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Dabaab’s dilemma

| February 9, 2012 | 0 Comments
Dabaab’s dilemma

Kenya’s refugee camps, the largest in the world, are overcrowded. What to do?   More than 100,000 Somalis have fled to Kenya in the past six months to escape a drought and famine that has decimated the East African country. They trek across barren, drought-ravaged, sand-covered land in blowing wind to do so. Then, they […]

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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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Ship shape

| February 8, 2012 | 0 Comments
Ship shape

The federal government has awarded contracts worth $28 billion for the building of 28 vessels — naval warships and civilian (Coast Guard) ships both — that will modernize the country’s aging sea-faring fleet. Halifax- based Irving Shipbuilding Inc. will build the warships. Vancouver Shipyards Co. Ltd. will build the Coast Guard ships. The new vessels […]

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John Baird: warm manner, blunt talk

| February 8, 2012 | 0 Comments
John Baird: warm manner, blunt talk

The Conservative government champions religious freedom as a “bedrock” freedom: “Societies that protect  religious freedom are more likely to protect all other fundamental freedoms,” Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird says. “They are typically more stable and more prosperous societies.”   In the small ante-room to John Baird’s parliamentary office, you have to consciously avoid knocking over the official […]

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‘Robert Mugabe is revered as a hero’

| October 26, 2011 | 0 Comments
‘Robert Mugabe is  revered as a hero’

By Florence Chideya Your unfair criticism of President Robert Mugabe as a worst dictator is based on disrespect for democratic choices made by Zimbabweans and Africans, and ignorance of the political situation on the ground. President Mugabe enjoys a majority of total support from Zimbabweans as the 2008 elections show, and this victory is the […]

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In defence of Paul Kagame

| October 26, 2011 | 0 Comments
In defence of Paul Kagame

  In response to an article that appeared in your summer edition, permit me to indicate where Rwanda stands today and where we are heading under the leadership of President Paul Kagame. While your readers know the agony Rwanda and its people went through during the 1994 genocide, and how it shattered our political and […]

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China: More progress, more ‘opening up’

| October 26, 2011 | 0 Comments
China: More progress, more ‘opening up’

October 1 marked the 62nd anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. In those years, and especially over the past 33 years since its reform and opening up, China has awed the world with stunning development. China’s development has attracted increasing international attention. How do we view China’s development? In the past […]

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King Abdullah: ‘Reformer, peacemaker’

| October 26, 2011 | 0 Comments
King Abdullah: ‘Reformer, peacemaker’

  In a nebulous environment where culture and tradition are intertwined with Islamic religious beliefs on one hand and modernity flooding through an era of globalization on the other, The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, has made a clear mark by balancing continuity of traditional values, upholding the noble teachings […]

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Oil-rich America set to ‘drill-baby-drill’

| October 26, 2011 | 0 Comments
Oil-rich America set to ‘drill-baby-drill’

Richard Nixon was the first U.S. president to vow and fail to wean the United States off its dependency on Middle Eastern oil. Barack Obama will be the last. The United States today has the wherewithal to become independent in energy. Once Obama goes, it will also have the will. Obama and previous presidents failed […]

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Shale gas, shale oil: Peaking upward

| October 26, 2011 | 0 Comments
Shale gas, shale oil: Peaking upward

At the beginning of the last decade, many energy market forecasters and analysts foresaw a transformation of natural gas markets into something akin to the world crude oil market. Basically, the world’s three main regional natural gas markets (Asia, Europe and North America) which, to date, had evolved mostly independently, would become much more integrated […]

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