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Donald Trump wants people to ‘go back’; here is what happens when they do
July 23, 2019 | Financial Times |Melissa Tandiwe Myambo.

Some researchers believe that the US pays an economic price when it loses heritage migrants and return migrants — those who come to the US for a time and then return to their home countries. Indian-born and Indian heritage migrants from Silicon Valley to India helped sow the success of Bangalore’s IT industry.

China’s economic insurgency has been boosted by its huge diaspora. Evidence from Georgia and the Philippines shows that when emigrants return, or their children do, they bring capital, skills and entrepreneurial ambition.
............Heritage migration can also end up harming the US in another way. The Department of Homeland Security warns that the process can radicalise would-be terrorists, who may then return to the west to carry out violent attacks.
..........People become heritage migrants when they are made to feel that they do not belong in the country in which they grew up. Some would-be terrorists are an extreme version who express their anger at exclusion in a violent and deadly fashion.
........When Mr Trump tells people to “go back” to their countries and then follows that up with campaign rallies at which his supporters chant “send her back” about naturalised American citizen and sitting member of congress Ilhan Omar, he is creating a hostile environment. That almost certainly bolsters many Americans’ feelings of alienation.

Some of them may indeed leave and we may all come to regret that.
9/11  alienation  Diaspora  Donald_Trump  heritage_migration  non-whites  stereotypes 
july 2019 by jerryking
Bolts from the blue test our fragile systems
Andrew Hill YESTERDAY

Resilience, a spokesman told me, was “built into the design”, just not enough resilience to soak up that one-off lightning strike, the original metaphor for everything that seems vanishingly unlikely to happen. Until it does.......Resilience used to be a low priority but only after the 9/11 attacks violently woke all Manhattan businesses and residents to the potential shortcomings of their back-up plans. For a time, we had our own family resilience plan, complete with pre-determined emergency meeting points, and supplies of duct tape, bottled water and canned food. Likewise, it took the financial crisis to galvanise many banks, regulators and governments to think about how to respond to, and protect against, previously unimagined threats [JKC: that is, heretofore "unthinkable"]. All this prepping for uncertainty and change is, of course, positive. But it is also easier than resolving some of the wider pressures that make resilience training essential......our obsession with efficiency.....has made economies more productive, cut poverty and improved living standards. But.....it has also become “the god that we worship unthinkingly”. Efficiency has led to (over)consolidation. Such monocultures are fragile and vulnerable to calamities.....resilient workers are better able to respond to such changes.....but deep down organisations might be hoping that their newly flexible, gritty managers & staff serve in the vanguard of another push for efficiency, without due regard to the system’s safety......Roger Martin’s solutions to such global weaknesses involve adding more friction to the system, from the top down. They include rules to oblige investors to hold stocks for longer, more active antitrust policies, and targeted trade barriers. This would require a degree of intervention and co-ordination that may be beyond most governments.....organisations cannot afford unlimited insurance. ....But in too many places, too many people are running a single, consolidated system, with little or no resilience.
co-ordinated_approaches  resilience  fragility  9/11  concentration_risk  efficiencies  disasters  disaster_preparedness  financial_crises  monocultures  Roger_Martin  rule-writing  top-down  uncertainty  unexpected  unthinkable  frictions 
june 2018 by jerryking
Why we find it hard to imagine and plan for worst-case scenarios
SEPTEMBER 14, 2017 | The Globe and Mail | WENCY LEUNG.

When it comes to facing the risks of large-scale disasters, whether it’s the threat of nuclear war, a terror attack, a hurricane or raging wildfire, many people have a hard time envisioning – let alone preparing for – worst-case scenarios.

