Spanish Prime Minister Rajoy and Head of the Catalonian Generalitat Puigdemont in easier times.
America’s descent into chaos moved into a higher gear this past week. It will take a lot of civil courage on the part of a lot of Americans to put the dictatorship genie back in the bottle.
US President Trump has been working hard to discredit and dismantle the NATO Alliance. We still do not know why but if American democracy remains functional, we should know the answer soon. But will it?
The America of 2016 is not the Germany of 1933. Nor is Donald Trump Adolf Hitler. That said, there are worrying similarities.
The Central African Republic is one of the four countries that are presently being considered for a Canadian peacekeeping mission. The others are Mali, whereas in the case of CAR there is currently no Canadian presence, as well as the Democratic Republic of the Congo and South Sudan, where there are token contingents of seven and eight Canadians respectively.
The partisans in favour of the UK leaving the European Union (EU) prevailed with almost 52 percent of the votes cast in the referendum on 23 June 2016. The turnout was around 72 percent of the electorate, an impressive number. But is the UK really on its way out? I am not so sure.
The Erdogan-Putin meeting in St Petersburg throws an additional spanner into the already over-complicated situation in and around Syria. This blog offers some thoughts on where this all is and might be going.
The third blog in this series looks at the transition of Erdogan and his AKP party to an overtly Islamist stance It is hard to pinpoint with any exactitude when, let alone why, Recip Erdogan transformed from being a figure seeking to modernize Turkey and its institutions to one pursuing a backward-looking Islamist agenda. Some … [Read more…]
This, the second in a four-part series on the coup in Turkey, looks at the relationship between the erstwhile allies, President Erdogan and Fethullah Gulen, a Turkish clerical leader living in Pennsylvania, who has been accused of instigating the coup. In his remarkable rise to power, Erdogan has been allied with the Gulen Movement and … [Read more…]