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NATO

With the Rapid Reaction Force initiative, is NATO confusing hope with a plan? By Steve Saideman.
ISIS

How to Stop Canadians From Becoming Jihadists

Criminalization alone is not best way to deal with radicalization, argue Alexander Corbeil and Reza Akhlaghi.

Iraq

Canada Aiding Iraq: This Is Just the Beginning

Navid Hassibi and Wisam Salih on what Ottawa can do to help the fight against the Islamic State.

Migrants

Canada’s Central American Connection

An interview with author and academic Maria Cristina Garcia about Canada’s relationship with migrants from Central America.

Wales-Summit

NATO’s Old Playbook Still Comes In Handy

NATO might be slow, flawed and possibly broken, but it’s still the best form of multilateral military cooperation we have, says Steve Saideman.

Modi

Modi’s India, Three Months In

Ramesh Thakur considers India’s direction under its new Prime Minister.

Women and their children wait in line to register at the Honduran Center for Returned Migrants after being deported from Mexico, in San Pedro Sula

The crisis of child migration

Central America migration is a humanitarian issue, but it has been caught up in the illegal immigration debate, argues Robert Muggah.

  • Kinshasa: Party Town


    The Democratic Republic of the Congo is one of the least developed, most corrupt countries in the world. And yet the people of Kinshasa have built a rich cultural life to “fend off the chaos and aggression of the state with discipline and passion,” writes Katrina Manson for Financial Times.

  • Terror Incorporated


    “ISIS has grown from being a small offshoot of al-Qaeda in Iraq into the wealthiest terror group in the world,” writes Sheera Frenkel for Buzzfeed. The group is making millions selling oil and artifacts on the black market and running racketeering and kidnapping schemes. And since that wealth is produced locally, it isn’t as vulnerable to outside sanctions.

  • Our Plasticized Oceans


    The five major oceanic gyres – large systems of rotating ocean currents – make up about a quarter of the Earth’s surface. And we’re slowly filling them with plastic, writes Bucky McMahon for Matter. That plastic eventually dissolves into dust that leaches toxic substances. Those substances are eaten by fish which we eat in turn.

  • The Seed Debate


    Indian environmentalist Vandana Shiva is leading the charge against industrial agriculture that relies on chemical fertilizers, pesticides, fossil fuels, cheap water, and increasingly biotechnology like GMOS, writes Michael Specter for the New Yorker. But while Shiva’s rhetoric is damning, the science doesn’t always agree with her.

  • The “Kabubble” Breaks


    At the height of the surge, Kabul was a boomtown full of expats with too much easy money and an inclination to misbehave, writes Matthieu Aikins for Rolling Stone. Now the party is over and foreign civilians are being targeted, sometimes by the Taliban and sometimes by Afghans who just don’t like Westerners.

  • Going It Alone


    Scotland will vote on whether or not to become an independent country on September 18, but there are some key questions that remain unanswered. The BBC’s Vanessa Barford lists five big ones, including what currency the new country would use and how much oil revenue it can expect from the North Sea.

In Depth

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