While Trudeau's persona of a progressive internationalist has won him kudos at home and abroad, his staunch support for Israel at the UN has left Canada significantly offside with public opinion.
UN Security Council
Ian speaks to development issues of all kinds, sustainability, how to lie with statistics and the future of development.
Earlier this year France began a military involvement in the West African nation of Mali. Last month the French parliament voted to extend their involvement.
Mali is undergoing a new colonization looking a lot like what Haiti has endured since 2004. French parliament votes to extend combat mission while UN Security Council readies a policing force.
On December 10th, the world celebrated Human Rights Day. Canada, with the trembling voice of its Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird, added its fading voice to the international scene.
One important impetus for the creation of international law was the two world wars of the 20th century. The United Nations was born with the intention of preventing war and promoting peace.
Most Canadians now know the answer to the question general Romeo Dallaire once asked thanks, unhappily, to one of history's great man-made tragedies.
As Canada enters the final days in 2011 election campaigning, politicians streaking across the country have offered little more than resounding silence on Canada's military role in Libya.
Action is what is needed to produce real aid for these urgent crises -- but don't expect it from the undemocratic UN, with the self interests of the Security Council and permanent vetoes in play.
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