"grab-and-go" bag:

water, space blankets, flashlights and batteries, a hand-crank radio with a charger for her cellphone, a stash of garbage bags ("They can be used for keeping people warm as well, by cutting holes for the heads," she says), first-aid kits, a spare pair of glasses, food packages, waterproof matches, an extra supply of her husband's medication, hygiene products (deodorant, wet wipes, hand sanitizer, toilet liners, dental floss, toothbrush, toothpaste), tissues and two decks of cards..... a rope, a shovel and two or three blankets in the car......When it comes to facing the risks of large-scale disasters, whether it's the threat of nuclear war, a terror attack, a hurricane or raging wildfire, many people have a hard time envisioning – let alone preparing for – worst-case scenarios......New Yorker journalist Kathryn Schulz writes in her Pulitzer Prize-winning feature on the likelihood of a large-scale Cascadia earthquake. "Where we stumble is in conjuring up grim futures in a way that helps to avert them." .....research on the evacuation of the World Trade Center in New York on Sept. 11, 2001....workers were concerned about leaving without the approval of their bosses.....delayed vacating the buildings to attend to last-minute tasks, such as gathering their personal items, making phone calls or shutting down their computers,.....people want to make a decision as a group, and then if some people can't join a group, they'll wait for that person, for example."......people can underestimate the danger they face and be overconfident in their ability to overcome it.......In their chapter of Risk Conundrums: Solving Unsolvable Problems...authors Howard Kunreuther, Paul Slovic and Kimberly Olson point out this kind of "availability bias" can make people underestimate the likelihood of a disaster before it occurs, and overestimate it afterward. Such thinking helps explain why people often buy insurance right after a disaster, but then cancel their policies after they've had several loss-free years. It's difficult to convince them that they should celebrate not having suffered any loss and still maintain insurance coverage......Socioeconomic or contextual factors, which include the level of an individual's trust in institutions, also play a role in how they perceive and react to risk..... there's no one-size-fits-all approach to encouraging the public to prepare for a disaster, he says. Warnings and preparedness efforts would be more effective if they were targeted to specific groups, based on the way they perceive risk.
worst-case  disasters  imagination  frequency_and_severity  9/11  denials  optimism_bias  availability_bias  books  one-size-fits-all  overconfidence  risk-perception  improbables  disaster_preparedness  conundrums  Pulitzer_Prize 
september 2017 by jerryking
The test of true political leadership is to risk change - The Globe and Mail
BRIAN MULRONEY
Contributed to The Globe and Mail
Published Thursday, May. 28 2015

The most essential ingredient for any “Big Idea,” however, is leadership.

Leadership that not only anticipates the need for change but is determined to implement change. Not in pursuit of popularity but to serve the national interest.

The test of true leadership hinges on judgments between risk and reward.

Change of any kind requires risk, political risk. It can and will generate unpopularity from those who oppose change. The choice for Canada or the United Kingdom in a fast-changing global environment is either to adapt quickly and take advantage of the changes happening or watch from the sidelines....As Reinhold Niebuhr reminded us: “Nothing worth doing is completed in our lifetime; therefore, we must be saved by hope. Nothing fine or beautiful or good makes complete sense in any immediate context of history; therefore, we must be saved by faith.”(jk: the importance of having a long-term vision & exhibiting faith in pursuing it).

It is in this perspective that great and controversial questions of public policy must be considered.

History tends to focus on the builders, the deciders, the leaders – because they are the men and women whose contributions have shaped the destiny of their nations, here and around the world.

From the bloodied sands of Afghanistan to the snows and waters of the High Arctic, the Canada of 50 years from now will be defined by the leadership we are given today.
Brian_Mulroney  speeches  Oxford  leadership  politicians  Cold_War  9/11  NAFTA  '80s  history  leaders  risks  transformational  courage  political_risk  fast-changing  free-trade  public_policy 
may 2015 by jerryking
The need for an analytical approach to life
November 3, 2013 | FT.com | By Rebecca Knight.

