Tag: Featured

Little summer fests that can

| June 23, 2015 | 0 Comments
Little summer fests that can

No question about it: Bluesfest, Chamberfest, CityFolk (the new name for the Ottawa Folk Festival) are big and fun. Myriad performers, multiple stages, throngs of joyful fans — it’s summer in the city to the max. But more modest festivals, whether spotlighting music, puppets or something else entirely, also abound and offer a different experience. […]

Continue Reading

Get outta town: A traveller’s Top 10

Get outta town:   A traveller’s Top 10

Where it began… Two thousand years ago, the Romans, having developed paved roads and the idea of the holiday, were the earliest leisure travellers. Emperor Augustus had suppressed piracy in the Mediterranean region, making it possible to travel in relative safety. Roman emperors, scholars and the wealthy visited historic sites such as the Parthenon and […]

Continue Reading

China’s man in Canada: ‘We never say China’s human rights situation is perfect’

| June 23, 2015 | 0 Comments
China’s man in Canada: ‘We never say China’s human rights situation is perfect’

Luo Zhaohui began his mission as ambassador to Canada in May 2014. The ambassador, who has a master’s degree in history, joined the foreign service in 1985 and has had postings in India and Washington, and served as ambassador to Pakistan before coming to Canada. He sat down with Diplomat’s editor, Jennifer Campbell, to discuss […]

Continue Reading

A troubling global realignment

A troubling global realignment

By every metric of soft power and hard power, the United States should be standing taller on the world stage. But the inconvenient truth is that it is not. Its ability to keep its friends and influence others is on the wane. A global realignment is happening before our very eyes. Traditional alliances are weakening […]

Continue Reading

Ties that bind at home and abroad

| April 4, 2015 | 0 Comments
Ties that bind at home and abroad

There is more to Belgium than chocolate, beer and diamonds, the country’s new ambassador to Canada, Raoul Delcorde, reminds us. Not only do our countries have commercial links; they are both federal states with more than one official language and they share much history through two world wars. Many Canadian soldiers died on Belgian soil […]

Continue Reading

Cuba’s cuisine: tasty and diverse

| April 4, 2015 | 0 Comments
Cuba’s cuisine: tasty and diverse

Last winter, my husband and I flew to Cuba, the Caribbean’s largest country. Located on the northern margins of the region (not far from Southern Florida), the Republic of Cuba consists of one large and several small islands. Basically, half of the large island features flat lands or rolling hills while a more hilly and […]

Continue Reading

Poland’s resurgence

| April 4, 2015 | 0 Comments
Poland’s resurgence

“In the resigned faces of the people of Tarnopol, I felt a tragic knowledge I could not quite understand, but which touched me deeply. They knew that the Polish state was crushed. More accurately than all the ‘intelligentsia’ of Warsaw, than my friends with connections, than my highly educated fellow officers, they knew what was […]

Continue Reading

Canada and the birth of NATO

Canada and the birth of NATO

On April 4, 1949, Canada and 11 other countries signed the North Atlantic Treaty in Washington, D.C., to form the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), its mandate to “safeguard the freedom and security of member countries through political and military means.” After the Second World War, Canada had a strong economy and new confidence. It […]

Continue Reading

Drastic decline

| April 4, 2015 | 0 Comments
Drastic decline

The Reporters Without Borders World Press Freedom Index ranks the performance of 180 countries according to a range of criteria that include media pluralism and independence, respect for the safety and freedom of journalists, and the legislative, institutional and infrastructural environment in which the media operate. Top of the list, as so often, are three […]

Continue Reading

From autocracy to awakening?

| April 4, 2015 | 0 Comments
From autocracy to awakening?

The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region has captured the world’s attention in the 21st Century. The Arab Spring of 2011 illustrated how dynamic, grass-roots political movements, ignited by discontent and fuelled by social media, can completely transform societies in the blink of an eye. These events (resulting in revolutionary political shifts in places […]

Continue Reading