Countries of the World

Election in Land of Oz : “If you want to know who to vote for, I’m the guy with the not bad looking daughters . .”

Sep 6th, 2013 | By Randall White | Category: Countries of the World

[UPDATED SEPTEMBER 8]. In some more ideal world Canada would take more of an interest in Australia, and vice-versa. The two places have a lot in common. They are both natural resource-dominated economies in geographically vast territories with modest but increasingly diverse populations. And they are both former self-governing dominions of the now declined and [...]



Istanbul Revisited 2013

Jun 17th, 2013 | By Citizen X | Category: Countries of the World

As I start to write here in northern North America, the headlines from the old heartland of the Ottoman empire far away, between the Mediterranean and Black seas, are not encouraging. (See : “Police lock down Taksim, PM shows off in Istanbul” ; “Turkish PM says it was his ‘duty’ to oust protestors occupying Istanbul [...]



Where will the new German hegemony in Europe lead this time?

Jun 4th, 2012 | By Counterweights Editors | Category: Countries of the World

A week or so after our Toronto head office re-opened, almost all the individual notes on our two-weeks-plus   Western Europe conference circuit, in a poignant time of change, have been handed in.  We now ought to be able to synthesize some broad overview of our collective findings. For better or worse,  “random impressions” is  almost [...]



Toward European unity 20?? .. what are the politics of fixing the economy?

Sep 25th, 2011 | By Randall White | Category: Countries of the World

It is not entirely clear that Europe ought to get most of the blame for the latest bout of international financial neurosis — all too reflected in such other places as the Toronto Stock Exchange this past week. But the once mighty continent is certainly playing that role in the eyes of the concerned global [...]



Ancient destruction of Atlantis and tragic disaster in Japan today

Mar 14th, 2011 | By L. Frank Bunting | Category: Countries of the World

It is altogether an accident that the “the unfolding tragedy in Japan” is happening alongside reports on yet another theory about the “great civilization destroyed by floodwaters following a massive undersea earthquake,” as described in Plato’s 2400-year-old story of the lost world of Atlantis (which purports to recount events that took place 9000 years earlier [...]



June in Jakarta 2010 .. or Edison Chen’s naughty pictures part deux, with Ariel, Luna Maya, and Cut Tari, on the world wide web ..

Jun 21st, 2010 | By Dominic Berry | Category: Countries of the World

[UPDATED JANUARY 31, 2011, JULY 24, 2012]. “Globalization” is nothing new, in some ways. It used to be called “imperialism.” Its current incarnation began with the “Portuguese Pioneers” — when Bartolomeo Diaz rounded the Cape of Good Hope in 1488, and Vasco da Gama made landfall on the coast of India 10 years later. In [...]



Terrorism and human rights on trial : Melbourne 12 (and Toronto 18)

Apr 25th, 2010 | By Randall White | Category: Countries of the World

Now that the final stages of the “Toronto 18” terror case are underway, a  closely related package from down under has arrived in the mail. It makes clear (yet again) that some striking similarities between the two former senior dominions of the fallen British Empire and Commonwealth remain, even if many early 21st century Australians [...]



Commonwealth’s 60th anniversary summit .. still “an old boys club headed by an old lady”?

Nov 30th, 2009 | By Randall White | Category: Countries of the World

[UPDATED DECEMBER 2, 2009]. How many sovereign people of Canada today are even aware that there was a 60th anniversary summit of the Commonwealth of Nations this past weekend in Trinidad and Tobago? A poll commissioned by something called the Royal Commonwealth Society this past  summer asked a representative sample of Canadians: “Which one of [...]



Beware of breaking your heart with too much sadness

Oct 1st, 2009 | By Randall White | Category: Countries of the World

OLD CHINATOWN, DUNDAS STREET, TORONTO. OCTOBER 1, 2009. Today is of course not the actual birthday of the late Mao Zedong (1893–1976). It is only the 60th anniversary of the official founding of the modern People’s Republic — when Mao made the now historic declaration: “China has stood up!” The new Chinese role in the [...]



Will Stephen Harper follow John Howard into dustbin of history?

Dec 2nd, 2008 | By Greg Barns | Category: Countries of the World

Prime Minister Stephen Harper likes to think of himself as a northern hemisphere variant of former Australian prime minister, John Howard. Harper plays his politics tough, loves nothing better than burying his opponents, and has adopted from Howard the habit of dividing Canadian society into those who are ordinary’ or mainstream’ and those who are [...]