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Diane Francis

Editor-at-Large, The National Post

Diane Francis is the Editor-at-Large at the National Post, Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council in Washington DC in the Eurasia Section, Adjunct Faculty at Singularity University in Mountain View California, a Distinguished Professor at Ryerson University Ted Rogers School of Management and a Director of Lake Shore Gold. She is one of the world’s leading business writers and keynote speakers on the trends and geopolitics that transform companies, individuals, governments and societies around the world.

Diane has written nine books on white collar crime, politics, immigration, economics, geopolitics and finance, including the bestseller, Who Owns Canada Now: Old Money, New Money and the Future of Canadian Business. Diane is a regular guest on Canadian and U.S. news television and radio and was a columnist for Maclean’s Magazine, New York Sun, the Financial Post and Toronto Sun Newspapers. She was a Visiting Fellow at Harvard University’s Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy and has been a Media Fellow for the World Economic Forum for 20 years.

Diane divides her time between Toronto and New York City.

Learn more about Diane at dianefrancis.com
Prison Abuse Steals the Show at Venice's AP

Prison Abuse Steals the Show at Venice's Biennale

Ai Weiwei's most controversial piece, jail-like tombs, was housed in a cathedral that had been put in mothballs but was restored for his off-site exhibit. The six tombs are dioramas depicting his 81 days in jail in China -- sleeping, eating, going to the bathroom, being interrogated, showering and sitting -- in a tiny cell with two guards present at all times.
08/19/2013 05:24 EDT
Smithfield Foods Takeover: China's Trojan AP

Smithfield Foods Takeover: China's Trojan Horse

The United States must reject China's $7-billion bid to buy the world's biggest pork producer, Smithfield Foods of Virginia. The transaction was announced in May but is currently under review in Washington by authorities. Delays are due to concerns. And there are many.
08/13/2013 11:53 EDT
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How to Use Words to Get Ahead in Life

In school, students are taught how to "write" by memorizing or borrowing material then regurgitating it in order to impress a teacher. That's not what this is about. This is about words, in the professional sense, that must be used sparingly and for an economic purpose, whether it's to communicate with colleagues, customers, partners, investors, society, voters or organizations.
08/07/2013 08:04 EDT
What Juries Get Wrong and Why They'll Never Deliver True AP

What Juries Get Wrong and Why They'll Never Deliver True Justice

The acquittal of George Zimmerman, like the O.J. Simpson acquittal years ago, calls into question the validity of the jury system. Perhaps it's time to replace it with panels of legal experts or with a smart computer like Watson, the world champion of chess and Jeopardy.
08/05/2013 01:35 EDT
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Eight Ways to Pick a Great Partner

A marriage for many years, if it will involve children, is an extremely complex partnership and here are some nuggets that I have gleaned over the years from experiences, my therapist sister and the hundreds of self-help books that I have devoured as a frustrated shrink myself.
07/29/2013 05:39 EDT
Wall Street: Not Too Big to Jail or Alamy

Wall Street: Not Too Big to Jail or Nail

The feds maintain that SAC was a culture of corruption and will ask for a return of any ill-gotten gains they prove were made by SAC over the years. This is on top of the $616 million paid in March to securities regulators to settle a civil lawsuit related to improper. This week's enterprise criminal fraud charges are even more serious and layered on top of another set of administrative charges.
07/26/2013 12:25 EDT
Canada's Navy: Deep-Sixed Over the

Canada's Navy: Deep-Sixed Over the Decades

Canada sure has a long, long way to go: The Canadian Navy has 8,500 personnel. The American navy has 317,000. Of course, the United States patrols the world, while Canada's navy patrols its own jurisdiction. But even so, the gap is not only noticeable but embarrassing.
07/24/2013 05:11 EDT
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Canada Needs A Silicon Valley -- And Fast

