How Canada helps advance global corruption

James Cohen is the executive director of Transparency International Canada Canada tries to portray itself as a good neighbour on the world stage: We like to talk about ethical and values-based practices in our global conduct, including signing on to global anti-corruption initiatives. But the truth is we have been riding on this reputation for far too long, to cloak our ghastly position of actually...

Avengers: Endgame and Game of Thrones continue to dominate culture with MTV nominations

2019 is all about Endgame and Game of Thrones In the opinion of Twitter, Reddit, YouTube, and blogs around the world, there are only two pieces of pop culture that matter this year so far: Avengers: Endgame and Game of Thrones. Newly announced nominations for MTV’s Movie and TV Awards confirm those beliefs. Avengers: Endgame and Game of Thrones racked up top nominations for this year’s awards ceremony....

Iran says Trump playing ‚very dangerous game,‘ risking ‚devastating war‘

LONDON – The United States is playing a „very dangerous game“ as it attempts to „drag Iran into an unnecessary war,“ a senior Iranian official said Tuesday. Hamid Baeidinejad, Iran’s ambassador to the United Kingdom, said the Trump administration made a „serious miscalculation“ in deploying an aircraft carrier strike group, B-52 bombers and other military personnel...

Canada: A nation of strangers

Scott Gilmore: Canadians don’t often move out of their birth province. We vacation elsewhere. We barely know each other. We’re now unable to muster national responses to big issues. The idea that this is a nation divided linguistically has dominated Canadian politics for generations. Every party effectively builds two platforms and wears two faces—one smiling toward Quebec, the other winking...

Miss America, Miss Teen USA and Miss USA are all black women

For the first time ever, African American women claimed the crowns of all three competitions. Cheslie Kryst won Miss USA, Kaliegh Garris won Miss Teen USA, and Nia Franklin won Miss America.

Are the U.S. and Iran Heading for War?

Benjamin Hart and Intelligencer writer Heather Hurlburt discuss the rising tensions between two longtime adversaries and whether war is on the horizon. Ben: Tensions with Iran have ratcheted up to their highest level in a long time, as the U.S. tightens its vise around the country. A year after President Trump terminated American involvement with the Iran nuclear deal — even though Iran was fully...

Canada Questions the Safety of Asylum Seekers in the U.S.

A legal challenge to a bilateral treaty argues that the Trump Administration is not meeting its commitments to human rights. On a brisk morning in February, 2016, Ahmad, his pregnant wife, and their two toddlers got into a taxi in Buffalo, New York. “I want to go to the Canadian border,” he told the driver. Their journey had begun five years earlier, when Ahmad and his wife attempted to flee Syria,...

Mexico president kicks off new capital airport project

MEXICO CITY – Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador on Monday symbolically launched work on a new airport for Mexico City to replace the nearly half-built $13 billion project he cancelled upon taking office. López Obrador promised the new Felipe Ángeles airport northeast of the capital won’t exceed its budget and will save the government money even with the cancellation of the partially...

Rising anti-Semitic hatred is changing Jewish life across the United States

One rabbi in Riverside, California, now begins services with an announcement about where the exits are – in case people need to run for their lives. In Glen Rock, New Jersey, a rabbi is unsure what to write on signs at the temple’s entrance. At first, the message read “entering a secure space,” but that wasn’t exactly what she wanted convey to people arriving to worship. A synagogue...

Would the Philippines declare war on Canada over a pile of garbage, or is it just a ’symbolic pissing contest’?

President Rodrigo Duterte said if the containers are not gone in a week he will dump the trash back on Canadian soil. ‘We’ll declare war against them,’ he warned OTTAWA — The president of the Philippines was threatening to declare war on Canada this week if Prime Minister Justin Trudeau doesn’t take care of a big pile of garbage. Following years of calls from environmental groups, anger...