Youth’s thousand-yard stare speaks volumes in WW I documentary

For all the talk of the talking in director Peter Jackson’s First World War documentary They Shall Not Grow Old, it’s a scene in which those featured in the film don’t say anything that resonates perhaps more than any other. It comes at the storyline’s transition from the war’s outbreak in 1914 and the...
  • So many missions, one common enemy

    March 10, 2016 by Adam Day
    While Canada’s involvement in the war against ISIS in Iraq seems to be escalating (at least in numbers of troops involved on the ground, if not in numbers of ISIS killed) Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government has made it clear that it sees Canada’s military...
  • Lost in all the news about war in the Middle East is that there is still a simmering conflict in Ukraine’s east between loyalist Ukrainians and rebels allied with Russian interests. Much of Ukraine’s eastern border with Russia is still not under the control of...
  • Bin Laden’s letters home

    March 4, 2016 by Adam Day
    He may have been one of the most dastardly millionaires in history, but not even Osama bin Laden was above writing flattering letters to his father asking for money. “To start,” bin Laden writes to his dad, “I do not forget your favour in raising us,...
  • Watching Syria die

    January 13, 2016 by Adam Day
    The crisis in Syria and Iraq—and the torment of the refugees—as considered by three of the smartest minds we could find Syria is dying. It’s emptying out. And the war is unleashing unprecedented chaos on the region, on Europe and on the world. The New...
  • NATO’s show of force

    January 5, 2016 by Adam Day
    With the chaos in Syria continuing to spill out across the world, it’s quite easy to overlook Russia’s recent behaviour, the unusual and worrying aggression it has displayed not only against its neighbouring countries but elsewhere. While the world’s attention may have shifted to Syria,...
  • Friendly fire incident investigated

    July 1, 2015 by Adam Day
    Beginning in Iraq, the lingering mystery about the exact events that led to the death of Canadian Special Operations Regiment Sergeant Andrew Doiron at the hands of allied Kurdish peshmerga forces has been mostly resolved with the release of a highly redacted report into the...