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Rape as a weapon of war: then and now

| June 28, 2012 | 0 Comments
Rape as a weapon of war: then and now

“It has become more dangerous to be a woman fetching water or collecting firewood than a fighter on the frontline.” — UN Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Margot Wallström, 2012 UN BACKGROUND REPORT The victims of modern armed conflict are far more likely to be civilians than soldiers. According to UN Action Against […]

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Ebullient Sri Lanka: making up for lost time

| June 28, 2012 | 0 Comments
Ebullient Sri Lanka: making up for lost time

If you are lucky enough to have a week in Colombo, Sri Lanka’s capital city, you can: • See more vividly coloured gems in one hour than you’ll see in a lifetime — small piles of cut sparkling sapphires (deep blue to pink, yellow and orange), topaz, moonstones from several dollars to $125,000 (for 50-carat […]

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The Big Six Goals: Canada’s priorities in the U.S.

| June 28, 2012 | 0 Comments
The Big Six Goals: Canada’s priorities in the U.S.

Canada and the U.S. have the closest and most integrated partnership in the world. As Prime Minister Stephen Harper said on a recent visit, “We are partners, neighbours, allies and, most of all, we are true friends.” A recent Gallup poll found that the American public agrees, with 96 percent of Americans having a positive […]

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Superstar Nations

| June 28, 2012 | 0 Comments
Superstar Nations

The 10 most productive countries on Earth — and five contenders   The Age of Expectations, published in 1994 by American economist Paul Krugman (who has since become a Nobel laureate) opens with the following observation: “Productivity isn’t everything, but in the long run it is almost everything. A country’s ability to improve its standard […]

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Shifting our guns to the Pacific

| June 28, 2012 | 0 Comments
Shifting our guns to the Pacific

Within the last few decades, the world centre of gravity has moved from the Atlantic to the Pacific. By virtually any metric, whether it is economic power, military power, political power, or global influence, the world centre of power has come to reside in the Pacific — with China at the heart of this profound […]

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Hard talk: a conversation with Iran

| April 12, 2012 | 0 Comments
Hard talk: a conversation with Iran

‘In such a dire situation,’ says Chargé d’Affaires Kambiz Sheikh-Hassani, ‘cool heads should prevail’ By Donna Jacobs   Iran has provoked widespread international concern over its controversial pursuit of nuclear power and its suspected pursuit of nuclear weapons. It is also criticized for its unjust imprisonment and execution of its citizens, including children, as well […]

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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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Confessions of a Canadian mentor in Afghanistan

| April 12, 2012 | 0 Comments
Confessions of a Canadian mentor in Afghanistan

Operation Attention — that’s us! Over here! Canada’s involvement in Afghanistan did not end with the conclusion of combat operations in the fall of 2011 — although much of the Canadian population thinks otherwise. It is not surprising really. Canadians are tired of their troops being in combat and calling them “mentors” is an easy […]

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Military alliances: a primer

| April 12, 2012 | 0 Comments
Military alliances: a primer

Why NATO, however ambiguous its role, is here to stay By David G. Haglund Alliances represent the most long-lived form of institutionalized security and defence cooperation that contemporary international states have ever known. In fact, they are even older than these states themselves — which, as a system of government, likely date back to 1648, […]

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Sunrise over Yemen

| April 12, 2012 | 0 Comments
Sunrise over Yemen

By Khaled Bahah Ambassador of Yemen Yemen, an Arab country and one of the oldest centres of civilization, presides over one of the busiest and most crucial shipping routes in the world. Bordered by Saudi Arabia, the Red Sea, the Arabian Sea, the Gulf of Aden and Oman, it comprises more than 555,000 square kilometres […]

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