A year on, The Globe and Mail has new details on the hours leading up to the detention of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou, which “generated headlines worldwide and threw Canada-China relations into a deep freeze,” write Robert Fife and Steven Chase. “It has also trapped Canada in a power struggle between China and the U.S., which views Huawei as a national-security risk and a pawn of the ruling Communist party.”
In The New Yorker, Dexter Filkins dives deep into the widening divisions between India’s Hindu and Muslim populations. He highlights the work of Rana Ayyub, one of the country’s best-known investigative journalists, who has worked to document Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s role in championing anti-Muslim forces, dating back to the 2002 Gujarat riots.
State of diplomacy
For career foreign service officers, can the current state of diplomatic relations be described as an ice age? Many would say yes, Stephen Brown reports in POLITICO, as he takes stock of how the age of Trump has impacted diplomatic dealings. “The rules-based post-war order is being broken by those who made it,” said one EU diplomat. “It’s becoming the Wild West, and they’re sending in the cowboys.”
A cinematic escape
In The Globe and Mail, Michelle Zilio recounts how Iranian-Canadian Maryam Mombeini and her sons devised a plan to get Mombeini out of Iran — where she had been living a nightmare, forbidden from leaving the country for nearly 600 days, after the mysterious death of her husband in Tehran’s notorious Evin prison. Her sons hope that Mombeini, now safe in Canada, can live a “good, happy and healthy life.”