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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

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.
Yazidi refugees who fled the violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjar, take part in a protest at Nowruz refugee camp in Qamishli

On Intervention: Iraq, not Syria?

Stephen Saideman looks at why Canada is getting involved with a country it avoided for so long.

A military helicopter flies above a Russian convoy of trucks carrying humanitarian aid for Ukraine, parked at a camp near Kamensk-Shakhtinsky

Containing the Russian Convoy

David Meadows explains the historical pattern behind Moscow’s motives in Ukraine.

Surveillance

Surveillance: A Potential ‘Chilling Effect’ on Human Rights?

Paul Meyer on a new report by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights about electronic surveillance.

Nukes

The Return of the Nuclear Debate

As geopolitical tensions rise around the world, the risk of nuclear weapons also rises. Ramesh Thakur on how Australia can help.

Iraq-Security-Forces

The ‘strong’ state: threatening or protective?

Effective government is both powerful and restrained in the use of power, says Steve Saideman. But as recent events show, it is easier said than done.

BRICS

New Bank, New Paradigm

The BRICS New Development Bank is not just another financial institution, says Roy Culpeper. It is an alternative paradigm of economic growth.

  • The new ‘humanitarian innovation’ machine


    With more people displaced than at any time since the Second World War, The Independent‘s Suzy Madigan looks at the transformation of the aid industry by those searching for radical solutions: “The aid sector is opening membership to business, technology developers and, crucially, affected populations.”

  • A miners’ massacre in South Africa, two years on


    The development of platinum mining was considering one of South Africa’s recent “good stories” but the killing of 34 mineworkers two years ago exposed an ongoing struggle for justice. The Guardian‘s Jack Shenker looks at the battle for power and change in its wake.

  • China’s own ‘war on terror’


    Violence in China’s Western region of Xinjiang has raised questions whether the state is fighting terrorism or trying to repress the Uighur minority, as Nathan VanderKlippe reports in the Globe and Mail: “Are nations prepared to overlook China’s chokehold on religious groups?”

  • Inside the Islamic State


    Vice News embedded itself in the Islamic State – “the world’s newest declared state” – travelling from the group’s power base in the Syrian city of Raqqa, where it continues to fight with the forces of Bashar al-Assad, to what used to be the Syrian-Iraq border, which they are in the process of erasing from the map.

  • Selling Libya By the Pound


    The plundering of Libya’s oil wealth began long before militias started collecting billions in cash payouts from the central state authority, writes David Samuels for Bloomberg Businessweek. Western banks lost billions that Qaddafi had invested with them while collecting sky-high fees.

  • At the Epicentre of the Ebola Outbreak


    “This is the reality of fighting this Ebola outbreak. Too many patients, too many bodies, and not nearly enough money, people, chlorine or even ambulances to stop the dying.” Jennifer Yang reports from a Médecins Sans Frontières Ebola treatment centre in Sierra Leone for the Toronto Star.

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