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    Federal budget: Canada to spend additional $360 million on war against ISIL
    Apr21

    Federal budget: Canada to spend additional $360 million on war against ISIL

    War isn’t cheap. The Conservative government expects to spend more than $360 million on Canada’s fight against the Islamic State over the next 12 months. That is on top of the $122 million already spent on the war, bringing the total to nearly half a billion dollars. The revelation is contained in the federal budget, making the war...

    Why this budget is a 518-page campaign pamphlet
    Apr21

    Why this budget is a 518-page campaign pamphlet

    (Michael Peake/Toronto Sun/Postmedia) To call a federal budget a political document is a cliché. What else would the annual unveiling of a set-piece plan for taxing and spending be? But in this election year, with every eye in Ottawa squinting ahead to the Oct. 19 fixed date for Canadians to go to the polls, Finance Minister Joe Oliver’s...

    Highlights of the 2015 federal budget tabled by Finance Minister Joe Oliver
    Apr21

    Highlights of the 2015 federal budget tabled by Finance Minister Joe Oliver

    OTTAWA – Highlights of the 2015-16 federal budget introduced Tuesday by Finance Minister Joe Oliver:— The budget is balanced, with a projected surplus of $1.4 billion this year, increasing to $4.8 billion in 2019-20.— The sale of the government’s General Motors shares, purchased in 2009 as part of an effort to help the auto industry...

    Kazakh Leader to Extend Long Rule, Promises Stability
    Apr21

    Kazakh Leader to Extend Long Rule, Promises Stability

    President Nursultan Nazarbayev will extend his nearly 26-year rule of Kazakhstan in an election on Sunday which investors hope will maintain stability in the Central Asian state despite criticism of his rights record. The 74-year-old former steelworker has held power since 1989 when the oil-producing nation of 17 million stretching from the...

    A Ukrainian National Guard Unit Trains to ‘Fight to the Death’
    Apr21

    A Ukrainian National Guard Unit Trains to ‘Fight to the Death’

    At its training camp on the outskirts of Kiev this past weekend, the Ukrainian National Guard Azov Regiment held its Spartan Test—a grueling three-hour rite of passage meant to test the mental and physical strength of both new recruits and battle-hardened veterans. The ordeal is the capstone to a two-week-long whirlwind military training program,...

    Poland Picks U.S. Missile Shield
    Apr21

    Poland Picks U.S. Missile Shield

    Today Poland announced its selection of the U.S. Raytheon Company, supplier of the Patriot air defense system, as its strategic partner for the modernization of the country’s air and missile defense (AMD) systems (negotiations will now proceed, with the final contract to be inked in 2016). In addition to the AMD decision, the Polish...

    Poland to Buy US Patriot Missiles, Test Airbus Helicopters
    Apr21

    Poland to Buy US Patriot Missiles, Test Airbus Helicopters

    Poland said on Tuesday it would buy Raytheon’s Patriot missiles from the United States and chose Europe’s Airbus utility helicopters for further tests, albeit reducing the size of this potential order. The choice of suppliers in military contracts, worth an estimated $8 billion, strikes a transatlantic balance as Eastern...

    How the Media Became One of Putin’s Most Powerful Weapons
    Apr21

    How the Media Became One of Putin’s Most Powerful Weapons

    Ilya Naymushin/Reuters Vladimir Putin is a news junkie. The Russian president’s press secretary, Dmitry Peskov, didn’t use that expression when we talked by phone, but that’s what he described to me: a man at the center of an ever-churning machine processing vast amounts of news and data at his command. “Sometimes we’re...

    Eritrea and North Korea top list of world’s ‘most censored’ countries
    Apr21

    Eritrea and North Korea top list of world’s ‘most censored’ countries

    A small country in the Horn of Africa was named the world’s most censored place on Tuesday, beating out North Korea for the title in a new report by the Committee to Protect Journalists. Eritrea, a country slightly larger than Pennsylvania that borders the Red Sea, Ethiopia, Djibouti and Sudan, is no stranger to the media watchdogs, having...

    Will Russia’s missile deal with Iran end Israel’s silence on Ukraine?
    Apr21

    Will Russia’s missile deal with Iran end Israel’s silence on Ukraine?

    Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, being greeted by Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman at Ben Gurion Airport near Tel Aviv, June 25, 2012. (Israel Government Press Office/Kobi Gideon) (JTA) — After Russia invaded Ukraine in March 2014, Israel resisted pressure to join the United States and its European allies in condemning the move —...