• Taiwan’s Presidential Candidates and their Indigenous Platforms

    • November 7, 2011

    This essay first appeared on the Taiwan 2012 blog. Indigenous people, accounting for about 2% of Taiwan’s population, are unlikely to influence the 2012 presidential election outcomes. Nonetheless, the relative success of the candidates in indigenous communities may influence elections for the Legislative Yuan, which has a quota of six indigenous legislators. The way in

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  • What Should the G20 Accomplish in Cannes?

    • November 4, 2011

    On Thursday and Friday of this week, the leaders of the G20 will meet in Cannes to discuss the numerous problems that the world economy is currently experiencing. The big question on everyone’s mind is whether they will be able to restore some kind of confidence in financial markets as well as with consumers and

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  • Le règne du On the Cheap pour les F-35

    • November 4, 2011

    Cela fait plusieurs années que les Forces canadiennes sont passées maîtres du faire beaucoup avec peu; le Canada fait peu d’envieux, mais son personnel est qualifié et réputé pour savoir tirer le maximum d’un matériel qui n’est pas toujours aussi performant qu’on serait en droit de s’y attendre. On peut avoir en sainte horreur la

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  • Canada and UNDRIP: Moving Forward on Indigenous Diplomacy

    • November 3, 2011

    The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) was adopted by the General Assembly on September 13, 2007, with 144 states in favour, 11 abstentions, and 4 votes against. Canada, like Australia, New Zealand, and the United States, originally voted against UNDRIP, but eventually changed its policy. In the March 2010 Speech

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  • The World Economy in Turmoil

    • November 3, 2011

    Recession is again at the world economy’s door, with confidence plummeting and investors, businesses and consumers lacking the trust in the future that is necessary to create economic growth. In Europe, the euro crisis seemed to have reached some kind of denouement with last week’s deal on a revised second bail-out package for Greece, although

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  • Protection Racket

    • November 1, 2011

    The Responsibility to Protect may indeed protect some civilians, but unfortunately it also facilitates atrocities against others. Writing last week about the end of NATO’s mission in Libya, Lloyd Axworthy and Allan Rock proclaimed it as ‘A victory for the Responsibility to Protect’. But according to a report issued this weekend by Human Rights Watch,

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