Saudi Arabia may have received the biggest arms contract Canada has ever signed, but it’s not the only country with human rights concerns that Canada is doing business with.
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Seven human rights violators buying Canadian military goods

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Saudi Arabia may have received the biggest arms contract Canada has ever signed, but it’s not the only country with human rights concerns that Canada is doing business with. By Stefan Labbé.
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2016 U.S. election: A Clinton win would still spell turmoil

If the results come close, the idea that the election was rigged — even if false — could blow up into a serious storm. Stephen Blank on what to expect in the final months of the campaign, and after.
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The changing face of economic development in the Canadian North

The extraction of natural resources – oil, gas, minerals – has a central role in many Northern economies. But with dwindling interest in these industries in the Canadian Arctic, what might a post-extractive economy look like? Stephan Schott explains for OpenCanada and Arctic Deeply.
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September’s G20 summit is a chance for China and the forum to prove their relevance

From promoting representation of emerging markets to tying UN development goals to the economy, Alex He lists ways China could make the summit count.

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Brazil, from boom to chaos

Next week, the 2016 Olympic Games will be but a memory, and the world's attention will move on from Rio. But what next for the country, steeped in corruption, political dysfunction and scandal? Franklin Foer traces the recent history of Brazil, from Lula's election to the Petrobras affair to the failure of Rousseff, and posits that despite the country's troubles, all is not lost. For Slate.

Keeping girls in school

“Every school holiday," the head of a school in eastern Uganda tells Helen Lewis of the New Statesman, "we lose ten to 15 girls. They elope or conceive.” This piece tells the story of how the school's supporters are changing families' minds about the value of keeping girls in class. They're also using something seemingly simple - sanitary pads - to offer students a sense of equality and liberation. 

UPCOMING EVENTS

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Beggar-thy-Neighbour: Hurdles of International Trade Governance

Sept. 8, 2016, Waterloo
Lecture by Jim Stanford, one of Canada’s best-known economic commentators.
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CIGI Cinema Series: "Deep Web"

Sept. 14, 2016, Waterloo
Screening of Deep Web, which gives the inside story of Ross William Ulbricht, the convicted 30-year-old entrepreneur accused of being the creator and operator of online black market Silk Road.

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