As part of a new interview series, we chat with this year’s Massey lecturer, journalist Sally Armstrong, as she prepares for her series of cross-Canada talks and the publication of the accompanying book, Power Shift.
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Five questions with… women’s rights advocate Sally Armstrong

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As part of a new interview series, OpenCanada’s Eva Salinas chats with this year’s Massey lecturer, journalist Sally Armstrong, as she prepares for her series of cross-Canada talks and the publication of the accompanying book, Power Shift.
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The climate emergency debate

Eva Holland sends a dispatch from Whitehorse, where the divisions within city council over whether to declare an emergency reveal the challenges around taking climate action.
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How to think clearly about Amazon protection

As Jean Daudelin writes from Recife, Brazil, when it comes to effective action to help the Amazon, beware lofty hopes and empty threats.
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A trip to Cox’s Bazar, as Rohingya mark two years in Bangladesh

August marks two years since Rohingyas began to leave their home in Myanmar en masse. Canadian Adrien Blanchard visited the refugee camps in Bangladesh earlier this summer to see first-hand the challenges facing the group now.

BEST OF THE WEB

ISIS women

For The Washington Post, Louisa Loveluck and Souad Mekhennet report from the sprawling al-Hol camp in Syria, where 20,000 women who lived under the ISIS caliphate are being held. Residents and camp authorities say the women, from various countries, are imposing a “reign of fear,” with “mounting anger, violence and fanaticism growing amid the squalor.” With few foreign governments willing to take them back, what is the future of the camp?

Hezbollah and Israel

Over the past few years, Hezbollah has been occupied with propping up Bashar al-Assad in the Syrian civil war. But now, “Hezbollah fighters suggest they’re more than ready to renew their old hostilities with the hated Israelis,” writes Sulome Anderson from Lebanon for Foreign Policy, “even if it happens by accident.” How likely is the resumption of fighting between these two old enemies?

UPCOMING EVENTS

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A Life Abroad As Canada’s Most Experienced Foreign Correspondent

Sept. 12, 2019, Vancouver
A conversation with veteran correspondent Matthew Fisher.
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Cinema Series: "The Corporate Coup D'État"

Sept. 17, 2019, Waterloo
A screening of an investigative documentary that blends the insights of philosophers, authors and journalists with the experiences of citizens of the US Rust Belt, where the steel industry once flourished, but where closures and outsourcing have left urban areas desolate and hopeless.
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6 Degrees 2019

Sept. 23, 2019, Toronto
The three-day annual forum on inclusion, produced by the Institute for Canadian Citizenship, runs this year from September 23 to 25. It includes a keynote lecture from Adam Gopnik, the presentation of the Adrienne Clarkson Prize for Global Citizenship to General Roméo Dallaire, and workshops featuring Cory Doctorow, Ryan McMahon and Nadya Tolokonnikova, among others.

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