Canada has been America's farm team for centuries, providing brawn, brainpower and talent to feed its mighty industries. So it was with pride and admiration that I heard about a unique initiative instituted by Canada's immigration minister, Jason Kenney, in Silicon Valley recently. He's trying to reverse the brain drain.
07/23/2013 08:31 EDT
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This Tax Cheat Is Over

Tax arbitrage, or moving operations and tax liabilities to low-cost jurisdictions, has been a game played by rich people and multinationals for years. But the game is ending finally. This will have implications in terms of government revenues to pay for social services but will also have a negative impact on the profits and share prices of giants such as Google, Amazon and virtually every multinational that's a household name.
07/19/2013 12:14 EDT
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The New Face of Business: Younger, Cooler, Nicer

Tech entrepreneurs might as well be martians when compared to those working in other business cultures. And a recent conference in Calgary illustrated the differences. They believe in collaboration, transparency, generosity, egalitarianism, diversity, social causes, eccentricity and in having fun.
07/12/2013 05:25 EDT
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What the Zimmerman Trial and Egypt's Protests Have in Common

Millions swarmed Egyptian streets this week, and the television coverage was as dramatic as it had been during the 2011 Arab Spring. For most of the week, however, CNN remained preoccupied with the murder trial involving the shooting in 2012 of a Florida teenager, Trayvon Martin. At first, this appeared to be American parochialism, but it wasn't. And the two events have more in common than you think.
07/08/2013 12:18 EDT
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Snowden is a Heretic, Not a Hero

His motivation aside, there is no debate that Snowden broke the law and should go to prison. But his methods are important and will determine what happens next. U.S. lawmakers have been demanding answers from intelligence officials on how Snowden, a high-school dropout, got his hands on the country's top-secret programs.
07/01/2013 12:27 EDT
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A Rain Storm of Good and Bad News for Global Markets

Calgary's crisis paralleled the disaster this week in global markets. Lightning struck signalling the financial storm when Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke announced that qualitative easing, or printing mounds of money, may be slowed later this year.
06/24/2013 05:28 EDT
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Crackdown on Tax Cheats at G8

The G8 summit next week could not have come at a better time for Prime Minister Harper, giving him respite from the Senate circus and allowing him to generate photo ops with the Queen and the world's big shots. But challenges await him there too.
06/14/2013 06:18 EDT
The Political War Between Suits and

The Political War Between Suits and Nerds

The American political conversation has refined itself into a contest between tech-savvy Democrats with armies of volunteers and wealthy Republicans with backroom boys. In other words, politics has become a war between the suits and the nerds.
06/07/2013 05:21 EDT
Syria's Four Wars: What They AP

Syria's Four Wars: What They Mean

Syria is four wars in one that threaten the region, the world's energy prices and the global economy. This conflict is confusing and involves many players and origins. Each fight varies in terms of cause, intensity, possible outcomes and estimated duration so here is the playbook to help understand the headline.
06/03/2013 03:49 EDT
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Canadians Have a Dirty Tax Secret

The Financial Post commissioned a nationwide poll, promising confidentiality, asking Canadians if they cheated in one of the following ways: hiding income, paying cash to avoid sales taxes and/or taking undeserved entitlements. The results were shocking.
05/27/2013 12:34 EDT
Abolish the Senate, Our National CP

Abolish the Senate, Our National Disgrace

Canada's Senators are Canada's Lords and Ladies and, as such, are held to a lower standard than anyone else. Like nobles everywhere, they are immune from sanctions even when it comes to bad behaviour. This is, needless to say, extremely debilitating in a so-called democracy.
05/17/2013 05:18 EDT
Bernie Madoff Documentary Takes You Behind the AP

Bernie Madoff Documentary Takes You Behind the Scenes

In 2009, Eleanor Squillari called me after reading my article "Madoff: More money laundering than Ponzi." She had been Bernie Madoff's secretary for years and wanted me to participate in a documentary about her ordeal and that of others in the fallout from Madoff's $62.5 billion fraud.
05/03/2013 05:34 EDT