After Catalan officials declared independence last week, the definition of a Catalan citizen becomes increasingly important. Yet, as Lucia Benavides explains, identity is a complex concept. 
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In a new Catalonia, who would be Catalan?

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After Catalan officials declared independence last week, the definition of a Catalan citizen becomes increasingly important. Yet, as Lucia Benavides explains, identity is a complex concept. 
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Why debate in Canada over military drone use is sorely needed

Canada can expect more drone sales from the US to Canada under the Trump administration, writes Ernie Regehr, making a debate over regulations even more urgent. 
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Polish thorn in Europe’s side

As Adriano Marchese writes, the conflict between the EU and Poland shows just how deep the crisis of European unity is.
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Trump and the treatment of women: Why is Canada’s feminist prime minister silent?

In case you missed it: Lauren Dobson-Hughes argues Canada should take violence against women just as seriously as NAFTA. Yet, in the US, Trudeau remains mostly silent on the issue.

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A divided Vatican

“We can’t wait for him to die. It’s unprintable what we say in private,” a prominent English priest recently said of Pope Francis. In The Guardian, Andrew Brown details a growing schism in the Catholic church between the popular Pope and the conservative factions of the church who believe his reforms to be a form of heresy. It’s a fascinating deep dive into the inner workings of Vatican City.

A Cobalt comeback

The Democratic Republic of Congo is the largest exporter of cobalt, but as violence grips the country manufacturers who depend on the mineral are worried about their supply chains and are looking elsewhere. Call that good news for Cobalt, Ontario, where, as Danielle Bochove writes for Bloomberg, global demand is breathing new life into the town whose silver mines closed decades ago. 

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Politics At The Pub: North Korea – Where Are We Now, Where Do We Go From Here?

Nov. 6, 2017, Edmonton
Featuring Gordon Houlden, director of the China Institute, professor of Political Science and adjunct professor of the Alberta School of Business at the University of Alberta.
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Maximum Canada: Why 35 Million Canadians Aren’t Enough

Nov. 7, 2017, Waterloo
Award-winning author and Globe and Mail feature columnist Doug Saunders argues we need 100 million Canadians if we're to outgrow our colonial past and build a safer, greener, more prosperous future. 
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100 Years Since Russia’s Revolution: What Does it Mean Today and Where is Russia Heading?

Nov. 8, 2017, Toronto
Featuring Jeremy Kinsman, former Canadian ambassador to Russia.

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