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Scheer wins Tory leadership in a nailbiter

Here’s a quick note I bashed off for Facebook on the dramatic Conservative Party of Canada leadership win by Andrew Scheer — and his less-than-dramatic acceptance speech. (more…)

Sat, May 27 2017 » Main Page, politics » No Comments

Gains of Operation Medusa on verge of being overturned by Taliban

Operation Medusa was a two-week land battle in Afghanistan’s Kandahar province that began in early September 2006. Canada’s troops did the job and drove the Taliban out of village districts such as Panjwaii and Zhari. Twelve Canadian soldiers died in the fighting.

However, nearly 11 years later, the Taliban threaten to retake control of their old territory, which sits west of the provincial capital of Kandahar City. (more…)

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Gigantic bomb dropped on ISIS in Afghanistan

MOAB or Massive Ordnance Air Blast

The United States military used the most powerful non-nuclear weapon in its arsenal Thursday against its Islamic State foes in Afghanistan.

The bomb is formally called GBU 43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast, or MOAB. Its nickname is Mother of All Bombs. (more…)

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Russian subs logging Cold War levels of activity

Russian submarines have been remarkably active in the past year, says that country’s navy chief. (more…)

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Bring out your dead

Saw this on Twitter. Got a morbid kick out of it:

Sub-editing fail!

Fri, March 31 2017 » Main Page, Media, Minutiae » Comments Off on Bring out your dead

Trump brings the hammer down on climate policies

U.S. President Donald Trump signed an executive order undoing his predecessor’s climate policies and regulations, ensuring America would become dirtier as it became “richer.” (more…)

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Trump using Special Forces as linchpins of anti-terror fight

Following a policy set out by his predecessor, U.S. President Donald Trump has let the Special Forces operators of his nation’s military shoulder much of the heavy counter-terrorism load. (more…)

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Legendary columnist Jimmy Breslin dies

Subhead: “Mr. Breslin, a New York columnist and best-selling author, leveled the powerful and elevated the powerless for decades, with prose that was savagely funny and poorly imitated.” (more…)

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Behind the tweets and bombast, Trump is making changes

John Ibbitson argues that the headlines about the Trump administration — Russia and wiretapping, to name two examples — are obscuring the fact that it is the most activist presidency since Ronald Reagan. (more…)

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Anti-Islam far-right party falters in Netherlands elections

The lede: “The far-right politician Geert Wilders fell short of expectations in Dutch elections on Wednesday, gaining seats but failing to persuade a decisive portion of voters to back his extreme positions on barring Muslim immigrants and jettisoning the European Union, according to early results and exit polls.” (more…)

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