Not much argues Ramesh Thakur.
Jason Ralph on why the strikes are not only legitimate but also potentially legal.
An interview with the head of the UN’s Gaza investigation, William Schabas.
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.
The Proxies of Qatar
The tiny emirate has pumped tens of millions of dollars into Islamist groups across the Middle East and beyond, writes Elizabeth Dickinson for Foreign Policy. In doing so, it has “played a major role in destabilizing nearly every trouble spot in the region and in accelerating the growth of radical and jihadi factions.”
The New World Order
“There is a profound sense, among many observers, that the world is once again reordering itself. The old certainties have collapsed or faded, and new threats challenge them,” writes Doug Saunders for the Globe and Mail. What will replace it? Saunders offers five major, competing visions of the emerging international order.
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.