Surprise from Russia
Russia's Vladimir Putin may not be called "president for life" like Chinese leader Xi Jinping, but, as Henry Foy and Max Seddon explain in the Financial Times, this week Putin told the world how he plans on remaining de facto leader — by rewriting the constitution and reducing the power of any future president.
“She could slip between two worlds... very proud of her heritage as a tribal nomadic person... [with] this ability to work very effectively in western science and policy contexts.” So describes Ghanimat Azhdari, the PhD student who died, along with 175 others, in the crash of Flight 752. For The Narwhal, Jimmy Thomson describes the meaningful path Azhdari was on and the impact she already made in the field of Indigenous rights.
When Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 crashed in Tehran on Wednesday, all 176 on board lost their lives, including 63 Canadians and another 75 headed to Canada, many of whom were international students. While Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the plane appears to have been shot down and is calling for an investigation, many across Canada this week are grieving. Here The Globe and Mail profiles many of the victims.
Future of spycraft
In Yahoo! News, Jenna McLaughlin and Zach Dorfman have published an investigation, based on interviews with more than 40 current and former intelligence officials, revealing the high-level debate within US spy agencies on the future of officers’ ability to go undercover in the digital age. “The foundations of the business of espionage have been shattered,” says one former senior CIA official. What is the way forward?