The dream of space thrives

When I was young, the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo launches out of Cape Canaveral were family television events without parallel. There was a sense of awe surrounding those NASA missions, culminating years later in the triumphant moon landings. We followed every one, minute-by-transfixed-minute, on a big old black-and-white TV with four legs, rabbit ears...
  • The truth about Poland

    February 14, 2018 by Stephen J. Thorne
    The names are synonymous with Nazi Germany’s diabolical plan to exterminate Europe’s Jewish population: Sobibor, Treblinka, Auschwitz. All of them, and multiple other extermination and concentration camps, were in Poland. At least half the six million Jews who died in the Holocaust were Poles who...
  • Sketchbook brings soldiers to life

    February 7, 2018 by Stephen J. Thorne
    Richard Johnson is an old-school war artist. He’s walked the hard miles in Iraq and Afghanistan, shunning the camera for pencil and sketchbook, speedily yet meticulously recording soldiers at war and peace in shades of grey. Born in Scotland and now living in Maryland, the...
  • Weapons report finds IS has a robust supply chain

    February 1, 2018 by Stephen J. Thorne
    A report by an investigative organization says about 90 per cent of weapons and ammunition used by Islamic State (IS) fighters comes from China, Russia and Eastern European producer states—much of it purchased by the terrorist group’s declared enemies, the United States and Saudi Arabia....
  • Canada’s Victoria Cross has yet to be awarded

    January 24, 2018 by Stephen J. Thorne
    The Victoria Cross is the highest recognition for military valour a soldier can receive, yet not one has been awarded since the Canadian version was created in 1993, despite a number of heroic individual actions by Canadians in Afghanistan. Twenty members of the Canadian Armed...
  • Meeting in Panmunjom

    January 17, 2018 by Stephen J. Thorne
    When senior officials from the two Koreas met for the first time in more than two years on Jan. 9, they did not do it in just any old place. They chose Panmunjom, a bizarre village that contrasts armed military standoff with tourist attraction. Known...
  • Military tightens its cyber defences

    January 10, 2018 by Stephen J. Thorne
    The Canadian military is looking to boost its abilities to defend against the growing threat of cyberattack. The Department of National Defence has issued a call to prospective suppliers for feedback and information on two proposed projects aimed at shoring up its defences against hackers....
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