Category: World

The U.S. Must Engage With Russia

On my recent trip to Russia, I spent an hour with Mikhail Gorbachev. I told him that in the West we are grateful that he and President Ronald Reagan defied Cold War orthodoxy to significantly reduce our countries’ nuclear arms. And I asked him whether there was a moment in his life when he’d realized that he might shape history.…

The Meaning of Assad’s ‘Death Notices’

CHTAURA, Lebanon—Sitting on a bench in the shade of giant fir trees at a monastery in Lebanon’s Beqaa Valley, Yasmin, a 30-year-old Syrian refugee from the town of Daraya, recalled what her father told her back in the spring of 2011 when protests against the regime of Bashar al-Assad began. “Why should we use force when we have brains? Let’s…

The Elusive ‘Better Deal’ With China

These days in U.S.-China trade relations, confrontation is the governing principle. In an effort to challenge China’s growing global economic clout, the Trump administration has, to date, levied around $37 billion in tariffs on Chinese products, and threatened to expand these measures to cover all $504 billion in U.S. imports from China. While the measures may help to reduce the…

U.K. Police Are Investigating a Crash Near Parliament as Terrorism

A car plowed into the gates of U.K.’s Parliament Tuesday, injuring two people in what London’s Metropolitan Police are investigating as a possible act of terrorism. It’s at least the fourth vehicular attack since March 2017, and the second outside the U.K.’s Houses of Parliament since March 2017. “Given that this appears to be a deliberate act, the method, and…

The Lessons of the Seattle Plane Crash

Modern life is full of potentially terrifying “what if?” possibilities. What if a pharmacist decided to substitute morphine pills or strychnine for the next prescription you pick up? What if a school-bus driver decided to swing the wheel, and plow a full load of children head-on into incoming traffic, or off an overpass? What if a FedEx or UPS courier…

‘U.S. Relations With Turkey Are Not Good at this Time’

President Trump announced Friday he had ordered the doubling of tariffs on Turkish steel and aluminum imports, exacerbating relations with a NATO ally that has proven intransigent in recent years. “I have just authorized a doubling of Tariffs on Steel and Aluminum with respect to Turkey as their currency, the Turkish Lira, slides rapidly downward against our very strong Dollar!”…

Douglas Todd: B.C. economist locked in grim battle against deceptive scholarship

We’ve all heard about fake news. Now we have deceptive scholarship. A determined B.C. economics professor has journeyed into the heart of a dark world where academics seeking to advance their careers have had hundreds of thousands of their articles published for a fee in journals that either deserve suspicion or are outright phoney. In academia, where the admonition to…