Archive for January, 2015

An island paradise in Canada’s time zone

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An island paradise in Canada’s time zone

In Cuba, visitors will encounter a warm Cuban spirit wherever they go — whether to a lavish resort, glitzy show, lush mountains or serene beaches. If you love the sea as much as I do, Varadero Beach remains the country’s most famous vacation spot. Only 135 kilometres outside Old Havana, Varadero bustles with award-winning resorts, […]

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Envoy’s Album – Winter 2015

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Envoy’s Album – Winter 2015

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New Arrivals – Winter 2015

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New Arrivals – Winter 2015

Pg Hj Kamal Bashah bin Pg Hj Ahmad High Commissioner for Brunei Darussalam Col. (Ret’d) Ahmad had a long military career before taking two positions in the corporate world and then turning his skills to diplomacy with this appointment. He has a degree in mechanical engineering and began his career with military and academic training […]

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A Manor House mansion for the Holy See

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A Manor House mansion for the Holy See

When you arrive at the end of Manor Avenue in Rockcliffe Park, you can’t help but gawk. You have to pinch yourself to realise the white-turreted gatehouse with the beautiful arch, stone crest and antique lamp is not situated in France. Nor is the elegant tree-lined driveway beyond, nor the looming stone mansion at the […]

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Moving wine’s spotlight around

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Moving wine’s spotlight around

Many countries and cultures have developed successful wine industries. Some are very old and others are quite new, and many of them make wildly different expressions of wine. That said, they also share many things. They all shepherd the natural process of fermentation. They all create a drink that speaks of a time and a […]

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Protocol: the rules of engagement

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Protocol: the rules of engagement

It might sound a bit like a fusty carryover from bygone times, but protocol — the etiquette of diplomacy and relations among nations — remains essential for the smooth functioning of international interactions. “Protocol is really a bridge profession,” said Christopher Young, past-president of the Protocol & Diplomacy-International Protocol Officers Association (PDI-POA), which held a […]

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Pakistani cuisine: curried by history

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Pakistani cuisine: curried by history

Technically speaking, Pakistan is a relatively young country. When India gained independence in 1947, after almost a century of British rule, it was partitioned in two and the sovereign state of Pakistan emerged, offering a homeland for Muslims of the subcontinent. However, the land area occupied by Pakistan can trace its roots back as far […]

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A different look at Islam

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A different look at Islam

As Diplomat is published only four times a year, I have a devil of a time rooting out books that haven’t already been reviewed everywhere else but are nonetheless, I hope, ones of topical interest to our readers. The situation is made more complicated by what seems to me (though this may be middle age […]

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Swimming with the spawning salmon

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Swimming with the spawning salmon

Pull on a wetsuit and snorkel gear and step into a fast-running river. Float effortlessly for kilometres in your buoyant lifejacket down the current, while 20,000 salmon are swimming under you in the opposite direction. It is a thrill ride at five kilometres an hour down the swift-moving Campbell River on Vancouver Island’s east coast. […]

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How could Russia do it?

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How could Russia do it?

Why did Russia make its move on Ukraine in March 2014? It’s clear now that Russian President Vladimir Putin wants and needs to tie Ukraine to Russia’s political, military, and economic chariot. If one disregards the “Russki Mir” propaganda — Mr. Putin’s self-created soft-power foundation, designed to promote the Russian language and Russia as a […]

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