After looking into Trump’s soul, Japan’s Abe seeks new allies

JONATHAN MANTHORPE: International Affairs December 31, 2016 It is now pretty clear that when Shinzo Abe rushed to meet Donald Trump, even while the votes were being counted in November, the Japanese Prime Minister didn’t have a Margaret Thatcher or George W

Venezuela’s drawn-out agony nears crisis

JONATHAN MANTHORPE: International Affairs May 21, 2016 This weekend’s largest military exercises ever by Venezuela may reveal whether the country is heading merely for an accelerated political and economic melt-down, or a full-blown civil war. Besieged President Nicolas Maduro authorised the demonstration of military

Canada’s Navy: Dying From Neglect

JONATHAN MANTHORPE: International Affairs May 14, 2016 One highly desirable result of an isolationist Donald Trump presidency is that it would expose in short order the philosophical, economic, political and moral corruption that has been at the heart of Canadian defence policy

North Korea’s Kim rattles the bars of his cage

JONATHAN MANTHORPE: International Affairs May 7, 2016 A good rule of thumb is to always be deeply suspicious of optimistic projections for the future of North Korea. There have been some rose-tinted forecasts wafting from Pyongyang this week as the Workers’ Party

The Trump virus goes global

Why are so many voters in a blind rage with government and politicians? JONATHAN MANTHORPE: International Affairs April 29, 2016 Trumpery – the political disease that is convulsing the United States – appears to be mutating into a world-wide epidemic. Donald Trump

Namibia’s Nazis — This Week’s Other Birthday

JONATHAN MANTHORPE: International Affairs April 23, 2016 Until quite recently, while Queen Elizabeth and her family were celebrating her birthday every April 21, a group of elderly men in south-west Africa were nursing the effects of the birthday toasts they had drunk

Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi: The Image And The Reality

JONATHAN MANTHORPE: International Affairs April 9, 2016 It has come as a shock to Aung San Suu Kyi’s international groupies and fans that the Burmese freedom icon is not the ethereal Princess in the Tower of their imaginations. Instead of the pure

Nothing is simple about Canada’s support for Kurdish fighters

JONATHAN MANTHORPE: International Affairs February 18, 2016 There is a generation of British soldiers, civil servants and planters, now mostly dead, who swear bloodcurdling oaths at the mention of the name of Canada. They were posted to the then-British colony of Malaya

Five years on, Arab Spring’s thirst for blood still unsated

JONATHAN MANTHORPE: International Affairs January 23, 2016 In an eerie reflection of the start of the Arab Spring five years ago, tens of thousands of Tunisians took to the streets on Friday demonstrating outrage at the death of a young man protesting his

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