A defence minister who served in Afghanistan. A new International Criminal Court investigation. Ongoing calls for an inquiry. Will Canada's handover of detainees come back to haunt this government?
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Is the Afghan detainee case unfinished business?

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A defence minister who served in Afghanistan. A new International Criminal Court investigation. Ongoing calls for an inquiry. Will Canada's handover of detainees come back to haunt this government? We asked Alex Neve, Eileen Olexiuk, Craig Scott, Chris Alexander and Peggy Mason for their thoughts.
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Beware the blood in your eyes: Naomi Klein on resisting being part of ‘The Trump Show’

As Naomi Klein launches a new book, she speaks to OpenCanada's Eva Salinas about Trump’s brand, his influence on foreign affairs and the crucial stories we’re missing when distracted by his shock factor.
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Humanitarians under fire

The recent murder of two UN investigators and multiple bombings of MSF hospitals have contributed to a rising sense that the mantle of humanitarian neutrality is slipping. Stefan Labbé shares stories from Afghanistan and Sierra Leone in this exploration of the changing threats to aid work around the world.
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In Spain, will a pioneering case bring justice for Syrian victims?

Supporters of a case before a Spanish court hope it will send the message that impunity will not go unpunished — but the case’s progress is far from assured, as Cristina Roca reports.
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Canada’s new feminist development policy: the good, the bad and the next steps

The vision of a feminist policy needs practical approaches to implementation, writes John Sinclair, in this assessment of the winners and losers of the new policy and the many steps to help improve its impact. 
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What’s missing from Freeland’s foreign policy speech: Asia

Major shifts are taking places in Asia that are re-shaping the global order — a foreign policy that doesn’t take these shifts into account remains superficial and incomplete, argues Phil Calvert, Canada’s former ambassador to Thailand, Cambodia and Laos.

BEST OF THE WEB

Massacre in Mexico

"There's no missing the signs that something unspeakable happened in Allende, a quiet ranching town just a 40-minute drive from Eagle Pass, Texas," writes Ginger Thompson. This joint investigation from ProPublica and National Geographic describes in heartbreaking detail how the mishandling of information by American DEA officials led to a horrendous assault by a cartel on a Mexican town. 

A swing to the left

Donald Trump promised to "Make America Great Again," but according to FiveThirtyEight's Nate Silver, he might instead be "Making Europe Liberal Again." Counter to the prevailing narrative of a swing towards right-wing parties, Silver compares politics in several European countries and finds it has become more difficult to make the case that a nationalist tide is on the rise.

UPCOMING EVENTS

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Politics @ the Pub: Youth Entrepreneurship in Africa: A Solution to Unemployment and Underdevelopment?

June 19, 2017, Ottawa
A panel discussion on how entrepreneurship could provide solutions to youth unemployment and poverty from underdevelopment.
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CIC Victoria: Summer Reception

June 26, 2017, Victoria
Join CIC Victoria for its summer reception.
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CIGI at the European Financial Management Association Annual Meetings

June 28, 2017, Athens, Greece
Miranda Xafa, CIGI Senior Fellow, will participate in the panel discussion "Bank governance in the post-crisis era: How might bank governance be improved?"

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