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Liberals’ China dilemma

| October 4, 2016 | 0 Comments
Liberals’ China dilemma

During the 2015 federal elections in Canada, the Liberal Party platform spoke of building up the Canadian middle class. One of the ways it said it would do that was by forging greater trade relations with emerging markets, including China. But, during the Munk Centre foreign policy debate between the Liberal, Conservative and NDP leaders, […]

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Tunisia’s fragile advances

| October 4, 2016 | 1 Comment
Tunisia’s fragile advances

When political change is not accompanied by widespread economic change, there is a risk of reversion… When old economic structures are preserved or only modestly adapted, it cannot be expected that different outcomes on growth and equality will result. — Oxford University Press. Mostly hidden from western eyes, Tunisia, the only nation to successfully emerge […]

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China’s domestic problems

| October 4, 2016 | 0 Comments
China’s domestic problems

Economic growth stood out for a long time as the big story coming out of China, concealing other aspects of its governance that were problematic, including environmental degradation, rising inequalities, worrying demographic imbalance, abuses of power, corruption and a poor record on human rights. For many years, the Communist Party answered critics of its poor […]

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Will Africa keep rising?

| October 4, 2016 | 0 Comments
Will Africa keep rising?

Sub-Saharan Africa has been rising rapidly in this century, growing economically at an unprecedentedly rapid pace from 2005 to 2015, with most of its 49 countries participating in a new post-colonial prosperity. But, with China’s own economic surge slipping, India and Japan weak, Europe lagging and North American demand limited, will sub-Saharan Africa stagnate and […]

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China’s scientific rise

| October 4, 2016 | 0 Comments
China’s scientific rise

In May 2016, Chinese President Xi Jinping set a target for China to become a leading power in science and technology (S&T) by the middle of this century. As he stated at the time: “China should establish itself as one of the most innovative countries by 2020 and a leading innovator by 2030, and become […]

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Strong stateless minorities

| October 4, 2016 | 0 Comments
Strong stateless  minorities

As the First World War drew to its end, U.S. president Woodrow Wilson’s famous Fourteen Points called for a settlement that would permit nations to determine their own fate. While we may question the intellectual consistency of this demand, as the United States itself had recently joined the ranks of imperialist powers with overseas possessions, […]

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China’s troubling foreign policy

| October 4, 2016 | 0 Comments
China’s troubling foreign policy

China’s Marxist-Leninist Communist Party came to power under chairman Mao Zedong on the promise of building a radically equal and just society in China. More broadly, the Chinese Communist Party promised to be the instrument of China’s national revitalization as a great power, drawing on its glorious ancient history as a magnificent civilization. In the […]

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Organ harvesting in China

| October 4, 2016 | 0 Comments
Organ harvesting in China

A team of doctors, lawyers, journalists and parliamentarians from Canada, the European Parliament and the U.S. House of Representatives has condemned China’s lucrative organ-transplant industry. They added up surgeries at 146 hospitals in China to total between 60,000 and 100,000 per year from 2000 to 2015 — many more than the Chinese yearly official total […]

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On Ukrainian defence

| October 4, 2016 | 0 Comments
On Ukrainian defence

Diplomat contacted Ukraine’s defence ministry’s military intelligence, press service and public affairs office, which provided these answers in late August. 1. Could you supply up-to-date figures on war deaths and injuries in 2015 and 2016? 2,504 Ukrainian soldiers, within the Ukrainian armed forces, the National Guard, Border Guard and various law enforcement agencies have been […]

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Aboriginals: Canada’s founding peoples

| June 30, 2016 | 0 Comments
Aboriginals: Canada’s founding peoples

The history of Aboriginal Peoples in Canada begins much earlier than any other group living here — and is far more complex. When European settlers arrived in what would become Canada in the early 16th Century, the number of aboriginal people ranged from an estimated low of 350,000 to as high as two million. By […]

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