Support for multiculturalism declining in Sweden

The influx of immigrants into Sweden in 2015 is threatening the country's vaunted beliefs in multiculturalism, immigration and political conformity

Support for multiculturalism declining in SwedenAs the final votes are counted in Sweden’s general election, the rifts in this famously conformist society are getting deeper. Sweden may be the western world’s most self-consciously liberal state, but significant cracks are appearing in the foundation. To get a sense of the trend, look at the trajectory of the gradually-building support for the…

John McCain stayed true to his beliefs to the end

No shows: Trump or Palin; but plenty of others on all sides of the political spectrum at senator's funeral

John McCain stayed true to his beliefs to the endMany people were saddened by John McCain’s death on Aug. 25 after a year-long battle with brain cancer. The 81-year-old military hero and former Republican presidential candidate honourably served Arizona both in the U.S. House of Representatives (1983-1987) and in the Senate (1987-2018). McCain was generally onside with fiscal and social conservative ideas. Nevertheless, he…

The Swedes weren’t always peace-loving

As far back as the Viking age, the Swedes were troublemakers of the first order. And they persisted for centuries

The Swedes weren’t always peace-lovingWalking around Stockholm on a recent sunny Sunday, I was struck again by a nagging question: When and why did the Swedes become the peace-loving exemplars we’ve come to know and sometimes envy? They weren’t always like that. Far from it. As far back as the Viking age (circa 793-1050), the Swedes were troublemakers of…

America’s plan to wage war on Canada in the 1930s

U.S. tactics included troop invasions, use of poison gas and aerial bombings of major Canadian cities 

America’s plan to wage war on Canada in the 1930sThe current U.S. president’s bullying of Canada over trade issues is causing some Canadians to question just how close our relationship is with our neighbour to the south. Peter Bailey tells the tale of a time not so long ago when hawkish voices in the U.S. were plotting the ultimate hostile act – a full-scale…

John McCain’s legacy of public service and sacrifice

In the selfish era of Donald Trump, McCain’s life offered a shining example of how to serve with distinction

John McCain’s legacy of public service and sacrificeIt’s hard for Canadian citizens to take the full measure of an American politician like John McCain, whose route to public service glory began in the combat of the Vietnam War. Our country doesn’t particularly valourize the military and those who serve, unless perhaps they do peacekeeping missions with the United Nations overseas. McCain’s career…

How to confront sex abuse in the Catholic church

If we’re to rid the world of this horrendous theft of innocence, we need to approach it the same way we approached the Holocaust

How to confront sex abuse in the Catholic churchIn the song Sympathy for the Devil, the Rolling Stones repeat several times, “Pleased to meet you. Hope you guessed my name. But what’s puzzling you is the nature of my game.” In essence, the Stones are talking about the nature of evil and our relation to it. We see it but we often don’t…

Cruising the Baltic, gathering perspectives

From perspectives on politics to perceptions of history, every region has a story to tell. And sometimes they're complicated

Cruising the Baltic, gathering perspectivesCruising the Baltic and the west coast of Norway doesn’t make one an expert on the region. But it does convey impressions, and here are a few of them. First, though, a brief observation about modern travel. While there are distinct inconveniences centred on crowded airports and milling throngs, currencies are no longer an issue.…

Is a run for the presidency in Ronan Farrow’s future?

The author of War on Peace demonstrates the kind of qualities that suggest a political career in the making

Is a run for the presidency in Ronan Farrow’s future?War on Peace: The End of Diplomacy and the Decline of American Influence (2018) by Ronan Farrow is a prescient work in the sense that it was five years in the writing, predating the diplomatic idiocy of U.S. President Donald Trump by a good three years. Its opening chapters detail the initial steps to weaponize the…

The Saudi-Canada spat and the New World Order of Oil

What's been billed as a clash over human rights is really all about oil and the Saudis keeping Canada in its place

The Saudi-Canada spat and the New World Order of OilCall it the clash of the oil titans. And it all started with a tweet. In one corner we have Saudi Arabia, the undisputed oil heavyweight of the world. It produces 11 million barrels per day (bpd) and is the planet’s largest oil exporter by far. In the other corner to challenge the champ, we…

Canadian Forces pulling their weight

Our contribution to NATO shouldn't be measured by a flawed financial system. It's a matter of willingness and ability. We have both

Canadian Forces pulling their weightU.S. President Trump is complaining about Canada and other allies not spending enough on their military operations. This brings into play the NATO goal of each country spending two per cent of gross domestic product (GDP) on defence. Aside from the ridiculous new idea of doubling that goal, there are two problems with this two…