Here are the Blogs in the Conrad Black
Saturday, 24 October 2015
In the dramatic fall of the Harper government and the meteoric doubling of the Liberal percentage of the popular vote, and quintupling of that party’s number of MPs, it is easy to lose sight of what the outgoing regime accomplished and even of what the most important shifts of electoral currents have ...Read More...
Posted on 10/24/2015 6:33 AM by Conrad Black
Thursday, 22 October 2015
The peculiarity of the American political scene now is a profound revulsion against the more than 20 years of misgovernment the country has suffered, from both parties and in all three branches. For the first time in living memory, and probably in the history of the country, the United States has endured ...Read More...
Posted on 10/22/2015 5:57 AM by Conrad Black
Tuesday, 20 October 2015
Since the end of the Cold War, the American public and even the U.S. government appear to have lost almost all interest in Latin America, apart from immigration questions. While the Cold War was active, the Soviet Union had the will and the capability to distract the United States severely by promoting ...Read More...
Posted on 10/20/2015 6:00 AM by Conrad Black
Saturday, 17 October 2015
The arguments for voting for Conservative Leader Stephen Harper are numerous and persuasive. He has been a competent and diligent prime minister who has avoided fiscal imprudence, brought us well through the 2008 financial crisis and has gone to great and imaginative lengths to keep taxes down and shrink ...Read More...
Posted on 10/17/2015 7:59 AM by Conrad Black
Sunday, 11 October 2015
It is astonishing that, with barely a week left before the federal election, pollsters seem to agree the principal issue between the main parties is whether the face-covering niqab can be worn by a handful of women when they take their oath as new citizens of Canada, having privately satisfied authorities ...Read More...
Posted on 10/11/2015 5:32 AM by Conrad Black
Saturday, 10 October 2015
In the week in which the Russians escalated their attacks on the Syrian factions being assisted by the United States and what is left of the Western Alliance, and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas renounced the long-dead letter of the Oslo Agreement (for which his predecessor Yasser Arafat and the Israeli ...Read More...
Posted on 10/10/2015 5:01 AM by Conrad Black
Saturday, 3 October 2015
With just over two weeks before the federal election, several points appear to be emerging.
The New Democrats have been given their star turn as a potential government, but have not made it. Their leader, Thomas Mulcair, has avoided the pink scare — deservedly, as he is not an extremist — but New ...Read More...
Posted on 10/03/2015 8:52 AM by Conrad Black
Sunday, 27 September 2015
It is with inexpressible pleasure that I reply to the attack on me this week by Dr. Michael Mann, the discredited harpy of the now almost defunct global warming movement.
Readers may recall that last week, Mann made a cameo appearance in my column about the coalition industriously cobbled together ...Read More...
Posted on 09/27/2015 5:17 AM by Conrad Black
Saturday, 19 September 2015
The Leap Manifesto unveiled by Naomi Klein and a coalition of somewhat kindred spirits this week in Toronto illustrates the phenomenon of regrouping in which the shattered Old Left, heavily buffeted eco-zealots, imperishable agitators for the native people, and the detritus of organized labour, together ...Read More...
Posted on 09/19/2015 9:00 AM by Conrad Black
Wednesday, 16 September 2015
Republicans find themselves at the confluence of two powerful political streams, a fortuitous occurrence complicated by the fact that the streams are colliding, as if rolling inexorably toward each other from two mighty sources diametrically opposite.
The Republicans have a lock on that vast mass ...Read More...
Posted on 09/16/2015 7:57 AM by Conrad Black
Saturday, 12 September 2015
The interruption of the election campaign by the refugee crisis exposes the utter bankruptcy of much of multi-partisan Canadian foreign policy.
Not foreseeing that any such interest by desperate foreigners for sanctuary could arise, we have pre-empted our national appetite for such causes by steadily ...Read More...
Posted on 09/12/2015 5:13 PM by Conrad Black
Thursday, 9 July 2015
It is 75 years since Winston Churchill referred to Russia as “a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.” It is today a much reduced entity, but it is still a politically mysterious country. The struggle that has continued — sometimes quietly but flaring intermittently since the time of Peter the ...Read More...
Posted on 07/09/2015 5:58 AM by Conrad Black
Saturday, 4 July 2015
The Claremont Review of Books requested my reply – in their pages — to Angelo Codevilla’s review of Henry Kissinger’s latest book, World Order, as part of an online exchange with the reviewer, to which he was to reply. The Claremont Review then wrote that Codevilla declined to reply to me and promised ...Read More...
