Category Archives: Geopolitics

This is Watergate 2.0: Trump on the ropes over Russian links

Stock markets fell this week along with U.S. President Donald Trump’s popularity and Republican legislative hopes as Watergate 2.0 unfolds. The testimony by The Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey confirmed an investigation is under way to assess whether the Trump team colluded with the Russians. This is eerily similar to 1972 when U.S…. Read More

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Putin Struts but his Power Wanes with Oil Price Outlook

The Kremlin’s dirty tricks are dominating the headlines and have plunged the United States into political disarray. Behind these attacks, however, is a Russia that is increasingly weak and vulnerable. What this means for the stability of Vladimir Putin’s regime, however, is anyone’s guess. Russia’s future depends on the price of oil and gas. This… Read More

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The New World Order

A new world order is being forged by those who attack sacred cows, both at home and abroad. Donald Trump won the U.S. presidency by questioning the wisdom of globalization, immigration, liberalized trade, and past foreign policy alliances. Brexit proponents did the same and Marie Le Pen is heading toward victory with her Frexit movement…. Read More

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Trump will undo the Davos and free trade agenda globally

The Davos elite gather from Jan. 16 to 20 in the Swiss Alps to do business and to advance a decades-old agenda of globalization, multilateralism and environmental responsibility. Davos embodies a distinctly European” sensibility and Canadian governments love its multilateral vibe. But the only American president to embrace this fully was Bill Clinton. No president… Read More

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Trump’s New Energy and Trade Norm

INTERNATIONAL Shifting Political Norms and International Diplomacy by Diane Francis Issue 3, 2016 The centerpiece will be a $1-trillion infrastructure scheme that will include repairing and replacing the country decaying bridges, airports and buildings. But energy will play a major role. The two overriding objectives of the Trump Presidency will be job creation and economic… Read More

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Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State: Canada Wins and Russia May Lose

There’s hand wringing south of the border over the nomination of ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson as U.S. Secretary of State. But north of the border there should be celebration. That is because he, like Exxon, admires and understands Canada, and has continued to support pioneer innovations in the Canadian oil industry. Exxon has invested here… Read More

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Please don’t come to Canada…

So many thousands of American liberals sought information about immigrating to Canada after Donald Trump won the White House that Canada’s immigration site crashed. This is nothing new and Americans routinely threaten to leave. Few do and fewer will. It’s flattering though. Americans rarely pay attention to us, their polite neighbor up north who never… Read More

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