Lifting the requirement is Mexico’s main “ask” of Canada. We should listen.
Will repairing old transportation systems be good enough to meet increasing demands?
Care should be taken to avoid the tendency for legislative quick fixes in the wake of these shocking and tragic events, says Kent Roach.
Adam Chapnick on what was missing from the debate over Canadian military action in Iraq.
Recent events raise the spectre of a globalized militancy requiring increased security measures. That belief could be damaging, says Kjell Anderson.
Hugh Stephens on the benefits of a stronger trade relationship with Asia, especially for Canada’s West Coast.
Prisoner of the Nusra Front
Journalist Theo Padnos was kidnapped by the Nusra Front, a branch of Al Qaeda in Syria that is also fighting ISIS. He tells his story here for the New York Times Magazine: “Many of the Nusra Front soldiers told me that over the previous months, their siblings and cousins had been fighting for the Islamic State. The pay was better.”
Mounties in Afghanistan
An excerpt from Terry Gould’s book Worth Dying For: Canada’s Mission to Train Police in the World’s Failing States. Published by Hazlitt: “A lot of CivPol cops had to hang on day to day and sometimes minute to minute until they accepted that for the next nine months they’d be in the middle of a war ten thousand miles from their families.”
The next Ebola?
The Congo Basin is “a mecca for biodiversity,” writes Elaisha Stokes for Al Jazeera. It’s home to 270 species of mammals. It’s also home to millions of viruses, many unidentified. “And the deeper that people encroach into the forest, the greater the likelihood that those viruses will make the jump to humans from other animals.”
Twenty-five years after the end of the communism, the prevailing narrative about the postcommunist world has turned gloomy. That narrative is wrong, write Andrei Shleifer and Daniel Treisman for Foreign Affairs: “Not every change has been for the better. But writing off postcommunist reforms as a failure would be a mistake.” (metered paywall)
The ISIS Propaganda Machine
Marshall Sella analyzes how the terrorist organization mixes new-media savvy with medieval savagery and its effect on its Western audience for Matter: “On one side of it, there’s the recruiting effort… On the other side, the message to those who will not join the cause is: We are going to destroy you…”
Inside the fight against Ebola
From the Kenema Government Hospital in Sierra Leone to the Broad Institute at M.I.T., Richard Preston recounts the international fight to contain the Ebola outbreak in West Africa for The New Yorker: “By now, the warriors against Ebola understand that they face a long struggle against a formidable enemy.”