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Africa’s vanishing animals

| September 29, 2019 | 0 Comments
Africa’s vanishing animals

Note: This is part two in a series of two. Africa’s animals are being driven towards extinction, largely because of Chinese-sponsored poaching, but also because of rising Indigenous human populations and their pressure on available grazing land. As we saw in my last column (“Killing Off Africa’s Iconic Animals, Summer, 2019) elephants and rhinoceroses are […]

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Five foreign policy priorities

| September 29, 2019 | 0 Comments
Five foreign policy priorities

  Diplomat magazine asked all five federal party leaders to provide us with their top five foreign policy priorities in advance of the October election. Note: The Liberals didn’t give us five priorities, choosing instead to send a few paragraphs. We’ve run them as we received them.       ANDREW SCHEER Conservative Party of […]

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Hong Kong nears an abyss

| September 29, 2019 | 0 Comments
Hong Kong nears an abyss

Distinguishing facts from propaganda during two months of pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong is difficult, but important realities now appear clear. The government of China solemnly agreed to special status for Hong Kong in the 1984 Sino-British Joint Declaration. It promised a “high degree of autonomy,” and declared that democracy, the rule of law and […]

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Iran’s tumultuous history

| September 29, 2019 | 0 Comments
Iran’s tumultuous history

An earlier movement to establish democratic national governance in Iran was derailed in 1953 when a U.S.-backed coup toppled the elected Mosaddeq government in a dispute over an oil company’s nationalization. The ensuing monarchy of the Shah of Iran, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, which became increasingly autocratic, was overthrown by a revolution in 1979 that was […]

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The next potential oil crisis

| September 29, 2019 | 0 Comments
The next potential oil crisis

As the Iran crisis intensifies, we could potentially see a spike in oil prices like the sharp increases we witnessed in 2008 in the lead-up to a major recession. Many observers believe that the next likely recession is in the offing for the later quarter of 2020, following the U.S. presidential election, according to Erik […]

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Disputed territories

| September 29, 2019 | 0 Comments
Disputed  territories

Wolfgang Depner surveyed the planet’s Top-10 most dangerous dispute zones and came up with this list. Problems of territoriality lie at the heart of global politics, especially among those who subscribe to realist theories of international relations. If we accept their argument that the international community consists of independent states that exist in an environment […]

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Promoting women in science, math, technology and engineering

| July 6, 2019 | 0 Comments
Promoting women in science, math, technology and engineering

In her own words, Rita Orji describes her upbringing: “I was born in a small village in Eastern Nigeria called Enugu to parents who had no education. I had four sisters and four brothers. My parents did not have money to pay my school fees. After I completed primary education and scored very high marks, […]

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Preparing for a summer of terror

Preparing for a summer of terror

The vestiges of the fiercely defiant Islamic State group (ISIS) in Syria are reportedly defeated. Meanwhile, the victorious American-led coalition and its hard-fighting Kurdish and coalition forces will face a new and potentially bloody phase, just forming now. Throughout the well-phased systematic destruction of ISIS, numerous Islamist fighters have escaped, with the objective of returning […]

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Greater Eurasian co-operation

| July 6, 2019 | 0 Comments
Greater Eurasian co-operation

The modern world is facing fundamental geopolitical transformation. International free trade and the very notion of globalization are being challenged by the comeback of protectionism and nationalism, with arbitrarily imposed barriers and tariffs. All of this makes integration in Greater Eurasia, pragmatically connecting the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU), Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and other […]

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Killing off Africa’s iconic animals

| July 6, 2019 | 0 Comments
Killing off Africa’s iconic animals

Many of the iconic fauna that are indelibly associated with Africa, and that attract so many local citizens and foreign tourists alike, no longer spread limitlessly across the vast savannahs of the mid-continent. Nor are many of the larger animals of the unbroken forest often visible. This century’s massive escalation of illegal poaching has decimated […]

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