Risk analysis is not about predicting events; it’s about understanding the probability of possible scenarios, according to Elisabeth Paté-Cornell, professor at the Stanford School of Engineering.
In her latest research, she argues that expressions such as “black swan” and “perfect storm”, which have become journalistic shorthand when describing catastrophes, are just excuses for poor planning. Managers, should “think like engineers” and take a systematic approach to risk analysis. They should figure out how a system works and then identify the probable ways in which it could fail.
So does a black swan event exist?
The only one that I can think of is the Aids epidemic. In the case of a true black swan, you cannot anticipate it.
And what about ‘perfect storms’?
A combination of rare events is often referred to as a perfect storm. I think people underestimate the probability of them because they wrongly assume that the elements of a perfect storm are independent. If something happened in the past – even though it may not have happened at the same time as something else – it is likely to happen again in the future.
Why should managers take an engineering approach to analysing the probability of perfect storms?
Engineering risk analysts think in terms of systems – their functional components and their dependencies. If you’re in charge of risk management for your business, you need to see the interdependencies of any of the risks you’re managing: how the markets that you operate in are interrelated, for example.
You also need imagination. Several bad things can happen at once. Some of these are human errors and once you make a mistake, others are more likely to happen. This is because of the sequence of human error. When something bad happens or you make a mistake, you get distracted which means you’re more likely to make another mistake, which could lead to another bad event. When you make an error, stop and think. Anticipate and protect yourself.
How can you compute the likelihood of human error?
There are lots of ways to use systems analysis to calculate the probability of human error. Human errors are often rooted in the way an organisation is managed: either people are not skilled enough to do their jobs well; they do not have enough information; or they have the wrong incentives. If you’re paid for maximum production you’re going to take risks.
So in the case of a financial company I’d say monitor your traders, and maybe especially those that make a lot of money. There are a lot of ways you can make a lot of money: skill, luck, or through imprudent choices that sooner or later are going to catch up with you.
So you can do risk analysis even without reliable statistics?
We generally do a system-based risk analysis because we do not have reliable statistics. The goal is to look ahead and use the information we have to assess the chances that things might go wrong.
The upshot is that business schools ought to do a better job of teaching MBAs about probability.
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“Numbers make intangibles tangible,” said Jonah Lehrer, a journalist and
author of “How We Decide,” (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009). “They
give the illusion of control. [Add "sense of control" to tags]
engineering  sense_of_control  black_swan  warning_signs  9/11  HIV  Aids  business_schools  MBAs  attitudes  interconnections  interdependence  mindsets  Stanford  imagination  systems_thinking  anticipating  probabilities  pretense_of_knowledge  risk-management  thinking_tragically  complexity  catastrophes  shorthand  incentives  quantified_self  multiple_stressors  compounded  human_errors  risks  risk-analysis  synchronicity  cumulative  self-protection  systematic_approaches 
november 2013 by jerryking
L. Gordon Crovitz: White Hats vs. Black Hats - WSJ.com
August 4, 2013 | WSJ | By L. GORDON CROVITZ.

The NSA says 42 terror-related plots have been disrupted, thanks to its surveillance program.

In the language of computer hacking, the good guys are "white hats," who identify weaknesses in systems so they can be fixed. "Black hats" are the ones who take advantage of weaknesses in systems.......A white-hat hacker would point out what happens when intelligence agencies fail to monitor communications data. Gen. Alexander pointed out that the 9/11 plots succeeded because of avoidable intelligence failures, citing the example of an intercept of a phone call from Yemen involving one of the 9/11 hijackers. "We didn't have the tools and capabilities to see that he was actually in California," Gen. Alexander said. "The intelligence community failed to connect those dots."
black_hats  NSA  security_&_intelligence  surveillance  9/11  privacy  L._Gordon_Crovtiz  terrorism  U.S._Cyber_Command  connecting_the_dots  white_hats 
august 2013 by jerryking
Timing is everything for PM's New York trip - The Globe and Mail
Jeffrey Simpson

