‘Without journalists, there is no democracy,’ says star of Jon Stewart’s Rosewater.
John Kirton on how the G20 leaders failed to confront and control today’s central global challenges.
What do borders mean today? In this graphic, we consider a number of ways of conceptualizing the divisions between us beyond just nationality.
Laura Poitras’s documentary Citizenfour highlights the legal loopholes in international law that allow for electronic surveillance.
How does the pipeline project fit into the larger North American energy puzzle? By Stephen Blank and Monica Gattinger.
Samira Sayed-Rahman details the beautiful and dangerous path across the Afghan-Pakistani border.
The day I was nearly abducted
Gregory D. Johnsen, writing for Buzzfeed, reflects on his failed kidnapping in Yemen: “The other man had circled around behind me. Grabbing my arm, he started pulling me toward the street. My eyes followed my body and I saw the yellow-and-white taxi: driver inside, back door open. And then I knew.”
The front lines of a asymmetrical war
The Korengal Valley saw some of the bloodiest fighting during the Afghanistan War. Now, it offers “a glimpse of where the country is heading,” write Matt Trevithick and Daniel Seckman for The Daily Beast. “With the…fight increasingly Afghan against Afghan, time will tell if anything comes of his balancing act.”
Drones over Pakistan
“Between mid-2008 and mid-2013, C.I.A.-operated drones waged what amounted to an undeclared, remotely controlled air war over North and South Waziristan,” writes Steve Coll for the New Yorker. For the U.S., the campaign was a major success. For the Pakistani military, it symbolized American arrogance. For a great many civilians, it proved deadly.
Turning a blind eye in Rwanda
Two Canadian priests were killed in post-Genocide Rwanda, possibly by security forces of President Paul Kagame. The Canadian government never properly investigated the murders but has continued to support the Kagame government for two decades. Geoffrey York and Judi Rever report for the Globe and Mail.
Negotiating With Terrorists
Is it better to refuse to negotiate with terrorist organizations to secure the release of hostages and then watch your citizens get beheaded, or to agree in principle not to negotiate but do it anyways and then deny the fact publicly? Simon Critchley makes the case for paying the ransoms in a piece for the New York Review of Books.
The Communists vs. the Christians
There are now more Christians in China than members of the Communist party. If current trends continue, the country could be home to the world’s largest Christian population within 15 years. And the Chinese government doesn’t like it. By Jamil Anderlini for Financial Times.