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Ukraine: Another Example of the Dangerous Clash of Hegemons

Posted on by Errol Mendes

 A previous version of this essay was published in the Huffington Post on March 18, 2014 When the history of the early decades of the 21st century is written, it may well be called the era of multiple clashing hegemons. The most recent global c… Read More

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Canada Makes Palestinian Human Rights a Pawn in Mideast Peace Talks

Posted on by David Petrasek

As John Kerry’s deadline fast approaches for concluding a ‘Framework Agreement’ in the resuscitated Israel-Palestine negotiations, few are optimistic. Those disparaging the deal, or even the need for a deal, appear to have the upper ha… Read More

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Afghanistan’s 2014 Election: A Referendum Against the Taliban

Posted on by Nipa Banerjee

April 5 was the day of Afghanistan’s historic election, a milestone in its history. I saw men and women, young and old, lined up in the rain-damped city to vote from dawn to dusk, exercising their democratic rights.  In 50 years of residence i… Read More

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The Curious Case of Jonathan Pollard

Posted on by Peter Jones

One of the stranger aspects of the current round of the interminable Israeli-Palestinian peace talks is the reported idea that the U.S. is considering releasing Jonathan Pollard as an inducement to keep the Israeli government at the peac… Read More

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The Putin Book Club

Posted on by Paul Robinson

“We must love all nations as we love our own,” writes Russian philosopher Vladimir Sergeevich Solovyov in his 1897 book The Justification of the Good. The “greatness and value” of nationality, he claims, lies “not in itself taken in the abs… Read More

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Understanding the Great War

Posted on by Srdjan Vucetic

Published in the Ottawa Citizen, March 31, 2014 The assassination of Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie on June 28, 1914 set off a chain of events that a few weeks later led to an all-out war involving virtually all key European powers and the… Read More

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Pre-Election Reflections from Kabul

Posted on by Nipa Banerjee

On April 5, the people of Afghanistan will vote in their third national election since 2001—a hundred million-dollar effort financed by international donors. The air is filled with anticipation and hope, albeit tempered with grave conc… Read More

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Coming Soon: A Truly Global Human Rights Revolution?

Posted on by David Petrasek

Published on the openGlobalRights Blog, March 31, 2014  There is an unmistakable fin de régime sentiment to much current thinking regarding international human rights. Conferences and discussion forums convene to debate ‘the future o… Read More

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With Russia Out of the G8, What About the G7 and G20?

Posted on by John Sinclair

Following Russia’s annexation of Crimea, Prime Minister Harper has insistently demanded that Russia be expelled from the G8. But what sort of G7 will survive that action? And what happens to the G20? For now, the situation was resolved at M… Read More

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Europe Will Wake Up, and Putin Can Expect a Harsh Response

Posted on by Peter Jones

Published in The Globe and Mail, March 19, 2014 There are many aspects to the current struggle over the future of Crimea which pose serious difficulties for an international community that would like to respond firmly. On the one hand, Vlad… Read More

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