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Earthquake victims carry goods recovered from the collapsed houses on bamboo baskets at Barpak village in Gorkha district May 20, 2015. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar - RTX1DTY8

UNICEF's Kent Page speaks from Kathmandu on the challenge to get kids back into schools, reach remote villages, and rebuild a country, following two powerful earthquakes.

Crisis at home for Canada’s Armed Forces


How can we protect women’s rights abroad but not within our own ranks?

China's President Xi Jinping (4th R) meets with the guests at the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank launch ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing October 24, 2014.  REUTERS/Takaki Yajima/Pool (CHINA - Tags: BUSINESS POLITICS) - RTR4BEJ9

Building modern-day Silk Roads

The Silk Road Fund and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank are part of China’s “One Belt, One Road” strategy, which has the potential to transform development finance.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry addresses the opening meeting of the 2015 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) at the United Nations headquarters in New York, April 27, 2015.    REUTERS/Mike Segar - RTX1AJ6I

A failed nuclear NPT review conference: Fin de regime?

Arguing over a middle east conference obscured a more significant tension over who is leading the disarmament agenda.

Workers build a thermo-solar power plant in Beni Mathar August 20, 2009. A 400 billion euro plan to power Europe with Sahara sunlight is gaining momentum, even as critics see high risks in a large corporate project using young technology in north African countries with weak rule of law. Picture taken August 20, 2009. To match feature ENERGY-MAGHREB/SOLAR     REUTERS/Rafael Marchante  (MOROCCO ENERGY BUSINESS) - RTR2725I

Next steps for Canada’s development finance initiative: Business and government unite

Done well, the initiative could leverage Canada’s strengths in finance, natural resources, infrastructure construction and engineering.

People chant slogans as they hold signs and pictures of Sabeen Mahmud, a human rights activist, who was shot by gunmen, during a protest demanding justice, outside Press Club Karachi, Pakistan, April 30, 2015. Pakistani investigators have found no match for casings of bullets that killed a prominent human rights activist, dashing hopes for quick answers to a murder that has raised fears for the safety of dissenting voices. The banner reads in Urdu, "Raise voice - Withdraw guns." REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro
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Trouble in South Asia: Activism under fire

Activists in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh have come under attack recently. If government cannot protect them, is the judiciary their only hope?

Syrian refugee children form the word "Syria" during an event to commemorate 4 years of the Syrian conflict, at the Mrajeeb Al Fhood refugee camp, east of Zarqa

R2P at 10: Looking beyond military intervention

Providing asylum should be just as valued as a response in R2P cases, including the Syrian crisis.

  • In his own words


    Omar Khadr has been prosecuted by two U.S. administrations and interrogated by Canadian intelligence agents. He has been both vilified and defended. The Toronto Star‘s Michelle Shephard speaks with him in this exclusive interview after he was granted bail: “I just wish for people to give me a chance,” he told her.

  • The migrant impulse


    The New Yorker‘s George Packer recalls his time living in Africa in the 80s, when he witnessed the “consequences of migration everywhere.” In migrants, he saw hardship and uncertainty, but also immense courage: “It was a modern impulse, and in tearing themselves loose they joined the modern world.”

  • A special place for Syrians


    When ISIS forces captured the ancient city of Palmyra (also called Tadmor) last week, it signalled another potential loss to historians. But the more important loss may be to Syrian themselves. “This place is a big part of their national identity. It has linked Muslims, Christian, Druze … everyone.” By Patrick Martin for the Globe and Mail.

  • The rise of Yemen’s Houthis


    In the London Review of Books, Ghaith Abdul-Ahad paints the most intimate picture of Houthi rebels: “The supreme military commander is a delicate and compact man… One evening I watched him enter the Houthis’ headquarters accompanied by two gunmen; his arrival caused a flutter among even the most senior apparatchiks…”

  • Canada’s Arctic Authority


    The battle between the U.S. and Canada over the Northwest Passage has been simmering for decades. As Monte Reel writes in Bloomberg Business, it “has as much to do with the geopolitics of the Middle East as it does with the Arctic.” Can Canada prove its jurisdiction with the help of Jim Balsillie and the HMS Erebus?

  • An unwanted people


    Thousands of migrants, many of whom are Rohingya Muslims fleeing persecution in Myanmar, travel to Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia despite a recent crackdown on human trafficking. As Niniek Karmin writes in the Globe and Mail, the Rohingya are “one of the world’s most persecuted minorities, yet their situation has long been ignored.”

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