Tuesday, May 5, 2015
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A VIEW FROM WASHINGTON, D. C.
Iran nuclear agreement in its current iteration akin to a half-completed skyscraper

It destroys nothing. Most of the centrifuges designed to enrich uranium at best are put into storage. There is no published agreement on the future of the overwhelming bulk of the already enriched uranium (10,000 kilograms supposedly to be reduced to 300 kilograms).   


  
Prime minister Jim Prentice, anyone?

Someday the Harper incumbency will end, either from electoral defeat or well-earner retirement. The Tories will seek new leadership and Jim Prentice has all the credentials.


  
Be careful what you ask for

A future PQ government could submit a list of prominent separatist lawyers for the Quebec-designate position. Although there are no (identified) separatists in the senior Quebec courts, all that is technically required is membership in the Quebec bar.


  
The Prime Minister and the Supreme Court

Prime Minister Stephen Harper has resolved his Senate issue (it cannot be done) and lays the groundwork for a new Supreme Court nomination.


  
U.S. State Department’s annual human rights reports Canada again golden

Although the Annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices no longer grades individual countries even with opaque language, analysts can easily intuit the Canadians are among the world’s fortunate, able to elect leadership freely, speak, write, assemble, and worship in peace under essentially honest government.


  
Reducing inequality good for economic growth

And tax-and-spending policies can do a great deal to improve life chances for the many Canadians who are not doing well economically.


  
Don’t bet on a non-nuclear Iran

Reaching full agreement at the six-month mark is problematic.


  
What are we remembering?

But for all of the iconic nature of Veterans Day, Americans appear to have stepped back from previous wearing of poppies. In the Washington area, there is nary one to be seen. Last year, I got mine at the Canadian Embassy—a red one.


  
Grow up, Canadians

One is always amazed, as an observer from the southland, at what will start Canadian dovecots squawking.


  
U.S. State Department's international human rights report: reviewing 2012 globally and in Canada

While Canadian restrictions on free speech continue to be noted and national and provincial human rights commissions powers are identified, there is no comment on the chilling effect that ‘hate speech’ charges can entail.


  
Drones, the new poster child for the left

And for the professional pontificators, they are a godsend.


  
Forgetting history

There are fewer and fewer for whom Pearl Harbor is the relevant benchmark of their lives. Their ‘who-I-am-is-where-I-was-when’ touchstones are the Kennedy assassination, the Space Shuttle explosion, and—of course—9/11.


  
Soviet-U.S. Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces Treaty signed in 1987 provides lessons worth remembering

It was an unprecedented agreement as for the first time, it eliminated completely an entire class of weapons.


  
On the rail: Amtrak and America

We joined an ‘Adopt a Highway’ cleanup effort on the main highway into Vail. Illustrative of De Tochville’s American volunteer spirit, we dressed in protective clothing, gloved, with bright orange vests and ‘grippers’ for picking up.


  
Total war a lesson in hypocrisy

We all suffer from hypocrisy. Nations are no less culpable than individuals. It is hard to find a nation where the existing government regards itself as acting from other than principled virtue.


  
Just what are we doing in Asia?

  
Canadian human rights: 2011 in review

Although we no longer ‘grade’ human rights action, Canada qualifies for the equivalent of an ‘A.’


  
America declines ‘Americans Elect’

The current U.S. political deadlock is existential; it is not a question of making quick fixes with marginal manoeuvres.


  
Obsessing over the Iranian nuclear program

What to do about Tehran and how or when to do it? This is definitely a conundrum for which the answers are even more illusive than attempting to lever Syria’s Bashar out of power.


  
Harper and Asia: breaking more ground

Harper plays his ‘China card.’ This was a useful reminder to Washington that Ottawa has other market options.


  
Parliamentary Calendar
Tuesday, May 5, 2015
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Press Freedom Advocates Look Back on a Bloody Year May 4, 2015

The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
The Château Laurier was filled with journalists and press freedom advocates Thursday, April 30.
The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Don Newman moderated the luncheon again this year.
The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
The Globe and Mail's Shawn McCarthy, Canada Council of the Arts' Simon Brault, and AP's Kathy Gannon, accepting the 17th annual Canadian World Press Freedom Award.
The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
AP reporter Kathy Gannon giving a speech about what press freedom means to her, during the luncheon.
The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
University of Ottawa's Anne McIlroy, Free the Children's Shelley Page, and Maclean's Sue Allan.
The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
University of Ottawa professor Tolga Yalkin, and Global News' Jacques Bourbeau.
Courtesy of the Canadian Committee for World Press Freedom
First place cartoon in the international cartoon competition, Signe Wilkinson.
Courtesy of the Canadian Committee for World Press Freedom
Second place cartoon in the international cartoon competition, Elchicotriste.
Courtesy of the Canadian Committee for World Press Freedom
Third place cartoon in the international cartoon competition, Ebrahim Ghanei.
The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
House Speaker's D.Comms Heather Bradley, Andrew House, and Chris Day.
The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Earnscliffe's Geoff Norquay and Hugh Scott from RX&D.
The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Kristie Jones and Katie Tenenhouse of Reporters Without Borders.
The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Mohamed Fahmy joined the celebrations via video message.

MICHAEL DE ADDER'S TAKE