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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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Six essential steps: How John Baird can succeed as Canada’s foreign minister

| October 26, 2011 | 0 Comments
Six essential steps: How John Baird can succeed as Canada’s foreign minister

  John Baird hit the ground running as Canada’s new foreign minister. Within days of his appointment late last spring, he was off on a secret mission to Libya to meet with key rebel leaders of its Transitional National Council. That trip was immediately followed by meetings in Turkey, China, Indonesia, the U.S. and Mexico. […]

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A relaxed chic dinner

| December 1, 2010 | 0 Comments
A relaxed chic dinner

This is the second article of six highlighting themes from my new cooking and lifestyle TV series, Margaret’s Table. Each theme guides viewers and Diplomat’s readers through practical entertaining options while always maintaining a sense of occasion. Home entertaining is on the rise. And when it comes to entertaining, it is important to be able […]

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