Posted on 07/04/2015 8:11 AM by Conrad Black
Sunday, 28 June 2015
As we observe the 148th anniversary of Confederation, there are a few facts civic-minded Canadians should remember.
However humdrum it may seem at times, this system has served us well and there have been fewer than 100 deaths in that time from political disputes, an astonishingly peaceable history. ...Read More...
Posted on 06/28/2015 5:43 AM by Conrad Black
Saturday, 20 June 2015
The pattern of disintegration in international affairs continues as the United States and Europe persevere in the most profound strategic policy torpor those countries have endured since the pre-Roosevelt ’30s: the piping days of Herbert Hoover, Ramsay MacDonald, Pierre Laval and the bottom of the Great ...Read More...
Posted on 06/20/2015 3:50 PM by Conrad Black
Thursday, 18 June 2015
There is increasing evidence that American politics is recovering from the dearth of good presidential candidates and potential candidates rising into governors’ chairs and the U.S. Senate that has afflicted it for 30 years. I believe that the entire Watergate drama demotivated a whole generation of ...Read More...
Posted on 06/18/2015 12:27 PM by Conrad Black
Sunday, 14 June 2015
Stephen Maher wrote here Thursday that (apart from those that were already extinct), “aboriginal people across Canada have attacked (me) for writing that ‘even the First Nations should be grateful that the Europeans came here’” and “for rejecting the idea that they were the victims of attempted cultural ...Read More...
Posted on 06/14/2015 5:22 AM by Conrad Black
Thursday, 11 June 2015
It is probably time for those of us who have strenuously opposed acquiescing in Iran’s development of nuclear weapons to throw in the towel. President Obama’s determination to transform his and then–secretary of state Hillary Clinton’s fervent determination of yesteryear to ensure that no such event ...Read More...
Posted on 06/11/2015 1:14 PM by Conrad Black
Monday, 8 June 2015
I yield to no one in my fervour to make amends to the native people for violations of treaty rights and other mistreatment, but the phrase “cultural genocide,” as I wrote here last week in reference to the Chief Justice of Canada’s use of it in a speech given in honour of the Aga Khan, is deliberately ...Read More...
Posted on 06/08/2015 5:12 AM by Conrad Black
Thursday, 4 June 2015
The decline in the GDP of the United States in the first quarter of this year has been officially treated as almost as much a ho-hum as the fall of Ramadi to ISIS, but at least the Federal Reserve is not relying on America’s new Iranian allies to rectify the economic-growth problem, too.
The official ...Read More...
Posted on 06/04/2015 3:37 PM by Conrad Black
Saturday, 23 May 2015
Tomorrow is the 195th birthday of Her Imperial Britannic Majesty Victoria, Queen and Empress, which we celebrated with the holiday last Monday. All my youth, with the fireworks displays, it was one of my favourite holidays.
I recall with particular pleasure when the metal rod from which my father ...Read More...
Posted on 05/23/2015 2:18 PM by Conrad Black
Wednesday, 20 May 2015
The upcoming trip of Pope Francis to Cuba will raise significant issues concerning the future of Cuba in the last days of the Castro regime, but, more importantly, concerning the pope’s relative treatment of questions of human rights and wealth redistribution. He has been outspoken in support of both ...Read More...
Posted on 05/20/2015 5:54 AM by Conrad Black
Sunday, 17 May 2015
I had the pleasure this week of meeting Ayaan Hirsi Ali at a most convivial social occasion, having just read her latest book, Heretic. Most readers will be aware that she fled an arranged marriage as a very young Somalian Muslim woman and abandoned her faith, going first to Germany and then to the ...Read More...
Posted on 05/17/2015 5:32 AM by Conrad Black
Tuesday, 12 May 2015
Many commentators, including me, have reposed our hopes for avoidance of a complete fiasco with Iran over nuclear weapons in somehow fumbling through to the inauguration of a more purposeful U.S. administration on January 20, 2017. As policy, this is little better than common-or-garden irresolution. ...Read More...
Posted on 05/12/2015 3:28 PM by Conrad Black
Saturday, 9 May 2015
My wife Barbara, a renowned political scientist, in the absence of conclusive evidence of humanly generated climate change, suggests that some ineluctable and universal forces are possessing electorates to smite themselves, as if deranged by a self-destructive political bilharzia, inadvertently carried ...Read More...
Posted on 05/09/2015 8:10 AM by Conrad Black