The destruction of historical buildings in Syria pales in comparison to the human tragedy unfolding. But it sheds light on the need for documentation, and future rebuilding of the country.
By Léonid Sirota.
Current approach isolates Canada and affects its ability to communicate productively with Tehran.
The deal is the best chance for a peaceful resolution of the standoff over Iran’s nuclear program, despite a profound double standard.
While Toronto hosts the Pan Am Games, more concrete regional ties are eroding.
Steve Saideman looks at how the two positions differ, and what the two new appointees, U.S. Marine General Joe Dunford and Canadian Army General Jon Vance, have in common.
Slaves at sea
Lax maritime labour laws and an insatiable global demand for seafood have led to an increase in harsh labour practices on the seas — practices “so severe that the boys and men who are its victims might as well be captives from a bygone era,” writes Ian Urbina in The New York Times. Part of its four-part “Outlaw Ocean” series.
The Greek Warrior
Last winter when Greece called a snap election, Yanis Varoufakis interrupted his professorship in Texas, flew home and launched an election campaign whose sole expense was the cost of gas for his motorcycle. The New Yorker‘s Ian Parker tells the story of the now-former finance minister: “It was as if Christopher Hitchens had woken up Secretary of State.”
Can we change our world fast enough to avoid being destroyed by it? Margaret Atwood asks in an essay in Matter. Atwood describes possible scenarios for a world dependent on oil and facing critical water risks. The warning signs are already here, she says, but so are innovative solutions. Some call this speculative fiction, or even cli-fi. Truth is, it is not fiction at all.
Ukraine’s Chechen fighters
It may surprise you to know that hundreds of Chechens are fighting in the battle for Ukraine – on both sides. Some fight for Kiev, driven by anger towards Russia. But others are happy to fighting alongside pro-Russian forces in Eastern Ukraine. Shaun Walker explains why Chechens are volunteering on either side of the battle. From The Guardian.
“The crisis of the EU has two sides,” writes Timothy Snyder in The NY Review of Books. “One is political, about the lack of democracy within European institutions; the other is philosophical, about the erosion of Europe as a source of and home for universal values.” On view in Greece and Ukraine, they show why Europe’s identity needs to reform.
How to beat ISIS
Syria’s Kurds, led by the YPG, have become the most successful fighting force against ISIS. “[Their] unwavering determination,” writes Adnan R. Khan, “is a mirror image of the Islamic State: a group of fighters driven by ideology and a near-fanatical desire to establish a space for themselves… But is fanaticism the only way to kill fanaticism?” From Maclean’s.