What do we know so far about the International Criminal Court’s look into war crimes committed in Afghanistan?  What does the case means for Canada? Mark Kersten breaks it down.
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Five things to know about the ICC’s Afghanistan investigation

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What do we know so far about the International Criminal Court’s look into war crimes committed in Afghanistan? What does the case means for Canada? Mark Kersten breaks it down.
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Fidel’s death a reminder of the special Canada-Cuba bond

Trudeau’s unabashed praise of the late Cuban leader reflects a special relationship between the two countries — one that needs reinforcing as Cuba faces a period of great change, writes Jeremy Kinsman
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As Trump prepares infrastructure plan, time to mobilize North America’s intellectual resources

The U.S. President-elect plans to invest big-time in infrastructure. This could have a huge impact on the continent, and it’s a bridge Canada should readily support, argues Stephen Blank.
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Five Years of the Arctic Yearbook, 20 Years of the Arctic Council

The Arctic Yearbook has turned its lens on the Arctic Council to assess the region’s governance system. In conversation with Arctic Deeply's Hannah Hoag, its editor Lassi Heininen explains the council’s changing priorities, what to expect from Finland’s chairmanship and why the Arctic is like the International Space Station.

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Pipeline decisions

The Trudeau government's pipeline announcement this week has elicited both praise and criticism. In the National Post, Jason Fekete lays out the questions that remain to be answered surrounding the approval of two pipeline projects  for instance, what might the potential economic benefits and environmental impacts be, and what will this mean for the prime minister's relationship with Indigenous peoples?
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The making of an obit

In this fascinating account, 16 New York Times journalists recount their involvement in last weekend's Fidel Castro obituary  one that was decades in the making. First drafted in 1959, the obituary was part of a greater Times "Death Plan," which itself was tweaked over the years as digital technology changed and as the Cuban leader defied countless health scares and assassination attempts.

Trudeau's hostage conundrum

"I started to become quite concerned with the... lack of strategy." The families of the two Canadian hostages who were murdered earlier this year by Filipino militants tell the CBC's Rosemary Barton and Lisa Laventure about their frustration with the Liberal government's hostage response system, and how they took matters into their own hands.

UPCOMING EVENTS

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CIC Victoria: Christmas reception for CIC members

Dec. 12, 2016, Victoria
Christmas reception for members. Casual festive dress, appetizers and a no-host bar.
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Global Migration and Labour: Racialized Dimensions

Jan. 26, 2017, Waterloo
Professor and award-winning author Kamal al-Solaylee will talk about his most recent book, Brown: What Being Brown in the World Today Means (to Everyone).

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