Welcome to Fiscal Fiasco Round Two – and this time it’s really important, because we’re talking about ships. Earlier this spring the Canadian government announced that it was paying Irving Shipyards $288 million just to design the new Arctic Offshore Patrol Ships (AOPS) for the Royal Canadian Navy. Not build, just design.
There has been a glimpse of common sense in the debate over Canada’s next-generation fighter aircraft, but it’s hard to see over all the name-calling, mud-slinging and partisan entrenchment. That glimpse of common sense was when our government decided, just before Christmas, to re-think the sole-source, non-competed contract to buy the F-35 as our next fighter. My worry is that common sense will now be banished from the discussion once again.
What moral obligation do soldiers have in war? This is a tricky question, and one which I considered more than once during my fifteen years in uniform. There are many perspectives, and some can be equally valid even when they diametrically oppose one another. But is there a single, undeniable answer that applies to all? Is there a fundamental truth behind the morality of war?
It was World War II and enemy bombs rained on London, England, leaving death and destruction in their path. This is the true story of a young girl during the most terrifying 24 hours of her life – separated from her family, trapped in a collapsing bomb shelter and wondering if death would be a welcome release from the pain and fear.
Why are we spending nine billion dollars on the wrong aircraft? The Canadian government’s decision to sole-source new jet fighters is questionable. Especially when a better alternative is staring us in the face.
On Bastille Day in France, and in the wake of the assassination of Karzai’s brother in Afghanistan, Julia McLean takes a look at revolutions and their aftermaths.
Osama Bin Laden is dead — and just as his life has caused us to ask some big questions, so too has his death.
If you are at all concerned with where the United States is headed these days, or if you shake your head as to why partisan bickering is destroying a once-great nation, check out the speech US President Dwight D. Eisenhower delivered some 50 years ago.
The current struggle in Egypt—the center of Arab media, scholarship, and culture—has enormous ramifications for the region as a whole. The predominantly young secular activists who initiated the struggle reject not only the U.S.-backed dictatorship of Hosni Mubarak but also conservative Islamist leaders; they have put together a broad coalition of young and old, Muslim and Christian, poor and middle class to challenge a brutal corrupt regime which has held power for nearly thirty years. Like-minded civil society activists are organizing elsewhere. Indeed, 2011 could be to the Arab world what 1989 was to Eastern Europe.
The ruling junta in Mynmar has just completed elections this week which once again illegitimately returned them to power held only by the violence of the gun. Their release of Aung San Suu Kyi after the elections is an attempt to gain some measure of legitimacy from the west; but it won’t work of course.