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The folly of militarizing space

It was a sunny, warm Wednesday in September 1962 when U.S. President John F. Kennedy laid down what many still consider the guiding principles of humanity’s great endeavour into space. He was speaking to a crowd of 40,000 at the Rice University football stadium in Houston, many of them wide-eyed schoolchildren, their heads filled...
  • Two pictures, a thousand stories and millions of lives

    May 30, 2018 by Stephen J. Thorne
    They say a picture’s worth a thousand words. These two pictures spawned a thousand stories and to this day, some 70 years later, they speak in profound reflection to two triumphs and the prices paid. Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima by Joe Rosenthal and...
  • Who won the war in Europe? Historians weigh in

    May 23, 2018 by Stephen J. Thorne
    History isn’t always what we might assume it to be, and there appears to be no consensus among nations over the question of which country contributed most to the Allies’ Second World War victory in Europe. The North American public tends to assume that the...
  • Preparing for a nuclear attack

    May 22, 2018 by David J. Bercuson
    At the end of November, an article appeared on the CBC news website announcing that the Privy Council Office—the bureaucratic arm of the federal cabinet—drafted an agreement with the Department of National Defence to open up two old Cold War-era bunkers in the National Capital...
  • They provided medical aid, comfort and peace to wounded and dying soldiers throughout decades of conflict, but it was during the First World War that the nursing sisters of the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps came into their own. Nicknamed “Bluebirds” for their blue dresses...
  • Click here to read Part 1 of this two-part series. In March 2002, on a mountain near the Afghanistan-Pakistan border known as the Whale’s Back, a company from the vaunted U.S. 10th Mountain Division joined 400 Canadian troops and a handful of U.S. Navy Seals on an...
  • Pack up your troubles in your old kit bag, the soldiers used to sing. Trouble is, in more recent times, the “kit bag” is the trouble. Relatively stable over centuries of warfare, soldiers’ loads have increased significantly in the past three decades, due largely to...