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Christian Paradis: ‘It’s about getting results’

| September 26, 2014 | 0 Comments
Christian Paradis: ‘It’s about getting results’

Christian Paradis has been Canada’s development minister since July 2013. He is also the minister responsible for the Francophonie. He was first elected to the House of Commons as an MP from Mégantic-L’Erable in Quebec. He has served as secretary of state for agriculture (2007), minister of public works (2008), minister of natural resources (2010), […]

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Islamic extremism: The nightmare that never left

| September 26, 2014 | 0 Comments
Islamic extremism: The nightmare that never left

It’s like the 1979 horror sci-fi flick Alien. Just when you think the monster is dead, it jumps out at you again. A recurring nightmare. It was not so long ago that some security experts and officials were elatedly predicting al-Qaeda’s demise and with it, the end of Islamic extremism and the Jihadist threat to […]

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As the situation in Ukraine simmers…

| September 26, 2014 | 1 Comment
As the situation in Ukraine simmers…

When pro-Russian insurgents in eastern Ukraine were almost defeated in late August by Ukraine’s military, President Vladimir Putin sent thousands of Russian soldiers into Ukraine to turn the tide. He has now offered a ceasefire to Kiev, presumably because the tougher sanctions the West is now imposing are biting and because of the billions of […]

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Vietnam’s home away home away from home

| September 26, 2014 | 0 Comments
Vietnam’s home away home away from home

Vietnamese Ambassador To Anh Dung and his wife, Tran Phi Nga, meet photographer Dyanne Wilson and me at the door of their Glebe home. Ms Tran is wearing a traditional hand-painted silk Ao Dai, a national dress that bears a slight to the exterior of their heritage house whose architecture is Spanish. But inside, the […]

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Venerable Viognier

| September 26, 2014 | 0 Comments
Venerable Viognier

A dog-eared book, an old sweater, or, even a glass of wine poured more out of habit than pleasure are all familiar things. Unfortunately, while familiarity is certainly comforting and reassuring, it rarely exceeds expectations. The prevalence of certain too-familiar wine grapes and their common styles can send palates running in the direction of something […]

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UAE: From camel milk and dates to international cuisine

| September 26, 2014 | 0 Comments
UAE: From camel milk and dates to international cuisine

A recent adventure took me and my husband to the amazing United Arab Emirates (UAE). Located in the Middle East, it borders Saudi Arabia, Oman, the Gulf of Oman and the Persian/Arabian Gulf, and is at the centre of three of the world’s strategic regions, each with its own dynamic food culture — the Middle […]

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Ukraine and Iraq-Syria crises: A Black Sea strategy is key

| September 26, 2014 | 0 Comments
Ukraine and Iraq-Syria crises:  A Black Sea strategy is key

The United States is, at the moment, off balance. It faces challenges in the Syria-Iraq theatre as well as challenges in Ukraine. It does not have a clear response to either. It does not know what success in either theatre would look like, what resources it is prepared to devote to either, nor whether the consequences of defeat […]

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Towering Taiwan

| September 26, 2014 | 0 Comments
Towering Taiwan

The tour guide in Taiwan stops next to a tiny marker along a park path. It has a design that features a small box with hard edges inside a larger box that has rounded corners. The 20 journalists, invited from almost every continent to Taiwan by its foreign affairs department, look at the simple image […]

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From fabled island to national park

| September 26, 2014 | 0 Comments
From fabled island to national park

For 28 years, I had dreamed of exploring Sable Island, seeing the wild horses that grace its enchanting dunes. In April 2014, my dream came true: I landed on the beach in a small charter aircraft for the first time. As a conservation photographer and wilderness guide, I have had the privilege of exploring many […]

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Saving animals from disaster

| September 26, 2014 | 0 Comments
Saving animals from disaster

No matter where in the world disasters strike, the survival of animals can mean the difference between recovery and despair. More than one billion people depend directly on animals for food, jobs, income, transport, social status, cultural identification and financial security. For 70 percent of the world’s poorest people — those most vulnerable to the […]

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