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Enigma in Zimbabwe – a descent of man

| September 2, 2010 | 0 Comments
Enigma in Zimbabwe –  a descent of man

Zimbabwe (in its earlier life, Rhodesia) has been so many things for different people: delight and despair, opportunity and persecution. For me, half a century ago, it was an escape from my London birthplace and a fusty England clinging to Empire; a land of glorious weather and broadest horizons; a romantic place where I met […]

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Arctic action

| September 2, 2010 | 0 Comments
Arctic action

There’s a kind of scorecard for where Canada stands in Arctic development compared to its Arctic neighbours, particularly Norway. In 2006, Norway published a detailed, 92-page outline of what it intended in its Arctic territory, and updated it three years later. Canada got around to the same kind of outline in 2009, and it had […]

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The photographer who documents heroes

| September 2, 2010 | 0 Comments
The photographer who documents heroes

People are his passion. It was Norman H. Gershman’s Wall Street headhunting skills (he founded Consultants Period, Ltd..) that gave him the patience to track down an almost unknown story in a country cut off from the rest of the world for 50 years. But it was his passion for people that led him to […]

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Understanding besa, the Albanian code of honour

| September 2, 2010 | 1 Comment
Understanding besa, the Albanian code of honour

“All Jewish children will sleep with your children, all with eat the same food, all will live as one family” — Albanian Prime Minister Mehdi Frashëri, 1943   As the only country in Europe whose Jewish population grew 10-fold during World War II, and included refugees from all over Europe, Albania, with its 70 to […]

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Muslims who saved Jews

| September 2, 2010 | 0 Comments
Muslims who saved Jews

Muslims Who Saved Jews? Who Ever Heard of It? When I first learned of the WWII rescue of Jews in Muslim Albania and Kosovo, my reaction was visceral. Muslims who saved Jews? I must record this forgotten event with my camera and tell the story through the various family histories of the people I was […]

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Canada-EU deal: ‘Now the hard part starts’

| September 2, 2010 | 0 Comments
Canada-EU deal:  ‘Now the hard part starts’

The easy part — if ever there were one — is over. Now the hard part starts. This fall marks the midpoint in the two-year timeframe for the completion of a Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). Canada and Europe have had four rounds of formal negotiations and many informal discussions. Even a volcanic eruption […]

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Canada’s nine free trade agreements

| September 2, 2010 | 0 Comments
Canada’s nine free trade agreements

Canada started signing free trade deals as far back as 1988 when it signed the Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement, which eventually grew into the North American Free Trade Agreement. Since then, this country has signed deals with 10 other countries and one principality and has agreements pending with Ukraine, Morocco and Korea, to name a […]

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Germany on Europe’s aid to Greece: ‘We don’t see it as a bail-out’

| September 2, 2010 | 0 Comments
Germany on Europe’s aid to Greece: ‘We don’t see it as a bail-out’

German Ambassador Georg Witschel presented his credentials just over a year ago and since then the career diplomat with a PhD in international law has developed a great love for Canada — so much so that he spent six weeks of his summer on vacation in the Maritimes, as well as Newfoundland and Labrador. His […]

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A personal perspective on religion and government

| September 2, 2010 | 0 Comments
A personal perspective on religion and government

  The relationship between Islam and democracy continues to be debated by experts and laymen alike. When I was asked by Diplomat magazine to write a short piece on the matter, I considered the following: I am not an expert on Islam, nor do I personally or officially speak on behalf of all Muslims. But […]

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From the French embassy to Carnegie Hall

| September 2, 2010 | 0 Comments
From the French embassy to Carnegie Hall

  If the ways in which they help out the Ottawa Bach Choir are any indication, it would seem that Johann Sebastian is a favourite composer among Ottawa’s foreign diplomats. The relationships started three years ago when board member Bill Caswell decided to approach some envoys about hosting fund-raising events. Once the Turkish embassy responded […]

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