Archive | May, 2016

Mark Collins – Canadian Army Truckin’ at Last (whiff of porc?)–Not So Fast! Good Grief Section

31 May

Further to this January 2016 post (with links to the two companies involved), this rubber sure continues to have a rocky time hitting the road: Troubled procurement won’t affect delivery of new Can…

Source: Mark Collins – Canadian Army Truckin’ at Last (whiff of porc?)–Not So Fast! Good Grief Section

Mark Collins – “China’s government is not Canada’s friend”

31 May

John Robson (he tweets @thejohnrobson) lays out the obvious case for the benefit of our new government–which is unlikely to pay much attention: The Chinese government is not Canada’s friend. …

Source: Mark Collins – “China’s government is not Canada’s friend”

Mark Collins – Time For Canadian Government to Get Really Cyber Serious–But It’s Not

25 May

Further to this post, a telling piece at Vanguard magazine-the new government even worse than its predecessor: Canada’s cyber security deficit The Canadian government, businesses, and individuals h…

Source: Mark Collins – Time For Canadian Government to Get Really Cyber Serious–But It’s Not

Mark Collins – Light Blogging May 25-28

24 May

Will be out of town visiting family so… Mark Collins, a prolific Ottawa blogger, is a Fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute; he tweets @Mark3Ds

Source: Mark Collins – Light Blogging May 25-28

Mark Collins – Fight to Retake Fallujah from ISIS Begins–Iran-Backed Shia Militias (plus Syria)

24 May

Further to this post, Tide Turning vs ISIS in Iraq/Syria? What About Iraqi Government? we’ll just have to wait and see how well this turns out–at Foreign Policy’s “Situation…

Source: Mark Collins – Fight to Retake Fallujah from ISIS Begins–Iran-Backed Shia Militias (plus Syria)

Mark Collins – A Hanoi/Washington Axis, or, as the Dragon-Facing World Turns (Canadian angle)

24 May

Canada at end of the post. Further to this July 2015 post, The US and Vietnam: Containing China Together? A Visit to Washington don’t you believe the nicely diplomatic President Obama (with v…

Source: Mark Collins – A Hanoi/Washington Axis, or, as the Dragon-Facing World Turns (Canadian angle)

Mark Collins – Indian Great Game to Bounce Paks in Afghanistan (take that Dragon!)

24 May

Keep in mind that the Afghans are almost totally dependent on routes through Pakistan for seaborne trade, and that the Iranians are no great friends of the Paks (Shia vs Sunni, Iranians see themsel…

Source: Mark Collins – Indian Great Game to Bounce Paks in Afghanistan (take that Dragon!)

Mark Collins – What Would George Kennan Make of The Donald?

23 May

Further to the posts here and here, one strongly suspects that the now-revered yet very reactionary diplomat and then professor would only be further convinced that the rise of Mr Trump is a demons…

Source: Mark Collins – What Would George Kennan Make of The Donald?

Mark Collins – The Chicom Cross Christians Must Bear

23 May

Excerpts from another story at the NY Times–pity that Canada’s new government is replacing the Office of Religious Freedom within the foreign ministry, now Global Affairs Canada: Decapi…

Source: Mark Collins – The Chicom Cross Christians Must Bear

Mark Collins – Those Jolly Jihadi Saudis Spreading Wahhabism in Kosovo (and Bosnia)

23 May

Further to this post, Those Jolly Jihadi Saudis, Part 3 a major NY Times article looks at what the Kingdom has been up to in a particularly dicey part of the Balkans (PBS on Bosnia at end of the po…

Source: Mark Collins – Those Jolly Jihadi Saudis Spreading Wahhabism in Kosovo (and Bosnia)