Archive for May, 2012

Next the Sudetenland?

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

What do MacLean’s magazine, the struggle of religion in the public square and the Sudetenland have in common? Well, indulge me for a moment. Let’s start with the Sudetenland and the inside joke it refers to. MrK and I occasionally mused on what we might do if, heaven forbid, our writing morphed into a regular [...]

CBC Mask-dropping

Friday, May 25th, 2012

“(Conrad Black) benefited from considerable legal assistance and help from his friends in government.” – Mike Hornbrook, CBC Radio Economics correspondent The Conrad Black release and entry into Canada was a big story in some circles, notably the CBC. Some journalists seemed dismayed and put out by Black’s stealthy exit from a Florida prison and [...]

UN “Rapporteurs” redux

Sunday, May 13th, 2012

Perhaps with the UN’s many commemorative days, weeks, etc., etc., they also have a “Rapporteurs‘ Week”. If so, last week might have been it. First there was the story mentioned in my last post, about Rapporteur de Schutter,  who was investigating Canada’s food distribution. Now another of the rapporteurs, James Anaya, is in the news. [...]

What internationalism means

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

 Prime Minister Harper was criticized for saying, in the 2004 election campaign, that there were institutions that would counteract a Conservative government. If memory serves, he mentioned the judiciary and the Senate specifically. He might also have included international organizations and agreements. This came to mind the other day with a story that the UN was planning [...]

Who’s Wack-a-doodle?

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

“We’re not going wack-a-doodle; we’re not out there” -  Pundit Keith Brownsey, on the Alberta election, interviewed on CBC Radio One Those non-Albertan readers will not be used to Dr. Keith Brownsey‘s incisive commentary on politics. The political scientist from Mt. Royal University doesn’t just casually drop conventional analysis, he clearly works hard to drop [...]