National Newswatch

When Democracy Becomes a Battlefield

Jun 28 2022 — Glen Pearson — American political analyst Michael Podhorzer laid out a frightening scenario last week in a newsletter penned for activists.  He suggests that the time might have arrived when the United States is not one country but two nations that happen to share the same geography. Ronald Brownstein, the senior writer for the Atlantic, wrote about Podhorzer’s […]

Taking Human Out of Human Rights

Jun 16 2022 — Glen Pearson — The very thought of it carries the vestiges of something inhumane, which is likely why the European human rights court imposed a legal injunction against it.  Nevertheless, the intent of Boris Johnson’s government to ship asylum seekers to Rwanda from Britain to be processed and fend for themselves in an African land thousands of miles […]

Lest We Forget

May 18 2022 — Glen Pearson — Coverage and analysis of events in the modern era are so fast paced that we can almost be forgiven for casting aside stories that were so impactful only a few years ago.  One of these narratives was central enough to the Canadian context that it consumed years of front-page interest until it was suddenly relegated […]

The Dangers of Certainty in Uncertain Times

May 4 2022 — Glen Pearson — The game is changing regarding the West’s approach to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and a brief look under the hood reveals a more aggressive stand against Putin’s designs.  The original delivery of “defensive” weaponry to Ukraine has now openly morphed into the transfer of “offensive” capabilities, especially against Russian air supremacy. The increase in high-profile […]

Losing the World

Apr 19 2022 — Glen Pearson — When first announced last week, Britain’s plan to send illegal arrivals to Rwanda was met with stunned silence across the Western world.  It wasn’t expected, and it wasn’t much appreciated either.  Within hours, outrage spread across the world, and Prime Minister Boris Johnson had another fire on his hands, along with the fines imposed on […]

Democracy? Take Your Pick

Apr 13 2022 — Glen Pearson — All political eyes are on France this week as President Emmanuel Macron endeavours to salvage another term in office.  The issue will be decided in two weeks once the second round of presidential voting is concluded. But the world isn’t focused on France primarily for politics. Instead, it is keeping its eye on the far-right […]

It’s About Time

Apr 5 2022 — Glen Pearson — The images emerging from Ukraine in these last few days have been fierce.  We had been told by those familiar with the region and Russia’s recent conflict in Crimea to expect it. Still, we hoped that with all our words, speeches, posts, boycotts, global gatherings, and military assistance, we could push back when it mattered, […]

Our New Adventure

Mar 23 2022 — Glen Pearson — In a political climate dominated by a global pandemic and European war, the deal struck yesterday between the federal NDP party and the Liberal government came as a surprise to many.  The subject had been broached numerous times back in the fall with the new sitting of Parliament, but significant events intervened, and the possibility […]

Time For a Hard “No”

Mar 14 2022 — Glen Pearson — It’s hard, not knowing what comes next.  Experts and seasoned minds make their best predictions, but everybody knows nothing is certain.  And it’s not just about how the Ukraine-Russia war turns out. Significant uncertainty still exists about the future of Covid or other possible pandemics, the true health of the global economy, the increasing intensity […]

When Either Choice is Fatal

Mar 6 2022 — Glen Pearson — It’s a problem with every sizeable military conflict.  It begins with heightened interest, somewhat clear goals, and usually hopes for a negotiated settlement.  The world is engaged, through humanitarian support or significant events, expressing solidarity.  Media is all over it, and billions watch, transfixed. In almost every case, the conflict gets bogged down.  Talks between […]

Polarized Canada needs to find common ground

Mar 5 2022 — Glen Pearson — Perhaps we just can’t do it anymore. Canadians have spent the last 155 years disagreeing about everything. What else can we expect from a country of 10 provinces, three territories, more than 200 languages, 15 religions (more if you count indigenous spirituality, which we should), and an endless array of political opinions?

We’re All Soldiers in This War

Feb 28 2022 — Glen Pearson — It now appears that Vladimir Putin greatly overestimated his military might or underestimated Ukraine’s.  The answer is likely both. Ukraine demonstrates remarkable prowess and adaptability against what many thought a Russian juggernaut.  Their skill in fighting in small units, moving at a pace quicker than Russian tanks, rocket launchers, and troop carriers, has held the […]