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Is it time for Canada to get anti-ballistic missiles?

With North Korea launching two intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) over the summer and the continuation of its nuclear development program, many observers believe that the “hermit kingdom,” as it is often called, is within 18 months of being able to deploy nuclear-tipped ICBMs aimed at the continental United States. This crisis spans some four...
  • The soulless gaze of haters

    August 23, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
    Back in 1994, I spent a month in South Africa writing features for The Canadian Press (CP) during the campaign leading to the country’s first democratic elections. I saw South Africa from every perspective I could—black, white, Coloured. I regularly visited and ate in the...
  • Army tents for refugees

    August 16, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
    While Haitian and other refugees flee the United States in fear of its new government policies on immigration, Canadians do what Canadians do best: they help. Canadian soldiers were out last week erecting a tent village near the U.S. border to accommodate waves of asylum...
  • Could Canada return to Afghanistan?

    August 9, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
    Most Canadians would agree that after 13 years of war, Canada sacrificed enough blood and treasure in Afghanistan. The problem is, the longest war in Canadian history was, apparently, not long enough. After 24 Canadians died at the hands of the 9/11 terrorists, taxpayers shelled...
  • Gender identity not an issue with Canada’s armed forces

    August 2, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
    On July 26, Republican President Donald Trump declared transgender people personae non gratae in the U.S. military, reversing a decision made under his Democratic predecessor, Barak Obama. “After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not...
  • No boost for defence spending

    July 31, 2017 by David J. Bercuson
    When Finance Minister Bill Morneau delivered the Liberal government’s 2017-18 budget in March, the surprise to many observers (and incurable optimists) was that there was, fundamentally, nothing new for the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces. Despite some fuzzy hints from the defence...
  • Images with impact

    July 25, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
    For 60 of the past 62 years, the World Press Photo competition has been holding a mirror to the world we live in, and it’s not, so to speak, a pretty picture. For all but two years since 1955, when a shortage of funding shut...
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