Talking to Iran

I am beginning to get the uneasy feeling that we are psyching ourselves up for war with Iran. With the Americans’ two Middle Eastern buddies, Israel and Saudi Arabia, egging their patron on, with the U.K. exchanging unpleasantries with the Iranians, and with Canada’s new militarism offering a “ready, aye,

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South Africa on slippery slope?

Normally, I’m wary of slippery slope arguments but when an African government acts to limit freedom of speech, I suspect such an argument may be valid. Unfortunately, South Africa has done just that. A law, ostensibly to protect state secrets, has been approved by the South African National Assembly. The

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Say goodbye to the frogs

Frogs are delightful little buggers. Look at this little rascal in the photo, a red-eyed tree frog. With his goofy expression and padded toes, you can’t help but love him … or her. Too bad, really, that they are doomed. As we humans press on causing the world’s sixth great

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APEC—Environment one, Keystone zero

Despite Stephen Harper’s 25-minute walk in the garden with Barack Obama during the recent APEC forum, the president was not dissuaded from his decision to conduct a thorough review of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline project. Apparently he is unconvinced by our prime minister’s declaration that approval of the pipeline is a "no brainer." Perhaps the president, as Harper suggests, is just

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Obama’s sartorial slip

"I was persuaded by our team to perhaps break tradition, and so we have
not required you to wear your aloha shirts."

Thus President Obama broke the 20-year tradition of having the assembled leaders at an APEC forum ditch their power suits and don the traditional local

Kind of a shame. After all, they were meeting in Obama’s home state of Hawaii and those aloha shirts are pretty spiffy.

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Did former Israeli security chiefs rat out Netanyahu?

Meir Dagan, former head of Mossad, Israel’s foreign intelligence service, is no admirer of Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu. He has accused Netanyahu of being "irresponsible and reckless" and feels that Israel’s security is being mismanaged by the prime minister and Ehud Barak, the defence minister.

According to a story in the Guardian, Netanyahu is now said to believe that Dagan and

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