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U.S. President Donald Trump, pictured at Joint Base Andrews-Naval Air Facility in Washington on July 10, 2020. Failing to challenge Trump's unilateralism on Iran will guarantee the intensification of violence and destabilization in the Middle East, and serve as yet another example of the international community’s lack of structural capacity to maintain the rules-based international system in the face of U.S. aggression, writes Helyah Doutaghi. Photograph courtesy of the White House Flickr/Tia Dufour

On Iran sanctions, Canada needs to step up against Trump’s unilateralism

Opinion|By Helyeh Doutaghi
It is crucial for the Trudeau government to join UNSC members and its European allies in refusing to adopt any measures under the United Nations Act that would enact UN sanctions on Iran under U.S. terms.
Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
What Donald Trump has triggered—and somebody was bound to trigger it around now, because every political niche, like every evolutionary niche, is always filled—is a final reckoning on the ‘race problem.'
Opinion|By David Crane
While excellent at starting really smart new companies, Israel, like Canada, has much less success in turning these into locally owned multinationals with the potential to create thousands of domestic jobs.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
The murderous destruction of an American landmark on live television on Sept. 11, 2001, set the stage for a new, more dramatic form of psychological warfare.
Opinion|Ken Rubin
Limitations on the Access to Information Act and government heel-dragging could make it difficult to ever see the full truth behind the WE Charity controversy.
There is little doubt that IP, especially patents, should not be an impediment to forging solutions to the global crisis that we are all facing.
The U.S. president has encouraged Americans to play Russian roulette with their lives, and mocked opponents who have taken the virus seriously.
Opinion|Sheila Copps
The death of WE in Canada will kill any momentum that the opposition parties are seeking to pump up. But don’t expect them to stop trying. The program was killed, the finance minister is gone, and so is WE.
Hill Times Columnists

What is frightening for all of us who share the North American land mass is that for Donald Trump to portray himself as America’s firefighter, there needs to be a fire.
What Donald Trump has triggered—and somebody was bound to trigger it around now, because every political niche, like every evolutionary niche, is always filled—is a final reckoning on the ‘race problem,' about 150 years after the American Civil War.
The murderous destruction of an American landmark on live television on Sept. 11, 2001, set the stage for a new, more dramatic form of psychological warfare.
Canada has not been fertile ground for this approach, but heavy-handed, illiberal populism gains ground with the normalization of extremism and the politics of fear, hate, and resentment.
U.S. President Donald Trump, in the absoluteness of another victory at home, will preside over half-baked schemes as a mandate to be achieved. Top of the list will be China.
Foreign Policy
Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
Donald Trump's bet on a vaccine moonshot could deliver a pre-election payoff, but it mustn't kill voters first
News|By Neil Moss
'I think Canada wouldn't mind if [the relationship] improves, but I don't think at the political level there is a commitment to do it,' says former diplomat Dennis Horak.
Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
China's ruling elite have become impatient to stamp out differences and deviations from the norm.
If donors like Canada want to walk the talk about doing development differently, then we need to listen, and try, and fail, and learn—differently.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
As America is predictably besieged by pre-election chaos, the consequences for humanity in the weaponization of Donald Trump could not be higher.
‘We are Zoom diplomats now,’ says Pham Cao Phong, who, with the South Korean envoy, was the first ambassador in Canada to present their credentials to the Governor General virtually.
Foreign Policy
Meanwhile, freshly minted Conservative leader Erin O’Toole met with Quebec Premier Fran?ois Legault on Monday for the first time since winning the leadership of the official opposition.
'We are not out of the woods.?We need to continue to remain vigilant,' says Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. 'The last thing anyone wants is to go into this fall in lockdown similar to this spring. And the way we can prevent that is by remaining vigilant.'
Bitter partisanship in U.S. could undermine intelligence sharing within the Five Eyes and Ottawa needs to rethink its security and intelligence apparatus this century as the Arctic melts and 'our mental maps will need to migrate North and West.'
Later this afternoon, three economists will deliver exclusive advice to Canada's Parliamentarians and top government officials on the pandemic recovery, through a panel discussion organized by Senator Rosa Galvez.
If COVID-19 challenge studies are not ethical at present, do they have a future role in vaccine development? I believe they may.
‘When he kicked off his campaign, he was picking a fight with me. The reality is, I accept,’ says Unifor president Jerry Dias.
Recognizing the Northwest Passage as Canadian would deny access to China and Russia and safeguard U.S. security.

South Korean scholar-turned-diplomat sees posting as front-row seat to ‘virtual diplomacy era’

Chang Keung Ryong, a former political science and foreign policy professor, says he’d like to write a book about the gap between theory and practice in diplomacy.

Venezuela winter elections will be fraudulent, warns envoy, calling for continued support

Last November, Canada officially recognized Orlando Viera-Blanco, a representative of interim president Juan Guaidó, as the country’s ambassador.

Recognize Palestine as a state, upgrade diplomatic status, says new representative?

Like her predecessor, Hala Abou-Hassira says she’d like to see the Canadian government upgrade her office’s diplomatic status.

New order granting diplomatic privileges to African Union officials a ‘positive step,’ say former diplomats

The timing of the new status order—coming days before countries, including the 55 AU member nations, voted on Canada’s bid for the UN Security Council seat—is notable, say former diplomats.
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