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Iraq

Navid Hassibi and Wisam Salih on what Ottawa can do to help the fight against the Islamic State.
Migrants

Canada’s Central American Connection

An interview with author and academic Maria Cristina Garcia about Canada’s relationship with migrants from Central America.

Wales-Summit

NATO’s Old Playbook Still Comes In Handy

NATO might be slow, flawed and possibly broken, but its still the best form of multilateral military cooperation we have, says Steve Saideman.

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Modi’s India, Three Months In

Ramesh Thakur considers India’s direction under its new Prime Minister.

Women and their children wait in line to register at the Honduran Center for Returned Migrants after being deported from Mexico, in San Pedro Sula

The crisis of child migration

Central America migration is a humanitarian issue, but it has been caught up in the illegal immigration debate, argues Robert Muggah.

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Digging for truth in Guatemala

Kyle Matthews and photographer Tristan Brand follow the forensic team unearthing and identifying victims of decades of civil war.

U.S. President Obama holds a news conference at the conclusion of the the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit at the State Department in Washington

African Investments: Time to Hit Refresh

This month’s U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit ended with a promised $14 billion in investments. Adam Sneyd calls for new economic thinking going forward.

  • Our Plasticized Oceans


    The five major oceanic gyres – large systems of rotating ocean currents – make up about a quarter of the Earth’s surface. And we’re slowly filling them with plastic, writes Bucky McMahon for Matter. That plastic eventually dissolves into dust that leaches toxic substances. Those substances are eaten by fish which we eat in turn.

  • The Seed Debate


    Indian environmentalist Vandana Shiva is leading the charge against industrial agriculture that relies on chemical fertilizers, pesticides, fossil fuels, cheap water, and increasingly biotechnology like GMOS, writes Michael Specter for the New Yorker. But while her rhetoric is damning, the science doesn’t always agree with her.

  • The “Kabubble” Breaks


    At the height of the surge, Kabul was a boomtown full of expats with too much easy money and an inclination to misbehave, writes Matthieu Aikins for Rolling Stone. Now the party is over and foreign civilians are being targeted, sometimes by the Taliban and sometimes by Afghans who just don’t like Westerners.

  • Going It Alone


    Scotland will vote on whether or not to become an independent country on September 18, but there are some key questions that remain unanswered. The BBC’s Vanessa Barford lists five big ones, including what currency the new country would use and how much oil revenue it can expect from the North Sea.

  • Meet Brazil’s Marina


    When Presidential candidate Eduardo Campos was killed in a plane crash earlier this month, his choice for vice president Marina Silva was suddenly in the running. With her candidacy confirmed this week, as Dom Phillips reports in Time, the environmentalist is expected to shake up the campaign before October elections.

  • Defeating the Islamic State


    While it appears the Islamic State is finally on the defensive in northern Iraq, it is far from defeated. It may be “only a matter of time before transnational operations are launched,” The Economist reports. Military and political might is needed, including careful action by Iraq’s new Prime Minister, Haider al-Abadi.

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