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

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: A Potential ‘Chilling Effect’ on Human Rights?

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


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.


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.


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.

A freshly produced bar of gold is cleaned at Boroo gold mine in Boroo

Mining transparency abroad, but not at home?

Marc McCrum and Grégoire-François Legault say global initiative not just for developing nations

  • 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.

  • Clinton’s Foreign Policy Doctrine

    Jeffrey Goldberg interviews the former secretary of state for The Atlantic about her take on American foreign policy, including Israel and Palestine, Iran, Iraq, and Syria : “Great nations need organizing principles, and ‘Don’t do stupid stuff’ is not an organizing principle.”

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