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Stephen Harper has promised an additional $9m for the Office of Religious Freedom - Samane Hemmat looks at how well the ORF has performed so far. 
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Christian Mafigiri and Marc Ellison have produced a graphic novel for the Toronto Star, depicting the stories of four former female child soldiers abducted by Joseph Kony’s rebel army in Uganda. The collaboration is a very different – and very effective – way of telling these women’s stories of tragedy and survival. 
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Russia joined the Syrian civil war this week, ostensibly with the aim of fighting the Islamic State. It quickly became apparent that airstrikes were instead hitting areas held by anti-government rebels. For Macleans, Michael Petrou looks at how, through his actions in the Middle East, Putin is presenting Russia as ‘an alternative guarantor of world order.’
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Nepal has a brand new constitution - here's why that's such a big deal.
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IMF chief Christine Lagarde speaks with Isaac Chotiner in a refreshingly candid interview for The Huffington Post. Touching on a Greek economy in turmoil, the refugee crisis, Hillary Clinton and what it’s like to be a woman speaking in a group forum, Lagarde gives readers a glimpse into life at the head of a global institution. 
Who Knew Christine Lagarde Was So Funny?
Who Knew Christine Lagarde Was So Funny?
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From Baghdad for the New Yorker, Rania Abouzeid dives into the world of pimps and corrupt police, and the women working in the shadows to help those caught in the sex trade. One of these women is a former rape victim and prostitute: “My wound, my deep wound, is also my strength, because it makes me help others, to be around these pimps, to take them on. Those who bear scars must help the wounded.” 
Out of Sight
Out of Sight
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This week’s foreign policy Munk Debate put the spotlight on all three party leaders’ visions for Canada’s engagement in the world. For the Literary Review of Canada, former UN ambassador Paul Heinbecker looks specifically at Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s track record on international diplomacy, and argues that ‘foreign posturing’ has replaced foreign policy. 
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Signing a Free Trade Agreement does not guarantee opportunities fall into place. The Canada-Korea example explains.
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