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Can space junk threaten the way we communicate?


This past April, my wife, several McGill University colleagues and I embarked on a safari in a remote area of Jabalpur, Nepal. While “on board” an elephant, I was suddenly drawn by a tiny hut made of bamboo and hay. What caught my eye was the television dish antenna installed beside the “wall” of this simple abode of illiterate people with meagre economic means.

A similarly captivating moment took place in Algiers, Algeria, in...

Date posted: November 14, 2012
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How can governments create a fertile environment for employment?

In recent decades, rising living standards and literacy rates, as well as the increased availability of higher education, have resulted in an improved human...

Date posted: November 14, 2012
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Global Growth Challenges: Regional Responses

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What will shape the global economic outlook in 2013 and how will these factors impact the employment crisis, particularly among youth? 

Date posted: November 13, 2012
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Welcome to the chronic phase of the public debt crisis


In the aftermath of financial crises over the past century, the real value of public debt exploded higher by 86% on average relative to pre-crisis levels. If the IMF’s projections are correct, public debt levels in the G20 economies will peak in 2014 at 122% of GDP, a mere 53% higher than 2007’s pre-crisis levels.

The situation looked far worse a year ago when participants named public debt crises as the ignominious victor in the...

Date posted: November 13, 2012
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Can resource scarcity help drive responsible mining?


According to a World Economic Forum survey, resource scarcity ranked 4th in terms of “what to expect” in regards to upcoming trends. But, survey respondents were split on whether the issue deserves more public attention.

Heightened concern over resource scarcity is not a surprise. Even if scarcity is experienced on a short- to medium-term basis, and is therefore only temporary, the experience is real and often felt directly by...

Date posted: November 13, 2012