On June 4, 1989, soldiers with tanks descended upon Tiananmen Square, firing on unarmed protestors and killing thousands. In The Diplomat, Bonnie Girard, who was living in Beijing and working at the Australian embassy at the time, shares a nail-biting story from the days following the massacre: having been out of the country, she managed to smuggle in contraband international newspapers in packages of sanitary pads.
This week marks 75 years since the Allied invasion of Normandy — the D-Day landings that laid the foundation for the liberation of German-occupied Western Europe. Ahead of the anniversary, for The Atlantic, Rachel Donadio visits Omaha Beach: “Anyone who has ever set foot here comes away with two questions: How did these men pull this off? And what would have happened if they hadn’t?”
The new spycraft
“The balance of power in the spy world is shifting,” writes Edward Lucas, and the old rules of spycraft no longer apply. In this feature for Foreign Policy, Lucas details how intelligence gathering has changed over the years, with the biggest disruptive force being, unsurprisingly, technology: “A cover identity that would have been almost bulletproof only 20 years ago can now be unraveled in a few minutes.”
NAFTA, Huawei, and more
This week, just ahead of a visit from US Vice-President Mike Pence, the Canadian government formally tabled legislation to ratify a new North American trade deal. The Globe and Mail’s John Ibbitson sat down with Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland, who was instrumental in the NAFTA talks, to discuss the way forward, and various other foreign policy issues on her radar.