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A little country in the city for Taiwan envoys

| June 28, 2012 | 0 Comments
A little country in the city for Taiwan envoys

Up a long shaded driveway, hidden from view on the eastern shore of McKay Lake, there’s the home where David Tawei Lee, representative of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office, and his wife, Lin Chih, a former banker and now an IT consultant, have lived for the past five years. The residence is a lavish […]

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A noted astronomer checks out the coming Mayan doomsday

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A noted astronomer checks out the coming Mayan doomsday

The American-made disaster film 2012 was one of the most profitable disaster movies of all time (earning US$700 million). Released on Friday, Nov. 13, 2009, director Roland Emmerich’s fictional portrayal of global cataclysm exploited the approach of the year 2012 when, according to best-selling doomsday prophets, the world would end precisely (they said) as the […]

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Rape as a weapon of war: then and now

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Rape as a weapon of war: then and now

“It has become more dangerous to be a woman fetching water or collecting firewood than a fighter on the frontline.” — UN Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Margot Wallström, 2012 UN BACKGROUND REPORT The victims of modern armed conflict are far more likely to be civilians than soldiers. According to UN Action Against […]

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Ebullient Sri Lanka: making up for lost time

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Ebullient Sri Lanka: making up for lost time

If you are lucky enough to have a week in Colombo, Sri Lanka’s capital city, you can: • See more vividly coloured gems in one hour than you’ll see in a lifetime — small piles of cut sparkling sapphires (deep blue to pink, yellow and orange), topaz, moonstones from several dollars to $125,000 (for 50-carat […]

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The Big Six Goals: Canada’s priorities in the U.S.

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The Big Six Goals: Canada’s priorities in the U.S.

Canada and the U.S. have the closest and most integrated partnership in the world. As Prime Minister Stephen Harper said on a recent visit, “We are partners, neighbours, allies and, most of all, we are true friends.” A recent Gallup poll found that the American public agrees, with 96 percent of Americans having a positive […]

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Superstar Nations

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Superstar Nations

The 10 most productive countries on Earth — and five contenders   The Age of Expectations, published in 1994 by American economist Paul Krugman (who has since become a Nobel laureate) opens with the following observation: “Productivity isn’t everything, but in the long run it is almost everything. A country’s ability to improve its standard […]

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Shifting our guns to the Pacific

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Shifting our guns to the Pacific

Within the last few decades, the world centre of gravity has moved from the Atlantic to the Pacific. By virtually any metric, whether it is economic power, military power, political power, or global influence, the world centre of power has come to reside in the Pacific — with China at the heart of this profound […]

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Chile, ‘pioneer’ in free trade

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Chile, ‘pioneer’ in free trade

When Chile joined Brunei, New Zealand and Singapore as founding members of the Trans-Pacific Partnership in 2006, it was no accident. Chile’s first big step toward becoming a pioneer country — one that has been working for decades to achieve better conditions for worldwide trade, particularly within the Pacific basin area — took place when […]

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Paying it forward, Korean-style

| June 28, 2012 | 0 Comments
Paying it forward, Korean-style

The idea of “paying it forward” has always been something that appealed to departing South Korean Ambassador Nam Joo-hong and that’s exactly what he did in April, just days before he was unexpectedly called home for a new, high-profile job in Korea’s national security. The Rolling Rampage on the Hill is put on by the […]

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Creating perfect smiles

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Creating perfect smiles

Words that describe Canadian volunteers overseas — modest, polite, friendly, empathetic, inclusive, thoughtful, but most of all good friends and partners. These were the words that inspired Kimit Rai to found Canadian-led surgical group Operation Rainbow Canada (ORC) in 1998. The mandate of ORC is to provide free cleft lip and palate surgery to impoverished […]

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