By ANGELO PERSICHILLI (The Hill Times) Oct. 20, 2017 9:41 AM “Taking your pregnant wife to a very dangerous place, to me, and the kind of person I am, is unconscionable.” This statement to ABC News comes from Jim Coleman, the father of American Caitlan Coleman, who alongside her Canadian husband Joshua Boyle were kidnapped in Afghanistan … Continue reading Answers desperately needed in Boyle kidnapping saga
by Angelo Persichilli (The Hill Times - 16 Oct. 2017) The North American Free Trade Agreement is a tool nobody likes but everybody needs and uses it. Conversations among partners are surreal. “Excuse me, are you Mike?” The answer: “No, I am Mike.” “Sorry, I believed you were Mike.” Since the beginning of the conversations … Continue reading Free trade rhetoric has never matched reality
by Angelo Persichilli THE HILL TIMES (Oct. 2nd, 2017) I learned last week that the federal government is concerned about the popular perception that our institutions are not serious about fighting organized crime in Canada. The office of the justice minister is looking at initiatives to fight this perception and wants to make sure it … Continue reading Feds looking at ways to fight organized crime in Canada
By ANGELO PERSICHILLI The Hill Times June 26, 2017 I didn’t pay a lot of attention three weeks ago when Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland delivered a speech heralded as the “new blueprint” for Canadian foreign policy. However, later, reading the media reports, considering the increasing tension in the world and the dangerous lack of leadership, … Continue reading Foreign politics or domestic minestrone?
By ANGELO PERSICHILLI THE HILL TIMES (June 19, 2017) Terrorism is like the Hydra of Lerna, the mythological monster capable of regenerating two heads whenever Hercules chopped one off. I don’t know how or if Hercules eventually killed the Hydra, just as I am not sure how to defeat terrorism. However, I do know two … Continue reading We don’t defeat terrorism with bomb and condolences. Fight radicalization
By ANGELO PERSICHILLI The Hill Times (June 5, 2017) It was in 1988 when the 14th G7 summit took place in Toronto. I was the news director of then CFMT, the Toronto based multilingual TV, and I “imbedded” two ENG units with the Italian and the Canadian delegations. A third unit was the “floater.” When … Continue reading TOTTI AND THE G7
By ANGELO PERSICHILLI The Hill Times (May 29, 2017) While writing this column, Conservatives were still looking for a new leader. Nonetheless, it doesn’t matter who is going to be the successor of Stephen Harper at the helm federal official opposition party. Personally, I believe that Maxime Bernier would be the best candidate to challenge … Continue reading Between form and substance