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AUGUST 2016 issue
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Montreal World Social Forum to Focus on Nuclear Disarmament
By J C Suresh - IDN-InDepthNews
The World Social Forum (WSF), the largest civil society gathering to find solutions to the problems of our time, will convene for the first time in a northern country – in Canada – from August 9 to 14.
Montreal will host the 12th World Social Forum that was launched in 2001 in Porto Alegre, the capital and largest city of the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul. One of the key issues in focus will be: “Once a nuclear war starts, there’s no way to limit it.”
Trudeau: Following Harper’s Footsteps In Foreign Policy
Viewpoint By Jim Miles *
Only half a year in power and it is apparent that Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, is essentially following Harper’s footsteps when dealing with Canada’s foreign policy – militarily, politically, and economically.
The recent NATO meeting and Trudeau’s sojourns to Ukraine have indicated – that like Obama using “hope and change” to replicate Bush’s U.S. policies – that like Harper, he is using his “sunny ways” to continue with Harper’s (and U.S.) foreign policy, simply couching it in fancier and false language.
Canada's Arms Exports To Middle East Now 2nd-Largest After U.S., Report Says
By Daniel Tencer - The Huffington Post
If the federal Liberals are loathe to cancel Canada’s controversial arms deal with Saudi Arabia, it may have something do with a trend unearthed this week by Jane’s Defence Weekly.
According to the magazine, Canada has become the world’s second-largest exporter of arms to the Middle East, behind the United States.
The last time Jane’s surveyed arms exports, Canada was in sixth place on Middle East exports, but the country leapfrogged Britain, France, Germany and Russia into second place, with US$2.7 billion in sales in 2015, Jane’s reports.
Our Military, and Political, Disarmament
National Post View
Canada has a major problem with its understrength, overstretched and underequipped Armed Forces. But our biggest problem is our incapacity to have an intelligent discussion of the situation.
The latest proof of our military disarmament is that to send eight CF-18s to the massive multilateral biannual U.S.-led Rim of the Pacific Exercise (RIMPAC), we have been forced to strip them away from NATO and North American air defence deployments. Yet all these functions are critical.
Liberals Must Answer Questions Before
Sending Troops to a War Zone
James Bezan, Official Opposition Critic for National Defence, and Pierre Paul-Hus, Associate Critic for National Defence, issued the following statement in response to the Liberal government’s refusal to address serious concerns about the safety of Canadian troops:
“This week the world witnessed attacks on both UN peacekeeping forces and African Union security officials in Somalia, by members of Al-Shabab. A terrorist organization that has been waging guerrilla warfare against UN forces since 2011, Al-Shabab has pledged to eliminate all foreign troops in Somalia. With over 100 peacekeepers killed since 2013, these conflict zones have been recognized by the UN Security Council as the deadliest mission for UN troops.
Canada's Future Growth Zones
By Peter G Hall
Vice-President and Chief Economist Economic Development Canada
If the science of economics is truly dismal, then now must be its heyday. Six sub-standard post-recession years have birthed a glut of gloom. Few forecasters – in Canada or elsewhere – brave the high side, either run down by repeated retreats, or fearing the ‘heretic’ moniker. Now, there’s a close cluster around consensus, and a general acquiescence to ‘new-normal-nomics’.
Our Pulses are Racing!
By Peter G Hall
Vice-President and Chief Economist Export Development Canada
There’s a lot to keep our pulses racing these days. Brexit, the US election, and recent violence stateside and overseas, have given rise to a new round of uncertainty. So much for our down-tools, kick-back-and-relax plans this summer – or those more leisurely pursuits that get our pulses running higher. Is all this negative stuff making for a different experience during the hot months?