Canada's top diplomat
For Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland — tasked with no less than saving NAFTA — no two days are the same, and every day is unpredictable. In this profile for Toronto Life, Jason McBride traces Freeland's journey from journalist to cabinet minister — from growing up on a Ukrainian feminist socialist co-op to being "democracy’s last best defender" in the age of Donald Trump.
When South Sudan gained independence in 2011, its people celebrated in the streets, and international observers were optimistic about a future without violence. But since 2013, the world's youngest nation has spiralled back into a complex civil war in which rape is used as a weapon. Tanya Birkbeck reports from Juba for The Globe and Mail on the hundreds of women who have been attacked — and the babies they must care for as a result.
The right to security
As Alexis Okeowo writes for the New Yorker, some Mexican communities have formed their own self-defence groups as an alternative to government protection — the result of years of distrust of official security forces and drug cartels. Are these groups examples of "effective local justice," or do they push into the dangerous territory that lies outside the law?
As landfills and waste dumps around the world quickly fill up — we collectively generate at least 3.5 million tons of solid waste a day — how are major cities combating this epic problem, if they are at all? Photographer Kadir van Lohuizen travelled to six different cities — Jakarta, Tokyo, Lagos, New York, Sao Paulo and Amsterdam — for the Washington Post to find out.