Archive for December, 2016

The infrastructure boom: Building a more efficient world

| December 16, 2016 | 0 Comments
The infrastructure boom: Building a more efficient world

At its heart, geopolitics is a study of relative advantages. Geographic features can hinder or empower a country in pursuing its imperatives such that, as Halford Mackinder put it, there is “no such thing as equality of opportunity for the nations.” Nevertheless, geography is not deterministic; advances in technology can even the playing field or […]

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Saudi Arabia’s Ottawa jewel on Sussex Drive

| December 16, 2016 | 0 Comments
Saudi Arabia’s Ottawa jewel on Sussex Drive

Ask Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador Naif Bin Bandir Alsudairy what he likes best about his lavish embassy on Sussex Drive and he’s sure to look across the Ottawa River to the Gatineau Hills and answer that he’s happy to be so close to skiing. At every other posting, he says he’s had to travel far to […]

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The art of blending

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The art of blending

It used to be that where a wine came from was more significant than the grapes used to make it. The advent of regulatory appellation systems, the New World’s liberty to select its own grape varietals and a more scientific awareness of varietals have helped change that. While the history and tradition associated with regions […]

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Polish cuisine: Old is new again

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Polish cuisine: Old is new again

Poland is located in Eastern Europe on the southern coast of the Baltic Sea and west of Germany. Evidence indicates mining activity took place in the area as early as 3500 BC; however, the first written record of a town refers to a 2nd-Century trading post, Kalisz, on the amber route between the Baltic and […]

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Trump and Brexit: ‘This is really an attempt to reverse the last 35 years of accelerated globalization’

| December 16, 2016 | 0 Comments
Trump and Brexit: ‘This is really an attempt to reverse the last 35 years of accelerated globalization’

Janice Gross Stein is the founder of the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto and is the Belzberg Professor of Conflict Management in the department of political science. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and a member of the Order of Canada and the Order of Ontario. […]

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A strange tale of Palestine and Hollywood

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A strange tale of Palestine and Hollywood

Ben Hecht was a famous screenwriter and author who invented a pair of movie genres — the gangster film and the screwball comedy — and wrote two of the best Hitchcocks: Spellbound and Notorious. In fact, he wrote literally scores of fine films, often without credit, as was common practice in Hollywood in the ’30s […]

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How Canada can keep leading the future digitized world

| December 16, 2016 | 0 Comments
How Canada can keep leading the future digitized world

Excerpted from Tom Jenkins’ speech at the 10th Ivey-Thomas d’Aquino Lecture on Leadership held in Ottawa on Oct. 19 Canada is winning the digital race. Although we are concerned about our productivity and the ability of our largest corporations to remain competitive, we are actually doing very well in digital. Over the past few years, […]

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Africa’s urban problems to worsen

| December 16, 2016 | 0 Comments
Africa’s urban problems to worsen

Africa’s destiny is in its cities. Already the home of half of sub-Saharan Africa’s 1 billion people, with untold more millions to come, some of the cities of Africa will soon be the largest in the world — with all of the possibilities and problems that pertain to megacities with high potential and inadequate infrastructures […]

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Kilgour’s incorrect points on Turkey cannot go unanswered

| December 16, 2016 | 0 Comments
Kilgour’s incorrect points on Turkey cannot go unanswered

Re: “Turkey’s Current Crisis” Oct.-Dec. 2016 Turkey is hosting almost three million victims from Syria and Iraq, not 750,000 as your writer, David Kilgour, wrote. Turkey has been fighting DAESH since its inception. DAESH [ISIS] started to attack Turkey in March 2014, not recently, as Kilgour alleged. Turkey declared it a terror organization in 2005, way […]

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The trade-offs of peacekeeping

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The trade-offs of peacekeeping

The Canadian peacekeeping monument stands on an island in the midst of busy traffic opposite Ottawa’s National Gallery. It commemorates a Canadian ideal. Three peacekeepers — two men and a woman — stand as a symbol of hope over the broken debris of war. But today the monument is hardly noticed and its meaning has […]

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