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Where business is heading

| January 24, 2022 | 0 Comments
Where business is heading

Wherever they exist, trends are about human behaviour, which is predictable. Charles Tatum, psychology expert at California’s National University, says predictability leaves us open to manipulation by such elements as media, advertisers, political and social movements and social media. Ultimately, predictions can shape our behaviour and create trends. These 10 trends for 2022 represent the […]

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Africa’s coming rough years

| January 24, 2022 | 0 Comments
Africa’s coming rough years

The years 2020 and 2021 were tough and worrying years for Africa and Africans. Will 2022 prove better and more life sustaining? The COVID-19 pandemic set Africa’s development back in 2021 by at least 10 years, according to the World Bank. In addition to soaring case rates everywhere, but especially in South Africa in 2021, […]

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The AUKUS alliance’s pros

The AUKUS alliance’s pros

To the surprise of many, on Sept. 15, 2021, a new Australia, United Kingdom and United States (AUKUS) security partnership was announced by Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and U.S. President Joe Biden. The news of a new trilateral agreement will likely be the most important and consequential security announcement […]

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Russia prepares for war with Ukraine

| January 24, 2022 | 0 Comments
Russia prepares for war with Ukraine

Ukraine has strayed too far into NATO’s corner, as it did in 2014, and that is something Moscow will not tolerate, even if it means a ground war with NATO. The U.S. has warned that Russia may be preparing for an invasion of Ukraine similar to the one it undertook in 2014. At that time, […]

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A second chance at school

| October 16, 2021 | 0 Comments
A second chance at school

Grace hunches over her desk to write. Watching her, it seems she’s trying to hide her size and blend into the sea of much younger and smaller children around her. She’s 16 and sitting in a Grade 1 classroom in rural Liberia. If you were to flip through her notebook, you would be impressed by […]

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The residential schools tragedy

| October 16, 2021 | 0 Comments
The residential schools tragedy

In May, Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc leaders announced that the loss of children from B.C.’s Kamloops Indian Residential School had been confirmed by ground-penetrating radar. In the press release, Chief Rosanne Casimir said the presence of the graves was known, but the deaths appear to be undocumented and they “sought out a way to confirm that […]

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Wanted: A major reset

| October 16, 2021 | 0 Comments
Wanted: A major reset

Our writer, a former Canadian ambassador to China, says its time to re-examine and restart Canada’s relationship with its second-largest trading partner Both Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Foreign Affairs Minister Marc Garneau have alluded to an upcoming revised engagement strategy with China. This is good news as Canada takes stock of the aggressive path […]

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Hope and hopelessness in Africa

| October 16, 2021 | 0 Comments
Hope and hopelessness in Africa

Hakainde Hichilema’s resounding victory in Zambia’s August presidential poll proves that Africans can abandon identity preferences, resist intimidation by an incumbent regime and oust a sitting autocrat accustomed to rigging elections. Voters in that one southern African country removed president Edgar Lungu, a despot who had increasingly brutalized opponents, curtailed free speech and assembly and […]

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Afghanistan’s grim future

| October 16, 2021 | 0 Comments
Afghanistan’s grim future

“The first, the supreme, the most far-reaching act of judgement that the statesman and commander have to make is to establish the kind of war on which they are embarking,” wrote strategist Carl von Clausewitz in his book, On War. For the soldiers and Marines who were assigned to the U.S. security force in Kabul during the […]

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When church and state clash

| October 16, 2021 | 0 Comments
When church and state clash

The sword and the word: These terms respectively describe the power of the state to make and enforce laws and the power of religion to shape millions of believers. What separates the West from the rest of the world is the (theoretically) strict separation between state and religion. It’s a spirit that also infuses other […]

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