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Failed NPT conference leaves despair and hope; democratic deficit over Ukraine grows

In Opinion by Michael Rae

REVIEW OF KEY NUCLEAR TREATY ENDS IN FAILURE Following four weeks of intense discussions at UN Headquarters in New York, the Tenth Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) ended late on Friday without an agreed outcome document. A statement from the Spokesperson for Visit the Rideau Institute for the complete article

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Is It Time for a Minimum Corporate Tax?

In Opinion by Michael Rae

Big reforms should be based on wide consensus. At the height of an economic crisis caused by the combined effects of the pandemic lockdowns and sanctions for Russia’s war in Ukraine, further economic experiments such as a global minimum corporate tax could easily become another example of the law of unintended consequences in action. Continue Reading… Read more at The Acton Institute

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Despite the critical backlash, Persuasion largely persuades

In Opinion by Michael Rae

Can an unmarried woman become a guide to romance? It certainly appears so with Jane Austen (1775–1817), spinster author of sharp, witty novels of manners set in early 19th-century England, who has become something of a belated authority on navigating the rocky shores of modern romance. Continue Reading… Read more at The Acton Institute

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Afghanistan, Ukraine updates and Canada in cyberspace

In Opinion by Michael Rae

CANADA STILL IMPERILLING CANADIAN AID WORKERS IN AFGHANISTAN In our 19 June 2022 blog post, we included a detailed segment on the recommendations of the Special Committee on Afghanistan, the most urgent of which were: Recommendation 10 That the Government of Canada act immediately to ensure that registered Canadian organizations have the clarity Visit the Rideau Institute for the complete article

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When a Joke is the difference between freedom and tyranny

In Opinion by Michael Rae

This year, at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival, the major film attraction in Eastern Europe, there was a memento of the Prague Spring: a newly restored version of the 1969 movie The Joke, directed by Jaromil Jireš and adapted by him and Milan Kundera from the latter’s eponymous debut novel. Continue Reading… Read more at The Acton Institute