Hope your week has been good! It’s been a busy one for us. The world has continued to change and we’re doing our best to keep you informed.
This first Nouvelle review will be a 2.5 minute read taking you through the highlights of what was on Nouvelle this week and this week’s top stories.
- A proposed diplomatic union between Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom (CANZUK) has been advocated for by Conservative leadership candidate Erin O’Toole.
- The proposal has its benefits but is curiously restrictive about who it lets join the free-trade area.
- Our contributor says that it is worth considering who else might be included for broader economic diversity.
- Recent protests around the world have seen heavy police-use of tear gas.
- Tear gas is banned in war, yet used against protesters.
- Our contributor advocates for its banning in Canada and removal from police forces.
- A four-year campaign for a seat on the Security Council has ended unsuccessfully in failure for Canada.
- Canada’s lack of peacekeeping forces and lack of spending on development assistance are considered possible reasons for this outcome.
- This will potentially lead to increased scrutiny of Justin Trudeau’s foreign policy.
- Canada’s renegotiated deal to sell billions of dollars of arms to Saudi Arabia has led to questions of complicity in the Yemen conflict and humanitarian crisis.
- COVID-19 threatens to decimate a Yemeni population already ravaged by a Saudi-led coalition.
- In the same year it pledged $40 million in aid, Canada earned CAD $3 billion in revenues from weapons sales to Saudi Arabia, the leader of the intervention coalition in Yemen responsible for human rights abuses.
- Our decision making is fraught with biases like continuation bias and normalcy bias.
- Our contributor explains why our leaders are not immune to this and why it has had implications for state responses to COVID.
- Public misinformation has become a serious problem for democracies and its citizens.
- Our contributor argues that to solve this, we need to use the legal tools available to ensure strong standards of public information as well as a free and informed discussion.
- Since the murder of George Floyd on May 25th, protests against state-sanctioned violence, police brutality and anti-Black racism have taken place in over 58 countries and counting.
- Canadians in every major city in the country have taken to the streets in protest.
- Our contributor argues this is no longer a period of civil disobedience, but one of revolution.
- Alberta passed Bill 1,
- Permitting warrant-less arrest of anyone present at locations defined as essential infrastructure.
- Concerns have been raised by Indigenous, environmental and labour activists.
- Military and economic mobilization has been taking place in the Arctic.
- This mobilization is often done with disregard for Indigenous populations.
- Nations like China, Russia, and the United States are all attempting to develop some type of control in the High North.
- Canadians cannot overlook the relevance of these actions to them.
Keep an eye out this week, as always, we’ll be doing our best to show you the important stories.
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