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Life is a beach

| June 30, 2016 | 0 Comments
Life is a beach

Your handy travel guide to the top 10 beaches from the Blue Flag program, an ecological certification system that recognizes and promotes cleanliness, safety, environmental awareness and sustainability. Initiated by the Foundation for Environmental Education and headquartered in Copenhagen, Denmark, the Blue Flag program is an ecological certification program that recognizes and promotes high standards […]

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The Top 10 threats to the world’s oceans

| June 30, 2016 | 0 Comments
The Top 10 threats to the world’s oceans

“Every time I slip into the ocean, it’s like going home.” This quote from leading American oceanographer Sylvia Earle reminds us that the fate of humanity — our fate — inevitably depends on the fate of the oceans that cover almost 71 percent of our planet. In fact, it is misleading to speak of oceans […]

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Iran sanctions relaxed: Opportunities and risks

Iran sanctions relaxed: Opportunities and risks

In early February, Global Affairs Minister Stéphane Dion announced that Canada had amended its economic sanctions against Iran. This implements the Liberal government’s response to the January determination by the International Atomic Energy Agency that Iran has met the requirements for sanctions relief to begin under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). A number […]

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Greece coping with refugee crisis

| March 22, 2016 | 0 Comments
Greece coping with refugee crisis

Population displacement and its resulting migration is, as we know, a complex issue and one of the major challenges the European Union is currently facing. The intense migratory and refugee flows Greece has experienced for years have reached unprecedented levels in the last several months. Since January 2015, more than 950,000 refugees and migrants have […]

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Taiwanese President Tsai’s to-do list

| March 22, 2016 | 0 Comments
Taiwanese President Tsai’s to-do list

Unprecedented election results in January have produced unprecedented options for Taiwanese President-elect Tsai Ing-wen in domestic politics, international trade and cross-strait relations with Mainland China. For the third time, the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) won the presidency, with Tsai winning 56 percent of the popular vote. The long-ruling nationalist party (Kuomintang or KMT) candidate, […]

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South Africa’s looming crisis

| March 22, 2016 | 1 Comment
South Africa’s looming crisis

South Africa’s economic, social and political outcomes drive sub-Saharan Africa. At least it did for a few years at the end of the last century and the beginning of this one. After all, South Africa for many years harboured sub-Saharan Africa’s most dynamic economy, its most vibrant political system, its most advanced infrastructure and its […]

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A false spring?

| March 22, 2016 | 0 Comments
A false spring?

Since the end of the year, there has been a shift in tone in Russian-Ukrainian relations. At Russia’s initiative, talks on the conflict in the Donbas between representatives of Russia, Russian-supported rebels, Ukraine, the EU, and now the U.S., have become more intensive. For two of the key negotiations, President Vladimir Putin has replaced officials […]

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Modern Russia: An ambassador’s look at priorities and challenges

| March 22, 2016 | 0 Comments
Modern Russia: An ambassador’s look at priorities and challenges

Editor’s note: Alexander Darchiev, ambassador of Russia, made a rare public speech at Carleton University in February. To provide a look at Russia’s official positions on current conflicts and issues, we reprint an edited version of his speech here. First of all, I would like to thank Carleton University and Larry Lederman [chairman of the […]

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Foreign policy: The first 150 days

| March 22, 2016 | 0 Comments
Foreign policy: The first 150 days

Now that the Trudeau government has been in power for more than 150 days, we have begun to see what shape Canada’s foreign policy will take under its leadership. There have been some surprises, while other actions have mirrored campaign promises and resurrected classic liberal values from the past. The biggest move so far — […]

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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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