Pins are out for the Trump balloon

JONATHAN MANTHORPE: International Affairs January 20, 2017 Even as the inaugural party hangovers still throb in Washington, leaders in other capitals are dreaming up ways to discover what kind of blow-hard Donald Trump is. He has given them plenty to work with

Thailand’s Game of Thrones enters new era

A woman walks past a portrait of Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun at a department store in central Bangkok, Thailand January 13, 2017. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha JONATHAN MANTHORPE: International Affairs January 14, 2017 While people in the United States grapple with having done

Human Rights: There’s an App for that

JONATHAN MANTHORPE: International Affairs January 7, 2017 At the heart of one of the most effective and simple human rights campaigns of recent years is a box on a roof in Beijing. In its quiet way, that box has confirmed for the

After looking into Trump’s soul, Japan’s Abe seeks new allies

JONATHAN MANTHORPE: International Affairs December 31, 2016 It is now pretty clear that when Shinzo Abe rushed to meet Donald Trump, even while the votes were being counted in November, the Japanese Prime Minister didn’t have a Margaret Thatcher or George W

Scandinavia Tackles Fairy Tale Gendering

By Gabrielle Richard, Université Paris-Est Créteil Val de Marne (UPEC)  December, 2016 In Stockholm’s Nicolaigarden pre-school, the teachers do not read Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to the students. Rather, its library holds children’s books that show different types of heroes and

Britain’s tortuous road to “hard” Brexit

JONATHAN MANTHORPE: International Affairs December 17, 2016 Day by day it is becoming clearer just how wrenching a process it will be for Britain to leave the European Union (EU). It is now beyond doubt that Britain is headed for a “hard”

Battle Ends, Bloody Syrian War Grinds On

By Laila Bassam, Angus McDowall and Stephanie Nebehay  Rebel resistance in the Syrian city of Aleppo ended on Tuesday after years of fighting and months of bitter siege and bombardment that culminated in a bloody retreat, as insurgents agreed to withdraw in

Fake News and Our Happiness Disorder

DEBORAH JONES: FREE RANGE December, 2016 How do we “know” what we “know?” Nope, this isn’t a trick question on an epistemology course. It’s the key to our lives, from the mundane (is that food safe to eat?) to social (can I trust that person?) to the most technical of calculations (how do I design

Canada, Fraudster’s Nirvana

  JONATHAN MANTHORPE: International Affairs December 9, 2016 There is a fine line between thinking the best of people, and being a sucker for every con artist, fraudster and runaway crook who comes along. Canada all too often crosses that line without

Fidel Castro and the Defeat of South African’s Apartheid

JONATHAN MANTHORPE: International Affairs December 3, 2016 Many people questioned it then and continue to question it now, but Nelson Mandela had no doubt that Fidel Castro played a central and critical role in the defeat of apartheid in South Africa. In

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