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U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence speaks about the creation of a United States Space Force on Aug. 9, 2018 at the Pentagon. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

How Canadian technology could protect Space Force troops

Could Canadian technology play a part in the newly announced U.S. Space Force? A team at McMaster University has developed an instrument that could keep Space Force troops safe from radiation.
Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen weaves a traditional cotton scarf In Phnom Penh in June. He won the recent Cambodia election in a landslide after literally rigging the vote by banning the main opposition party, among other tricks. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)

How Cambodia’s prime minister rigged an election

The re-election of Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen contributes to the growing global democratic crisis. Here's why.
In this July 2018 photo, U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin are seen at a news conference after their meeting at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

The Trump-Putin friendship could be all about oil and China

Vladimir Putin may well have something on Donald Trump. But their close ties could also be about oil prices and Trump's efforts to get Russia to ends it alliance with China.
A national pharmacare program may one day be a reality in Canada. Myths abound about how it would work and what the consequences would be for Canadians and pharmaceutical companies. (Shutterstock)

Debunking the myths about a Canadian pharmacare program

As Canadians consider possibilities for pharmacare reform in the coming months, they should have access to the best available evidence about how it might work in our country.
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks with Russian President Vladimir Putin during a news conference after their meeting at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland on July 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

The Trump-Putin summit: Hired hand at work?

In the hands of a legitimate president, the recent indictments against Russian nationals for interfering in the 2016 presidential election would have been a powerful tool at a summit. Not Donald Trump.
Elon Musk may be on the hot seat for political donations and slurs against a British cave rescuer in Thailand, but his offer to pay for water filters in Flint, Mich., is laudable. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Can Elon Musk fix Flint’s water?

If Elon Musk can help achieve safe drinking water more quickly for every home in Flint, Mich., then he should be lauded. Water is life.
Activists protest in Barcelona, Spain on June 21, 2018. A Spanish court triggered a new wave of outrage by granting bail to five men acquitted of gang rape and convicted instead on a lesser felony of sexual abuse, a case that has shocked Spain. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

Rethinking the penalties for rape

Germaine Greer's recent comments about the punishments for rape show the need for more complex, evidence-based discussions about trauma and the criminal justice system.
Is Donald Trump a pawn of Russia? A mini-blimp floating during anti-Trump protests in London depicts the president as a giant baby – just as he prepares to meet with Vladimir Putin. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

Is Trump Putin’s ‘stooge?’

As Donald Trump prepares to meet with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, here's a detailed explanation of how one goes about subverting democracy via a stooge.
Hamilton resident, Peter Khill, 28, admitted he shot Jon Styres but said he fired in self-defence, believing Styres was about to shoot him. A jury acquitted him last week. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Colin Perkel

Erasing race but not racism in the Peter Khill trial

A jury found Peter Khill not guilty of second-degree murder of Jonathan Styres, an Indigenous father of two. Questions about jury selection and the justice system are raised by one of the jury triers.
Harga bensin di Kanada biasanya naik menjelang liburan akhir pekan yang panjang. Penjelasan di balik fluktuasi harga minyak bumi lebih dari sekadar alasan ekonomi. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Memahami naik turunnya harga minyak bumi

Naik turunnya harga minyak tidak ada kaitannya dengan besar kecilnya pasokan dan permintaan maupun dorongan ekonomi. Semuanya berdasar politik.
Gas prices usually rise heading into long weekends. The reasons behind wild oil price fluctuations, reflected at the pumps, is about a lot more than economics. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Understanding the rollercoaster ride of oil prices

Oil prices have little to do with supply or demand or even economic forces. Instead, it's all about politics.
Children listen to speakers during an immigration family separation protest in Phoenix, Arizona. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Trump’s act of state terrorism against children

Donald Trump's policy to separate children from their migrant parents lays bare his fascism. The time has come for Americans to resist this act of domestic terrorism.
As Donald Trump heads to the summit in Singapore with the North Korean leader, a reminder: He’s on record as lying on average nine times a day. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump’s relentless lies demand we make truth-telling great again

U.S. President Donald Trump has lied continuously and he will lie again. We should expect more untruths to come out of his summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un.
Ontario PC supporters react after Doug Ford was elected premier of Ontario on June 7, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Doug Ford’s challenge: Keeping the ‘ordered’ voter

Doug Ford will have to work hard to hold onto voters who feel marginalized and cast their ballots for him seeking order and stability. Here's why that could be a challenge.
A recent report from RBC Royal Bank predicts increasing workplace demand for foundational skills such as critical thinking, coordination, social perceptiveness, active listening and complex problem solving. Here graduands attend spring convocation at the University of British Columbia in 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

How a humanities degree will serve you in a disruptive economy

A report from RBC Royal Bank reaffirms what thought leaders keep insisting -- there will be more and more demand for a liberal arts education in our increasingly digital world.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau chats with Mike Schroepfer, chief technology officer at Facebook, during the launch of an artificial intelligence research lab Friday, September 15, 2017 in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

Why Canada’s response to the Facebook scandal has been so weak

The Liberal government is in the process of wooing tech giants as economic partners. They use Facebook data to help them win elections. How then will they regulate the privacy of our data?
Supporters of Malaysia’s opposition coalition party hold party flags in northern Malaysia on the eve of the country’s recent election. Corruption-plagued Najib Razak was voted out while Mahathir Mohamad won. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

How Malaysian voters defied the odds and ousted corruption

Malaysian voters tossed the corrupt Najib Razak out of office despite efforts by his party to sway the result. A former dictator is back in charge, about to free his onetime political foe from jail.
Hillary Clinton is seen in this February 2016 campaign event welcoming former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright onto the stage in New Hampshire during the Democratic primary. As both women condemn U.S. President Donald Trump for his creeping fascism, are they forgetting their own pasts? (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Switching sides: Whitewashing history in the age of Trump

The likes of Madeleine Albright, Hillary Clinton and Michael Hayden are correctly issuing dire warnings about fascism under Trump. But what about their own actions?
A young man reacts at a vigil remembering the victims of a shooting on Toronto’s popular Danforth Avenue. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark Blinch

Violence in Toronto: How support can help prevent PTSD

Two acts of mass violence in Toronto this year will have an impact on witnesses, caregivers and even those who watch news reports. An expert on post-traumatic stress explains.

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