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War Museum and Nuclear Weapons – No Excuse for This Much Ignorance

Steve Staples notes below that a sign in the War Museum explains that the massive nuclear “overkill” during the Cold War was due “in part to the decades of military and scientific miscalculation about the effects of nuclear explosions” It’s difficult to imagine a statement more erroneous or misleading. The precise effects of nuclear weapons were well understood by […]

Afghanistan's Frozen Children

Almost without exception, the North American media have portrayed the NATO soldiers in Afghanistan as saviours, welcomed by the population, and grateful for their deliverance from the Taliban religious fanatics. But a recent article in the German newsmagazine Der Spiegel explodes this myth. It portrays a confused and deadly mêlée that pits trigger – happy NATO soldiers and pilots against […]

RightOnCanada.ca launched in Ottawa

This afternoon we held a luncheon for human rights groups in the Ottawa area to come and hear about the Rideau Institute’s newest project, RightOnCanada.ca. The featured speaker was RightOnCanada.ca founder and Rideau Institute senior advisor Kathleen Ruff. Kathleen has a long history in the human rights field, including serving as the head of the […]

Rideau Institute opening reception photos

I just wanted to thank everyone who attended our little office launch of the new Rideau Institute on International Affairs in February.  My special thanks to Senator Douglas Roche who gave a very generous and rousing speech about the work ahead and why a new policy and advocacy instutute is needed in Ottawa.  I have to […]

War museum and nuclear weapons

Great for the museum to stick to its history when it gets it right as it did on strategic bombing of Germany, but when should it correct the story when it gets it wrong? In Nov 2005 I stopped by the museum and took the this photo of a display that tried to “explain” the […]

Success! Ceasefire.ca supporters push the reluctant Harper Government to join discussions on cluster bomb treaty

March 6, 2007 Success! Ceasefire.ca supporters push the reluctant Harper Government to join discussions on cluster bomb treaty Dear Ceasefire.ca supporter, Three weeks ago, I wrote to let you and other supporters know that the government was reluctant to support an international ban on cluster bombs. Practically overnight, more than a thousand Ceasefire.ca supporters responded […]