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Canada-CARICOM: Comfortable if complacent partners

| October 7, 2018 | 0 Comments
Canada-CARICOM: Comfortable if complacent partners

In spite of many differences — notably in size and level of development — Canada and the Caribbean Community have had a long and comfortable friendship and an empathetic partnership. An example of the closeness: The Canadian-made soft drink, Canada Dry ginger ale, used to boast on its label that it was made “with Jamaican […]

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Drivers and deficits in the Caribbean

| October 7, 2018 | 0 Comments
Drivers and deficits in the Caribbean

This often-ignored region of the world has a lot to offer and a lot at stake. In this 10-part list, Wolfgang Depner looks at the good and the bad — and why the world should pay more attention to the region. These are, to say the least, interesting times for the Caribbean. The recent discovery […]

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B7: Business minds meet

| July 2, 2018 | 0 Comments
B7: Business minds meet

With Canada hosting the G7 this year, our country has a unique opportunity to shape the international priorities for some of the world’s largest economies. Although the media focus is primarily on the Leaders’ Summit and ministerial meetings, there is a wider community of stakeholders seeking to influence decisions made at the top levels. This […]

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Can Ramaphosa save South Africa?

| July 2, 2018 | 0 Comments
Can Ramaphosa save South Africa?

Cyril Ramaphosa is South Africa’s last best hope. Its new president inherits a series of complex and dangerous crises, and must rapidly rescue sub-Saharan Africa’s most advanced and modern country from two decades of wanton despoilment and depravity — or fail and see his nation fall fully into a yawning chasm of underdevelopment and despair. […]

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Hope for hemispheric co-operation

| July 2, 2018 | 0 Comments
Hope for hemispheric co-operation

Where in the world does one find the richest biodiversity, vast hectares of arable land and an abundance of fresh water? If you said the Americas, you would be correct. North America, South America, Central America and the Caribbean islands — the region of the Americas — is sometimes referred to as the potential “breadbasket” […]

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China’s ambitions in the North American Arctic

| July 2, 2018 | 0 Comments
China’s ambitions in the North American Arctic

When China released its Arctic policy this past January, a flurry of news articles emerged. Most attention was paid to China’s growing ties to Russia, and its significant investment in the Northern Sea Route — the seaway that is opening up as the ice melts along Russia’s northern coast. China has not constrained its interest […]

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Improving childbirth in Tanzania

| July 2, 2018 | 0 Comments
Improving childbirth in Tanzania

It was Mother’s Day and I had enjoyed a treat of breakfast in bed when I found myself suddenly transfixed and fighting back tears. The anger Will Grundy — a character on the popular BBC Radio Soap The Archers — had over losing his wife, Nic, was finally ceding to grief. My tears came when […]

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Madagascar’s missing resource

| July 2, 2018 | 0 Comments
Madagascar’s missing resource

For many in the Western world, Madagascar will conjure up images of exotic species such as the native lemur, found nowhere else in the world, or the distinctive baobab tree, with its swollen trunk and short, outstretched branches. They think of it as resource-rich nation boasting exotic spices such as vanilla and the much-desired commodity, rosewood, or as a far-flung holiday destination for […]

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From veil to victory

| July 2, 2018 | 0 Comments
From veil to victory

Along with India’s varied culture and diversity, there’s also an overwhelming reality — a distinct lack of basics such as clean water to drink, accessible toilets and good hygiene practices. Compounding that is the country’s tremendous population of more than 1.3 billion people, or 17.7 per cent of the world’s total population. As I travel […]

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Wanting water and sanitation for all

| July 2, 2018 | 0 Comments
Wanting water and sanitation for all

Turning on a tap: It was probably the first thing you did this morning. However, for 844 million people around the world, this everyday essential — this human right, no less — is out of reach. Earlier this year, Cape Town hit the headlines in the lead-up to what its mayor dubbed “Day Zero,” the […]

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