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An elegant Egyptian renovation

| April 12, 2012 | 0 Comments
An elegant Egyptian renovation

The Egyptian embassy residence is a treat for the eye. But it’s tucked away up a lane off Acacia Avenue so it’s a treat that casual passers-by might well miss. Attractive wrought-iron gates lead up the long driveway to the front entrance of a house built in 1913 by Allan Keefer, the architect for Stornoway […]

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Australian odyssey: reefs and rainforests

| February 13, 2012 | 0 Comments
Australian odyssey: reefs and rainforests

 Cairns: Days 1-6 As a natural spectacle, North Queensland is comparable to the Rockies in Canada or Death Valley in the U.S. It offers, in other words, a unique experience. On my 14-day tour, I made sure to visit Cairns and Port Douglas before heading south to Sydney. Cairns (pronounced ‘cannes’) has the towel and […]

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John Baird: warm manner, blunt talk

| February 8, 2012 | 0 Comments
John Baird: warm manner, blunt talk

The Conservative government champions religious freedom as a “bedrock” freedom: “Societies that protect  religious freedom are more likely to protect all other fundamental freedoms,” Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird says. “They are typically more stable and more prosperous societies.”   In the small ante-room to John Baird’s parliamentary office, you have to consciously avoid knocking over the official […]

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The high price of global retrenchment

| February 5, 2012 | 0 Comments
The high price of global retrenchment

Our globalized world is unraveling. This is not the end of globalization, but it is something we have seen before. It is called retrenchment. It is a phenomenon characterized by declining levels of interdependence in global trade and investment, beggar-thy-neighbour policies as states (especially new entrants in the global economy) look out for their own interests and don’t play by […]

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My Zulu love letter says: ‘Embrace the exuberance of South Africa’

| October 26, 2011 | 0 Comments
My Zulu love letter says: ‘Embrace the exuberance of South Africa’

My South Africa is the white man in his ML500 stopping to tow to a nearby petrol station the broken-down car of a young black mother and child stuck in traffic. It is the successful accountant who works for a global conglomerate and returns to Langa, the township he grew up in, to run Saturday […]

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The Irish residence: A home and a harp

| October 26, 2011 | 0 Comments
The Irish residence: A home and a harp

Cars slow down at the busy intersection in the heart of Rockcliffe and people stop and stare. The object of their attention is the newly-renovated Irish embassy. Once a modest but stately home, it’s been renovated into a stunning 12,000-square-foot stone and brick behemoth. The residence has had quite a journey to get where it […]

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The art of small bites

| October 26, 2011 | 0 Comments
The art of small bites

  Over the past decade, food and wine have become a serious part of many people’s lifestyle. Just take note of the number of new restaurants popping up, the myriad TV cooking shows and the expansion of high-end kitchen accessory and gourmet stores. With all these resources and sources of inspiration, entertaining at home may […]

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In defence of Paul Kagame

| October 26, 2011 | 0 Comments
In defence of Paul Kagame

  In response to an article that appeared in your summer edition, permit me to indicate where Rwanda stands today and where we are heading under the leadership of President Paul Kagame. While your readers know the agony Rwanda and its people went through during the 1994 genocide, and how it shattered our political and […]

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China: More progress, more ‘opening up’

| October 26, 2011 | 0 Comments
China: More progress, more ‘opening up’

October 1 marked the 62nd anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. In those years, and especially over the past 33 years since its reform and opening up, China has awed the world with stunning development. China’s development has attracted increasing international attention. How do we view China’s development? In the past […]

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Oil-rich America set to ‘drill-baby-drill’

| October 26, 2011 | 0 Comments
Oil-rich America set to ‘drill-baby-drill’

Richard Nixon was the first U.S. president to vow and fail to wean the United States off its dependency on Middle Eastern oil. Barack Obama will be the last. The United States today has the wherewithal to become independent in energy. Once Obama goes, it will also have the will. Obama and previous presidents failed […]

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