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Women shout slogans against the government and members of the Muslim Brotherhood and Salafists during a protest against the absence of a women parliamentary quota in the constitution and to demand more women rights in front of the Shura Council in Cairo November 13, 2013. According to a Thomson Reuters Foundation poll on 22 Arab states, Egypt emerged as the worst country to be a woman in the Arab world today, followed closely by Iraq and Saudi Arabia. Egypt scored badly in almost every category, including gender violence, reproductive rights, treatment of women in the family and their inclusion in politics and the economy. The banner reads, "No Brotherhood and Salafists, We are the revolutionary legitimacy." To match Analysis ARAB-WOMEN/SPRING REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El-Ghany  (EGYPT - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST) - RTX15BQ5

The term is relative and its continued use is worth questioning, argues Saeed Rahnema.
Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto (R) gives a speech to the media next to Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper during an official welcoming ceremony for Harper, at the National Palace in Mexico City February 18, 2014. Harper is on a two-day visit to Mexico. REUTERS/Henry Romero (MEXICO - Tags: POLITICS) - RTX192NM

View from Mexico: A roadmap for relations with Canada

Mexico’s Ambassador to Canada lists the top 10 issues we need to face together.

Canada's Foreign Minister Rob Nicholson (R) and his Ukrainian counterpart Pavlo Klimkin take part in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Kiev, Ukraine May 11, 2015.  REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko - RTX1CHRK

Diaspora Politics: When domestic votes trump foreign policy

Manipulating diaspora for political gain serves only to divide us. Time for an official policy on the issue.

The President who broke the ICC’s back

Six years after the issuance of Omar al-Bashir’s arrest warrant, there doesn’t seem to be a Plan B

A boy is silhouetted as he plays with a soccer ball at night in Colombo June 11, 2014. The 2014 FIFA soccer World Cup will be held in Brazil from June 12 through July 13. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte (SRI LANKA - Tags: SPORT SOCCER WORLD CUP) - RTR3T9KC

Russia, corruption and the dark side of the Beautiful Game

Jeremy Kinsman reflects on politics, money, and lies. And where sport sits in the middle of it all.

Commercial trucks line up on the Ambassador bridge crossing over to Detroit, Michigan from Windsor, Ontario September 12, 2013. A federal judge ruled on December 3, 2013 that Detroit is bankrupt under federal law, prompting hope that the Motor City can emerge with a fresh chance for success. And a $4 billion bridge project would provide just the type of jobs and opportunities the city needs. Picture taken September 12. To match Feature USA-DETROIT/BRIDGE     REUTERS/Rebecca Cook  (CANADA - Tags: BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT CONSTRUCTION) - RTX16DI7

Beyond Trade: Reframing the North American conversation

Border and trade issues are important to the continent, but they tend to limit our thinking when it comes to collaboration.

People march during a rally against climate change in New York, September 21, 2014. An international day of action on climate change brought hundreds of thousands of people onto the streets of New York City on Sunday, easily exceeding organizers' hopes for the largest protest on the issue in history. Organizers estimated that some 310,000 people, including United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, actor Leonardo DiCaprio and elected officials from the United States and abroad joined the People's Climate March, ahead of Tuesday's United Nations hosted summit in the city to discuss reducing carbon emissions that threaten the environment. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS ENVIRONMENT CIVIL UNREST) - RTR475HF

Six social movements the world can learn from

These digitally empowered campaigns provide guidelines for making change.

  • Enticing the lonely

    In her latest piece for The New York Times, Rukmini Callimachi interviews a young woman from rural America to illustrate the efforts ISIS goes through on social media to indoctrinate Westerners. They played on her sense of isolation, offering friendship through Muslim connections: “I actually have brothers and sisters,” she posted. “I’m crying.”

  • Bitter freedom

    Last December, six inmates were moved from Guantanamo Bay to Uruguay. All former al-Qaeda fighters, they were to be free men. Just six months later they are adrift, angry and struggling to adapt to their situation. Stephanie Nolan explains in The Globe and Mail why “Uruguay’s story of transcultural empathy stands as a cautionary tale,” for other inmates.

  • Why ISIS survives

    An end to conflict in Iraq and Syria still looks distant. The problem, writes Patrick Cockburn in The London Review of Books, is that “there are too many players… who can’t afford to lose and will do anything to win.” How does ISIS continue to survive amidst a volatile balance of power that shifts as foreign countries alter policies and civil wars persist?

  • The fight to heal

    While fighting continues in Ukraine, another problem is worsening: how to treat the thousands of wounded and traumatized soldiers. Canadian-backed doctors are leading the rehab programs that help these soldiers recover. “It’s equally hard to adapt to war and, later, to adapt to peace,” one doctor told Christian Borys. From Maclean’s.

  • Hostage families

    The families of five American hostages held in Syria felt abandoned by U.S. officials. So they formed a rescue team in secret. “After hiding the truth for so long, [they] hoped that by working together they might bring their children home.” Lawrence Wright reports on their journey in an emotionally powerful piece by from The New Yorker.

  • Politico’s bold move

    Politico’s “brash, fast, gossip-obsessed website” helped transform Washington political journalism. Will this style work as effectively in Brussels? “It is an experiment with far-reaching implications,” writes Gideon Lewis-Kraus in The Guardian, “not only for the future of journalism but, perhaps, for the European self-image.”

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