Links from the Week's Thread

  • Douglas Quan’s fantastic feature in the National Post on whether we are witnessing the death of Chinatowns in North America, with particular attention given to Vancouver’s Chinatown, and the neighbourhood’s rapid gentrification.
  • A recent Globe editorial argues that the tragedy of Aleppo may mark the end of the unipolar era, and the beginning of a multipolar one in which countries like Russia, China, Turkey, and Iran will have greater influence on geopolitics. One casualty of the unipolar era, the editorial suggests, is the notion of Responsibility to Protect (R2P) — a flawed notion, as any political science student will tell you, but one that for decades was subscribed to, in theory, by the world’s liberal democracies:

Responsibility to protect is a noble idea: that humanity should stop regimes from abusing their own people, even forcibly removing the worst abusers. But its exercise assumes a unipolar world, in which there is an unchallenged superpower that is liberal-minded and willing to forcibly impose its ideas on recalcitrant regimes.”

  • Robin Wright argues that the collapse of the Islamic State will not minimize the threat its extremist ideology poses, as it has taken hold in the region.
  • Essential reading on how the Canadian media is creating a new Trump: “[O]nce she started talking about screening immigrants for “anti-Canadian values,” her average share of news coverage jumped from 13 percent to 47 percent.”

*Via Kottke

Amy Sanderson