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The greenest countries

| September 27, 2015 | 0 Comments
The greenest  countries

Pope Francis practically sounded like Canadian author Naomi Klein this past June when his second encyclical, titled Laudato Si,’ blamed irresponsible capitalism and consumerism for the environmental perils that confront humanity. Linking these problems to global inequality, western political interests and a “throwaway culture” that consumes resources and fetishizes technology, His Holiness warned of “unprecedented […]

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The Pope embraces the natural world

| September 27, 2015 | 0 Comments
The Pope embraces the natural world

Dear mother earth who day by day Unfoldest blessings on our way O praise God, alleluia! These words from the well-known hymn, “All Creatures of our God and King,” have their origin in The Canticle of Creation, authored by St. Francis of Assisi, and with words drawn from that canticle, Pope Francis begins the second […]

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Interview with NPSIA Director Dane Rowlands

| September 27, 2015 | 0 Comments
Interview with NPSIA Director Dane Rowlands

Dane Rowlands is an economist by trade. He has been teaching at Carleton University since 1994 and has been director of the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs for the past three years. His research interests include international debt, multilateral financial institutions, official development assistance, international migration, peacekeeping, conflict and development. He teaches courses in […]

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The enduring myth of democratic convergence

The enduring myth of democratic convergence

It is a turbulent world. Refugees and asylum seekers from the Middle East and Africa are pouring into Europe by the tens of thousands. Millions more are struggling to survive in refugee camps in Jordan and Turkey as violent sectarian conflict in Syria and Iraq continues without end. Ukraine is floundering, unsettled by increasing incursions […]

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Travel security: playing it safe

Travel security: playing it safe

The thrill of travel far outweighs the risks for most common destinations — given their huge influx of tourists each year. Forget the lure of the safe backyard barbecue and Sunday drives. For the restless, the curious and for the adventurous, there is no substitute for seeing and doing afar and coming home with a […]

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A home called Ballybeg

| June 23, 2015 | 0 Comments
A home called Ballybeg

Ballybeg is the anglicized version of the Irish word for “little town.” The large stone Rockcliffe house that bears that name may not exactly fit the translation, but it is as much a hub of activity today as it was in the days of admiral Sir Charles Kingsmill, who, during the First World War, commissioned […]

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In Japanese cuisine, tradition prevails

| June 23, 2015 | 0 Comments
In Japanese cuisine, tradition prevails

One of the basic principles of Japanese cooking is to capitalize on the food of the seasons — seafood, vegetables and fruit at the peak of their flavours. Add to this Japan’s widely varying climates in each season and you get the famed Japanese cuisine. The archipelago of Japan extends from the northern cool, temperate […]

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Curbing corruption in Africa

| June 23, 2015 | 0 Comments
Curbing corruption in Africa

Corruption is everywhere —  in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, China, Russia and Brazil. It persists in much of the rest of Asia beyond China, and is rampant in the Middle East and sub-Saharan Africa. Of the lowest 50 performers on Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) and the World Bank’s Control of […]

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Emphasizing the positive

| June 23, 2015 | 0 Comments
Emphasizing the positive

His first year as U.S. ambassador has just passed. How has former investment banker and Goldman Sachs executive Bruce Heyman adapted to highly public life in his new job? “I guess you just do,” he says. “It’s the Bruce Heyman world of Darwinian thought: It’s not the smartest that survive. It’s not strongest that survive. […]

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The trouble with tribalism

| June 23, 2015 | 0 Comments
The trouble with tribalism

For as long as humans have existed, there have been tribes. Indeed, it is our ability to co-operate as members of discrete groups that has allowed for the resounding success of the species as a whole. Yet, in the modern, interconnected and globalized world, tribalism — which, at its base level, represents a separation of […]

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