From Friday's Globe and Mail

Published Friday, Sep. 28 2001
Jean_Chrétien  9/11  Jeffrey_Simpson  crossborder 
march 2013 by jerryking
Tony Blair, the man for our times
Oct. 03 2001| The Globe and Mail | Jeffrey Simpson
Tony_Blair  Jeffrey_Simpson  United_Kingdom  9/11 
march 2013 by jerryking
[no title]
September 22, 2001 | G&M | By MARCUS GEE
Marcus_Gee  9/11 
march 2013 by jerryking
Tiptoeing through Islam
October 2, 2001 | G&M |By MARGARET WENTE
Margaret_Wente  9/11  islam 
march 2013 by jerryking
Celebrating the Misery of 'the head of the snake'
By MARCUS GEE, The Globe and Mail
Wednesday, September 12, 2001
9/11  anti-Americanism  Middle_East  Marcus_Gee 
march 2013 by jerryking
Debunking the myths about post-Sept. 11 Canada
October 2, 2001 By EDWARD GREENSPON.

The high anxiety, even hysteria, that marked the early days after the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon has given way to more sober deliberations about the new, post-Sept. ll reality. But that hasn't stopped the growing circulation of a distressing array of myth, historical revision and downright soft thinking. A quartet of examples:
The soft thinking of a sovereignty-versus-security tradeoffs. There's no doubt that Canada enjoys the sovereignty to maintain weak defences against terrorism just as the United States enjoys the sovereignty to clamp down on the border between us. It certainly would represent a resoundingly dumb use of Canadian sovereignty to both ignore the security of Canadians and imperil access to the American market. Being different from the Americans is not by definition an affirmation of sovereignty. Doing what is right by us -- now there's a mature exercise of sovereignty.
Unfortunately, the government has played into this false dichotomy of sovereignty versus security by thumping its chest that nobody will be allowed to dictate terms to Canada. The better approach from the start would have been to say that Canada intends to exercise its sovereignty by raising our security standards to the highest level in the world. That might require pooling some sovereignty with the United States but only in the greater interest of protecting Canadians. And nothing prevents us from keeping out prohibited firearms.
myths  9/11  Canada  Edward_Greenspon  tradeoffs 
september 2012 by jerryking
A Report to The Wall Street Journal's World-Wide Readers - WSJ.com
What Won't Change

That's what will change. Let me tell you what won't: We won't use color for color's sake, or merely to entertain you. That's not the Journal, and it never will be. Instead, we'll use color to convey more information, particularly in graphs, charts and tables, and to help you navigate your way more quickly and easily to and through those parts of the paper that matter most to you.

We won't "dumb down" The Wall Street Journal. This publication isn't for everybody, and we don't intend for it to be. Instead, it's written, edited and published for a broad community of women and men in business and seriously interested in the world of business -- and now, also, the "business of life." It's intended to be sophisticated and thoughtful and thought-provoking, and unapologetic about all of that. It's often clever, sometimes playful, but never shallow or silly. In a world sometimes overwhelmed with trivialities, our readers don't need any more trivia, and we don't intend to provide it to them.
wsj  9/11  newspapers  critical_thinking  sophisticated  worthiness  discernment  trivia 
august 2012 by jerryking
War Without End - WSJ.com
October 10, 2001| WSJ | this is an e-mail exchange that occurred Sept. 19 between a senior cadet at West Point and one of his professors, retired Gen. Barry McCaffrey.

Cadet: Could you describe what you think the United States should consider as an "endstate" on the matter of dealing with terrorists? Eradication, containment, or some other option? And what would the United States consider the literal and figurative center of gravity?

Gen. McCaffrey: Great issue to consider . . . we have too liberally borrowed from the language of science to deal with the imperfections of political and security analysis.

