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Can a Young Italian Premier Run a Country That's Dominated By the Old?

To be a Senator, one must be 40 or more and Renzi himself would not qualify for another year. Prime Minister perhaps, even President of the United States if he were born there, but not yet the hallowed nether-world of the Italian Senate. "We do not have the age" must also be said by 4.3 million adult Italians. No other country requires its citizens to wait until 25 to achieve full political rights.
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The Week In Review: The Mac Turns 30

This week, the Macintosh computer turned 30. As someone who plugged away on a boxy little Mac SE from high school all the way through university, I can't help but feel a great deal of personal tenderness for the Mac. But as Stephen Fry reminds us in the Daily Telegraph, the original Mac was much more than just a cute new product (that now serves as a cue for nostalgia). It was a revolution that included folders and windows "which could be operated and manipulated, not by keyboard commands but by this mystical magical mouse." It's easy to forget what a departure that was. And how many naysayers were sure it would never last.
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You Can't Mask Canada's Pathetic Protest Movement

In recent memory, I can think of only three serious, rock-'em-sock-'em demonstrations in Canada. It's not as though Canadians are lacking for things to protest about. It's just that our national preference (outside Quebec, at least) is to avoid conflict whenever possible. And, I suppose, we've probably become too comfortable, perhaps even lazy, about tackling issues that don't have direct or immediate implications for us.
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When Young Democracies Make Immature Decisions

How could any country find itself in a scenario where it suffers the consequences of having been too socialist and too capitalist at the same time? I was listening to a former Greek Prime Minister recently at a global conference and I was struck by the number of times he referred to his country as a "young democracy." The implication, of course, was that it was an immature democracy -- and suddenly it all made sense.
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It Takes More Than Food to Fight Global Poverty

It was good of Minister Fantino to respond to my article, but it would have proved far more productive if he had just listened to the professionals in his own department. They possess the training, on-the-ground experience, and clear-headed compassion to help Canada make a greater difference.

CIDA Is Doing More Than You Think

The Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) is an outcomes-driven agency. In an era of challenging economic realities around the world, we want to respect both the generosity of Canadian taxpayers who fund Canada's development work and wish to maximize their value by being doggedly zeroed-in on what really matters: improving the lives of the most vulnerable.

Why CIDA Should Plan for Failure

It may be that the inherent complexity of international development initiatives -- which occur in dynamic and unpredictable environments, such Haiti's -- precludes a quick or linear path towards development results. Within this framework, failure may actually be a necessary stepping-stone on the path towards success.
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That's a Wrap, Beach Goddess!

The most basic beach accessory is the wrap. When worn, a beach wrap can reach the ground, barely cover your knees, or just tie around your hips. There is so much that you can do depending on how much skin you want to leave uncovered.

My Little Black Bikini

Every woman knows the little black dress is a wardrobe must-have; it's a girl's best friend and the ideal accomplice to a great night out. Let's bring focus to another must-have item: a chic, elegant swimsuit.
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The Beginner's Guide to Exes

In the weeks after my first real heartbreak, I made an effort to spend time with my ex in a misguided attempt to prove that, despite being brutally dumped, I was still awesome. He couldn't care less; he had already started dating someone else. But being around the source of my rage was eating me alive.
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When Is the "Right Time" for a Baby?

When she looked up at me with these big blue eyes before fluttering off to sleep with her little hand on my chest, I swear I felt my heart skip a beat and a feeling stirring inside me I've never had before. I know now more than ever that I want a baby, maybe even more than one someday. But can you ever know for sure?
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1 Dress, 4 Outfits

Clients often ask me how to create different looks using pieces in their wardrobes. Here are a few examples to show how you can change the look of a dress for multiple occasions using accessories.