Make no mistake, Iran may not have asked for the events that have unfolded over the past week, but they do provide oxygen for its dying regime. That alone should be of great concern, writes Saeed Rahnema.
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Iran’s catch-22

Qassem Soleimani
Make no mistake, Iran may not have asked for the events that have unfolded over the past week, but they do provide oxygen for its dying regime. That alone should be of great concern, writes Saeed Rahnema.
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2020: The year Canada must focus on strengthening global democracy

As Michael Petrou writes, the Trudeau government claims to have a human rights-driven foreign policy. But what Canada values are all products of liberal democracy — a system in need of support, this year more than ever.
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Five climate issues Canada will have to tackle in 2020

From reducing car emissions to the decision over a proposed oil sands mine, here are the climate issues Canadians should have on their radar this year. By Kamyar Razavi.
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Year in Review: 2019

In Case You Missed It: Here are the stories that stayed with us throughout 2019 and were critical to our understanding of the world, from an essay on UNDRIP to a longread on Canada-Cuba relations to a farewell to Binyavanga Wainaina.

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Lives lost

When Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 crashed in Tehran on Wednesday, all 176 on board lost their lives, including 63 Canadians and another 75 headed to Canada, many of whom were international students. While Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the plane appears to have been shot down and is calling for an investigation, many across Canada this week are grieving. Here The Globe and Mail profiles many of the victims.

Future of spycraft

In Yahoo! News, Jenna McLaughlin and Zach Dorfman have published an investigation, based on interviews with more than 40 current and former intelligence officials, revealing the high-level debate within US spy agencies on the future of officers’ ability to go undercover in the digital age. “The foundations of the business of espionage have been shattered,” says one former senior CIA official. What is the way forward?

UPCOMING EVENTS

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Book launch: When Religion Kills

Jan. 16, 2020, Montreal
Phil Gurski, president and chief executive officer of Borealis Threat and Risk Consulting Ltd. and program director for the Security, Economics and Technology hub at the University of Ottawa’s Professional Development Institute, will present his new book.
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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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