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2017: Reasons to rejoice

| December 16, 2016 | 0 Comments
2017: Reasons to rejoice

2016 was a difficult year, so why should 2017 be any better? We dug deep and came up with 10 reasons to celebrate this year. “The time is out of joint — O cursed spite, That ever I was born to set it right!” Hamlet Act I, Scene V Shakespeare’s dithering prince Hamlet speaks these […]

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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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The trade-offs of peacekeeping

| December 16, 2016 | 0 Comments
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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Yemen: Exotic and utterly war-torn

| December 16, 2016 | 0 Comments
Yemen: Exotic and utterly war-torn

In January 2014, I was appointed as the representative for the United Nations refugee agency to Yemen. In this capacity, I was to lead and co-ordinate the protection and assistance services for hundreds of thousands of refugees, asylum-seekers, new arrivals and internally displaced Yemenis. Two months later, I was asked to assume the functions of […]

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‘Big Daddy’ Xi at the helm

| October 4, 2016 | 0 Comments
‘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

| October 4, 2016 | 0 Comments
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

| October 4, 2016 | 0 Comments
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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UN raps Chinese expansionism

| October 4, 2016 | 0 Comments
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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Ukraine’s quest towards the west

| October 4, 2016 | 0 Comments
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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