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China: More progress, more ‘opening up’

| October 26, 2011 | 0 Comments
China: More progress, more ‘opening up’

October 1 marked the 62nd anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. In those years, and especially over the past 33 years since its reform and opening up, China has awed the world with stunning development. China’s development has attracted increasing international attention. How do we view China’s development? In the past […]

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King Abdullah: ‘Reformer, peacemaker’

| October 26, 2011 | 0 Comments
King Abdullah: ‘Reformer, peacemaker’

  In a nebulous environment where culture and tradition are intertwined with Islamic religious beliefs on one hand and modernity flooding through an era of globalization on the other, The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, has made a clear mark by balancing continuity of traditional values, upholding the noble teachings […]

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Oil-rich America set to ‘drill-baby-drill’

| October 26, 2011 | 0 Comments
Oil-rich America set to ‘drill-baby-drill’

Richard Nixon was the first U.S. president to vow and fail to wean the United States off its dependency on Middle Eastern oil. Barack Obama will be the last. The United States today has the wherewithal to become independent in energy. Once Obama goes, it will also have the will. Obama and previous presidents failed […]

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Shale gas, shale oil: Peaking upward

| October 26, 2011 | 0 Comments
Shale gas, shale oil: Peaking upward

At the beginning of the last decade, many energy market forecasters and analysts foresaw a transformation of natural gas markets into something akin to the world crude oil market. Basically, the world’s three main regional natural gas markets (Asia, Europe and North America) which, to date, had evolved mostly independently, would become much more integrated […]

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Gas and oil galore

| October 26, 2011 | 0 Comments
Gas and oil galore

“Control energy and you control the nations.” This thesis, as advocated by Henry Kissinger, might not be the most original theory that advances our understanding of politics, particularly in the arena of international relations. Determinism of this sort unduly diminishes the role of other, non-materialistic factors in the fortunes of nations, for if it were […]

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Assessing Canada’s vulnerability

| June 26, 2011 | 0 Comments
Assessing Canada’s vulnerability

In war and peace, the support and confidence of allies can be decisive for a country’s survival and prosperity. Canada’s profound reliance on its trade, defence and other ties to the United States means that Canadians have a crucial interest in keeping borders and diplomatic, military and intelligence channels open with their neighbour. This access […]

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A billion people still go hungry

| June 26, 2011 | 0 Comments
A billion people still go hungry

  Globe-trotting journalist Don Cayo explains why millions of impoverished people are doing better — and why millions more are doing worse There are people in the world so hungry that God cannot appear to them except in the form of bread. — Mahatma Gandhi When men and women feel compelled to bind their midsections […]

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The Arab uprising

| June 26, 2011 | 0 Comments
The Arab uprising

Events across the Middle East and North Africa appear remarkably similar in causation to what occurred in the 1970s in Latin America and sub-Saharan Africa, and, after 1989, across Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. Many outsiders misread the Arab mind and heart as anti-Western, and consequently came to depend on outdated […]

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The Dirty Dozen Worst Dictators

| June 26, 2011 | 0 Comments
The Dirty Dozen Worst Dictators

In the minds of millions, the Arab Spring began on Dec. 17, 2010, with a solitary act of desperate defiance when Tunisian street vendor Mohammed Bouazizi torched himself to protest the humiliating harassment he had just experienced at the hands of corrupt government officials. By the time Mr. Bouazizi died of third-degree burns, 18 days […]

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Transparency International’s global report on corruption

| December 1, 2010 | 0 Comments
Transparency International’s global report on corruption

Transparency International, based in Berlin, publishes a global index each year that measures government corruption. Here, along with its 2010 index, the organization warns that the economic crises of the moment have put even wealthy governments in danger of increased corruption. With governments committing huge sums to tackle the world’s most pressing problems, fromv the […]

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