A chat with Catherine McKenna
In this Globe and Mail interview with Trevor Cole, Catherine McKenna, Canada's minister of the environment and climate change, speaks about what got her into politics, the importance of working with other cabinet ministers, how she gets around a recalcitrant US administration, and why she spoke up about her "Climate Barbie" incident.
Crackdown in Chechnya
Alihan, kidnapped and tortured in Chechnya for being gay, escaped to Canada and now lives in relative safety. Beaten and humiliated in prison, he tells his story to Buzzfeed's Jane Lytvynenko, in order to keep the pressure on governments that may be willing to help those victims — and potential victims — left behind.
Berlin Wall equinox
Last year, the Berlin Wall passed an "equinox of German unity" — it has now been gone for as long as it stood. But the West is still richer and holds more levers of power in the country, while easterners "increasingly control the political discourse of a countrywide shift to the extremes." The New York Times' Katrin Bennhold asks: is Germany still a tale of two countries?
Containing extremism in Libya
Reporting from Libya, Frederic Wehrey examines the war-torn country's efforts to control the expansion of ISIS after the fall of Gaddafi. With no effective government in place, and no capable security services, militia chiefs are stepping in. "The real challenge," Wehrey writes in The Atlantic, "is dealing with extremism in a way that does not empower these men at the expense of an inclusive, civic state."