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People in South Korea watch a news program on TV about the meeting between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and Chinese President Xi Jinping in late March. Kim and Xi sought to portray strong ties between the neighbours and long-time allies despite a recent chill. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

War games, slow trains and the spectre of a Trump-Kim summit

Kim Jong-un's surprise recent visit to Beijing and Xi Jinping was an awkward get-together that didn't address the elephant in the room -- Kim's possible face-to-face meeting soon with Donald Trump.
Still from Human Flow, directed by Ai Weiwei. IMDB/Amazon Studios

Friday essay: can art really make a difference?

Artists have long tackled global issues, from war to human rights. While Picasso's celebrated Guernica may not have stopped the Spanish Civil War (or any war), art still holds value, as witness and as truth teller.
Members of the Iraqi police forces sit outside a building in the city of Fallujah on June 30, 2016 after they’ve recaptured the city from Islamic State (IS) group jihadists. Ahmad al-Rubaye/AFP

How Saddam Hussein’s old ideology may have contributed to the modern Islamic State

Was the early conception of IS a branching-out of the old Baath party? Or was it, as some argue, completely separate with no connection at all? Reality is probably a bit of a mix of both.
An Afghanistan national police officer helps a U.S. Army lieutenant, June 14, 2007. Can honour be restored in today’s international conflicts? Michael Bracken/US Army/Flickr

A question of honour: how the 19th century can teach us to civilise today’s international conflicts

Nothing displays the ethical superiority of one’s values better than to treat a foe with the respect due another human being.
The painting Group of Natives of Tasmania, 1859, by Robert Dowling. Wikimedia

Explainer: the evidence for the Tasmanian genocide

That colonial wars were fought in Tasmania is irrefutable. More controversially, surviving evidence suggests the British enacted genocidal policies against the Tasmanian Aboriginal people.
Robots are currently used by police for bomb disposal. Future versions will be much more sophisticated. Nigel Roddis/AAP

Three ways robots can save lives in war

Robots are a twin-edged sword. Used badly, they may one day perpetrate genocide and war crimes. Used well, they can prevent them.
This sculpture in London commemorates Nelson Mandela, who set up the African National Congress’ armed wing, Umkhonto we Sizwe (Spear of the Nation), in 1961 when he lost hope that passive and non-violent resistance to the apartheid government would bear fruit. (Creative Commons)

Why conflict can be necessary to bring about justice

Seeking justice, not peace, in our world changes the conversation about conflict. Conflict has proven integral to achieving a more equitable and secure society.
A statue of Pericles outside Athens City Hall. Like Trump, Pericles used war to deflect from bad news. (Shutterstock)

‘DO SOMETHING!’ Trump, Pericles and the art of deflection

Does ancient Greek war hawk Pericles provide clues to a besieged Donald Trump's next move? War has always been a helpful distraction for cornered world leaders.
Russian defense minister during the Victory Day military parade in Moscow. REUTERS/Yuri Kochetkov

Why Russia thinks it’s exceptional

In the 19th century, Russian intellectuals launched a search for historical evidence of their moral and military superiority. What they found drives what today some call "Russian aggression."
Biomedical engineering involves the application of engineering solutions to medical problems. Employment in the field is projected to grow 23 per cent from 2014 to 2024. (Shutterstock)

A war made me realize: The world needs biomedical engineers

One professor explains how war in Iran led her to a career in biomedical engineering - a rapidly growing field that offers students exciting opportunities to serve humanity.

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