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Rocket-Attack

Israel's campaign will not destroy Hamas, argues Paul Scham. It will only reinstate the status quo.
Student

Make International Education a Two-Way Street

Relatively few Canadian students study abroad and it is undermining Canada’s aspirations for greater global engagement, argues Karen McBride.

Gaza

Israel and Gaza: With Rights Come Responsibilities

Israel has the right to defend itself, says Paul Heinbecker. But it must do more to distinguish between civilians and legitimate military targets.

Harper

Canada’s Foreign Policy: The Case for Reset

Sergio Marchi on the shortcomings of Stephen Harper’s ‘hit and run’ foreign policy.

WW1

Why We Remember WWI

We cannot understand the 20th century without understanding the impact of the First World War, argues Margaret MacMillan.

Ukraine

Ukraine: Fighting For Fields of Debris

Any victory Russia might achieve in Ukraine would surely be Pyrrhic, says Christopher Westdal. It is time for Moscow to cut its losses.

Lest-We-Forget

WWI, The Cold War, and Today

The world is more stable now than ever before, and we have the two world wars to thank, argues Steve Saideman.

  • China’s Refrigeration Boom


    “An artificial winter has begun to stretch across the country,” writes Nicola Twilley for the New York Times Magazine. The Chinese refrigeration boom is only just beginning, but at what cost to the planet? Cooling sucks up 15% of energy consumption worldwide and leaks of chemical refrigerants are a major source of greenhouse-gas pollution.

  • Finding Bezler


    “With a walrus moustache, a fiery temper and a reputation for brutality, Igor Bezler is the most feared of all the rebel leaders in eastern Ukraine,” writes Shaun Walker for The Guardian. And he may have been responsible for shooting down Flight MH17. Walker’s interview with Bezler ended when Bezler threatened to have the journalist shot.

  • The Battle for Afghanistan’s Economy


    In the 13 years since the ousting of the Taliban, Afghanistan has seen the return of an entrepreneurial class, writes Michael Peel for Financial Times. But with the flow of foreign money slowing and the possibility of increased violence in the future, the entrepreneurs might flee once again.

  • Putin’s Challenge to Europe


    “Along with countless shells and missiles, what Russian President Vladimir Putin has lobbed into Ukraine is a set of ideological challenges to the post-Second World War peace built on progressive pluralism and European cooperation,” writes Doug Saunders for the Globe and Mail.

  • One Day in the Life of Vladimir Putin


    Ben Judah sketches out Putin’s private habits and routines based on a series of interviews with Russian officials in a rather personal look at “this latter-day dictator”, published by Newsweek: “He is obsessed with information. The thickest, fattest folders at his request are not intelligence reports: they are press clippings.”

  • Minnow Embassies


    When you’re the ambassador of a country of 100,000 people, it can be difficult to make your voice heard in a place as big as China. But when your country relies on the outside world for its livelihood, you find a way, writes Oscar Holland for That’s: “It is easy to dismiss these embassies as glorified travel agencies, but their work is wide-ranging.”

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