“The displacement of Syrians, both inside the country’s borders and beyond, represents the biggest forced migration of humanity since the Second World War,” writes Michael Petrou in a new feature for the National Post. He carefully details how this mass migration is shaping the region — and world beyond — while underscoring how woefully inadequate Canada’s response has been to one of the most important issues of our time.
Donald Trump’s crackdown on undocumented residents has triggered a northward flow of asylum seekers. For Maclean's, Jason Markusoff, Nancy Macdonald, Aaron Hutchins and Meagan Campbell spent 24 hours covering seven towns along the border, witnessing both Canadians' openness and deep suspicion of the newcomers that are shaping the fabric of Canada.
No good options
Donald Trump will "collide with the same harsh truth that has stymied all his recent predecessors: There are no good options for dealing with North Korea,” writes Mark Bowden for The Atlantic. For the Kim dynasty, nukes are understood to be the only option to repel a looming U.S. menace. This leaves a dangerous dilemma: a nuclear armed North Korea is extremely worrisome, but so are the “decapitation strikes” Trump’s administration has openly discussed.
Hong Kong's future
On the 20-year anniversary of the UK's handover (or return, depending on who you ask) of Hong Kong to China, Keith Bradsher of The New York Times reflects on the challenges ahead. Caught between East and West, what was once held up as an example of a modern, international city is quickly slipping into a cautionary tale of competing systems.