Wolfgang Depner

Wolfgang Depner is a doctoral candidate
at the University of British Columbia –
Okanagan and the co-editor of Readings
in Political Idealogies since the Rise of Modern
Science, published by Oxford University
Press.

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Top 10 World Woes: A look at some of the planet’s most troubling problems and how countries can solve (or try to solve) them

| January 5, 2014 | 0 Comments
Top 10  World Woes: A look at some of the planet’s most troubling problems and how countries can solve (or try to solve) them

U.S. President Barack Obama, Queen Elizabeth II and countless other leaders have sought her insights. Prime Minister Stephen Harper has met with her and the government will grant her honorary Canadian citizenship. She has received multiple prizes, including the precious Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, and she addressed the United Nations on her 16th […]

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The world’s healthiest

| September 30, 2013 | 0 Comments
The world’s healthiest

In 1883, the German Reichstag changed the course of human history when it passed the first modern health insurance law. While modest in scope by our standards, this piece of legislation was the first in a series of laws that ushered in the modern welfare state. Its original architect, Otto von Bismarck, was no friend […]

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A big, booming business

| July 5, 2013 | 0 Comments
A big, booming business

Modern-day tourism can be a struggle against moderation. Tour operators lure clients with every imaginable gimmick — gaudy entertainment and gigantic buffets, to name just a few of the lesser sins against good taste. With the proliferation of all-inclusive resorts and cruises, contemporary tourism is looking like a grown-up’s version of spring break, that popular […]

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Warfare without the shooting

| April 12, 2012 | 0 Comments
Warfare without the shooting

The virulent, the violent and the vociferous: the Top 10 most political sporting events of modern times By Wolfgang Depner   When athletes from around the world descend upon London this summer for the XXX Olympiad — July 27 to August 12 — audiences will likely hear their fair share about the ideals of cross-cultural […]

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Our Top 10 smallest countries in the world

| February 9, 2012 | 0 Comments
Our Top 10 smallest countries in the world

These microstate countries have influenced or inspired their larger neighbours, through various means — economic muscle, political skill, environmental and moral leadership.   Size matters. The reality is that the smallest sovereign states might not receive a whole lot of respect from the larger, more populous members of the international community. Many so-called microstates are […]

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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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The Dirty Dozen Worst Dictators

| June 26, 2011 | 0 Comments
The Dirty Dozen Worst Dictators

In the minds of millions, the Arab Spring began on Dec. 17, 2010, with a solitary act of desperate defiance when Tunisian street vendor Mohammed Bouazizi torched himself to protest the humiliating harassment he had just experienced at the hands of corrupt government officials. By the time Mr. Bouazizi died of third-degree burns, 18 days […]

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