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Envoy’s Album

| June 27, 2011 | 0 Comments
Envoy’s Album

       

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Roy MacLaren: Memoir of a formidable man

| June 26, 2011 | 1 Comment
Roy MacLaren: Memoir of a formidable man

There are times in The Fundamental Things Apply (McGill-Queen’s University Press, $39.95), Roy Mac­Laren’s memoir of his life in diplomacy, business and politics, when one is reminded of the Lanny Budd cycle by Upton Sinclair. This is a sequence of 11 novels in which the character Budd, an American diplomat, seems to bump into all […]

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Assessing Canada’s vulnerability

| June 26, 2011 | 0 Comments
Assessing Canada’s vulnerability

In war and peace, the support and confidence of allies can be decisive for a country’s survival and prosperity. Canada’s profound reliance on its trade, defence and other ties to the United States means that Canadians have a crucial interest in keeping borders and diplomatic, military and intelligence channels open with their neighbour. This access […]

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A billion people still go hungry

| June 26, 2011 | 0 Comments
A billion people still go hungry

  Globe-trotting journalist Don Cayo explains why millions of impoverished people are doing better — and why millions more are doing worse There are people in the world so hungry that God cannot appear to them except in the form of bread. — Mahatma Gandhi When men and women feel compelled to bind their midsections […]

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The Arab uprising

| June 26, 2011 | 0 Comments
The Arab uprising

Events across the Middle East and North Africa appear remarkably similar in causation to what occurred in the 1970s in Latin America and sub-Saharan Africa, and, after 1989, across Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. Many outsiders misread the Arab mind and heart as anti-Western, and consequently came to depend on outdated […]

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The remarkable career of diplomat Margaret Huber

| June 26, 2011 | 0 Comments
The remarkable career of diplomat Margaret Huber

Margaret Huber, Canada’s chief of protocol, comes to the demanding job in the 38th year of her career with Foreign Affairs. That career has included head-of-mission positions in the Czech Republic, Pakistan, Jordan, Iraq and Oman, consul-general positions in Milan and Osaka and postings to Washington, New York and Brussels. Diplomat talked to Ms Huber […]

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Ukraine connects with Canada – past and present

| June 26, 2011 | 0 Comments
Ukraine connects with Canada – past and present

Ukraine and Canada have had a history of bilateral relations since Ukraine gained its independence in 1991. And long before that, there was the huge immigration from Ukraine to Canada, which started 120 years ago and led to the deep family and historic ties we have today, with more than one million people of Ukrainian […]

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Austria and Canada: An expanding partnership

| June 26, 2011 | 0 Comments
Austria and Canada: An expanding partnership

Many Canadians think of Austria as a coveted tourist destination and a country of rich cultural heritage. At the same time, Austria is a highly industrialized country with ever-growing importance in the field of high-tech products. Like Canada, Austria’s economy is heavily oriented towards world markets and is export-driven. Austria today is a hub for […]

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On rebuilding Japan through spirit and resolve

| June 26, 2011 | 0 Comments
On rebuilding Japan through spirit and resolve

Tradition. Innovation. These are two very powerful words. One refers to the actions and beliefs of the past that are upheld to the present day. The other looks towards the future, a concept that thrives on new ideas and a desire — for the most part — to make life better. Both tradition and innovation […]

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Turkish delights and other donations

| June 26, 2011 | 0 Comments
Turkish delights and other donations

Every year since 1927, the Turkish people have celebrated in April what they call Children’s Day. On April 23, 1920, the Grand National Assembly of Turkey was established and the following year April 23 was declared a national holiday. Six years later, in addition to being the country’s national day, it was named Children’s Day, […]

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