Toronto Review

of international affairs

A Roma village and a global struggle for justice

A ghastly crime in a Romanian village sparks mob violence against the local Roma minority, leading to an international quest for justice that stretches from a small shanty town in Eastern Europe to Toronto.

Lunch with Shashi Tharoor

A lunch conversation between Review editor Iain Marlow and the diplomat, author and Indian politician Shashi Tharoor.

Writing on the wall: Palestine’s graffiti

Toronto Review contributor Daniela Porat discusses the role of graffiti in Israel and Palestine with Adam Heffez, the author of Words and Walls: Social Commentary through Graffiti in Israel and the West Bank. On both sides of the divide, the images offer potent, street-level reminders of tragedy and struggle, historically and in the present day.

The Verdict: Ghana’s democracy marches on

In Ghana, a beacon of democratic stability in West Africa, the Supreme Court has held months of hearings on a challenge to the 2012 election of President John Dramani Mahama. After a long wait, the Verdict has arrived.

In Ghana, censorship or necessary caution?

In Ghana, one of Africa's most stable democracies, the Supreme Court has jailed an outspoken journalist for criticizing a court case that will decide the fate of the country's 2012 election. Is it censorship or necessary caution?

Can drones be used for peace?

In an era of intra-state warfare increasingly defined by the ominous buzz of unseen drones high above remote villages, can drones be meaningfully deployed by NGOs for peace? "For the price of one or two satellite images you could buy or lease or build a pretty decent drone," Christopher Tuckwood, executive director of the Sentinel Project, tells Toronto Review contributor Daniela Porat.

Can foreign reporting be crowdfunded?

Canadian freelance journalist Naheed Mustafa is trying to crowdsource funding for an expensive reporting trip to Afghanistan and Pakistan. What does her campaign say about the broader journalism industry and foreign reporting in an age of shrinking newsroom budgets?

Burma in black and white

Haunting black and white images taken by photojournalist Nathaniel Brunt on a journey along the roads and through the villages of Burma's Shan State, an enormous and largely rural territory that borders China, Laos and Thailand.

Is it okay if Iran gets the bomb?

The question at a recent edition of the Munk Debates: If a theocratic country such as Iran got the bomb, would it act rationally like a nation state or like some feverishly religious “irrational” non-state actor such as a terrorist group?

The technicolour streets of Lagos

Welcome to Lagos, Nigeria, where the chaotic streets of the biggest city in Africa's most populous country pulsate with the energy of an economy on the uptick, a place where anything—including the wildest kinds of corruption—is possible.

Honduras: From Banana Republic to Cocaine Hub

Honduras, a country barely associated with the drug trade in the popular imagination, now has the highest homicide rate in the world, with El Salvador and Guatemala not too far behind.

Can there be a Club Med of energy security?

The prospect of astonishing mineral wealth is stirring dormant, ancient conflicts and shaping new alliances in the Mediterranean. But with Japan's Fukushima disaster and the Arab Spring revolutions still fresh in recent history, can the regional powers use these vast energy resources as a catalyst for peace and stability?

The Great Khan’s dream: Mineral rich Mongolia rises

Mongolia has arrived on the world stage not because of the horses and arrows of its history, but because of a natura landscape that is incredibly rich in mineral resources that have largely been undiscovered and unsurveyed until very recently.