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Travel security: playing it safe

Travel security: playing it safe

The thrill of travel far outweighs the risks for most common destinations — given their huge influx of tourists each year. Forget the lure of the safe backyard barbecue and Sunday drives. For the restless, the curious and for the adventurous, there is no substitute for seeing and doing afar and coming home with a […]

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A home called Ballybeg

| June 23, 2015 | 0 Comments
A home called Ballybeg

Ballybeg is the anglicized version of the Irish word for “little town.” The large stone Rockcliffe house that bears that name may not exactly fit the translation, but it is as much a hub of activity today as it was in the days of admiral Sir Charles Kingsmill, who, during the First World War, commissioned […]

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In Japanese cuisine, tradition prevails

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In Japanese cuisine, tradition prevails

One of the basic principles of Japanese cooking is to capitalize on the food of the seasons — seafood, vegetables and fruit at the peak of their flavours. Add to this Japan’s widely varying climates in each season and you get the famed Japanese cuisine. The archipelago of Japan extends from the northern cool, temperate […]

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Curbing corruption in Africa

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Curbing corruption in Africa

Corruption is everywhere —  in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, China, Russia and Brazil. It persists in much of the rest of Asia beyond China, and is rampant in the Middle East and sub-Saharan Africa. Of the lowest 50 performers on Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) and the World Bank’s Control of […]

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Emphasizing the positive

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Emphasizing the positive

His first year as U.S. ambassador has just passed. How has former investment banker and Goldman Sachs executive Bruce Heyman adapted to highly public life in his new job? “I guess you just do,” he says. “It’s the Bruce Heyman world of Darwinian thought: It’s not the smartest that survive. It’s not strongest that survive. […]

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The trouble with tribalism

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The trouble with tribalism

For as long as humans have existed, there have been tribes. Indeed, it is our ability to co-operate as members of discrete groups that has allowed for the resounding success of the species as a whole. Yet, in the modern, interconnected and globalized world, tribalism — which, at its base level, represents a separation of […]

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Little summer fests that can

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Little summer fests that can

No question about it: Bluesfest, Chamberfest, CityFolk (the new name for the Ottawa Folk Festival) are big and fun. Myriad performers, multiple stages, throngs of joyful fans — it’s summer in the city to the max. But more modest festivals, whether spotlighting music, puppets or something else entirely, also abound and offer a different experience. […]

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Get outta town: A traveller’s Top 10

Get outta town:   A traveller’s Top 10

Where it began… Two thousand years ago, the Romans, having developed paved roads and the idea of the holiday, were the earliest leisure travellers. Emperor Augustus had suppressed piracy in the Mediterranean region, making it possible to travel in relative safety. Roman emperors, scholars and the wealthy visited historic sites such as the Parthenon and […]

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China’s man in Canada: ‘We never say China’s human rights situation is perfect’

| June 23, 2015 | 0 Comments
China’s man in Canada: ‘We never say China’s human rights situation is perfect’

Luo Zhaohui began his mission as ambassador to Canada in May 2014. The ambassador, who has a master’s degree in history, joined the foreign service in 1985 and has had postings in India and Washington, and served as ambassador to Pakistan before coming to Canada. He sat down with Diplomat’s editor, Jennifer Campbell, to discuss […]

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A troubling global realignment

A troubling global realignment

By every metric of soft power and hard power, the United States should be standing taller on the world stage. But the inconvenient truth is that it is not. Its ability to keep its friends and influence others is on the wane. A global realignment is happening before our very eyes. Traditional alliances are weakening […]

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