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Anti-corruption rallies on the rise

Anti-corruption rallies on the rise

Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index keeps track of the issue worldwide. We offer excerpts from the report: The Corruption Perceptions Index 2019 reveals a staggering number of countries are showing little to no improvement in tackling corruption. Our analysis also suggests that reducing big money in politics and promoting inclusive political decision-making are essential to […]

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Transparency International’s corruption report

Transparency International’s corruption report

Corruption Perceptions Index

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Wanted: An anti-corruption court

| April 3, 2020 | 0 Comments
Wanted: An anti-corruption court

Kleptocracy destroys countries from within. Kleptocrats turn sometime democracies into criminal states that plunder national resources and national patrimonies, depriving citizens of their rights, their tax revenues and their ability to determine policy priorities. A cacophony of African states — Angola, the Comoros, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Gabon, South Africa, […]

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The dynamic Russia-China duo: Russia and China are actively working to subvert NATO security in an era of political war.

| April 3, 2020 | 0 Comments
The dynamic Russia-China duo: Russia and China are actively working to subvert NATO security in an era of political war.

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization turned 70 in 2019 and continues to be the world’s most successful military-political alliance, if not the only one. In good news last year, NATO defence spending was up and NATO countries were working to re-arm and improve lagging readiness. But its 70th anniversary was not without its share of […]

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Scarce resources: Wolfgang Depner investigates the world’s Top-10 scarcest resources and why they matter to humanity.

| April 3, 2020 | 0 Comments
Scarce resources: Wolfgang Depner investigates the world’s Top-10 scarcest resources and why they matter to humanity.

Concerns about the causes and consequences of scarce natural resources have a long and rich history that stretches through classical Greek thought, with Plato and Aristotle; medieval Christian theology, with St. Thomas of Aquinas; all the way to the European Enlightenment, with Adam Smith. The debate has since broadly ranged between two large opposing intellectual camps: […]

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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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‘I think Brexit is a mistake, but democracy gives people the chance to make mistakes.’

| April 2, 2020 | 0 Comments
‘I think Brexit is a mistake, but democracy gives people the chance to make mistakes.’

Stefan Pehringer has been Austria’s ambassador to Canada since 2017. The ambassador studied law in Germany before joining the foreign ministry in 1996 and he later completed a doctoral degree in legal studies at the University of Vienna. Before being appointed ambassador to Canada, he had postings in Luxembourg, Germany, Denmark and Latvia. His office […]

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The risk of our rancorous times

| April 2, 2020 | 0 Comments
The risk of our rancorous times

Should politics be civil in the age of Trump and Twitter? Many Canadians think so. Canadians applauded when Conservative leadership candidate Peter MacKay walked back a tweet that had been issued by his leadership team poking fun at Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s yoga habit with a caption saying that “while running for leader of the […]

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Kuwait’s residence perched high above the Ottawa River

| January 2, 2020 | 0 Comments
Kuwait’s residence perched high above the Ottawa River

It’s all about the panorama. Perched on quiet Acacia Lane in Rockcliffe, the Kuwait ambassador’s residence offers a sweeping view from its second-storey terrace of the sparkling Ottawa River and the Gatineau Hills, with early fall colours beginning to blaze in the distance when we visit. “It’s the most attractive place in the house,” says […]

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