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Barack Obama has decided to confront Chinese imperialism in the South China Sea. But the American President's record of drawing red lines and following through on retaliation doesn't inspire confidence. 
President Barack Obama has shown little skill at drawing red lines to warn off international troublemakers, or at managing the threat of retaliation. Washington’s interventions in the ongoing upheavals in Syria, Egypt, Libya, Iraq and Yemen have been ham-handed, to say the least. But now, in an apparent attempt to reassure Asian allies of the United States' dependability in a crisis, the Obama administration is pushing back against Beijing’s i...
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Products of my recent visit to Japan in today's Business in Vancouver.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s progressive removal of farm subsidies is helping to consolidate land holdings, but the continuing high value of land makes the investment prohibitive for would-be corporate farmers
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Mongolia gets a bad rap from Canadian mining companies and the Canadian media for its erratic policies and regulations. But this is a country with little experience or skills trying to sort trustworthy partners from the carpetbaggers.
Mongolia has a nasty case of Dutch Disease — and Canadian mining companies are a big part of the infection. Since Mongolia emerged from the Soviet Union 25 years ago, its political and economic development have been badly distorted by the fact that the country’s boundless grassland steppe and deserts cover a treasure house of immensely valuable minerals, especially high-grade coal, copper and gold. Successive governments in Ulaan Baatar hav...
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Hongkongers can give up on hopes for democracy until the regime changes in Beijing. My column today on the end of the dream.
One of the abiding myths surrounding Hong Kong’s stormy passage from British colony to Chinese territory is that Beijing promised swift progress to full democracy. It isn't true. It never was. For over 30 years, pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong and their supporters have trumpeted the most liberal and optimistic interpretation of what Beijing actually agreed to in the terms of the 1997 handover. While Beijing did agree to some reform of the...
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The Harper government is fixated on threats to our national interests in the east, when it should be looking to the west. My column in iPolitics today.
While the Harper government is indulging in military adventures in Ukraine and the Middle East, Canada's allies in Asia are increasingly anxious for support in countering the real and present danger of China's navy. After 30 years of heavy investment in cutting-edge naval technology, China's warships are no longer a theoretical threat. As Beijing pursues its ambition to be a global military power and as it incites territorial disputes around i...
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Hell in Heaven. Grabbing political power in the Maldives is a brutal business...even as the country of over 1,200 islands sinks beneath the waves.

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Today's column in iPolitics on the gathering Sunni-Shiite conflict in the Middle East ... and Canada being sized up for collateral damage.
Stephen Harper is getting daily reminders of the perils involved in getting into other people’s wars. The long-brewing rivalry and proxy battles between Saudi Arabia and Iran now threaten to erupt into direct conflict. The contest for primacy among the Muslims of the Middle East has come to a head with the near-complete capture of Yemen, on Saudi Arabia’s southern border, by the Houthi movement, followers of the Shiite faction of Islam champio...
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If Kim Jong-un is not on anyone's list for assassination, he should be. My column today in iPolitics.
Kim Jong-un, the vampire Teletubby who runs North Korea, is fast coming to the end of his rope. Since succeeding to the throne of the Marxist monarchy on the death of his father at the end of 2011, Kim Jong-un has shown contempt for North Korea’s sole remaining international ally — China — while driving forward a bloody reign of terror at home. Modern history is full of men who have ruled successfully by fear; Joseph Stalin, Saddam Hussein ...
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Is the post of Canadian Ambassador for Religious Freedom a real job? My column today in iPolitics.
There may be days when Canada’s Ambassador for Religious Freedom, Andrew Bennett, considers following the example of his former United States counterpart, Rev. Suzan Johnson Cook — who resigned in order to get a real job. Johnson Cook, a fire-and-brimstone Baptist minister, stalked out of her State Department office late in 2013, saying she needed to earn a proper salary in order to put her sons through college.
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Why are so many Eritreans fleeing to Europe and many drowning in the Mediterranean en route? My column today on how one of the most promising countries in Africa has become a disaster.
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In 2011 Burma's junta handed over to what it said was a civilian government after 50 years of military rule. But the reality is the generals are still in control. My column in today's Facts and Opinions.
http://www.factsandopinions.com/galleries/opinion-columns/jonathan-manthorp-international-affairs/
All too often we assess international events through the prism of our own cultures and expectations. Manthorpe aims to try to explain, in clear terms, international events and their casts of charac...
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My column today on the gathering rush towards a regional war in the Middle East.
The prospect of a 1,400-year-old religious dispute turning into a region-wide Middle East war is building after Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Thursday poured scorn on his Saudi Arabian rivals, accusing the absolute monarchy of committing genocide in Yemen. Khamenei’s verbal bile adds rancour to what is already a proxy war across much of the Middle East between adherents of the Sunni, or traditional version of Islam championed...
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