Operation Medusa has become the most celebrated battle in recent Canadian history. It was hailed as a stroke of military genius that may have vanquished the Taliban once and for all. But the soldiers and commanders on the ground have a different story to tell. A rushed battle. Flawed intelligence. And generals putting political considerations ahead of Canadian lives.
Bill Wilson and Chris Kopp were two of the first Canadian soldiers deployed to Afghanistan. One night in April 2002, they were at a training exercise at Tarnak Farms, Osama Bin Laden’s old hideout outside of Kandahar. All of a sudden, they see a blast, and chaos surrounds them. What happens next would change their lives — and the Canadian military — forever.
Within months after 9/11, Canadian special forces were participating in secret operations at the behest of some of the most sinister men in Afghanistan.
Papua New Guinea is a part of the world that few Canadians ever think about. But for the people of Porgera, their lives have been shaped by the decisions of Canadian companies. It’s hard to wrap your head around the atrocities that people in Porgera have suffered over the last thirty year. Environmental devastation. Murder as a matter of course. Hundreds of women and girls who have been raped. So why is Barrick Gold, the company that has operated the mine for the last decade and a half, still celebrated across the country? And why is Barrick’s founder, Peter Munk, still viewed as a philanthropic and corporate icon?
Attawapiskat has become famous across Canada and around the world. Not for the natural beauty that surrounds it, or for the Cree culture of the people who live there. Instead, it’s become a byword for the toxic legacy of Canadian colonialism. But while Attawapiskat faced crisis after crisis, the community was sitting on a literal diamond mine run by the world’s most famous mining company. So why is it that a community rich in diamonds is so poor? And why did the government and De Beers do so little to help them through?
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