There will be no endstate . . . we will, if successful, manage this chronic threat to our survival, economy, and self-confidence by dramatically lowering the risk. We will build a series of defensive programs that will make a multiple order of magnitude increase in our day-to-day security. Second, we will form a coalition based on common danger. Much of the globe will join us to leverage foreign intelligence services and security forces to fight these FTO's forward in the battle area. Finally, we will at last take the gloves off and use integrated military power to find, fix, and destroy these organizations.
Barry_McCaffrey  military_academies  9/11  security_&_intelligence  terrorism  endgame  orders-of-magnitude  imperfections  West_Point 
july 2012 by jerryking
How Bush grasps the world
January 28, 2003 | The Globe and Mail pg A15 | Walter Russell Mead. When America comes to grips with global politics, history's themes leave their fingerprints on the present.
U.S.foreign_policy  Walter_Russell_Mead  history  9/11  al-Qaeda  George_W._Bush 
july 2012 by jerryking
Yes, This Is About Islam - Op-Ed - NYTimes.com
By SALMAN RUSHDIE
Published: November 2, 2001
Islam  9/11 
july 2012 by jerryking
The father of all assassins
By SALIM MANSUR Thursday, October 11, 2001 – Globe and Mail,
OBL  assassinations  9/11 
july 2012 by jerryking
Don't buff the sharp edges off Islam, by Robert Fulford
Don't buff the sharp edges off Islam
by Robert Fulford
(The National Post, September 29, 2001
9/11  Islamic 
july 2012 by jerryking
Sharpen those little grey cells
October 3, 2001 |Globe & Mail | By WESLEY WARK.
Canada can‘t join the war on terrorism or protect itself unless we upgrade our intelligence capabilities, says international security analyst....And Ottawa must create a Canadian foreign intelligence service, similar to the CIA or Britain‘s Secret Intelligence Service, the SIS. Canada is the only G8 nation without such a service. This hampers our ability to understand foreign developments, and to contribute meaningfully to any global war on terrorism. At the moment, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) has a limited mandate for foreign-intelligence collection, is tied up in red tape and hamstrung by lack of resources and expertise. As we debate the creation of a Canadian secret service, we must decide whether CSIS is the appropriate body to take on this difficult mission.

The most secretive institution in the Canadian security and intelligence community is the Communications Security Establishment (CSE), a bland title that hides an institution responsible for foreign-communications intelligence and the protection of government-communications networks. It will need more resources and a significant technological upgrade to operate at the same level as its sister organizations, the National Security Agency in the United States and GCHQ (Government Communications Headquarters) in the United Kingdom.
security_&_intelligence  CSIS  Wesley_Wark  9/11  CSE  self-protection  sigint  GCHQ  NSA  intelligence_analysts 
july 2012 by jerryking
Victim, bully or both?
18 Sep 2001 | The Globe and Mail A.16. |Christopher Levenson.

Once the smoke has cleared from Manhattan, I hope ordinary Americans -- surely among the least politically sophisticated and most insular of major world populations -- will finally begin to ask themselves what is behind the rhetorical smokescreen about the U.S. being the "beacon of liberty" and the "leader of the free world" that could make millions of ordinary people around the world hate them so much. Nothing can ever justify the horrendous loss of innocent lives in last Tuesday's terrorist attacks, but this horror and anger must be accompanied by introspection.

Many, especially in the Third World, have every justification for hating America because of its economic imperialism. This is not just a matter of overt military intervention, as in Chile, Nicaragua or El Salvador. It is also a matter of inaction: failure to adequately fund UN agencies, failure to support the ABM treaty and the refusal to sign on to the Kyoto agreement.

Until Americans realize that, in virtually all eyes except their own, they are an imperialist power in a world that is crying out for co-operation and long-term people-to-people assistance, we can only expect the hatred, and with it the terrorism, to get even worse.
letters_to_the_editor  anti-Americanism  ProQuest  Margaret_Wente  9/11  U.S.foreign_policy  moral_equivalencies 
july 2012 by jerryking
Please don't blame the American victims -
19 Sep 2001| The Globe and Mail A.14 |editorial

