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On the road with Democracy Now’s Amy Goodman

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July 12, 2016

As the widely syndicated U.S. radio show marks
20 years, its tireless host chats with OpenCanada’s Krista Hessey on the impact
of U.S. foreign policy, the role of the media and the continued growth of her
news program. 

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Meet Indonesia: The engine that powers Southeast Asia

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July 11, 2016

With huge land
masses and a large, young, politically and digitally engaged population,
Indonesia is a country to watch. Canada’s former
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Len Edwards,
gives four big
ideas for more ambitious Canadian-Indonesian relations. 

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Is Canada ready to be a better development cooperation partner?

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July 6, 2016

The government’s International Assistance Review wraps up
this month. Are the consultations focused enough on practical and institutional
changes needed, from stronger partnerships with the Global South to better
planning and dialogue in the field?

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A Brexit post-mortem: 17 takeaways for a fallen David Cameron

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July 4, 2016

In this open memo to the outgoing British Prime Minister, former Canadian High Commissioner to the UK, Jeremy Kinsman, describes in detail just how badly the Remain campaign failed.      1. Referenda are the nuclear weapons of democracy. In parliamentary systems they are redundant. Seeking a simplistic binary yes/no answer to complex questions, they […]

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Video: Kurdistan Explained

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June 30, 2016

Who are the Kurds? This short video explains what you need to know about the history of this Middle Eastern ethnic group, its state-building efforts and the conflicts surrounding it. Written and narrated by journalist Michael Petrou.

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Tourism could bring wealth and pride to Nunavut

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June 30, 2016

In this interview with Arctic Deeply’s Alexander Kim, Inuit activist Aaju Peter says development of Nunavut’s tourism industry can support preservation of traditional knowledge and skills, in addition to being profitable.

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Canada’s Arctic an untapped gold mine…of tourism

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June 28, 2016

Tourists helped Iceland get back on its feet after its economy bottomed out. Canada’s Arctic is just as stunning and culturally rich, but it lacks needed infrastructure to give the region an economic boost. Ed Struzik provides an in-depth look at the draws, and their barriers, in this co-publication with Arctic Deeply.

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In Turkey, dashed hopes and deepening rifts

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June 27, 2016

The election of a
Kurdish political party to the Turkish parliament last summer offered glimmers
of respite in a 30-year war between the government and Kurdish militants. But renewed
tension and violence have tempered any expectations of progress or peace, as Emily Feldman reports from Istanbul.