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Pakistan’s welcoming home abroad

| April 11, 2017 | 0 Comments
Pakistan’s welcoming home abroad

That the Islamic world has long produced stunning carpets isn’t exactly breaking news. Indeed, discerning Europeans were scooping up fine specimens as early as the 14th Century. But what tickles Pakistani High Commissioner Tariq Azim Khan are the occasional irregularities in carpets such as the deep red one that adds warmth and texture to the […]

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Exploring the cuisine of Madagascar

| April 11, 2017 | 0 Comments
Exploring the cuisine of Madagascar

In the beginning, Madagascar was physically part of Africa, as were the islands of Seychelles, Mauritius and the Comoros. Some 165 million years ago, a cataclysmic earthquake set Madagascar free on a 45-million-year 400-kilometre northeastern journey to its current location. For millions of years, Madagascar, the fourth largest island in the world, has been teeming […]

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Taiwan’s search for global space

| April 11, 2017 | 0 Comments
Taiwan’s search for global space

In early December 2016, U.S. president-elect Donald J. Trump accepted a congratulatory telephone call from President Tsai Ing-wen of the Republic of China (ROC)-Taiwan. In addition to breaking with decades of U.S.-China diplomatic protocol, this telephone conversation has been seen as one of the highest-profile examples of Taiwan’s ongoing search for international space in its […]

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The learning curve

| April 11, 2017 | 0 Comments
The learning curve

A good education system is at the core of a country’s success. We list the leaders in science, math and reading, according to a study by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. Every year since 2000, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has tested school children’s aptitudes around the world and compressed […]

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Repairing Canada-Russia relations

| April 11, 2017 | 0 Comments
Repairing Canada-Russia relations

Dealing with the Trump administration will no doubt be the top priority of Chrystia Freeland, Canada’s newly minted foreign minister, but it was the question of her attitude towards the Russian Federation that generated the most headlines when she took the job in January. Those hoping that Canadian-Russian relations might improve under the current government […]

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Trump and Putin: A troubling, high-stakes relationship

| April 11, 2017 | 0 Comments
Trump and Putin: A troubling, high-stakes relationship

While the presidency of Donald Trump has presented many sea changes in American foreign policy, perhaps the most dramatic is the turnaround in attitudes towards Russia and Vladimir Putin’s leadership. Previous presidents have tried to reset the relationship with Russia, but Trump’s admiration of Putin and his apparent willingness to side with Putin against American […]

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On guard for Russian defence

| April 11, 2017 | 0 Comments
On guard for Russian defence

Many see today’s Russia as one of the most challenging threats to Canada, the United States and, to varying degrees, their allies. There is much debate about how to counter these threats — where Russia might strike next, and how to deter Russian aggression — but there’s no doubt that Russia is, once again, on […]

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‘Friendships need work; let’s not take [the U.S.] for granted’

| April 11, 2017 | 0 Comments
‘Friendships need work; let’s not take [the U.S.] for granted’

Andrew Leslie: Parliamentary secretary, Canada-U.S. relations ‘Friendships need work; let’s not take [the U.S.] for granted’ In 2011, Andrew Leslie retired from the Canadian Forces as a lieutenant-general. He had served as chief of land forces and also as chief of transformation. He retired on a Friday after 35 years in uniform, and started working […]

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A UN supertanker dangerously adrift

| April 11, 2017 | 0 Comments
A UN supertanker dangerously adrift

Like a giant supertanker foundering in stormy seas off a rocky coast, the United Nations requires a strong, firm hand at the tiller, someone who can steer the ship away from the perilous course on which it is now headed. The new occupant of the White House, Donald Trump, is no fan of the organization, […]

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2017: Reasons to rejoice

| December 16, 2016 | 0 Comments
2017: Reasons to rejoice

2016 was a difficult year, so why should 2017 be any better? We dug deep and came up with 10 reasons to celebrate this year. “The time is out of joint — O cursed spite, That ever I was born to set it right!” Hamlet Act I, Scene V Shakespeare’s dithering prince Hamlet speaks these […]

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