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Cities must act now

Cities must act now

When it comes to infectious disease outbreaks, cities are dual-edged. To be sure, cities are a big part of the problem. They intensify the spread and transmission of infectious disease through increased human contact. Today, roughly four billion people live in cities, more than half of the world’s population. According to some analysts, approximately 600 cities generate […]

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A global pandemic’s ancillary risks

| April 3, 2020 | 0 Comments
A global pandemic’s ancillary risks

The virus that causes COVID-19 has spread like wildfire across the globe. The economic impact is already dramatic: Historic declines in stock markets and major impacts for industries, education and local health districts. Among the hardest hit are airlines and energy companies. “The global coronavirus outbreak has been and will continue to be a massive […]

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The Philippines’ tourism boom

| January 2, 2020 | 0 Comments
The Philippines’ tourism boom

A tropical wind breezes by as a Filipino banca boat cuts through the turquoise waters of Bacuit Bay, throwing sprays of water into the air as it veers towards the majestic limestone cliffs on the horizon. Under the clear blue sky, it almost feels as though infinity is near. Bacuit Archipelago features 45 islands, islets, […]

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Africa’s healthier than ever

| January 2, 2020 | 0 Comments
Africa’s healthier than ever

Africa’s current one billion or so residents are healthier than they have ever been, thanks to medical science, special attention to chronic disease remediation in several key countries and the efforts of several American philanthropic enterprises. Life expectancies are up and morbidity is mostly down, allowing Africans to work more productively, enjoy more leisure and […]

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How China’s Belt and Road project affects global security

| January 2, 2020 | 0 Comments
How China’s Belt and Road project affects global security

China’s Belt and Road Initiative has several purposes for the emerging superpower: To increase its access to global trade, international development and strategic investment, to up its diplomatic engagement, to isolate Taiwan by buying away the few international friends it has left and to build a constellation of military bases and presence around the world […]

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CANZUK anyone?

| January 2, 2020 | 0 Comments
CANZUK anyone?

Today’s pundits and scholars no longer speak of “liberal international order,” but rather of an increasingly fragmented world, built around a handful of centres of power, most of them decidedly illiberal. This has prompted some conservatives to call for greater co-operation and co-ordination among “the English-speaking peoples,” to use Winston Churchill’s mid-20th-Century phrase. In Britain, major […]

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Africa inks its own trade deal

Africa inks its own trade deal

There is a second rush to Africa. This time, it is not the imperial rush that led to the partition of the continent in 1884 among Europe’s big powers. Instead, the second rush is for mutually beneficial partnerships with a continent now increasingly seen as the next frontier of global progress and prosperity. Africa’s economic […]

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Where the world trades

| January 2, 2020 | 0 Comments
Where  the world trades

Trade agreements have been a foreign policy goal for Canada and many other nations worldwide. Laura Neilson Bonikowsky looks at the 10 largest in terms of dollar value and population. It’s true that money — in the form of trade — makes the world go ’round. Trading between civilizations began about 5,000 years ago, increasing […]

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Africa’s vanishing animals

| September 29, 2019 | 0 Comments
Africa’s vanishing animals

Note: This is part two in a series of two. Africa’s animals are being driven towards extinction, largely because of Chinese-sponsored poaching, but also because of rising Indigenous human populations and their pressure on available grazing land. As we saw in my last column (“Killing Off Africa’s Iconic Animals, Summer, 2019) elephants and rhinoceroses are […]

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Five foreign policy priorities

| September 29, 2019 | 0 Comments
Five foreign policy priorities

  Diplomat magazine asked all five federal party leaders to provide us with their top five foreign policy priorities in advance of the October election. Note: The Liberals didn’t give us five priorities, choosing instead to send a few paragraphs. We’ve run them as we received them.       ANDREW SCHEER Conservative Party of […]

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