Red poppy: Symbol of peace or war?

By Nora Loreto Right after Halloween and just as every store is switching from its fall motif to Christmas-themed displays, the red poppy starts appearing. The poppy, crystallized as a symbol of war and remembrance from John McCrae’s poem In Flanders Fields, is worn for a few weeks leading up to Nov. 11 by most […]

War a foregone lose-lose option

The Canadian government, as distinct from the U.S. government, is misreading the tea-leaves as it signs up to join the impending war that will be unleashed in Iraq (and likely in neighbouring parts of Syria as well) by an alliance of 41 countries seeking to combat ISIS. Our prime minister does not have to get […]

Will we heed history’s lessons?

Editorial from Guyana Staybroek News Will we heed history’s lessons? On Aug. 4, Belgium, France, Germany and the United Kingdom solemnly marked the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I. Then British Foreign Secretary Sir Edward Grey is supposed to have presciently said: “The lamps are going out all over Europe; we shall […]