Archive for October, 2012

The Arctic opening: Opportunities and risks in the high north

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The Arctic opening: Opportunities and risks in the high north

In 2011, Russia used the Vladimir Tikhonov, its big supertanker, to carry 120,000 tons of gas concentrates across its northern sea route to China — setting records along the way. (It crossed 2,220 nautical miles of northern Arctic seas in 7.5 days.) In the same year, the Japanese-owned Sanko Odyssey carried 66,000 tons of iron-ore […]

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Arctic sovereignty: Who owns what?

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Arctic sovereignty:  Who owns what?

By Laura Neilson Bonikowsky The Arctic is a stable region of eight nations that generally exhibit mutual trust and co-operation. The key body concerned with the dialogue among these states is the Arctic Council, whose members include, in addition to the eight Arctic nations (Canada, U.S., Denmark, Norway, Finland, Sweden, Russia and Iceland), permanent participants […]

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The Arctic, country by country

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The Arctic, country by country

Our eight-country primer takes you to each of the council’s member states and offers a breakdown of their Arctic territory, interests and claims. By Laura Neilson Bonikowsky   CANADA Area: 9,984,670 sq km Population: 34,476,688 (2012) Canada’s frigid Arctic is definitely something to get hot and bothered about. It makes up more than 40 percent […]

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Norway and Russia: high North, low tension

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Norway and Russia: high North, low tension

By Else Berit Eikeland In September 2010, Norway and Russia signed the treaty on maritime delimitation and co-operation in the Barents Sea and the Arctic Ocean. The treaty was an historic milestone. It resolved what for several decades had remained the most important outstanding issue between Norway and Russia: the maritime boundary between the two […]

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Islands at the end of the civilized world

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Islands at the end of the civilized world

  The idea of a prison located on an almost inaccessible island is supposed to strike special fear in people being kept there against their will. If the dot of land housing the facility is within sight of the mainland — in sight, that is, of freedom and civilization — then the cruelty of imprisonment […]

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Women at the wheel

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Women at the wheel

The world’s top-10 most powerful female politicians By Wolfgang Depner   Why do so few women enter politics? This familiar, yet frustrating question looms large behind this list of the 10 most powerful female leaders currently holding office around the globe. Some have blamed the absence of women in politics on pervasive patterns of social […]

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Where’s the Beef? In Argentina, of course!

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Where’s the Beef? In Argentina, of course!

  Argentina is the second largest country in South America and one of the greatest food- and wine-producing nations in the world. Long before European explorers began to arrive, native Indians lived in Argentina. By 1530, Argentina saw its first Spanish settlers. With a strong immigration policy aimed at incorporating Europeans into the fabric of […]

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La pièce de résistance

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La pièce de résistance

French Ambassador Phillipe Zeller and his wife, Odile, live in one of the most opulent and beautifully situated embassies in the nation’s capital — a granite edifice built on an escarpment above the Ottawa River. The French government bought the property from Arthur Blackburn in 1931 for $80,000 and in 1936, prime minister William Lyon […]

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Eugene Forsey: bringing Canada’s political history to life

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Eugene Forsey: bringing Canada’s political history to life

“I can remember many people who go a long, long way back in our history,” my father told an interviewer in 1970. “I remember one man who was elected to Parliament in 1867, half a dozen who were elected in 1874 … Sometimes [with] classes in Canadian government, I’m able to say, ‘Oh, no you’ve […]

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Diplomats take flight

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Diplomats take flight

A record 115 diplomats, their families and business people soared over Ottawa and Gatineau on June 23 for the annual Flying Diplomat Day, held at the Rockcliffe Flying Club. Co-sponsored this year by the Ottawa Diplomatic Association and Diplomat & International Canada magazine, it featured a flight over Ottawa and Gatineau near the Ottawa River. […]

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