Northern Reflections: Going To War — Secretly

The Harper government doesn’t like to release information — on Afghan prisoners, on the cost of fighter jets, on budget cuts. It has now applied the same strategy to Canada’s involvement in Mali. Tom Walkom reports: But then everything about Canada’s role in Mali is treated by Ottawa as a state secret. Canadians learned of ...

Northern Reflections: Arab Dominoes?

When the French were defeated at the Battle of Dien Bien Phu, they asked President Dwight Eisenhower to help them re-establish their hold in Vietnam. Eisenhower — who was  a dark realist when it came to sizing up battles  — refused their invitation. But his successor, John Kennedy — humiliated by Nikita Khrushchev early in ...