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Through the good and very bad, Bill Blair remained himself. We were lucky to have him - The Globe and Mail
MARCUS GEE
The Globe and Mail
Published Friday, Apr. 24 2015

The handling of security around 2010's G20 Summit, carding and the police budget are exhibits in the case against the chief and reasons why the police board didn’t renew his contract when it came up last summer.....In the end, there really is only one Bill Blair. Toronto was lucky to have him[???]. He helped make the city a safer place. He ran the police force with integrity and intelligence. He always faced criticism squarely and never shied away from scrutiny of his conduct. He is a decent man who did a hard job exceptionally well.
G20  mistakes  carding  Bill_Blair  Toronto_Police_Service  legacies  Marcus_Gee  Toronto 
april 2015 by jerryking
Are we witnessing a comeback of the Stars and Stripes? - The Globe and Mail
JOHN STACKHOUSE
Special to The Globe and Mail
Published Friday, Sep. 26 2014

America’s retreat was the central question. Had the superpower become a super-bystander? Or had the President just lost interest, energy and credibility to do more than moralize?...Mr. Obama has drawn instead on what he calls “progressive pragmatism,” which his aides claim is his nature, relying on an informal network of networks, ad hoc groups of nations taking on the challenges of the day. Some of them champion liberal values. Some are partners of convenience. Exhibit A: the coalition of willing Arab states in this week’s air strikes. Exhibit B: the network of health agencies and charities operating with U.S. support in ebola-stricken West Africa....On the grander issues of his age – climate change, cyber-security, the financial imbalance between America and Asia – Mr. Obama will need ad hoc networks like never before. The 2008 financial crisis was mitigated by a small group of central bankers, commercial bankers, regulators and finance ministers, supported but not directed by the United States. A president who is not renowned for building private-sector trust, or the loyalty of other nations, may be challenged to do that again. He also needs what America has lacked of late – for its allies to do more. Canada’s approach to carbon emissions is the sort of passive resistance the U.S. has encountered from India on trade, Mexico on immigration and Turkey on Syria. Under Mr. Obama, everyone has loved to complain about Washington, but few have been willing to shoulder their share of the costs.

Skeptics believe this is no longer possible – the world has too many strong voices, too many competing interests, too much of what physicists call entropy, the thermodynamic condition that degenerates order into chaos.
America_in_Decline?  bouncing_back  U.S.foreign_policy  multipolarity  Obama  John_Stackhouse  G20  UN  NATO  Iran  Ukraine  geopolitics  complexity  networks  interconnections  instability  superpowers  indispensable  disequilibriums  ad_hoc  nobystanders  entropy  imbalances 
september 2014 by jerryking
Five grim and essential lessons for world leaders - FT.com
November 2, 2011 6:24 pm
Five grim and essential lessons for world leaders

By Lawrence Summers
G20  Larry_Summers  lessons_learned  advice  leaders  policymaking 
november 2011 by jerryking
This is Africa's moment
May. 10, 2010 | - The Globe and Mail
Africa  G20  editorials 
august 2010 by jerryking

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