With Global Affairs Canada giving the green light to 48 permits for arms exports to Saudi Arabia, Justin Mohammed of Amnesty International Canada explains why its review was problematic and examines the questions that remain.
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WEEKLY DISPATCH

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Canada’s go-ahead for new Saudi exports leaves questions unanswered

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With Global Affairs Canada giving the green light to 48 permits for arms exports to Saudi Arabia, Justin Mohammed of Amnesty International Canada explains why its review was problematic and examines the questions that remain.
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Five questions with… Bob Rae, Canada’s special envoy to Myanmar

After three days of hearings in The Hague over Myanmar’s treatment of the Rohingya, Bob Rae shares his thoughts on what comes next.
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Can Ottawa get India right?

Divisions within the Indo-Canadian diaspora over Kashmir have made Canada tiptoe around India, argues Karthik Nachiappan. Here’s how to move forward.
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Canada increasingly an outlier by keeping its child citizens detained in Syria

In Case You Missed It: Many other countries have repatriated their young nationals from Syria. Doing so is clearly possible and would be in Canada’s security interests, argues Genevieve Zingg.

BEST OF THE WEB

Afghan war

This week, The Washington Post published what it calls a “secret history” of the war in Afghanistan — a massive investigation by Craig Whitlock based on documents released under the Freedom of Information Act after a three-year legal battle. The documents reveal that senior US officials under three presidents misled the public during the 18-year war, hiding evidence that it had become unwinnable.
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Year in pictures

New York Times photo editors sifted through 5.6 million photos from the past 365 days — of protest in Hong Kong, war in Yemen, crisis in Venezuela and so much more — for their “Year in Pictures 2019” feature. The result, writes executive editor Dean Baquet, “is this collection of images, a visual chronicle of violence, political power struggles, climate catastrophes, mass shootings and a few poignant scenes of everyday life.”

UPCOMING EVENTS

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Does Canada Need a Foreign Policy Review?

Jan. 9, 2020, Waterloo
A talk with Randolph Mank, a three time former Canadian ambassador and business executive who led the Policy Planning team from 2000-03 during the last Canadian foreign policy review.
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Cinema Series: “Anthropocene: The Human Epoch”

Jan. 21, 2020, Waterloo
A showing of ANTHROPOCENE: The Human Epoch, a cinematic meditation on humanity’s massive reengineering of the planet.
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Should the UN be Abolished? The 6th Annual CIC Foreign Affairs Debate

Jan. 29, 2020, Toronto
Students from Hart House (University of Toronto) and Ryerson University will debate the motion “Be it Resolved That the United Nations Should be Abolished.”

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