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Galeano

Two Canadian authors reflect on the life of the literary dissident.
Spain

The dangerous myth of the female victim-fighter

Though their role within ISIS may differ, women’s motives for joining the group are just as diverse as men’s.

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Why the Islamic State actually stinks at social media

The conventional wisdom is that ISIS has managed to become so successful largely because of its social media prowess. The conventional wisdom is wrong.

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The Islamic State and the case for Responsibility to Protect

Do not let feelings toward past invasions in the Middle East deter us from protecting Syrians and Iraqis.

Americas

The Americas as a Political Project: dead or alive?

Did the handshaking at this year’s summit symbolize a stronger Americas? We asked two experts for their view on the state of our regional unity — and its future.

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After the Summit: What next for Canada in the Hemisphere?

From removing the Mexico visa to naming an OAS ambassador, here’s how Canada can advance regional relations.

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The trials and tribulations of the ICC

We examine the top 10 issues facing the International Criminal Court today. Do they signify a crisis for international justice, or have sufficient strides been made?

  • Access denied


    Mark MacKinnon went to Bashiq Mountain to investigate the death of Sergeant Andrew Doiron, who was killed in a “friendly fire” incident last month. He didn’t get very far. But what he did find raises questions about the nature of the Canadian mission to help the Kurds. From the Globe and Mail.

  • Don’t blame NATO for Russia’s Behaviour


    Did NATO doom relations with Russia by aggressively expanding into Eastern Europe after the Cold War? Stephen Sestanovich doesn’t think so. On the contrary, “Washington was obsessively attentive to Moscow’s wounded self-regard” after the Soviet Collapse. From The American Interest.

  • The displaced


    Over the last decade, projects funded by the World Bank have physically or economically displaced an estimated 3.4 million people, according to an investigation by the ICIJ and the Huffington Post. This despite the fact that the World Bank has “safeguard” policies in place to prevent that exact thing from happening.

  • Inside the “informal” mining economy


    Alongside the large-scale mining projects run by multinationals like Barrick and Rio Tinto in Peru is the illegal mining sector. By one estimate, there are 400,000 informal gold miners working in the country, and black-market gold has reportedly surpassed cocaine as the country’s biggest illegal export. From the New Yorker.

  • Modi’s formidable challenge


    “Mr. Modi is the most polarizing mainstream politician in modern India,” writes Iain Marlow in a profile of India’s prime minister for the Globe and Mail. ” Can Modi bring his country together by modernizing its economy? Or will sectarian strife and grinding poverty continue to impede its growth?

  • Where to draw the line?


    After the First World War, the victors divided up the Middle East with little knowledge of the region’s people, geography and customs. Some of those “contrived” borders are now breaking down. But drawing new ones won’t be easy and won’t necessarily solve the region’s problems. From the Wall Street Journal.

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