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Internet wars

| October 4, 2012 | 0 Comments
Internet wars

By Fen Osler Hampson and Gordon S. Smith At the end of the year, the nations of the world will convene at the Gulf port city of Dubai to renegotiate key provisions of the International Telecommunications Regulations (ITR), a UN treaty that governs the use of the airwaves, but not the internet. It is already […]

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A reflection on responsibility: What does Syria mean for R2P?

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A reflection on responsibility: What does Syria mean for R2P?

By Lloyd Axworthy and Allan Rock The world has watched in frustration as the brutal regime of Bashar al-Assad of Syria has turned its weapons against its own citizens to suppress an insurgency and cling to power. The shocking estimates of civilian casualties (some as high as 20,000) don’t measure the untold misery of the […]

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Canadians confront a global issue

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Canadians confront a global issue

By Liz Ballantyne-Jackson It’s a little known problem in the west, but exposure to smoke from cooking fires kills approximately two million people worldwide every year. Globally, nearly three billion people use polluting, inefficient stoves or open flames to cook their food. This results in deforestation, carbon emissions and numerous health issues. Breathing in the […]

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Surviving cancer and living a football dream

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Surviving cancer and living a football dream

Fareed Ali was 17 years old when he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. One of the bright spots in his intensive treatment plan, which included eight months of chemotherapy and four lumbar punctures (spinal taps), was an offer from the Children’s Wish Foundation. They asked him to dream big and he did — the avid […]

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Israel and Canada: Partners in Innovation

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Israel and Canada: Partners in Innovation

As policymakers search for ways to foster more innovative economies, many are turning to Israel for answers. Over the course of my tenure as ambassador, the embassy has made it a priority to present Israel to Canada as a partner in innovation. With a population of 7.8 million and a territory two-thirds the size of […]

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Flora MacDonald: On war, foreign policy and Afghanistan

| October 4, 2012 | 2 Comments
Flora MacDonald: On war,  foreign policy and Afghanistan

Flora MacDonald has been to Afghanistan 12 times. Not every woman her age — she’s 86 — can say the same. But then Ms MacDonald’s whole life has been about firsts. She was the first woman to mount a serious campaign for the leadership of the Conservative Party of Canada (no women had run for […]

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The Arctic opening: Opportunities and risks in the high north

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The Arctic opening: Opportunities and risks in the high north

In 2011, Russia used the Vladimir Tikhonov, its big supertanker, to carry 120,000 tons of gas concentrates across its northern sea route to China — setting records along the way. (It crossed 2,220 nautical miles of northern Arctic seas in 7.5 days.) In the same year, the Japanese-owned Sanko Odyssey carried 66,000 tons of iron-ore […]

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The Arctic, country by country

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The Arctic, country by country

Our eight-country primer takes you to each of the council’s member states and offers a breakdown of their Arctic territory, interests and claims. By Laura Neilson Bonikowsky   CANADA Area: 9,984,670 sq km Population: 34,476,688 (2012) Canada’s frigid Arctic is definitely something to get hot and bothered about. It makes up more than 40 percent […]

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Norway and Russia: high North, low tension

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Norway and Russia: high North, low tension

By Else Berit Eikeland In September 2010, Norway and Russia signed the treaty on maritime delimitation and co-operation in the Barents Sea and the Arctic Ocean. The treaty was an historic milestone. It resolved what for several decades had remained the most important outstanding issue between Norway and Russia: the maritime boundary between the two […]

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Women at the wheel

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Women at the wheel

The world’s top-10 most powerful female politicians By Wolfgang Depner   Why do so few women enter politics? This familiar, yet frustrating question looms large behind this list of the 10 most powerful female leaders currently holding office around the globe. Some have blamed the absence of women in politics on pervasive patterns of social […]

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