Articles by Diane Francis

Canada should stop Chinese takeover of Vancouver tech company

Ottawa inked the takeover by the People’s Republic of China of a tech company called Norsat International in Vancouver. The company sells satellite-communication systems to the U.S. military and agencies and now a Washington D.C. commission has red-flagged this deal as a threat to U.S. national security. This permission should never have been granted to… Read More

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Putin’s folly and more is good news for Ukraine

Ukrainians are finally starting to see that “spring has arrived” following a string of positive developments. “It’s the Ukrainian national habit to complain, but there has been a lot of good news lately,” said Ukraine’s Deputy Minister of Trade Nataliya Mykolska in an interview while on a trade mission to Canada. “Naftogaz won the Stockholm… Read More

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Trump already a lame duck President

Donald Trump is an inappropriate President and has not delivered anything more than a Potemkin Presidency. Grigori Potemkin erected phony portable settlements along the Dnieper River to deceive Czarina Catherine the Great that her reign was creating prosperity. After she passed, the structures would be disassembled and re-assembled further along her route to lengthen the… Read More

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IMF: Cut off Ukraine until Anti-Corruption Court Established

“The IMF should not give one more dollar to Ukraine until the Anti-Corruption Court is in operation,” said Sergii Leshchenko in a May 9 telephone interview. Leshchenko is a hero of the Revolution of Dignity, a lanky and serious journalist-turned-politician who has risked his life and career for years to fight corruption in Ukraine. He’s… Read More

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Ukraine’s Health Care Reformer is Courageous Ukrainian-American, Ulana Suprun

In March, Ukraine’s reformers applauded when the National Anti-Corruption Bureau arrested Roman Nasirov, the country’s chief tax and customs official, on embezzlement charges. But he claimed he was having a heart attack, called an ambulance, and was diagnosed as too ill to be taken to court. Such tricks might have worked before, but this time… Read More

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