Archive for October, 2016

Venezuela: Open for investment

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Venezuela: Open for investment

The Venezuelan Orinoco Oil Belt is the biggest source of oil reserves in the world, with proven reserves of 272 billion barrels of crude spanning an area of 55,314 square kilometres in the country’s Guárico, Anzoátegui and Monagas states. If you consider all of the oil-producing projects in our country, we have a grand total […]

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‘Big Daddy’ Xi at the helm

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‘Big Daddy’ Xi at the helm

Xi Jinping is the most powerful Chinese leader in a generation. Not since Deng Xiaoping retired more than a quarter century ago has any Chinese leader been able to centralize such control in his hands and exercise undisputed leadership over the Communist Party, the Chinese government and the People’s Liberation Army. Yet, Chinese are deeply […]

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Turkey’s current crisis

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Turkey’s current crisis

Turkey has long been admired internationally for being a Muslim-majority democracy with an industrious people, strong economy and picturesque geography. Under their First World War hero and founder, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, modern Turks obtained full independence in 1923, and later the rule of law, universal literacy, separation of state and religion, equal rights for women […]

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Diamonds: Business and glamour

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Diamonds: Business and glamour

Diamonds glitter through countless legends and still fire imaginations. Unlike any other commodity, diamonds are famed for their physical properties and their illustrious place in history, helped in modern times by intense marketing. According to Ad Age, “A diamond is forever” is the No. 1 commercial slogan of the 20th Century. Today, heirloom and coloured […]

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Turkey-Canada trade full of promise

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Turkey-Canada trade full of promise

Turkey is a rising economic powerhouse and a strong emerging force in the global economy. Today, Turkey is the 18th-largest economy in the world and sixth-largest in Europe, with a GDP of about $720 billion US. Turkey boasts highly developed technological infrastructure in the transportation, telecommunications and energy sectors, a strong domestic market and a […]

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UN raps Chinese expansionism

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UN raps Chinese expansionism

In July, the UN-backed Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague released a 500-page judgment on competing claims by the Philippines and China in the South China Sea. The court found that there is no legal basis for China’s historical claims to sea areas based on the “nine-dash line”; that none of the contested features […]

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New Arrivals – Fall 2016

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New Arrivals – Fall 2016

New arrivals Mizanur Rahman High Commissioner for Bangladesh High Commissioner Rahman holds a science degree from Sylhet Degree College; and a master’s in physics from Dhaka University. He joined the foreign service in 1988, first as second secretary at the embassy in Sri Lanka, then as first secretary and counsellor in Russia, and as assistant […]

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Ukraine’s quest towards the west

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Ukraine’s quest towards the west

The streets of downtown Kyiv keep the memory alive that fewer than four years ago, under president Viktor Yanukovych’s regime, this capital city of Europe’s second largest country was on fire. Ukrainian protesters were bludgeoned and shot by soldiers, police, secret service and even civilians called “titushky,” who were hired to support the police. Protesters […]

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Icelandic foods: A challenging history

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Icelandic foods: A challenging history

Seeking solitude and seclusion, Irish monks in the seventh Century happened upon Iceland by chance, but fled two centuries later as Vikings from Sweden and Norway stumbled upon the island. After that, Norse settlers from Sweden and Norway soon began dotting the country with homesteads, having fled political strife on the Scandinavian mainland. From that […]

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The future lies here: China’s New Silk Road Economic Belt Initiative gives a boost to Xinjiang

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The future lies here: China’s New Silk Road Economic Belt Initiative gives a boost to Xinjiang

At a hotel last May in Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang, a woman from South Africa was having breakfast on her sixth visit to China. She and her husband had just arrived from Kashgar, an ancient city in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, located in the far west of China. Kashgar was a key stop on the old Silk […]

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