Canada’s multibillion-dollar war effort in Afghanistan largely focused on peace-building and development in Kandahar, but 15 years after the war began, residents there are still wondering what it accomplished. 
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Stories from Kandahar, the Afghan province Canada left behind

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Canada’s multibillion-dollar war effort in Afghanistan largely focused on peace-building and development in Kandahar, but 15 years after the war began, residents there are still wondering what it accomplished. May Jeong reports, kicking off our new series on Canada's legacy in Afghanistan. 
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American collision course

OpenCanada's John Woodside describes the scene from this week’s Republican National Convention in Cleveland, where evidence of the divisions tearing the country apart was clear to see.
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Erdogan’s about-face on freedom of expression, all in the name of democracy

Turkey’s president embraced social media in his efforts to put down an attempted coup last week. But the easing of internet restrictions didn’t last long — blink and you may have missed it. By Stephanie MacLellan.
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Canadians closed the book on Afghanistan long ago — and that’s a shame

Ghost schools. Unusable health facilities. Corruption and violence. The state of Afghanistan should concern all Canadians, but we moved on without a national reckoning over our impact there, argues Naheed Mustafa.  
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The Afghan Mission: Canada’s military is willing to learn, but has it done so?

In the lead up to the Canadian government’s defence review, Steve Saideman lists three lessons learned in Afghanistan: honesty should trump optimism; sometimes we must admit when more resources are needed; and a war cannot be won with force alone.   

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Being Turkish

In the aftermath of the attempted coup, Turkey's president has declared a state of emergency. For this New York Times Magazine piece, Suzy Hansen spends time in a conservative, pro-Erdogan Istanbul neighbourhood, delving into the increasingly more complicated issues — the influx of Syrian refugees, ongoing tensions with the Kurds, worrying security concerns — facing residents there.
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Inside City 40

The forbidden Russian city of Ozersk — also known as City 40 or, more tellingly, "the graveyard of the earth" — was constructed in total secrecy after the Second World War, as the site of the Soviet nuclear weapons program. It's now one of the most contaminated places on earth — so why do its residents want to stay? Samira Goetschel reports for The Guardian, in advance of the release of her documentary.

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