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Poverty

Making poverty history by 2030 will require massive increases in private investment, not just public aid, argues Brett House.
Abe

Abe’s Blue Beret

Japan, Article 9, and Taking a Lead at the United Nations.

Mine

The state of Canada’s Corporate Social Responsibility strategy

Will the appointment of a new CSR Counsellor improve the mining sector’s record abroad?

Disruptive-Power

Book launch webcast: Disruptive Power: The Crisis of the State in the Digital Age

Watch Tuesday’s NYC launch of new book by OpenCanada editor-in-chief Taylor Owen.

Mulcair

Canada’s ISIS mission: Are opposition leaders in denial?

The Canadian military is in this for the better, argues Kyle Matthews. Mulcair and Trudeau should get on board.

Obama

Iran deal: Testing Obama’s ability to go it alone

The U.S. president’s ability to negotiate on nuclear talks, despite domestic politics, is crucial for his global standing.

The Irving Oil refinery is photographed at sunset in Saint John, New Brunswick

A regional energy revolution in our grasp

Colin Robertson spells out the infrastructure and partnerships needed in North America to maximize gains from recent developments in the energy sector.

  • The Great Wall of India


    When it is completed, the border fence between India and Bangladesh will stretch 2,545 miles, making it the world’s longest. And yet, in many ways the border it stands on is an imaginary one. Goods and people continue to pass through. More real are the stories of those people, “inscribed on a fiction, the one that no nation-state can live without.” From n + 1.

  • In defence of submarines


    Canada’s fleet of submarines, bought second hand from the British Navy, are an expensive albatross. Or so the story goes. But is there any truth to that narrative, asks Nathan M. Greenfield. He defends the vessels here, arguing that it is the public’s lack of “sea consciousness” that is the real problem. From The Walrus.

  • The Fourth Reich?


    Comparisons to Nazi Germany usually signal the loss of an argument (see Goodwin’s law), but here Spiegel takes the idea of Germany’s “Fourth Reich” head on. Yes, Germany dominates the euro zone, but it remains a foreign policy dwarf. Nonetheless, a little less hubris from Berlin could go a long way in dispelling fears elsewhere in Europe.

  • Homegrown


    When seven young students left Montreal to join ISIS, it raised some big questions about the relationship between Quebec culture (and Canada’s) and its Muslim minority. “The conflict sets small-but-growing Muslim communities who hold fast to faith against a majority population that prefers religion to remain entirely private.” From the Globe and Mail

  • A new chance for an impossible peace


    Colombia has been at war since 1948, with the Farc, the army, paramilitaries, and narco-traffickers battling over terrain. Talks this week in Havana are “determined, against the odds, to broker what for many has become an impossible dream of peace and with it some kind of justice,” writes Ed Vulliamy in The Guardian.

  • “What will it take?”


    What will it take to push the international community into greater action on Syria? It might take years, writes Lyse Doucet. Russia and the U.S. are at odds over Ukraine, the focus is on the fight against ISIS and a nuclear deal with Iran, and the “moderate” opposition is losing ground. From BBC News.

In Depth

On the Verge: What the world can expect in 2015