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Conrad Black (2014.11.22)

Vladimir Putin’s mindless cynicism

Bismarck warned against the great powers becoming involved in the quarrels of the Balkan “sheep-stealers;” he was ignored and the hecatomb of The First World War followed.

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Russians conduct military exercises in Serbia on the doorstep of NATO

The Russians are undertaking military exercises in Serbia…..is a message being sent to the West?

Here below is the Associated Press article on that exercise: 586 more words

Defence Watch

Wladimir Klitschko floors Kubrat Pulev in 5th round to retain heavyweight belts

HAMBURG — Wladimir Klitschko knocked out the previously unbeaten Kubrat Pulev in the fifth round to retain his four heavyweight belts on Saturday.

Klitschko sent the Bulgarian flying back with a huge left punch to his jaw, leaving him sprawled on the canvas and giving referee Tony Weeks no option but to end the bout. 341 more words


Q&A: For a soldier with PTSD, every day is Remembrance Day

Bill is a former commando who joined the regular Canadian forces in 1985 and spent the next 25 years with the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry. 1,061 more words

Local News

Inside the UN Resolution on Depleted Uranium

John LaForge writes for CounterPunch:

‘On October 31, a new United Nations General Assembly First Committee resolution on depleted uranium (DU) weapons passed overwhelmingly. There were 143 states in favor, four against, and 26 abstentions. 295 more words


Val McDermid - The Skeleton Road

Complex history and investigations, successfully explained; not completely successfully a novel.

I had mixed reactions to Val McDermid’s cleverly titled novel, a murder investigation which leads to exploring the deep issues within global conflict, and how love, in its widest reaches, and revenge, are not by any means in opposition to each other, but bedfellows. 727 more words

Book Review

Should the National War Memorial be changed to honour soldiers like Cpl. Nathan Cirillo?

By David Pugliese

Defence Watch

There is a push underway to change the National War Memorial so it takes into account soldiers like Cpl. Nathan Cirillo and others who have given their lives either during domestic incidents, training accidents or overseas in operations such as Bosnia. 216 more words

Defence Watch