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Iraq

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Harper

The Syrian mission: for humanitarian, security and political reasons

As Canada’s military campaign expands in the Middle East, questions arise as to the motives for engagement. By David McDonough.

Chris Alexander

Chris Alexander’s fantasy Cold War

The immigration minister seems to think of Russia as a sort of boogeyman threatening world peace and security. He’s wrong.

Iraq

The West’s war with ISIS, or how to dress an open fracture

Degrading ISIS won’t end the violence the Middle East. A more fundamental change is required.

Boko

Nigeria’s political cynicism is making its problems worse

Why has Boko Haram been able to spread so easily through Nigeria? The answer lies partly in military incompetence, but mostly in political cynicism.

C51

Who Knows What Evils Lurk in the Shadows?

The story of the powerful spy agency most Canadians still don’t know, and the security bill that would expand its resources and reach.

Poverty

Development Finance: Enter the Private Sector

Making poverty history by 2030 will require massive increases in private investment, not just public aid, argues Brett House.

  • The rise of Podemos


    A year ago, many dismissed Spain’s Podemos (“We Can” in Spanish) as an angry, anti-austerity party that would fade away within months. Now it leads the polls. The Guardian reports on the origins of the upstart party that wants to bring the spirit of Greece’s Syriza to the euro zone’s fourth-largest economy.

  • Living (and staying) in Iran


    A female reporter’s reflections on her life Iran: “I’ve chosen the harder path. Which means: not running off to another world as soon as life gets tough. It means staying in your own country and engaging in its discourse… I stay because, as my mother never stopped repeating, I am my own woman, but also my own man.” From Guernica.

  • Who is Xi Jinping?


    Xi Jinping is one of the most important leaders in the world – perhaps the most important. But what kind of leader is he? This New Yorker profile paints the picture of a man who is both a reformer and authoritarian, struggling to save his party while developing his country at a key juncture in its modern history.

  • The new arms race


    It’s no longer how many nuclear weapons you have, it’s how innovative the weapons you do have are. The U.S. and others are upgrading lower yield weapons to make them more accurate. Not only is this process extremely expensive, but the increased accuracy might make it more tempting to actually use them. From Foreign Policy.

  • The Great Wall of India


    When it is completed, the border fence between India and Bangladesh will stretch 2,545 miles, making it the world’s longest. And yet, in many ways the border it stands on is an imaginary one. Goods and people continue to pass through. More real are the stories of those people, “inscribed on a fiction, the one that no nation-state can live without.” From n + 1.

  • In defence of submarines


    Canada’s fleet of submarines, bought second hand from the British Navy, are an expensive albatross. Or so the story goes. But is there any truth to that narrative, asks Nathan M. Greenfield. He defends the vessels here, arguing that it is the public’s lack of “sea consciousness” that is the real problem. From The Walrus.

In Depth

On the Verge: What the world can expect in 2015