Category Archives: Terrorism

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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Putin’s Cold War 2.0: KGB agents in tuxedos not trenchcoats

The same dirty tricks deployed by the KGB for decades are used in today’s Cold War 2.0, and have permeated geopolitics from Syria to Ukraine and the world’s capitals. But spies in trench coats been supplanted by Russians in tuxedos with huge bank accounts who use financial, social, and political weaponry to build tentacles that… Read More

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Illicit Financial Flows: The Unchecked Scourge of the World

The Canada-US Law Institute panel on money laundering and the fact that it is the “scourge of the world” that threatens democracies and capitalism involving myself and Josee Nadeau. Panel is linked here and the panel — with its background and my hard-hitting presentation as to the fact that the lawyers must have “know your client”… 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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May 30-31 Canada-US Law Institute conference in Cleveland

I am a member of the Executive Committee of the Canada-US Law Institute which holds important conferences and events in both countries to discuss the legal impliications — and legal reforms needed — to facilitate the two countries’ relationship. This year I’m on a high-level panel in “Financial Integrity” involving the legal professions in both… Read More

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Ukraine’s “invisible” refugee crisis due to Putin’s War

Lebanon, Turkey, and Jordan are not the world’s only major “refugee” hosting nations. Ukraine too hosts enormous numbers of people who have had to leave their homes because of war. Millions fled their homes in 2014 after Russian operatives and tanks invaded Ukraine’s eastern regions and annexed Crimea. But they are not labeled “refugees.” Instead,… Read More

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