Matthieu Aikins has reported from Afghanistan for the likes of Harper’s, The Atlantic and The Walrus since 2008, and as U.S. and NATO troops pull out, the Kabul-based Canadian journalist is staying put. His tweets cover all things AfPak, from tales of corruption to Korean food in Kabul.
Good morning sunny Kabul! So glad I don't live in some horrible disaster zone.— Matthieu Aikins (@mattaikins) October 30, 2012
Hadeel Al-Shalchi is an Iraqi-Canadian journalist based in Libya with Reuters. Filled with @replies to other MENA tweeps, Al-Shalchi’s feed captures insights on the Middle East from those who know it best.
Nahlah Ayed has been Canada’s window to the Middle East since 9/11. The now London-based CBC foreign correspondent won’t flood your feed, but will keep you informed of key developments in Egypt, Syria, and beyond.
BBC veteran Lyse Doucet splits her time between London and the field, but still calls Canada her country. Doucet maintains a lively stream, striking the right balance between retweets, @replies, and her own real-time reporting.
Madelaine Drohan has written for The Economist since 2006 and is the author of our 2012 report, The 9 Habits of Highly Effective Resource Economies: Lessons for Canada. On and off Twitter, Drohan covers Canada from a global perspective.
Dalia Ezzat is a Toronto-based Egyptian commentator on Middle East affairs. Ezzat took to tweeting shortly after the #Jan25 protests and hasn’t stopped since.
Morsi calls for a national dialogue,only Islamist parties attend the meeting,so he bows out for the sake of neutrality.Are you laughing yet?— Dalia Ezzat (@DaliaEzzat_) December 8, 2012
Tarek Fatah is often as provocative on Twitter as he is on air and in print. Fatah’s #nobel4malala campaign has been less controversial. The online petition has more than 250,000 supporters, including Canada’s five federal party leaders.
Is Egypt learning from the Pakistanis? Claim they hv a terrorist in hand who may hv a hand in BenGhazi. PK does same striptease with Yanks.— Tarek Fatah (@TarekFatah) December 9, 2012
Canadian business journalist Chrystia Freeland joined Reuters after stints at the Financial Times and The Globe. Freeland curates, mostly via retweets, a feed of must-reads on everything from the future of journalism to the fiscal cliff.
Twice embedded in Afghanistan and Toronto-based, Colin Freeze writes on national security for TheGlobe. Security, law, and technology are the common threads of Freeze’s feed.
David Frum, the Canadian-born conservative pundit and thorn in the side of the post-Tea Party GOP, is a frequent tweeter. Frum focuses on stateside politics with the occasional nod to events unfolding north of the border.
Imagine if somebody suggested we shouldn't discuss terrorism after 9/11 or fire safety after Triangle Shirtwaist or lifeboats after Titanic— David Frum (@davidfrum) December 16, 2012
When news breaks in the Middle East, Lisa Goldman is likely live-tweeting it. The Israeli-Canadian writer’s tweets often point to the absurd in the Arab-Israeli conflict and sometimes to plot holes in the latest episode of Homeland.
Assad denounces Israel and Morsi expresses support but doesn't open Rafiah border. Welcome to the new Mid East, just like the old Mid East.— Lisa Goldman (@lisang) November 15, 2012
Naomi Klein’s feed reflects her turn to climate change in recent years. The Canadian author retweets a lot, but injects plenty of her own commentary on everything from pipeline politics to post-Sandy disaster capitalism.
Kris Kotarski writes for the Herald and tweets for the Institute for War and Peace Reporting. Democracy, human rights and surveillance are recurring themes in Kotarski’s tweets.
Sophie Langlois has covered Africa for Radio-Canada since 2007. On Twitter, Langlois curates timely reporting from across the continent.
Jean-Frédéric Légaré-Tremblay writes for Le Devoir and L’actualité, and is a researcher at Université du Québec à Montréal. The journalist-academic’s tweets reveal his international affairs expertise, which ranges from U.S. politics to Mongolian foreign policy.
Obama et Romney lunchent en ce moment à la Maison-Blanche. Déjà hâte de lire l'analyse politique du menu...— Jean-Frédéric L-T (@JeanFrederic_LT) November 29, 2012
After posts in London and Moscow, Ljunggren has reported for Reuters from Ottawa since 1999. Ljunggren’s feed is the place for #cdnpoli scoops with a foreign policy focus.
China's Communist Party congress ended with singing of the Internationale. Then delegates walked outside and got in their Audis.— Mark MacKinnon (@markmackinnon) November 14, 2012
Catherine Mercier covered the UN in New York before taking her current post in Beijing. On Twitter, the bilingual journalist collects China stories of all stripes and keeps a close eye on Tibet.
Naheed Mustafa is a Pakistani-Canadian print and radio journalist based in Toronto. Mustafa tweets on Afghanistan and Pakistan with plenty of personal anecdotes in between.
Dear Pakistanis, you realize it's ok to support Malala and hate what happened to her and also say drones are not a solution, right?— Naheed Mustafa (@NaheedMustafa) October 14, 2012
Stephanie Nolen has reported from more than 40 countries and opened two of The Globe’s foreign bureaus in the last decade. The Delhi-based correspondent keeps things conversational on Twitter, mixing sobering insights with playful observations.
There's an imam (he says) in line nxt 2 me. Bushy beard, plaid shirt, stovepipe jeans w 4 inch cuffs, argyle sox. Hipster mullah.— Stephanie Nolen (@snolen) October 20, 2012
Doug Saunders is TheGlobe’s international affairs columnist based in Toronto. The conversationalist’s tweets are sharp, lively, and often speak to larger questions looming behind the headlines.
Our story about that princess having a baby is getting twice as much traffic as our No. 2 story, about people losing interest in democracy.— Doug Saunders (@DougSaunders) December 4, 2012
Michelle Shephard has visited Guantanamo Bay’s Starbucks enough times for a free latte. The Star’s national security reporter since 9/11, Shephard broke the story of Omar Khadr’s return to Canada on Twitter.
Mercedes Stephenson is a security specialist turned journalist based in Ottawa with CTV News. Stephenson’s feed regularly features play-by-play coverage of breaking news on Parliament Hill and beyond.
Based in Johannesburg, Geoffrey York is Canada’s only newspaper correspondent stationed on the continent. From rebel movements in eastern Congo to strikes in South Africa, York’s feed covers a lot of ground south of the Sahara.
while UN vehicles crawled along at 20 kph on badly potholed road from Goma to Rutshuru today, the rebels sped at 60 in their looted SUVs— Geoffrey York (@geoffreyyork) December 1, 2012