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Quebec clings to separatist sentiments and Ottawa's subsidies

Quebec clings to separatist sentiments and Ottawa's subsidies

By John J. Metzler MONTREAL — Political uncertainty shadows Quebec in the aftermath of a contentious provincial election campaign.  Now in the wake of the vote, the specter of separatism has re-emerged in the multi-ethnic Canadian province where the political rhetoric by the French-language focused Parti Quebecois could return economic instability and undermine fragile business […]

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Polar opposites: Canada counters Russian claims to energy-rich Arctic

Polar opposites: Canada counters Russian claims to energy-rich Arctic

Compiled by Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com Canadian Prime Minster Stephen Harper will tour the Arctic to mark that country’s resolve in protecting its claims in the region, increasingly threatened by Russia, a country that has emerged as the most aggressive in recent years to challenge Canada’s arctic and polar claims. The Arctic tundra that Canada claims […]

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Memorializing the D-Day beaches at Normandy

Memorializing the D-Day beaches at Normandy

By John J. Metzler PARIS — The Normandy Beaches which witnessed the epic 6 June 1944 Allied landings leading to the liberation of France and Nazi-occupied Europe, have been etched in the annals modern history. Now in a move supported by the French government, the  landing beaches would be inscribed into UNESCO’s World Heritage List, […]

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Laughter the best medicine for Montreal's linguistic and cultural divide

Laughter the best medicine for Montreal's linguistic and cultural divide

By John J. Metzler MONTREAL — It’s takes a comedian to break the ice in the often frosty linguistic debate in Montreal, the cosmopolitan Canadian city where the French-speaking majority jealously and legally holds the linguistic high ground.  So when an Indo/Canadian immigrant Samir “Sugar Sammy” Khullar brought a hilarious comedy show in Franglais, a […]

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WORLD MATTERS: Proud, for once, to be a German

WORLD MATTERS: Proud, for once, to be a German

By Uwe Siemon-Netto It’s been more than two years since my last visit to Germany, my native land. This time I traveled home at the height of the Eurozone crisis. I returned to California just before Christmas filled with pride in my compatriots. Don’t get me wrong. I am not particularly proud of the fact […]

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Keystone XL: A pipeline to …well, almost …eternity

Keystone XL: A pipeline to …well, almost …eternity

By Sol W. Sanders Camouflaged by Congressional political badminton and President Barack Obama’s demagoguery, the Keystone XL Pipeline Project represents solutions to economic and security issues far exceeding its general appreciation. Half truths on all sides have obscured the project’s underlying fundamentals. Some are only emerging as additional research and technology is applied — most of […]

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Financing foreign development or dependency?

Financing foreign development or dependency?

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Recently UN member states turned their attention to the need for Financing for Development, or put more plainly, stressing the still pressing need for development assistance to assist the plethora of poor nations. Fortunately foreign assistance donor states have not significantly cut their budgets, but rather sharpened their […]

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Miserable? UN suggests Norway, Australia, Netherlands in that order

Miserable? UN suggests Norway, Australia, Netherlands in that order

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS—Norway, Australia, the Netherlands, and the United States are among the best places to live according to the Human Development Report 2011, the UN’s annual rankings of states based on health, wealth, education and gender rights. Rounding out the top ten include New Zealand, Canada, Ireland, Lichtenstein, Germany and Sweden. […]

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Boom! Welcome to the shale gas revolution

Boom! Welcome to the shale gas revolution

By Sol W. Sanders While the Obama Administration has been busy lining the pockets of its campaign  contributors with solar power handouts, an energy revolution is taking place even the Washington Luddites and GOSplanners can’t buck. American technology, borrowing offshore deep-water drilling techniques, has started exploiting huge deposits of natural gas buried deep in the […]

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In break from the downbeat, U.S. and S. Korea finally open new trade era

In break from the downbeat, U.S. and S. Korea finally open new trade era

By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com SEOUL — The United States and South Korea stood on the brink of a brave new world on Friday with a triumphant state visit to Washington by South Korea’s President Lee Myung-Bak marking the passage by both houses of the U.S. Congress of the much-delayed Korea-U.S. Free Trade Act. The final […]