Steven Zhou

Steven Zhou is an investigative journalist and a Senior Writer for CBC News.

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India's hint at abandoning no-first-use nuclear policy seen as provocation in tense times

India's defence minister hinted last month it's not a given that India will always stick to its no-first-use (NFU) nuclear policy, talk seen by experts as a provocation during tense times that could help corner it into a conflict with neighbouring Pakistan.

Critics of Egypt abroad will be 'punished,' Egyptian minister says in Canada

Egypt's minister of expatriate affairs said at a community event in Ontario that those who speak against Egypt will be "punished," while making a throat-slitting gesture.

'Antifa' vs. the 'alt-right': Comparing anti-fascists to those they oppose is unfair

Do violent confrontations between 'antifa' and the 'alt-right' show both sides are wrong? Take a look at what they're fighting for before painting all anti-fascists and extreme right activists with the same brush, Steven Zhou says.

Canadians avoiding debate on role in war on terror: Steven Zhou

The war against the Islamic State supposedly ended in triumph last month as the Iraqi president proclaimed the end of the "fake state." But the fact that Canada is still knee-deep in the global post-9/11 war against terror is one Canadians seem to have little time for, says Steven Zhou.

Ransomware attacks could disable Canadian infrastructure, too

Canada escaped the recent wave of massive online extortion cyberattacks mostly by fluke and must be ready to protect itself against another wave of such assaults, which most likely have already been launched.

With Trump in charge, Canadians need to know Americans won't give up our secrets

The recent bombing in Manchester, England, which killed 22 people (including children) and wounded dozens more, was followed shortly after by a temporary (though very unusual) severing of intelligence-sharing by the British with the U.S.

Oversight of national security in Canada still needs a lot of work, new reports show

CSIS's use of Stingrays, and its practice of retaining large amounts of Canadian metadata, raise concerns over the oversight of national security in Canada. And two recent reports show that there's still a lot of work to be done on that front, says Steven Zhou.

Canada at 150: Is common decency the new bar for national pride?

There’s been a rise in this country’s level of intolerance as of late. It’s difficult to square this trend with the self-congratulating tone and image of Canada’s relationship with refugees in general.

Fake news points to hunger for greater Truth

"Fake news" is part of the social and political backlash from those tired of what they see as an unfair and rigged status quo, Steven Zhou writes.

Fight Islamophobia by repealing draconian national security laws

Canadians of all stripes must fight their country's fear-based fixation on "national security" if they want to undermine systemic Islamophobia.

Trump's bark hasn't been backed up by bite on NAFTA

Donald Trump has made a lot of noise over trade deals in his first few weeks in office. But Steven Zhou says his derision of trade pacts like NAFTA should not translate into any illusion that his executive policies will automatically re-enfranchise American workers.

Canadian campuses see an alarming rise in right-wing populism

Canada is not immune to the threats of extreme right-wing populism, and nowhere has this been more obvious than on Canadian university campuses, says Steven Zhou.

Press freedom in Canada eroded by post-9/11 obsession with security

The previous government ushered in what's been referred to as a "Dark Age" of Canadian journalism. But Steven Zhou says it remains to be seen whether the Trudeau government will protect press freedom, or sacrifice it in the name of security.

Canada's Trump copycats must be held accountable, says Steven Zhou

If Canadian politicians like Conservaitve leadership hopeful Kellie Leitch hope to appropriate the rhetoric and strategy of right-wing populism they should understand the real life implications of such an approach, says columnist Steven Zhou.

Canada's national security oversight is among the weakest in the world: former human rights advocate

There doesn’t seem to be much that Canada’s intelligence and spy agencies can’t do these days — and that includes breaking the law.