All posts tagged World

Wikileak: Dalai Lama says climate change in Tibet more urgent than political solution. Why?

A Wikileak cable reveals that the Dalai Lama said help with climate change on the Tibetan plateau “cannot wait.” What is happening in Tibet? And what role does compassion play in solving it in time?read more

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My top 15 South Asian role models

Did your role models make my list?

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The power of $100

"My goal is to help all the kids who cannot afford school uniforms to be dressed up and go to school," writes Miriam Egwalu in the story

My Canadian experience inspires my development work in Sri Lanka

A Sri Lankan immigrant to Canada writes about the experience of promoting development in her country of origin.

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What is Poverty?

‘Being poor’ surely means ‘not having enough’, or ‘being deprived’? But not having enough of, or being deprived of what?

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Vancouver’s diasporas promote development around the world

Members of the diaspora in Vancouver are shaping development projects - from the medical to the educational.

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The world’s most precious resource

Water – we drink it, bathe in it, clean with it and use it to grow our food. But there is a huge gap between the public’s concern

Christmas in Finland

In the land of reindeer, families eat lute fish on Christmas Eve and celebrate Little Christmas on the Saturday before the first of advent.

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Christmas in Sweden

All of Sweden seems to light up for the holidays...

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Born in Canada, but not Canadian

Glenn Fenech spent his early years in Toronto, playing winter sports and watching the planes fly by at Pearson airport. But Fenech, now an airline pilot, can't call

Not your standard new Canadian

Canadian Sandra Burke was denied her Ontario pension in 2009 on the grounds that she was not a Canadian. On Dec. 21, the Canadian became Canadian.

Julian Assange: a modern martyr?

While it is not clear what exactly will happen to the grey wizard Julian Assange, it is clear that he has already changed the world. Journalist

Moving oil across B.C. to thirsty foreign markets

Last week, the House of Commons passed a non-binding motion that calls for a legislative ban on all tanker traffic off British Columbia’s ecologically sensitive north

Remembering the lessons of Polytechnique

Twenty one years ago today, I was studying at McGill University. On that day I vividly recall twenty or so of us watching Radio Canada’s

Facts catch up to smoke and mirrors

Statistics Canada released its quarterly jobs report today. The underlying story is one of overall weakness in Canada's labour force. The unemployment rate fell three-tenths

Cheap shrimp, hidden costs

In September 2010, I was one of ten UBC students from the Graduate School of Journalism chosen to be part of a unique class called International Reporting. The

Wikileaks deconstructs the world as we’ve known it

Wikileaks released another report yesterday.  It reveals a lot about who pulls the strings internationally, (who knew King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia was such a player?), and how

Asian, whatever that means

On November 9th, at the UBC Creative Writing program faculty reading, writer and post-doctoral faculty member Ray Hsu took the stage, a beer bottle in hand, and asked

Walking and chewing gum at the same time

In a speech in Toronto yesterday, Bob Rae, the Liberal party of Canada’s foreign affairs critic, ripped into Stephen Harper’s foreign policy as simplistic and

Mission in Afghanistan is “doomed” and a “waste,” says George Galloway

A capacity crowd of over 1000 people filled St. Andrew's-Wesley church last night as former British M.P George Galloway berated the Canadian government for barring

Prime Minister Stephen Harper gives statement on North Korea

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today strongly condemned the artillery attack by North Korea on the South Korean island of Yeonpyeong which resulted in the deaths of two South Korean

The Woman With A Broken Nose

"I wanted to make a film about overcoming scars and wounds, and offering some kind of hope and positive energy without closing ones eyes to reality as it

The Woman With A Broken Nose

"I wanted to make a film about overcoming scars and wounds, and offering some kind of hope and positive energy without closing ones eyes to reality as it

Canada endorses UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Canada announced its support yesterday for the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, a global treaty on the rights of the estimated 370 million indigenous

Remembrance Day: their hope is ours

They sacrificed their bodies and their souls. For speech, expression, religion and love. A better life...

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Serbian Film Fest in Vancouver

Last year I had my first taste of the Vancouver Serbian Film Festival and it was an instant addiction.

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In Love With the Mystery

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Hottest year broils an unprecedented 18 nations

Earth just sweltered through the hottest 12 months ever recorded by humans. Along the way an unprecedented 18 nations suffered their hottest day in history. One of these

Dalai Lama gives peace a chance in Toronto

With simple humour, his Holiness put on his visor, complaining that “the lights are too bright.” He was greeted by the Toronto Tibetan Community with performances. His Toronto

Vancouver Observer wins at Canadian Online Publishing Awards

The Vancouver Observer brought home some shiny hardware from Toronto last night. The Canadian Online Publishing Award for Best Article (Green) was presented to the VO for its Lost

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