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Kutupalong Refugee Camp in Cox's Bazaar, Bangladesh. (Photo by John Owens, VOA, Public Domain, via Wikimedia Commons)

The Rohingya Horror

March 21, 2018 at 11:21 am

The Rohingya, whom most of us had probably never heard of before their plight began to be shared via TV and newspapers around the world, are “the world’s most persecuted minority,” according to  Al Jazeera. They are an ethnic group, largely Muslim, that has lived for centuries in the majorityRead More

Letter to the Editor: The Province of CBI

Letter to the Editor: The Province of CBI

March 14, 2018 at 9:30 am

Cape Breton Island (CBI) was annexed in 1820 without the consent of the Governor of CBI or consent of the island residents. Annexation was in response to the Crown losing a tax case 1816-1820 to two CBI mine owners, over Crown tax demands of the residents of CBI. In response,Read More

President Donald J. Trump addresses service members during a Troop Talk at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Nov. 5, 2017. During his talk, Trump highlighted the importance of the U.S. – Japan alliance in the Indo-Asia Pacific region. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Juan Torres

Trump’s Nuclear Posturing: More Weapons, Less Control

March 7, 2018 at 12:34 pm

On February 2, the United States released its first Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) since the 2010 study commissioned by then-President Barack Obama. The Obama NPR disappointed many disarmament advocates in its doctrinal timidity – it failed to declare the US would never use nuclear weapons first, and only ever use themRead More

Queen Victoria's first meeting with the Privy Council, 1837. (Painting by Sir David Wilkie https://www.royalcollection.org.uk/collection/404710/the-first-council-of-queen-victoria)

A Short History of Cape Breton Annexation (Part III)

February 21, 2018 at 12:02 pm

Editor’s Note: In light of Senator Dan Christmas’ recent speech re-opening the issue of Cape Breton provincehood, Spectator contributor Kenzie MacNeil re-offers material originally published in The Cape Bretoner in 1993 on the Annexation of 1820. (You can read Part I here and Part II here.)    In this, the thirdRead More

Opening remarks during the summit  concerning the security and stability on the Korean Peninsula, held at the Vancouver Convention Centre.

Vancouver Vaudeville: Much Ado about Nothing?

February 7, 2018 at 11:49 am

At times of heightened international tension the first duty of diplomacy is simple to define, harder to practice: providing a venue for the meeting of otherwise warring minds. In co-hosting, with the United States, the ‘Vancouver Foreign Ministers’ Meeting on Security and Stability on the Korean Peninsula’ on January 16,Read More

A Short History of Cape Breton Annexation (Part II)

A Short History of Cape Breton Annexation (Part II)

January 17, 2018 at 12:47 pm

Editor’s Note: In light of Senator Dan Christmas’ recent speech re-opening the issue of Cape Breton provincehood, Spectator contributor Kenzie MacNeil re-offers material originally published in The Cape Bretoner in 1993 on the Annexation of 1820. You can read Part I here.   “[T]he annexation was not legal according to BritishRead More

Top (Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert welcomes Commander of the Royal Canadian Navy Vice Adm. Mark Norman for an office call at the Pentagon. (U.S. Navy Photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Julianne F. Metzger/Released)
Bottom: Bottom: MS Asterix naval replenishment ship, post-conversion.

UPDATED: Of Ships And Men (Or Rather, Man)

January 16, 2018 at 11:56 am

This week, I decided to focus my attention on two (luckily related) stories I’m interested in. Stories I’ve been following for years (eight years for one, one year for the other) but following in a kind of hit-and-miss way. Like I was watching Game of Thrones, but only when IRead...

Women Versus the Bomb

Women Versus the Bomb

January 3, 2018 at 12:06 pm

In 1729, the Irish satirist Jonathan Swift made “A Modest Proposal for Preventing the Children of Poor People in Ireland from Being a Burden to their Parents or Country, and for Making Them Beneficial to the Publick.” There was, Swift’s imperialist Protestant persona reasoned, a “fair, cheap and easy method”Read More

Councilors Have Insulted Each Other Forever

Councilors Have Insulted Each Other Forever

December 20, 2017 at 11:51 am

Editor’s Note: While looking for captions for the photos in this week’s Faces from the Cape Breton Highlander feature, I ran across these accounts of City of Sydney council meetings from 1967. I think you’ll see why they struck me as being à propos.   Cape Breton Highlander, 4 October 1967Read More

Chart of Cape Breton Island, 1767. Unsigned but presumed to be the work of Joseph Frederick Wallet Desbarres, modelled after Samuel Holland. (Source: Beaton Institute  https://beatoninstitute.com/)

A Short History of Cape Breton Annexation (Part I)

December 20, 2017 at 11:50 am

“Unconstitutional and illegal” So declared 2,000 passionate and angry Cape Bretoners, in their eighth bid to get the British government to reverse its decision to annex Cape Breton to Nova Scotia in 1820. In light of Senator Dan Christmas’ recent speech re-opening the issue of Cape Breton provincehood, I thinkRead More