The rise of Queen’s Park Today

In the late summer of 2017, after months of contraction and dozens of layoffs in the Canadian media industry, Allison Smith’s digital newsletter service was growing. Smith, the founder and publisher of the Ontario legislative chronicle Queen’s Park Today, saw … Continue reading

Canada-Saudi trade feud drags on

The two-week-old feud between Riyadh and Ottawa has exerted only marginal pressure on the Canadian economy, experts say – and with neither side on track to concede fault, the path towards a resolution remains unclear. Saudi Arabia this month recalled … Continue reading

A stitch of hope for Syrian refugees

Halifax, Canada – Jouhayna Fadel and her family stayed as long as they could in their hometown of Daraa, the birthplace of Syria’s revolution. But after narrowly escaping an air strike that destroyed their modest, two-bedroom home in 2013, Fadel, a … Continue reading

A year of siege in Qatar

DOHA – As Salwa Road leads closer towards the Qatar-Saudi border, traffic thins out considerably, until not a single car can be seen in either direction. The last petrol station before the crossing is deserted. …

Iran and the ‘new’ nuclear deal

Iran will not accept changes or additions to the 2015 nuclear agreement, even as US President Donald Trump threatens his country’s imminent withdrawal from the landmark deal, experts say. In the lead-up to the May 12 deadline for the US … Continue reading

Could ISIL stage a comeback?

The past year has witnessed a dramatic reversal of fortunes for the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant group, which suffered a stunning series of defeats in its former strongholds. From Mosul to Hawija in Iraq, and from Raqqa to al-Bab in Syria, ISIL has … Continue reading

Will Saudi and Iran reconcile?

Reports of potential Iraq-led mediation between Iran and Saudi Arabia come as the latter leads the third year of a costly, intractable war across its border in Yemen. A rapprochement with long-time rival Iran, which is backing opposing forces in … Continue reading