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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 […]

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10 dangerous men

| April 4, 2015 | 0 Comments
10  dangerous men

What is terrorism? James D. Kiras, an American expert on asymmetrical warfare, describes the term as a “complex phenomenon open to subjective interpretation.” His ambivalent interpretation of the word “terrorism” could be applied to an actor such as Iran and Syria-backed Hezbollah, a militia and political party representing Shia interests in Lebanon. According to the […]

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Mobile phones propelling Africa’s renaissance

| April 4, 2015 | 0 Comments
Mobile phones propelling Africa’s renaissance

Africa’s latest renaissance is propelled in substantial part by the remarkable indigenous technological transformation of a hand-held computerized gadget — the mundane mobile telephone — into a powerful instrument for human advancement. Africa pioneered gathering and transmitting merchandizing and market information. More recently, it invented and popularized banking and financial transmission by mobile device. Now […]

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Helping after the Philippines’ Typhoon Haiyan

| April 4, 2015 | 0 Comments
Helping after the Philippines’ Typhoon Haiyan

Typhoon Haiyan — the strongest storm ever to hit landfall — ripped through central Philippines in November 2013, killing more than 6,000 people and destroying more than one million homes. More than 14 million people were affected in some way. Typhoon Haiyan left complete devastation in its wake by sweeping away houses, uprooting coconut trees, […]

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John Baird: ‘a pragmatic internationalist’

John Baird: ‘a pragmatic internationalist’

When he became foreign affairs minister in 2011, one of the first things John Baird did was to issue an edict to hang an oversized portrait of the Queen on the main wall of the lobby of the Pearson Building, Foreign Affairs’ headquarters. He also ordered her portrait to be prominently displayed in all of […]

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A Manor House mansion for the Holy See

| January 5, 2015 | 0 Comments
A Manor House mansion for the Holy See

When you arrive at the end of Manor Avenue in Rockcliffe Park, you can’t help but gawk. You have to pinch yourself to realise the white-turreted gatehouse with the beautiful arch, stone crest and antique lamp is not situated in France. Nor is the elegant tree-lined driveway beyond, nor the looming stone mansion at the […]

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Protocol: the rules of engagement

| January 5, 2015 | 0 Comments
Protocol: the rules of engagement

It might sound a bit like a fusty carryover from bygone times, but protocol — the etiquette of diplomacy and relations among nations — remains essential for the smooth functioning of international interactions. “Protocol is really a bridge profession,” said Christopher Young, past-president of the Protocol & Diplomacy-International Protocol Officers Association (PDI-POA), which held a […]

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Pakistani cuisine: curried by history

| January 5, 2015 | 1 Comment
Pakistani cuisine: curried by history

Technically speaking, Pakistan is a relatively young country. When India gained independence in 1947, after almost a century of British rule, it was partitioned in two and the sovereign state of Pakistan emerged, offering a homeland for Muslims of the subcontinent. However, the land area occupied by Pakistan can trace its roots back as far […]

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Swimming with the spawning salmon

| January 5, 2015 | 0 Comments
Swimming with the spawning salmon

Pull on a wetsuit and snorkel gear and step into a fast-running river. Float effortlessly for kilometres in your buoyant lifejacket down the current, while 20,000 salmon are swimming under you in the opposite direction. It is a thrill ride at five kilometres an hour down the swift-moving Campbell River on Vancouver Island’s east coast. […]

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How could Russia do it?

| January 5, 2015 | 0 Comments
How could Russia do it?

Why did Russia make its move on Ukraine in March 2014? It’s clear now that Russian President Vladimir Putin wants and needs to tie Ukraine to Russia’s political, military, and economic chariot. If one disregards the “Russki Mir” propaganda — Mr. Putin’s self-created soft-power foundation, designed to promote the Russian language and Russia as a […]

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