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James Thomson

James (Jimmy) Thomson is a Vancouver-based freelance journalist. His work has been published in National Geographic, The Globe and Mail, VICE, the Toronto Star, BCBusiness Magazine, The Tyee, Canadian Geographic, CTV, and CBC Radio, among others.

He has reported from eight countries – six of them in the Arctic – on topics ranging from climate change to war refugees to cannibal rat-infested ghost ships. He has gathered audio from a Coast Salish sweat lodge, photos of a Syrian prosthetics workshop, and video of crab fishing in the Norwegian Arctic. In the pursuit of a good story he has slept on converted Russian spy ships, Chinese farmers’ plank beds, and in a tent under the midnight sun. He played a minor role in finding John Franklin’s lost ships in the High Arctic.



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Arild Moe

Vladimir Putin has declined to return fire over this week’s new EU and US sanctions against his inner circle. He did warn that further action may result in retaliation, but some analysts, like Arild Moe with the Fridtjof Nansen Institute, are saying this would hurt Russia more than the West.

The growing list of individuals sanctioned by the US and EU over the Ukrainian crisis now includes Rosneft CEO Igor Sechin. The planned partnership between Statoil and Rosneft has been postponed, but Statoil insists the postponement is unrelated to the sanctions.