"The towers of the World Trade Center had barely settled into the ground before Canadian critics began suggesting that the Americans may have brought this disaster on themselves. In letters to the editor, opinion columns and talk shows, these critics have leaped to explain why U.S. foreign policy laid the ground for last week's attacks. "..."Anti-American sentiment is hardly new in Canada. There has always been a camp that considers the United States to be the root of all evil. But to see it emerge now, when Americans are still in the depths of their grief, is disturbing. Have these people no sense of decency? What sort of person kicks a neighbour when he is down? How would we feel if Americans began lecturing us on the error of our ways so soon after a national tragedy? "..."Of course, the anti-Americans are always careful to hide their barbs in a cloak of sympathy. Terrorism, they intone, is wrong, and the attacks on New York and Washington were a tragedy. But remember, they go on, the Americans have done some nasty things too. What about My Lai and other U.S. atrocities in the Vietnam war? What about the U.S. bombing of Cambodia? What about CIA support for the Pinochet regime in Chile?

Funny, but that is just what the terrorists say. It is a staple of militant rhetoric to argue that the United States is the real terrorist on the world stage. In the terrorist view, the United States is so evil, so destructive, that any attack on Americans is justified -- even an attack that kills thousands of innocent civilians.

This should go without saying, but there is no parallel -- no moral equivalence -- between what the terrorists did last week and what the United States may have done in the past. Whatever mistakes, and even crimes, that Washington may have committed in its role as a global superpower, these do not begin to explain, much less excuse, what was done last week. Even a schoolboy knows that two wrongs don't make a right, and these wrongs were of entirely different orders. Yet the anti-Americans drone on, telling us that we must see Sept. 11 "in context" -- the context of U.S. hegemony, U.S. imperialism, U.S.-led globalization. "
ProQuest  editorials  anti-Americanism  9/11  U.S.foreign_policy  root_cause  moral_equivalencies  world_stage 
july 2012 by jerryking
Mr. Blair's dream
04 Oct 2001 | The Globe and Mail A.18.| editorials

Tony Blair is a masterly public speaker, and his speech on Tuesday was a masterpiece of the art of oratory. Facing a Labour Party conference in Brighton, England, but addressing the world, the British Prime Minister talked with passion and clarity about the great struggle that lies ahead.

Every one of us knows we are in for a fight of some kind. But what kind? If this is a "war on terrorism," what are its aims?

Mr. Blair spoke of two. The first is obvious: to destroy the terrorist menace....The second aim of the struggle ahead is much broader. It is not enough, Mr. Blair said, just to shut down the terrorist network and bring its masterminds to justice. This battle must lead to something more.

"Out of the shadow of this evil," he said, "should emerge lasting good." That means not just destruction of the machinery of terrorism, but "hope amongst all nations of a new beginning where we seek to resolve differences in a calm and ordered way; greater understanding between nations and between faiths; and above all justice and prosperity for the poor and dispossessed."
ProQuest  editorials  Tony_Blair  9/11  United_Kingdom 
july 2012 by jerryking
The fascist sympathies of the soft left
October 4, 2001 | The Spectator | Christopher Hitchens

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Christopher_Hitchens  9/11 
july 2012 by jerryking
Against Rationalization
September 20, 2001 | The Nation | Christopher Hitchens
Christopher_Hitchens  9/11  Pakistan 
july 2012 by jerryking
Editorial Cartoon_Sept 11, 2001
September 17, 2001 | The Globe and Mail | Brian Gable.

They had it coming?
There is no excuse for terrorism and, instead of holier-than-thou Canadians heaping blame. I would like to see some constructive policy to make terrorism less possible.
cartoons  funnies  editorials  anti-Americanism  9/11  root_cause  letters_to_the_editor 
july 2012 by jerryking
What we stand for
September 17, 2001 | Globe and Mail | editorial

