What in the world: Dying Greece, Karzai's bluff and US-Canadian union

 
A spectator waves Canadian and American flags before a meeting between US President Barack Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper in 2009. Welcome your new US-Canadian overlords

A roundup of commentary on and around the world...

Greece

A dying population

China

Its own worst enemy

Iran

From enemy to ally

North Korea

Camps of horror

Afghanistan

Calling Karzai's bluff

Mexico

Privatization is coming to the energy sector

Philippines

Heroism after the typhoon is a matter of choice

Italy

Multinational food destroying Italian jobs

Saudi Arabia

Beating school bullies

One more thing...

A United States of Canada?

 

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    Comment number 17.

    GM Canada bankruptcy: http://www.ipolitics.ca/2013/09/13/the-money-pit-that-saved-us-from-an-abyss-the-gm-bailout-in-review/ The logic of keeping shares until after 2017 is sound as shareholders get to participate in forward planning/decisions.
    Canada fared well during the US meltdown as Canadian banks 'don't do sub prime'! Housing held up, while collapsing in the US as greed racked the market!

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    Comment number 16.

    Ms Francis posits are truly ridiculous: 'Just this year China, Inc. picked off a large Canadian oil company and a large American food processor and exporter.... Is all about US domination of high profit market segments, which is why the US let the Chinese buy a marginal operation: a US food processor, while wailing because they could not steal the oil company, their usual MO on Canadian assets!

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    Comment number 15.

    Conservative Republicans would riot in the street if 35,000,000 million socialist from “Canukistan” be joining the good of US of A and would be demanding national health care, gun controls and worst of all that the majority would likely be voting for the Democrats. For 146 years Canadians have resisted America’s Manifest Destiny and will no doubt continue to do so for many decades to come

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    Comment number 14.

    Only cost $10 billion to cut 27,000 jobs - the American way: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-25309673

    'The reorganisation saw it slash 13 car plants and 27,000 employees in the US.'

    Good that the auto pact is working in Canada's favor?

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    Comment number 13.

    This is highly unlikely ever to happen, for three reasons:
    1) Even conservative Canadians tend to identify with the Democrats rather than the Republicans, which would lead to Republican opposition;
    2) Canada's health care system isn't perfect, but it's leaps and bounds ahead of what the US has; and
    3) Gun control: The lack of it in the US frankly disgusts us.

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    Comment number 12.

    Not going to Happen. Period. I'm sure you would get a similar response if it was suggested England should merge with France or Germany. The American Dream, (and you have to be asleep to believe it!) is becoming a nightmare. Fortunately, most Canadians remain awake. Yet, Sadly, too many have become apathetic, marginalized in their thinking that the True North cannot stay free! Oh Canada!

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    Comment number 11.

    10. Spot on! And 9. Everything has changed with the US relationship: Reagan and his bud Mulroney got the very one sided free-trade scam of Canada's industry negotiated (sic) and Bush Jr's jingoism was rejected with full Canadian support for not going to Iraq! That Canada got sucked into Afghanistan under the Nato umbrella was a huge mistake, reversed in 2009 by Harper (troops pulled out in 2011).

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    Comment number 10.

    Never happen. It would add at least 18 Democrats to the Senate to at most 2 Republicans. As the merger would require at least one or two amendments to the US constitution, it would be easily blocked by enough Republican controlled states. The GOP wants voters to be poorly educated, easily misled, and quick to anger - Canadians generally don't qualify.

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    Comment number 9.

    I always enjoyed visiting Ontario and Nova Scotia over the summer throughout my childhood, and thought that in many ways it offered a superior lifestyle. I can completely understand a desire to avoid being swamped by the US, but some of the comments are pretty vitriolic. I didn't run into too much prejudice when I visited from the late 70s to early 00s. Has that changed?

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    Comment number 8.

    BBC, your writer has written many articles on Texas, and may be a Texan. A writer from the more progressive state of Washington might have had a completely different perspective..

    On the other hand, the religious zealot and Tea Party politician Cruz, is also a Texan, he gave up his Canadian citizenship, that might also have been a most interesting read especially on National Health Care.

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    Comment number 7.

    Bizarre suggestion, other than Canada has water and oil and an ultra right Prime Minister for the moment , we don't have much in common at all, thank goodness..

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    Comment number 6.

    Little question that water is high on the list as US miscreants are pumping the water-table dry close to the lakes on their side. Pollution has always been an issue: lake St Clair to Lake Ontario, and the Ohio valley acid rain. The mother load of course: the Alberta tar sands with the Keystone nonsense. Again, distance is the only solution and while no quid pro quo, a passport for US entry works.

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    Comment number 5.

    The only thing the US wants is the massive natural resources that Canada has. They mainly want our oil, and our water (for California), and if this was to happen our life style would change dramatically for the worst. We would loss our health care system and the many caring institutions would eventually disappear. There are many things we need to change in Canada but not to US standards.

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    Comment number 4.

    Don't worry, as a Canadian I can tell you that any serious effort to 'merge' Canada and the US would be met with huge disdain if not outright revolution by Canadians. We have no desire whatsoever to be swallowed by the US.

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    Comment number 3.

    It's not insignificant that the author is a dual American/Canadian citizen who writes for a right-wing Canadian national newspaper. That said, and to my utter chagrin, a large percentage of Canadians have become indistinguishable from the folks south of their border. We've had a right-wing very conservative government for years and culturally apart from hockey there's very little to differentiate.

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    Comment number 2.

    Why on earth would a prosperous and successful Canada (the soundest economy in the G20) want to merge with that basket case south of the border. 48 million living on food stamps, major cities and States going bankrupt and drowning in a sea of debt and..

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    Comment number 1.

    What an appalling thought for Canada: a union US! Canadians are egalitarian, fundamentally liberal and tolerant with a non-profit national health care service that is the envy of the world at 9% of GDP. The US is the antithesis of Canada: racist, jingoist, homophobic, divisive, anti-unions, driven by greed, government gridlocked by special interests, etc. 'Distance' from the US is the best course.

 

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