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The Taliban retook control of Afghanistan in August 2021, without major opposition. Photo by Mohd Rasfan /AFP via Getty Image

Taliban 2.0 aren’t so different from the first regime, after all

Four months after the Taliban regained control of Afghanistan, a clearer picture of their rule is emerging. Despite public assurances, the Taliban continue to violate human rights.
A woman poses for a photo with a statue of the Winter Olympic mascot Bing Dwen Dwen near the Olympic Green in Beijing on Jan. 12, 2022. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

Get caught up in the Olympic spirit, but keep your (political) eyes wide open

The Olympics, and all “mega sports,” are inevitably embedded in the political contexts of their times. To dismiss or bypass the political issues that arise seems naïve at best.
Women line up to collect water in their buckets in the informal settlement of Kibera in Nairobi. Photo by Wendy Stone/Corbis via Getty Images

A deep data dive reveals extent of unequal water provision in Nairobi

The manner in which people access water differs according to income. People in high- and middle- income areas tend to have piped connections in their homes.
The increasing use of artificial intelligence and machine learning in public decision making is raising critical issues around fairness and human rights. Getty Images

Artificial intelligence carries a huge upside. But potential harms need to be managed

The increasing use of artificial intelligence and machine learning in public decision making is raising critical issues around fairness and human rights.
Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed Bin Salman, looks towards Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, bottom right, as they arrive at the G20 Summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Jobs are no excuse — Canada must stop arming Saudi Arabia

A progressive government can and should take a principled approach to foreign policy. That means Canada’s Liberals must stop pitting good jobs at home against human rights abroad.
Men wait in a line to receive cash for food at an initiative organized by the World Food Program (WFP) in Kabul, Afghanistan, in November 2021. The country is faced with harrowing predictions of growing poverty and hunger. (AP Photo/Bram Janssen)

More tragedy in Afghanistan is just beginning after the U.S. withdrawal

As the West contemplates how to engage with the increasingly brutal Taliban government in Afghanistan, the country’s people will suffer enormously.

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