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Sweet-Micky

’90s hip-hop star Pras Michel discusses one of the most unbelievable presidential runs in the world — that of his friend Michel Martelly.
Hot-Docs

Hot Docs 2015: Ten Foreign Affairs Documentaries To See

As the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival kicks off this week, we review 10 internationally focused films worth viewing.

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The trouble with drones

As the U.S. questions its strike protocols, we interview director of new film, Drone, screening at the Hot Docs Festival.

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Aiding ISIS victims: ‘We need access, not more funds’

Veteran humanitarian worker François Audet discusses the dilemmas ISIS has created for crisis-response operations.

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Mind the ‘gaps’ in Canadian defence policy, even after Budget 2015

The budget doesn’t answer questions about the government’s commitment to recapitalize and rearm the Canadian Armed Forces.

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How to win the battle against the ISIS propaganda machine

The online world is a crucial battleground.

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Federal Budget Finally Turns Development Talk Into Action

The decision to create a “development finance initiative” is one of the most overdue and most innovative elements of the government’s economic action plan.

  • Shale!


    Ed Crooks goes inside the U.S. shale revolution, from its initial boom to the recent drop in oil prices that has slowed but not killed off the sector, and its implications for the rest of the world, where a effective cap on oil prices because of increased U.S. production is bad news for a lot of economies. From Financial Times.

  • Crossing the Mediterranean


    Why would someone pay $2,000 to risk their lives on an overcrowded, unseaworthy boat to cross the Mediterranean? Doug Saunders considers the question. For some – refugees from Syria recently – they are fleeing violence. For others – relatively wealthy Africans – they are heading towards a specific, chosen employment opportunity. From the Globe and Mail.

  • Inside the Russian media machine


    It’s getting harder and harder to find an independent voice in the Russian media today. And now the Kremlin-friendly media is pushing beyond its borders: “The Kremlin appears to be betting that information is the premier weapon of the 21st century, and that it can wield that weapon more effectively than its rivals.” From The Atlantic.

  • Chinese democracy


    China’s communist regime has survived as long as it has by adapting and reforming with the times. That authoritarian adaptation is coming to an end, argues Youwei. Big Brother is everywhere and a future controlled and sequenced democratization seems unlikely. From Foreign Affairs.

  • Foreign fighters


    More British Muslims have joined Islamist militant groups than serve in the country’s armed forces. Mary Anne Weaver tries to understand why jihad is so attractive to young Britons and what might be done to help reform them when they come home or stop them from leaving in the first place. From the New York Times Magazine.

  • The fall of South Vietnam


    The end of the Vietnam War, as witnessed by Martin Woollacott, who, 40 years ago, was in Saigon covering the war for The Guardian when the last U.S. helicopters took off and the North Vietnamese tanks rolled in. “The war never went away in America, at the most fundamental level, because it became a test of how Americans saw their country.”

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