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  • American vigilantes

    What drives someone to cross into Syria and pick up arms against ISIS? For The New York Times, Jennifer Percy speaks to Americans fighting with the Kurdish YPG, searching for meaning. ‘These were men who arrived with a stark idea of good versus evil, who thought of themselves as heroes, and found themselves turning in circles.’

  • The Libyan gun smuggler

    During the Arab Spring uprising in Libya, Osama Kubbar wanted to do his part, running guns and other Qatari-supplied arms to rebels inside Libya fighting the Qaddafi regime. Once hopeful, he now watches from afar as his country continues to be torn apart by violence and warring factions. Elizabeth Dickinson reports for Foreign Policy.

  • Breakfast with Lagarde

    IMF chief Christine Lagarde speaks with Isaac Chotiner in a refreshingly candid interview for The Huffington Post. Touching on a Greek economy in turmoil, the refugee crisis, Hillary Clinton and what it’s like to be a woman speaking in a group forum, Lagarde gives readers a glimpse into life at the head of a global institution.

  • Torture, documented

    In The Guardian, the man – known only as ‘Caesar’ – who smuggled out thousands of photos of detainees tortured to death in Assad’s prisons gives his first ever interview to Garance le Caisne. His account is chilling – looking at a photo, he says, “the detainee came back to life in front of us. We saw the body clearly, we imagined the torture, we felt the blows.”

  • Rescuing Iraq’s most vulnerable women

    From Baghdad for The New Yorker, Rania Abouzeid dives into the world of pimps and corrupt police, and the women working in the shadows to help those caught in the sex trade. One of these women is a former rape victim and prostitute: “My wound, my deep wound, is also my strength, because it makes me help others.”

  • Stephen Harper’s foreign posturing

    This week’s Munk Debate put the spotlight on all three party leaders’ visions for Canada in the world. For the Literary Review of Canada, former UN ambassador Paul Heinbecker looks specifically at Harper’s track record on international diplomacy, and argues that ‘foreign posturing’ has replaced foreign policy.

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