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Mary Lou McDonald, left, and MLA Michelle O'Neill, pictured on Jan. 12, 2018, put it plainly last week after the results of the Irish election—'We are going to have a unity referendum.' Photograph courtesy of Commons Wikimedia

A new Ireland?

Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
This political revolution is not driven by Irish nationalism. Few of the people who voted for Sinn Féin cared much about the North, or unification, or any of that old stuff.
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
I hope that those responsible for making decisions in this regard have the training and understanding of terrorism and the terrorist mindset to make the right call.
Opinion|By David Crane
While we can take pride in the quality of our Foreign Affairs professionals and their ability to represent Canada well at the UN and around the world, membership on the UN Security Council should be based on more than th
News|By Neil Moss
Committees would have to submit amendments for Bill C-4 to the House Committee on International Trade by April 2.
The job of a political strategist is not just to manage a campaign; it’s also to manage the candidate.
Opinion|Sheila Copps
Courts have been very clear. Governments have a duty to consult Indigenous people before green-lighting major construction projects. But duty to consult should not be confused with veto power.
Opinion|Jay Ritchlin
Summit shows importance of nature-based climate solutions to meet environmental targets.
The reason Canada keeps on having confrontations with Indigenous peoples is that their prodigious patience has been worn out. They confront because they have been sold out too many times.
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Much scratching of heads and commissioning of studies has yet to produce a clear strategy as to how to find the magic formula to suddenly encourage the necessary waves of women to enlist.
Suddenly, the Sinn Féin ends up with more votes than any other party in the Republic. What happened? They voted for Sinn Féin because they were fed up with high rents, housing shortages, and long hospital waiting lists. Their only alternative was to vote for the same two old parties that have been passing power back and forth for a hundred years, so they ignored Sinn Féin’s IRA links and voted for it anyway.
For which babies boiled and fricasseed provide both inspiration and a cautionary tale. With thanks and apologies to J. Swift.
Bridging the gap between the general electorate and a Conservative base that has an aversion to actual society-wide incentives on climate change will be a test, no matter who winds up as leader.
The report on consular services for Canadians overseas will only have meaning if reflected in appropriate action by the government.
Foreign Policy
Davud Hanci was sentenced to 15 years years in a Turkish prison for his alleged involvement in the 2016 coup. Now back in Canada, he’s speaking about the ‘madness’ of his arrest and nearly three years in jail.
News|By Neil Moss
Canada currently has 120 Canadian Force members deployed to Africa, down from 427 members that were deployed to the continent during Canada's contribution to the UN peacekeeping mission in Mali.
Opinion|By Douglas Roche
In the UN Charter, we find the truths to guide us, such as saving humanity from the scourge of war, reaffirming faith in fundamental human rights, and the dignity of the human person.
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
Terrorism may be a rare scourge, but it gets a lot of attention. We have to do this better to retain public confidence. I just pray that the plan includes a mix of specialists and former practitioners.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
As independent nations strive to define their national identity, it’s baffling they would choose to honour figures who have any association or link to Hitler.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
The 2020 U.S. presidential campaign is already giving the relentless dumpster fire of 2016 a run for its lunacy.
Foreign Policy
Plus, a string of committees, including the House Environment and Immigration committees, are electing their chairs.
Employment Minister Carla Qualtrough has similarly brought a number of staff from her old office as public services minister to her new post, including now-policy director Nicholas Kang.
A new government bill is coming, the Finance Committee is pulling together its pre-budget report, and a Senate committee could be struck to pre-study the CUSMA trade bill.
Rural Liberals warned that the government’s gun control policies could cost them their seat. Many of them didn’t make it past the election. 
Feature|Neil Moss
Plus, Hillites honour Christie Blatchford, and scribes gather to talk shop and drink beer at Feb. 13 CAJ shindig.
Courtesy a foreign policy independent of Saudi influence, tiny Qatar has carved out an interesting niche for itself on the global stage. 
'If you're a donor, why would you want to give money if you can't get straight answers on what the hell's going on?’ says veteran Conservative political insider Tim Powers.
One Mohawk scholar who experienced the 1990 Oka Crisis first-hand says Ottawa's offer to meet with protesters shows 'they’ve lost control of the situation, to a certain extent.'

Taiwan president’s re-election could signal diplomatic shift in China: analysts

A China expert says he’s concerned Taiwan's January election could prompt a shift in approach from China, with some pointing to tensions in Hong Kong as an example.

Afghan envoy fills two-year Ottawa vacancy with focus on trade, investment

Canada is the first head of mission posting for new Afghanistan Ambassador Mohammad Hassan Soroosh Yousufzai, whose predecessor left amidst controversy.

Kuwait ambassador brings team approach to diplomacy

An advocate for women, Reem Al Khaled says she’s always wanted to be ‘one of the voices’ pushing to get women involved.

From ‘failed state’ to stability: Rwanda has made ‘impressive’ strides, says envoy

High Commissioner Prosper Higiro speaks of his at times risky path to politics and how far the country has come 25 years after the genocide.
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