Bomb, Canadian Defenders Confront Critics”. This captivating and extremely well documented book studies Canadian government’s decisions regarding nuclear weapons during the 1945-1984 period, mostly in the context of the North Atlantic … Read more NATO, Canada and Nuclear Disarmament

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