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Ebullient Sri Lanka: making up for lost time

| June 28, 2012 | 0 Comments
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.

| June 28, 2012 | 0 Comments
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

| June 28, 2012 | 0 Comments
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

| June 28, 2012 | 0 Comments
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

| June 28, 2012 | 0 Comments
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

| June 28, 2012 | 0 Comments
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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Supply management: an antiquated barrier to trade

| June 28, 2012 | 0 Comments
Supply management: an antiquated barrier to trade

The Conservative government of Stephen Harper has made it increasingly clear that international trade is one of its top economic priorities. Whether through expanding existing trade agreements (such as building on NAFTA) or negotiating new deals with the European Union, Japan, Korea, and the Trans-Pacific Partnership, Ottawa is placing ever-growing emphasis on trade deals as […]

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After the Arab Spring, hurricane season

| June 28, 2012 | 0 Comments
After the Arab Spring, hurricane season

A year and a half later, the “Arab Spring” protests that have swept the Arab world look a lot more like a clash of four seasons and not simply the onset of one. Its four Rs are revolution, rebellion, religion and recidivism. As in the French and American revolutions, many of those who have taken […]

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Hard talk: a conversation with Iran

| April 12, 2012 | 0 Comments
Hard talk: a conversation with Iran

‘In such a dire situation,’ says Chargé d’Affaires Kambiz Sheikh-Hassani, ‘cool heads should prevail’ By Donna Jacobs   Iran has provoked widespread international concern over its controversial pursuit of nuclear power and its suspected pursuit of nuclear weapons. It is also criticized for its unjust imprisonment and execution of its citizens, including children, as well […]

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