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Creating new social divides: how coronavirus is reshaping how we see ourselves and the world around us

Imagine you could only travel if you can prove COVID-19 immunity. The pandemic is already creating new social divides, and it is important we stay alert to their possible ramifications.
A British Columbia motorist approaches the U.S. port of entry into Blaine, Wash., at a very quiet Douglas-Peace Arch border crossing on the day Ottawa and Washington announced the Canada-U.S. border will be closed to non-essential traffic because of the COVID-19 pandemic. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Coronavirus: Canada-U.S. border closure, other travel restrictions undermine our values

Canada's ban on foreign travellers is not consistent with the science of the pandemic or Canada's own values of inclusion and openness to outsiders.
Members of far right group Generation Identitaire march in Paris in November 2019. Christophe Petit Tesson/EPA

In Depth Out Loud podcast: how a Frenchman born 150 years ago inspired the extreme nationalism behind Brexit and Donald Trump

The audio version of a long-read article on how we're living through the latest battle in a 300-year long ideological war over the meaning of humanity itself.
Zambian President Edgar Lungu’s increasingly repressive government uses colonial-era laws to silence dissent. EFE-EPA/ EPA/Phillipe Wojazer

How colonial rule predisposed Africa to fragile authoritarianism

The unstable authoritarian pathway that many post-colonial African states followed was facilitated by the way in which European empires undermined democratic elements within African societies.
Bloc Québecois Leader Yves-Francois Blanchet greets his supporters during a celebration on election night in Montréal. Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press

How do we explain the return of the Bloc Québécois?

The Bloc Québécois was written off as politically dead before it aligned itself with the CAQ government's law on secularism. Now it's moved into third place in Parliament in a stunning comeback.
Indonesian flag flown as kite at an Independence Day celebration in Bali. Made Nagi/EPA

Tensions in Papua and hyper-nationalism in Indonesia

The prevailing hyper-nationalism in Indonesia today betrays the modernist idea of nationhood which inspired the nationalist movement in the archipelago a century ago.
Nimai Hajong and his wife, August 2018. Hajong was born in Bangladesh and moved to India when he was an infant. The 58-year-old, now considered a “foreigner” in his own state, poses with paperwork supporting his right to citizenship. A. Shamar/AFP

How the National Citizenship Registration in Assam is shaping a new national identity in India

On August 31, the final list of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) for the state of Assam, along the India-Bangladesh border will decide upon the future of millions of people in the state.
Winston Churchill, Joseph Stalin and Franklin D Roosevelt at the Yalta Conference, 1945. Wikipedia

Who won the war? We did, says everyone

New research suggests people from Germany, Russia, the UK and US all think their own country was the most important in World War II.
Law enforcement officers walking to the scene of a shooting at a shopping mall in El Paso, Texas, on Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019. AP/Rudy Gutierrez

From across the globe to El Paso, changes in the language of the far-right explain its current violence

Major changes in the language of white supremacists have happened in the last decade that provide a window into how the groups mobilize support, shape political perceptions and advance their cause.

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