The good news is the IS may disappear as quickly as it appeared. The bad news is those fighters may be headed home.
Jean Daudelin on why its time to reconsider the borders in the Middle East.
The Harper government has distanced itself from a multilateral approach to foreign policy. Do Canadians agree? By Roland Paris.
Harper is still an internationalist, albeit of a different kind, argues Ian Brodie
Tina Park and Victor MacDiarmid on how the West can fulfill its responsibility to protect Iraqi civilians from ISIS.
Steve Saideman on why the referendum will have little effect on separatist movements elsewhere.
China’s Energy Switch
Coal accounts for a whopping 70% of China’s energy supply, write Jaeah Lee and James West for Mother Jones. But burning that much coal has caused irreparable damage to the environment and the health of China’s citizens. The solution? It could be fracking. China’s shale gas resources are the largest in the world, 1.7 times those in the United States.
The Miracle Drug
A large stockpile of ZMapp, the experimental treatment for Ebola, might have stopped the disease from spreading so far. Unfortunately, there’s very little of it available because its development has been hampered by the bureaucracy of the U.S. government for years. Brendan Greeley and Caroline Chen for Bloomberg Businessweek.
So-called religious wars
“We now take the secular state so much for granted that it is hard for us to appreciate its novelty,” writes Karen Armstrong for The Guardian. For the rest of the world, religion is a part of everything, including politics and war. So to say that religion causes violence is misreading the situation.
Could destroying ISIS mean the end of Iraq?
Washington wants the Iraqi Kurds to do two things: One, help destroy ISIS. Two, don’t secede from the Iraqi state. But if the U.S. gives enough military funding and equipment to the peshmerga to accomplish the first task, it could very well undermine the second, writes Dexter Filkins for the New Yorker.
U.S. officials pushing the Israel-Palestine peace process fall into three rival camps: Skeptics, Reproachers, and Embracers, writes Nathan Thrall for Matter. The problem is that all three camps badly underestimate the Palestinian position and ultimately maintain the status quo by thwarting actions that would raise its costs.
Uruguay’s Humble President
Under President Jose Alberto Mujica, Uruguay was the subject of unprecedented international interest – partly because of a law making it the first country to regulate the production and consumption of marijuana, and partly because of the president himself. Stephanie Nolen profiles Mujica for the Globe and Mail.