Archive for April, 2012

Britain: the Olympics in a time of austerity

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Britain: the Olympics in a time of austerity

On July 6, 2005, at Raffles City in Singapore, the International Olympic Committee announced that London had won the bid for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The competition had been strong, including bids from Madrid, Moscow, New York and Paris. There was jubilation in London and across the United Kingdom. One of the world’s most dynamic, […]

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Warfare without the shooting

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Warfare without the shooting

The virulent, the violent and the vociferous: the Top 10 most political sporting events of modern times By Wolfgang Depner   When athletes from around the world descend upon London this summer for the XXX Olympiad — July 27 to August 12 — audiences will likely hear their fair share about the ideals of cross-cultural […]

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Confessions of a Canadian mentor in Afghanistan

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Confessions of a Canadian mentor in Afghanistan

Operation Attention — that’s us! Over here! Canada’s involvement in Afghanistan did not end with the conclusion of combat operations in the fall of 2011 — although much of the Canadian population thinks otherwise. It is not surprising really. Canadians are tired of their troops being in combat and calling them “mentors” is an easy […]

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Military alliances: a primer

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Military alliances: a primer

Why NATO, however ambiguous its role, is here to stay By David G. Haglund Alliances represent the most long-lived form of institutionalized security and defence cooperation that contemporary international states have ever known. In fact, they are even older than these states themselves — which, as a system of government, likely date back to 1648, […]

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Sunrise over Yemen

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Sunrise over Yemen

By Khaled Bahah Ambassador of Yemen Yemen, an Arab country and one of the oldest centres of civilization, presides over one of the busiest and most crucial shipping routes in the world. Bordered by Saudi Arabia, the Red Sea, the Arabian Sea, the Gulf of Aden and Oman, it comprises more than 555,000 square kilometres […]

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Four famous fully-engaged French writers

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Four famous fully-engaged French writers

  Writer/activists are coming back into fashion. It’s time to revisit their French ancestors. When I was about 15, I stumbled on a book no one else seemed to have checked out of the public library in decades: Emile Zola, Novelist and Reformer: An Account of his Life and Work. It was published in 1904, […]

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Yonge Street: Governor Simcoe’s military road

Yonge Street: Governor Simcoe’s military road

By Laura Neilson Bonikowsky I have ascertained by a Route hitherto unknown but to some Indian Hunters, that there is an easy Portage between York and the Waters which fall into Lake Huron of not more than thirty miles in extent…. and hope to compleat (sic) the Military Street or Road the ensuing Autumn.” ~ […]

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Exploring Norway’s fresh-food culture

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Exploring Norway’s fresh-food culture

  A country’s culture rests in a composite — language, dress, music, dance, architecture and traditions. A country’s character reveals itself also through its food, what was, and is, cultivated in various regions, coupled with methods of food preparation and preservation. My next series of articles will explore the national cuisine of various countries through […]

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An elegant Egyptian renovation

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An elegant Egyptian renovation

The Egyptian embassy residence is a treat for the eye. But it’s tucked away up a lane off Acacia Avenue so it’s a treat that casual passers-by might well miss. Attractive wrought-iron gates lead up the long driveway to the front entrance of a house built in 1913 by Allan Keefer, the architect for Stornoway […]

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Envoy’s Album Spring 2012

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Envoy’s Album Spring 2012

   

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