What hatreds fuel extremists such as Osama bin Laden? He opposes the West's secularism, its focus on individualism, its commitment to personal freedoms and its embracing of diversity. He feels the United States is polluting the rest of the world with its cultural output of movies and music and books. He opposes the equal role of women in society. He resents America's wealth and its military might, and the way its political values -- democracy, open and accountable government, equality before the law, protection of minority rights -- spread elsewhere in the world like an unstoppable cancer....Personal freedom and a philosophy of individualism rely at their core on a shared understanding of tolerance. Without tolerance of difference, the rest of the system cannot work. We cannot be nations of immigrants. We cannot be nations where people are free to choose their religion, their politics or how they live their private lives.
9/11  editorials  Western_values  OBL  terrorism  tolerance 
july 2012 by jerryking
Why this American feels safer
October 3, 2001 | Jerusalem Post | by Daniel Pipes
9/11  FBI  terrorism  history 
july 2012 by jerryking
Spread Freedom In The Mideast
October 10, 2001 | WSJ | by Natan Sharansky
The democratic world must not only destroy the empire of terror, it must also seek to expand the very freedom our enemies want to destroy.
Mideast_Peace  9/11  Middle_East 
july 2012 by jerryking
'They Are All So Wrong' - WSJ.com
September 9, 2005 | WSJ |By MARK HELPRIN
9/11  terrorism 
june 2012 by jerryking
Canada's war is already over
National Post | September 24, 2001 | Mark Steyn
Mark_Steyn  Canada  crossborder  9/11  Jean_Chrétien 
june 2012 by jerryking
Solidarity - WSJ.com
September 11, 2006 | WSJ | By CHRISTOPHER HITCHENS
9/11  Christopher_Hitchens 
june 2012 by jerryking
Building the new Canadian
Edward Greenspon. The Globe and Mail. Toronto, Ont.: Nov 10, 2001. pg. F.4
The message, in essence, is this: We're willing to grow closer economically if that's what it takes to ensure prosperity. But don't ask us to give up those things that truly give us meaning as a people. We want your best and our best.

Increasingly, we are cultural Canadians: Canadian by willpower rather than by policy. We feel attached to Canada because we like the smell of it. It is an affair of the heart. The process is ephemeral, not mechanical, but no less real. Get used to it. We live in an age of intangibles and our love of country is as intangible as it is profound. Identity, like so much else, no longer is the singular purview of the state.

Canadians moderated their economic nationalist impulses over the course of the 1990s, but they didn't dispose of their nationalistic sentiments in the process. Today's nationalism is one of inclusion, not exclusion -- a self-confident nationalism that allows us to pursue our own interests, without feeling the need to define ourselves as against others.

That's the transformation the politicians missed on Sept. 11.
Edward_Greenspon  ProQuest  Canadian  crossborder  9/11  national_identity  nationalism  inclusiveness 
october 2011 by jerryking
Agenda 2002: Bite this, Canada
Dec 22, 2001| The Globe and Mail pg. A.23 | Edward Greenspon. .

Sept. 11 caused many Canadians to confront hard questions about what matters to them and about the kind of country they want Canada to be. The challenge of 2002, therefore, is to settle on those things that distinguish us -- the areas of sovereignty we truly want to protect and promote in differentiating ourselves in North America and the world.

By and large, these will not be economic, at least in the sense of the old instruments of nationalism. Canadians accept that economic integration provides a net benefit to them and would look askance at policies that impede the free flow of goods, services and people. As Mr. Chrétien put it this week: "You don't need to be anti-American to be pro-Canadian."

So where should we be looking for our national definition? What are the points of departure for a policy that is pro-Canadian without being anti-American?
truth-clarity  ProQuest  Edward_Greenspon  Canada  9/11  cohesiveness  national_identity  truth-telling  hard_questions  policymaking 
october 2011 by jerryking
No easy solution
Sep 15, 2001| The Globe and Mail.pg. A.19 |Janice Gross Stein.

