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Five days of mass protests in the streets of Baghdad, and there are already 100 dead, most by gunfire from the various ‘security’ forces that work for the government. It’s all the more deplorable because Iraq, unlike the vast majority of Arab states, is not actually ruled by military or royal tyrants, writes Gwynne Dyer. Screen capture courtesy of DW

Hopeless in Iraq

Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
The country still depends on oil for its income, but it is no longer ‘oil-rich’. There is little prospect for a radical improvement in the lives of those angry young men in the streets of Baghdad.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
Regardless of which party gets into power on Oct. 21, expect that we will continue to support the forward deployment in Latvia, the training mission in Ukraine, and the two separate contingents we have in Iraq.
Opinion|By Douglas Roche
Canadian Catholic bishops have done a double service in nudging their fellow bishops around the world and waking up Canadian foreign policy at a critical moment.
Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
Erdogan’s strategy is quite clear. He says he is going to create a 'safe zone' in northern Syria by driving the 'Kurdish terrorists' out.
The next government in power after Oct. 21 must seize the moment and satisfy the financial needs of Canadian veterans and their dependants.
The campaign will ultimately come down to which is more formidable, Conservative cash or Justin Trudeau’s cachet.
Whatever dirt he has on Justin Trudeau, the CPC leader can thank his lucky stars that the current dog-and-pony show hasn’t become the Integrity Election.
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Regardless of which party gets into power on Oct. 21, expect that we will continue to support the forward deployment in Latvia, the training mission in Ukraine, and the two separate contingents we have in Iraq.
The country still depends on oil for its income, but it is no longer ‘oil-rich’. There is little prospect for a radical improvement in the lives of those angry young men in the streets of Baghdad (and their equally despairing sisters at home).
The political wince-o-meter that once delineated interesting from incriminating is busted. The results are about what you’d expect.
It’s hard to know if Andrew Scheer is using personal demonization and misinformation because he sees it as vital to his populist-oriented appeal or if he’s just reading the script he’s been handed.
The report on consular services for Canadians overseas will only have meaning if reflected in appropriate action by the government.
Foreign Policy
Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
If Boris Johnson could engineer an emergency, he could ignore the 'surrender bill' (as he calls it) that forces him to seek an extension rather than crash out on Oct. 31.
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
Even if terrorism is a rare event—we have officially been at medium on a five-point threat scale since 2014—we still call upon CSIS and the RCMP to investigate such threats and to neutralize them.
Opinion|By Younes Zangiabadi
Irrespective of the result of election in October, the new government needs to pursue diplomacy and take the necessary steps to ease tensions with Iran and establish a diplomatic channel.
Opinion|By David Crane
Sustained productivity growth is the key to improved living standards. Investing in innovation is key to boosting productivity.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
While U.S. President Trump appears to have failed in his attempt to 'solicit interference,' the transcript of his conversation with the Ukrainian president has certainly revealed his true character.
Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
Air forces are run by pilots, and they like to fly planes, but what happened in Saudi Arabia two weeks ago will finally give the civilian authorities arguments that the aviators cannot resist or ignore.
Foreign Policy
Liberal MP Ken Hardie says his team has set up get-out-the-vote ground operations in the riding to get all his supporters to the polling booths on election day.
Feature|Neil Moss
Plus, a political ad on the frontpage of the National Post, and Justin Ling debunks conspiracy theory, Warren Kinsella loses his mind.
'Does that create a legitimacy question, for Trudeau to combine with Singh, or not? There’s no legal impediment to it, there’s no constitutional impediment to it,' says former CBC Parliament Hill bureau chief Elly Alboim.
‘The numbers are holding very closely to what they were last time. It all depends on turnout,’ says Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale, the 31-year House MP. 
Opinion|David Crane
Canada faces as critical future, one where there are serious challenges.
Unlike in the last election, none of the major party leaders has promised to try and balance the budget within a four year mandate during this campaign.

Education, ‘food diplomacy,’ ICAO council seat among early priorities for Malaysian envoy

The 'timing is good' for more high level visits after Canada's fall federal election, says Nor'aini Binti Abd Hamid.

Pakistani envoy urges Canada, world to be ‘more forceful’ with India on ‘humanitarian disaster’ in Kashmir

Pakistan has ‘regularly’ raised the issue with Canadian counterparts, says Raza Bashir Tarar, but the ‘festering’ situation in the ‘highly charged’ region is only getting worse.

Qatar hoping Canadian locale pays off for spot on Montreal-based UN aviation body

Countries like Qatar are vying for one of 36 spots on the International Civil Aviation Organization council for a three-year term. Canada is also looking to keep its seat, but won't say who is getting its support.

Exile-turned-envoy says Lesotho’s success means attracting investors

Ralechate Lincoln Mokose returned to diplomacy in 2017 after more than a decade in politics. 
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