Archive for October, 2011

King Abdullah: ‘Reformer, peacemaker’

| October 26, 2011 | 0 Comments
King Abdullah: ‘Reformer, peacemaker’

  In a nebulous environment where culture and tradition are intertwined with Islamic religious beliefs on one hand and modernity flooding through an era of globalization on the other, The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, has made a clear mark by balancing continuity of traditional values, upholding the noble teachings […]

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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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Shale gas, shale oil: Peaking upward

| October 26, 2011 | 0 Comments
Shale gas, shale oil: Peaking upward

At the beginning of the last decade, many energy market forecasters and analysts foresaw a transformation of natural gas markets into something akin to the world crude oil market. Basically, the world’s three main regional natural gas markets (Asia, Europe and North America) which, to date, had evolved mostly independently, would become much more integrated […]

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Gas and oil galore

| October 26, 2011 | 0 Comments
Gas and oil galore

“Control energy and you control the nations.” This thesis, as advocated by Henry Kissinger, might not be the most original theory that advances our understanding of politics, particularly in the arena of international relations. Determinism of this sort unduly diminishes the role of other, non-materialistic factors in the fortunes of nations, for if it were […]

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Eliminating AIDS in Rwanda, one woman at a time

| October 26, 2011 | 0 Comments
Eliminating AIDS in Rwanda, one woman at a time

About 70 Rwandan women have been volunteer subjects since 2004 in a medical project to prevent HIV/AIDS, and, at the same time, to change attitudes toward the disease. About three per cent of Rwanda’s population carries HIV, but knowledge about the disease and its prevention is sparse. As well, going public is a tough choice […]

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It’s time for cross-border recalibration

| October 26, 2011 | 0 Comments
It’s time for cross-border recalibration

The joint action plan on perimeter security and economic competitiveness announced with much fanfare by Prime Minister Stephen Harper and President Barack Obama in February was a refreshing step in the right direction. The concept is compelling in principle. The question is: Will it produce yet another spasm of communiqué massage offering the promise of […]

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Costa Rica: Canada’s primary partner in Central America

| October 26, 2011 | 0 Comments
Costa Rica: Canada’s primary partner in Central America

Strategically located in Central America, Costa Rica offers investment opportunities for companies interested in broadening their horizons and settling themselves in a country that — with its strong democratic institutions and its efforts to achieve sustainable inclusive growth — represents a success story and a valued partner and friend for Canada. Costa Rica shifted its […]

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Serbia and Canada: new reasons for optimism

| October 26, 2011 | 0 Comments
Serbia and Canada: new reasons for optimism

Bilateral relations between Serbia and Canada are almost a century old. The first consulate general opened in Montreal in 1922, and the Ottawa legation in 1941; it became an embassy 10 years later. Relations had their ups and downs with periods of mutual understanding and dynamic development followed by periods of stagnation and visible tensions. […]

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Brazil offers Canada a partnership beyond economics

| October 26, 2011 | 0 Comments
Brazil offers Canada a partnership beyond economics

Strengthening the economic ties between Brazil and Canada stands out among the objectives of every Brazilian ambassador in Ottawa. Trade flows and investments have traditionally sustained bilateral relations. But recent figures show that much more can be achieved. In 2010, trade was still limited, especially when seen in the context of both countries’ commercial transactions […]

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Investment opportunities abound in Azerbaijan

| October 26, 2011 | 0 Comments
Investment opportunities abound in Azerbaijan

In a recent article about Azerbaijan’s capital, Baku, New York Times travel writer Kathleen Kingsbury lauds its “magnificent European-style Beaux-Arts mansions, built by the city’s first oil barons a century ago,” which, she says, sit next to the newly-constructed “Guggenheim Bilbao-style Museum of Modern Art” and dozens of new hotels, futuristic malls and arcades. This […]

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