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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

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.

A Wall Street sign is pictured in front of the New York Stock Exchange, open during Winter Storm Juno, in the Manhattan borough of New York January 27, 2015. A blizzard swept across the northeastern United States, dropping more than a foot (30 cm) of snow but falling short of more dire predictions that sent workers and students home, halted thousands of flights and prompted New York officials to ban cars from roads and shut down subway trains.     REUTERS/Carlo Allegri   (UNITED STATES - Tags: BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT) - RTR4N7LB

Why the Western World Model needs reinventing

Inequality levels are alarming. Democracy is under threat. If the West is in crisis, is it a global priority?

Walking to mark the release of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission report in Ottawa (Reuters)

Lessons on nation-building and indigenous relations

Canada’s Truth Commission provides much needed guidance for finding justice and reconciling a country’s many historical narratives.

  • 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.”

  • Feminism seduced


    Neoliberal development models do little to empower women, writes Hester Eisenstein in Jacobin. Too often EPZs use feminist language “to justify the employment of women [in] deplorable and often dangerous positions.” She argues that this distorted development and co-option of ideals must change.

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