The global community has more unsafe neighborhoods than gated ones and no nation is safe anymore, including Canada. This means that nation-state models are challenged and must recalibrate all the time. For example, last August everything changed, economically speaking, for Canada last August when oil prices collapsed. This has driven Alberta — Canada’s biggest economic… Read More
This latest stock market carnage won’t see a bottom until three major existential challenges are contained: Ebola, ISIS and Putin. The West African pandemic is frightening and the whole region may have to be quarantined before this is over. The biggest fear is that the disease gets into Lagos and launch a truly global pandemic,… Read More
Canada’s gold Arctic claims too little, too late The announcement this week by Ottawa that it intends to extend its Arctic claim to cover the North Pole was met with disdain by President Vladimir Putin. The fact is that Canada may announce claims, but it’s too little too late and quite beside the point. Canada… Read More
The G20 summit this week, and the growing Syrian catastrophe, underscores the reality that we are living in a G-zero world. The term, coined by two American political scientists, refers to the vacuum of geopolitical power as the west declines and emerging nations concentrate on their domestic problems. For fans of “strongman” politics, this is… Read More
Diane Francis’ Financial Post five-part series examining the changes to Russia after the fall of communism. [pdf]
A debate rages as to whether National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden is a hero or a heretic. Or, is he a narcissist who was “turned” into a double agent by China or others. The facts are he leaked information that was only accessible by others above his pay grade. He was a “drop box,”… Read More
Diane Francis’ Financial Post 1992 series during the Ukraine departure from the Soviet Union and shift to a market economy. Download the report [pdf].
For those unaware of his theatrics, Depardieu left France last month in a huff over its proposed 75% income taxes on rich people.
Ottawa has made a mistake by allowing the buyout of Nexen Inc. by China National Offshore Oil Corp. (CNOOC) and the buyout of Progress Energy Resources Corp. by Petronas of Malaysia.
Sovereign-owned or controlled enterprises from questionable countries have no business in the boardrooms of Canada or other free enterprise nations.