How can we protect women’s rights abroad but not within our own ranks?
The Silk Road Fund and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank are part of China’s “One Belt, One Road” strategy, which has the potential to transform development finance.
Arguing over a middle east conference obscured a more significant tension over who is leading the disarmament agenda.
Done well, the initiative could leverage Canada’s strengths in finance, natural resources, infrastructure construction and engineering.
Activists in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh have come under attack recently. If government cannot protect them, is the judiciary their only hope?
Providing asylum should be just as valued as a response in R2P cases, including the Syrian crisis.
In his own words
Omar Khadr has been prosecuted by two U.S. administrations and interrogated by Canadian intelligence agents. He has been both vilified and defended. The Toronto Star‘s Michelle Shephard speaks with him in this exclusive interview after he was granted bail: “I just wish for people to give me a chance,” he told her.
The migrant impulse
The New Yorker‘s George Packer recalls his time living in Africa in the 80s, when he witnessed the “consequences of migration everywhere.” In migrants, he saw hardship and uncertainty, but also immense courage: “It was a modern impulse, and in tearing themselves loose they joined the modern world.”
A special place for Syrians
When ISIS forces captured the ancient city of Palmyra (also called Tadmor) last week, it signalled another potential loss to historians. But the more important loss may be to Syrian themselves. “This place is a big part of their national identity. It has linked Muslims, Christian, Druze … everyone.” By Patrick Martin for the Globe and Mail.
The rise of Yemen’s Houthis
In the London Review of Books, Ghaith Abdul-Ahad paints the most intimate picture of Houthi rebels: “The supreme military commander is a delicate and compact man… One evening I watched him enter the Houthis’ headquarters accompanied by two gunmen; his arrival caused a flutter among even the most senior apparatchiks…”
Canada’s Arctic Authority
The battle between the U.S. and Canada over the Northwest Passage has been simmering for decades. As Monte Reel writes in Bloomberg Business, it “has as much to do with the geopolitics of the Middle East as it does with the Arctic.” Can Canada prove its jurisdiction with the help of Jim Balsillie and the HMS Erebus?
An unwanted people
Thousands of migrants, many of whom are Rohingya Muslims fleeing persecution in Myanmar, travel to Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia despite a recent crackdown on human trafficking. As Niniek Karmin writes in the Globe and Mail, the Rohingya are “one of the world’s most persecuted minorities, yet their situation has long been ignored.”