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Imagine a billion African migrants

| March 22, 2016 | 0 Comments
Imagine a billion African migrants

As overwhelming as the European refugee crisis is, Klaus Schwab, executive chairman of the World Economic Forum, predicts much worse may be ahead. “Look how many countries in Africa, for example, depend on income from oil exports,” Schwab told Bloomberg Business ahead of the forum’s annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland. “Now imagine one billion inhabitants […]

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2016: A year worthy of worry

2016: A year  worthy of worry

As a year of grave concerns, 2016 is giving us plenty to think about. Terrorism, war, economic and political instability, refugees, climate change, unemployment, rising food costs — the selection is vast, the problems complex. How much they concern you also depends on how confident you are in the abilities of national leaders to address […]

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China’s residence: Sharing a culture with Canada

| January 4, 2016 | 0 Comments
China’s residence: Sharing a culture with Canada

If you ask Ambassador Luo Zhaohui about his spacious Rockcliffe residence, he’ll tell you with a big smile that it has all the elements of good feng shui, the Chinese philosophical system for harmonizing with the surrounding environment. His house is sort of halfway up a hill, between water — the backyard swimming pool and […]

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Hungary faces its demons head-on

| January 4, 2016 | 1 Comment
Hungary faces its demons head-on

Hungary assumed chairmanship of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) in March 2015, for the second time in the history of the intergovernmental organization. “IHRA is a mirror which allows us to be confronted with our history, with our past,” said Hungarian Ambassador Bálint Ódor at a concert hosted by his embassy in June. “This […]

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In the dark: Africa’s energy shortfall

| January 4, 2016 | 0 Comments
In the dark: Africa’s energy shortfall

Pitch blackness is Africa at night. From the space station, from satellites, from high-flying aircraft, even on Google projections, compared to the rest of the globe, much of sub-Saharan Africa is dark from sunset — devoid of those cumulated glowing pinpoints that illuminate the other continents. Students in much of sub-Saharan Africa study using kerosene […]

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Vladimir Putin and the decline of the West

| January 4, 2016 | 1 Comment
Vladimir Putin and the decline of the West

“America’s retreat from the world is no longer abstract — it has delivered Syria… to Moscow and Iran’s mullahs, probably for generations. The strategic defeat is only exceeded by the moral defeat.” — National Post, Oct. 5, 2015 The world is changing quickly and not in our favour. The strategic balance has been moving steadily […]

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The pervasive prejudice against females

| January 4, 2016 | 0 Comments
The pervasive prejudice against females

In September 2015, leaders from around the world gathered in New York City for the UN General Assembly and adopted the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Seventeen goals were agreed upon as part of the new framework, which lasts until 2030, including a goal on achieving gender equality and empowering all women and girls. It’s […]

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The sad fate of the rhino in Africa

| January 4, 2016 | 1 Comment
The sad fate of the rhino in Africa

Editor’s note: James Parker volunteered with Southern African Wildlife College’s (SAWC) ranger division from June to September 2015. During his time at Kruger National Park, he worked with rangers-in-training. The two white rhinos are grazing in the grass, about 50 metres away. They are not really that hard to track, as they leave a distinctive […]

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Survival … of the fittest

| January 4, 2016 | 0 Comments
Survival … of the fittest

Every January, scores of people storm the doors of their local fitness studios. Their will is resolute, their aim simple — to finally get into shape, as they had promised themselves at the stroke of midnight on Jan. 1. Yet weeks later, the resolve behind this tide will have ebbed away, as old habits reassert […]

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Canada’s role in a changing world

| September 27, 2015 | 0 Comments
Canada’s role in a changing world

Note: Derek H. Burney, a former Canadian ambassador to the United States, is a senior strategic adviser at Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP. In June, he gave the O.D. Skelton speech in Ottawa. Portions of it are excerpted here. Few countries spend as much time as Canada does analyzing and agonizing over foreign policy or […]

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