The struggle is diplomatic and political because the best protection against terrorist attacks is prevention. If we are serious, we must invest seriously in intelligence-gathering and share intelligence information quickly across borders. People travel far more easily and quickly across borders than they ever have, and intelligence-gathering is a global, not a local, project.
borderless  ProQuest  Janice_Gross_Stein  9/11  security_&_intelligence  humint  crossborder  collaboration 
october 2011 by jerryking
The hated, the hater and 9/11 -
Sep. 06, 2011 | The Globe and Mail | SHEEMA KHAN . The road to
recovery, he says, hasn’t been easy. It took almost nine years to heal
physically and emotionally. Without any family or health insurance in
the United States, he relied on the kindness of friends. He remains
partially blind in one eye.

He says he never felt any anger, and forgave his assailant immediately.
He researched the Koran and the life of the Prophet Mohammed, finding
overwhelming exhortations toward compassion. Yes, he had the right to
take justice, but forgiveness is better. He recalled his parents’ advice
to remain humble before God during life’s tests, never to ask: “Why
me?” He made it his mission to combat ignorance with education, hate
with compassion.
Sheema_Khan  forgiveness  gratitude  inspiration  9/11 
september 2011 by jerryking
St. Mychal of ground zero: a personal reflection
Sep. 10, 2011 | The Globe and Mail | eric reguly AND karen zagor
Eric_Reguly  9/11  reflections 
september 2011 by jerryking
Essays on the unexpected consequences of 9/11 - The Globe and Mail
Sep. 10, 2011 | Globe and Mail | graydon carter, margaret macmillan, stephen clarkson, janice gross stein AND bill graham
9/11  commemoration  Janice_Gross_Stein  Margaret_MacMILLAN  unexpected  unintended_consequences 
september 2011 by jerryking
Legacy of 9/11: the world’s longest undefended border is now defended - The Globe and Mail
Sep. 09, 2011 The Globe and Mail

We can’t return to the undefended-border era. But we can ask whether the
walls are always necessary. The bureaucratization of the border has run
amok....The world needs a confident United States. A U.S. that seeks
security without limits harms itself....The dream is an agreement that
would give the U.S. the security assurances it needs, while keeping
business and people moving.
editorials  9/11  crossborder 
september 2011 by jerryking
9/11 and the age of sovereign failure -
Sep. 10, 2011 | The Globe & Mail | Michael Ignatieff.. One
of the tasks we ask govt. to perform is to think the unthinkable. Yet on
9/11, govt. institutions failed...A sovereign is a state with a
monopoly on the means of force...It is there to think the unthinkable
and plan for it. A sovereign failed that morning.... There has been a
cascade of failure: (1) No WMDs found in Iraq; (2) The failure of the
levees & New Orleans civil authority following Hurricane Katrina;
(3) the 2008 mortgage bubble and govt. regulators; (4) the failure of
govt. regulators to catch BP before the Spring 2010 oil spill. ...While
there are a lot of things a govt. might do, there are a few things that
only a govt. can do: protect the people, rescue them when they are in
danger, regulate against catastrophic risk and safeguard the full faith
and credit of their currency. Sovereigns matter. And rebuilding their
legitimacy, their capacity and their competence is the political task
that matters most......It is always good to be skeptical about what governments tell us. But we are beyond skepticism now, into a deep and enduring cynicism. There will come a day when they are not crying wolf and we will not believe them. Then we will be in trouble. Some trust in government is a condition of democracy and security alike. That trust has been weakened and can't be rebuilt until sovereigns say what they mean, mean what they say and do what they promise.
Michael_Ignatieff  failure  government  9/11  low_probability  catastrophic_risk  priorities  unthinkable  sovereign-risk  state-as-facilitator  legitimacy  capacity  competence  oil_spills  cynicism  skepticism  policymaking 
september 2011 by jerryking
Commentary: How Leadership Programs Can Lead the Way
OCTOBER 15, 2001 | BW Online | By Deepak Sethi. "One of my
dreams is that companies would be widely considered training grounds for
future leaders. And I have seen some changes that keep that hope alive.
More and more companies encourage that thinking as they design their
own leadership-development programs."
executive_education  leadership_development  Thomson_Corp.  9/11  corporate_universities  Freshbooks 
november 2009 by jerryking

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