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Twitterati: The Indigenous voices edition

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This year's edition of OpenCanada's annual Twitterati list celebrates the contributions of Indigenous peoples to policy in Canada and on the international stage. Curated by Martha Troian, here are more than 100 social media influencers in the global Indigenous community whose voices should be heard.
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The slow-burn global security concerns you should be following this year

Simon Palamar breaks down some important security issues to watch, from the collapse of Cold War treaties to the coming storm between India and China.
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With protests waning in Iran, is change still possible?

The recent uprising in Iran seems to be contained, yet the regime will not be able to kill it, writes Saeed Rahnema. How will leaders in the country respond going forward? 

BEST OF THE WEB

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Brazil's income inequality

In the first 15 years of the 21st century, Brazil's supposed reduction of its income inequality was a good news story, studied by researchers from as far away as Bangladesh and Tanzania. But, as The Globe and Mail's Stephanie Nolen reports, it turns out the gains were merely an illusion, leaving hard-working families right back where they started from. 
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A history of the heroin trade

After 16 years and a trillion dollars, fighting in Afghanistan continues. In this piece for The GuardianAlfred McCoy delves into the history of the heroin trade and how it has hindered the US military's success. While Western forces could forseeably remain trapped in the same endless cycle, he writes, "even for this troubled land and its dauntingly complex policy problem...there are alternatives."

UPCOMING EVENTS

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South Sudan: Collapse Of A Country

Jan. 17, 2018, Victoria
A talk by Nicholas Coghlan, the first Canadian diplomat to be posted to war-torn Sudan, and author of "Collapse of a Country: A Diplomat's Memoir of South Sudan."
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EU Talks: Global Security Tested — the EU’s role and ambitions

Jan. 18, 2018, Toronto
A panel discussion hosted by the EU Consulates General in Toronto, followed by a light dinner.
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CIGI Cinema Series: "Zero Days"

Jan. 24, 2018, Waterloo
Delve deep into the burgeoning world of digital warfare in this documentary thriller from Academy Award-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney.

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