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RAAF warplanes fly over Syria in Australia’s first airstrikes in that country in September 2015. AAP/ADF

War and democracy – who decides?

The wars in Syria and Iraq are products of secretive decision-making by the executive. Their disastrous consequences are evidence of the need for war powers reform.
Two refugee children from Eritrea sit in the back of a police cruiser after crossing the border from New York into Canada in March 2017 near Hemmingford, Que. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz)

Migrants are dying in detention centres: When will Canada act?

Since 2000, at least 16 people have died while incarcerated in Canada’s system of immigration detention, with a shocking four deaths since March 2016. When will the government act?
Clinics in Toronto serving refugees and the uninsured indicate that 20 per cent of all visits are for pregnancy-related issues. (Shutterstock)

Canada’s impending refugee crisis and how midwives can save the day

About 20 per cent of refugees to Canada are pregnant. Many of them are medically uninsured. It's not only morally correct to provide prenatal care, but also cheaper for Canada's system to do so.
Syrian refugees wait on August 28, 2017 at the Oncupinar crossing gate, close to the town of Kilis, south central Turkey, as they wait to cross to Syria for the Eid al-Adha Muslim holiday. BULENT KILIC / AFP

Syrian refugees in Turkey: time to dispel some myths

In Turkey, while many have left Syria to find asylum, most refugees are struggling to be socially and economically integrated.
Kim Jong Un guides the test-fire of Pukguksong-2 in an undated photo released on Feb. 13, 2017. Reuters/KCNA

Will North Korea sell its nuclear technology?

Kim Jong Un's regime has already earned millions from the export of arms, missiles, drugs and endangered wildlife products.
Trump talks tough at the U.N. General Assembly. Reuters/Lucas Jackson

Trump speaks at the UN: 5 takeaways

The president threatened North Korea and decried the decimation of the American middle class – but didn’t have much praise for the work of the United Nations.
Protesters with opposing views face off at a ‘Free Speech’ rally in Boston. AP Photo/Michael Dwyer

Warning signs of mass violence – in the US?

Two genocide and mass atrocity prevention scholars argue Trump's response to the Charlottesville attack is a red flag.
Spain plays a relatively inconsequential role in the fight against Islamic State. Reuters/Sergio Perez

Striking in al-Ándalus: why Islamic State attacked Spain

The location and targeting of Islamic State's latest attack, on the Spanish city of Barcelona, deviates from the group's previous efforts.
U.S. President Donald Trump meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G-20 Summit in July in Germany. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Why Trump must stop being Trump to survive

U.S. President Donald Trump's insistence on being "himself" is doing substantial damage to the United States, both domestically and abroad. A former Clinton White House adviser on Russia weighs in.
Gebhard Fugel, ‘An den Wassern Babylons.’ Gebhard Fugel [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Why a 2,500-year-old Hebrew poem still matters

Psalm 137 – best known for its opening line, 'By the Rivers of Babylon' – is a 2,500-year-old Hebrew psalm that deals with the Jewish exile -remembered each year on Tisha B'av.
Chilean peacekeepers prepare to depart Haiti, where hurricanes and unstable governance have become major threats to the peace and safety of the populace. United Nations Photo / flickr

Global series: Countries in combat

From Syria's civil war to women being traded as slaves on WhatsApp, this Global series brings together the past year's most-read conflict reporting, written by the world's top experts.

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