This month’s U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit ended with a promised $14 billion in investments. Adam Sneyd calls for new economic thinking going forward.
Stephen Saideman looks at why Canada is getting involved with a country it avoided for so long.
David Meadows explains the historical pattern behind Moscow’s motives in Ukraine.
Paul Meyer on a new report by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights about electronic surveillance.
As geopolitical tensions rise around the world, the risk of nuclear weapons also rises. Ramesh Thakur on how Australia can help.
Effective government is both powerful and restrained in the use of power, says Steve Saideman. But as recent events show, it is easier said than done.
Defeating the Islamic State
While it appears the Islamic State is finally on the defensive in northern Iraq, it is far from defeated. It may be “only a matter of time before transnational operations are launched,” The Economist reports. Military and political might is needed, including careful action by Iraq’s new Prime Minister, Haider al-Abadi.
The new ‘humanitarian innovation’ machine
With more people displaced than at any time since the Second World War, The Independent‘s Suzy Madigan looks at the transformation of the aid industry by those searching for radical solutions: “The aid sector is opening membership to business, technology developers and, crucially, affected populations.”
A miners’ massacre in South Africa, two years on
The development of platinum mining was considering one of South Africa’s recent “good stories” but the killing of 34 mineworkers two years ago exposed an ongoing struggle for justice. The Guardian‘s Jack Shenker looks at the battle for power and change in its wake.
China’s own ‘war on terror’
Violence in China’s Western region of Xinjiang has raised questions whether the state is fighting terrorism or trying to repress the Uighur minority, as Nathan VanderKlippe reports in the Globe and Mail: “Are nations prepared to overlook China’s chokehold on religious groups?”
Inside the Islamic State
Vice News embedded itself in the Islamic State – “the world’s newest declared state” – travelling from the group’s power base in the Syrian city of Raqqa, where it continues to fight with the forces of Bashar al-Assad, to what used to be the Syrian-Iraq border, which they are in the process of erasing from the map.
Selling Libya By the Pound
The plundering of Libya’s oil wealth began long before militias started collecting billions in cash payouts from the central state authority, writes David Samuels for Bloomberg Businessweek. Western banks lost billions that Qaddafi had invested with them while collecting sky-high fees.