National Newswatch

NAFTA 2.0 – Déjà Vu All Over Again

Aug 15 2017 — Peter Clark — Hundreds of trade negotiators have descended on Washington this week to ‘modernize’ NAFTA – whether it needs it or not. Tens of millions of jobs in Canada, Mexico and the U.S. depend directly on trade within North America. More than US$1 trillion in annual trade in goods and services is being held for ransom to satisfy irresponsible xenophobic election promises and the beggar thy neighbour initiatives of President Donald J. Trump.

NAFTA 2.0 – Canada’s Wish List

Aug 15 2017 — Peter Clark — Canada has jumped into the NAFTA re-negotiation fray with high ambition and a heavy dose of social conscience. Global Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland has finally revealed Canada’s priorities in the negotiations. Canada will not simply accept the U.S. effort to transform the Trans-Pacific Partnership and bits and pieces of the Canada – E.U. Comprehensive Economic […]

NAFTA 2.0 – Canada’s Wish List

Aug 15 2017 — Peter Clark — Canada has jumped into the NAFTA re-negotiation fray with high ambition and a heavy dose of social conscience. Global Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland has finally revealed Canada’s priorities in the negotiations. Canada will not simply accept the U.S. effort to transform the Trans-Pacific Partnership and bits and pieces of the Canada – E.U. Comprehensive Economic […]

As Hard Power ramps up, Soft Power comes into its own

Aug 10 2017 — Glen Pearson — With “hard” power clearly in a resurgent mode, it’s time to focus more on “soft” power and the advantages it holds in balancing off some of the more frightening aspects of human nature. Fortunately, there are lots of resources to assist us, chief of which is the recently released The Soft Power 30 – an […]

Hunger vs Famine: A Vital Distinction

Aug 6 2017 — Glen Pearson — It’s one of the great ironies of our age – learning that millions are being lifted out of desperate poverty at the same time as millions more are falling into famine. Thanks to system change many of what are termed the “bottom billion” are finding their lives slightly improved. Yet it is also because of […]