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Can China help end the Ukraine war? Nuclear fusion and the tools of war and more

In Opinion by Michael Rae

UKRAINE UPDATE: MILITARY ESCALATION, DIPLOMACY, AND A ROLE FOR CHINA? Today we first consider a Russia Matters (RM) staff article about Henry Kissinger’s speech to the World Economic Forum (WEF) via Zoom on 17 Jan 2023 entitled Kissinger’s Post-War Vision Puts Ukraine in NATO but Also Has an ‘Opening to Russia’ In Visit the Rideau Institute for the complete article

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A Bond for All Seasons

In Opinion by Michael Rae

As the producers of the venerable James Bond franchise come to ponder how best to refurbish their hero for the uncertain times ahead—a woman, perhaps, and/or a person of color?—a small but persistent debate among film buffs continues to address the chicken-and-egg dilemma of which came first: Have the actors successively playing Bond over the past 60-plus years consciously fine-tuned their performance in response to all the eddies in fashion and culture, or have they been ahead of the curve in defining the limits of an acceptable sort of male behavior for the rest of …

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Calculating the risks for Ukraine, Israel spyware update, reducing space threats and more

In Opinion by Michael Rae

Ukraine update For a frank and hard-hitting analysis of the best way forward for Kyiv, see Peace by exhaustion in Ukraine (Shlomo Ben Ami, inquirer.net, 19 January 2023; originally published in the paywalled Project Syndicate, HERE). Ben Ami writes: those who resist imperfect peace—remaining committed instead to a “just peace” achieved, presumably, through Visit the Rideau Institute for the complete article

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The Will to Power Is Not the Christian Way

In Opinion by Michael Rae

It is not a point of dispute that the Christian faith, both in influence and number of adherents, is declining in the Western world. Every month, new books, articles, podcasts, surveys, and sermons analyze, diagnose, and strategize about the waves of secularism pounding through churches, synagogues, homes, marriages, workplaces, universities, primary and secondary schools—indeed, what feels like every square inch of our society. Continue Reading… Read more at The Acton Institute

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Fighter jet folly, Biden’s “just peace” for Ukraine, think tanks and nukes and more

In Opinion by Michael Rae

CANADA FINALIZES F-35 FIGHTER JET FOLLY On 9 January 2023, Defence Minister Anita Anand announced that Canada had finalized an agreement with the US government and Lockheed Martin with Pratt & Whitney for the acquisition of 88 F-35 fighter jets for the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) pursuant to a Visit the Rideau Institute for the complete article

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Faith and Reason in the Life and Work of Benedict XVI

In Opinion by Michael Rae

With the December 31 passing of Pope Benedict XVI, the Catholic Church, Christianity, and the world lost one of the most significant and insightful minds of the last century. Certainly, within the Church, Joseph Ratzinger was among the most influential and esteemed theologians of the second half of the 20th century, all the way through his pontificate in the early 21st, to include the period of the Second Vatican Council, to which he was an important adviser. Continue Reading… Read more at The Acton Institute