In Turkey, journalist Michael Petrou meets Abdolsalam Daif, a doctor who risks travel to Syria and whose anecdotes serve as a painful reminder of what families continue to experience there.
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Journalist, author and non-resident fellow at the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies
Michael Petrou is a two-time National Magazine Award-winning journalist and author who has reported from across Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia. His latest book, Is This Your First War? Travels Through the Post-9/11 Islamic World, won the Ottawa Book Award for non-fiction. Petrou has a DPhil in Modern History from the University of Oxford. He is also a non-resident fellow at the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies.
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The Trudeau government announced new security legislation last month, including the creation of a “super” watchdog that will oversee existing agencies. But do we still lack an understanding of what these agencies do? Michael Petrou runs through the evolution — and surveillance capabilities — of the RCMP, CSIS and CSE.
A referendum on independence for Iraqi Kurds is set for September. Given Canada’s support of Kurdish forces in the country — and by extension their nation-building efforts — it can’t avoid involvement in the future of Iraq, writes Michael Petrou.
As the anniversaries of the Armenian genocide and the bombing of Guernica are marked, Michael Petrou asks why we continue to accept ambiguous accounts of events when the truth is not always that hard to find.
With Western help, Iraq has rebuilt its armed forces and ISIS is on the verge of defeat in the country. Michael Petrou on why this week’s progress shows there’s still a role for Western military intervention in the Middle East.
Michael Petrou reports from the Brussels neighbourhood, where he finds evidence of radicalization alongside the smallest sprouts of hope.
Ottawa moves toward restoring diplomatic ties with Iran but whether this re-engagement can advance human rights—and not just business deals—will be one of the first real trials of the Trudeau government’s approach to foreign policy. By Michael Petrou.
The UK referendum is a security concern for Canada, as Michael Petrou writes, for a weaker Europe means an emboldened Russia.
As the recent profile of Obama advisor Ben Rhodes reveals, the U.S. president is choosing to make peace with Iran instead of challenging Assad’s murderous regime. But, as Michael Petrou writes, none of the results have made America any safer.
Principles have nothing to do with the Saudi arms deal. Canada is choosing one dictatorship over another
Stéphane Dion’s “responsible conviction” sloganeering can’t disguise the cold realpolitik behind this sale. As Michael Petrou writes, there are practical, and not ethical, reasons Canada aligns itself with Saudi Arabia instead of Iran.