Archive for September 14th, 2010

Time to rethink India policy (dawn.com)

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

The floods have left a trail of misery the effects of which will be felt for a long time to come. What is surprising, however, is that the floods have not had an impact on our foreign policy. Even in this hour of crisis nothing has changed in Islamabad’s perception of our friends and foes. India continues to hold the position of Enemy Number One. (dawn.com)

Don’t turn back the clock in J&K (asianage.com)

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

One of the tragic pointers of Indian history is that more often than not Indians have themselves proved to be their worst enemies. This stands reinforced by what the negative forces in our country did in early 1990. Are the Kashmiris, like the citizens of the rest of India, not already free under the Constitution of India? Do they not have all the fundamental rights which individuals in modern liberal democracies enjoy? Has their identity, culture, religion or language been undermined in any way by the constitutional arrangements that have been in operation for the last several decades? (asianage.com)

China: from middle kingdom to the top (koreatimes.co.kr)

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

Recent media reports that China surpassed Japan in the second quarter to become the world’s second largest economy have added further support to what has been predicted by scholars and economists for some time now: that China’s rise to the top is inevitable and might come sooner than expected. Yet within this rosy picture China also faces some serious challenges on its way to the top. Its failure to develop greater demand for domestic consumption goods and a heavy dependence on exports and foreign direct investment might prove to be China’s Achilles’ heel in the long run. (koreatimes.co.kr)

Make Kashmir LoC the international border (thaindian.com)

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

Faleiro, who is the commissioner of non-resident Indian (NRI) affairs appointed by the Goa government, also said countries in South Asia should look to the European Union (EU) as an example of how warring nations come together for collective prosperity. (thaindian.com)

The Dragon wakes up! (risingkashmir.com)

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

The famous sleeping dragon of China seems to have suddenly woken up and is giving sleepless nights to Indian authorities. Kashmiris very strangely seem to be ignorant about the capabilities of the dragon! Another important factor is definitely the growing bonhomie between India and America. Chinese surely resent American attempts to prop up India as a leader in South Asia especially in economic terms…. (risingkashmir.com)

Turning off the tap (theage.com.au)

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

FOR more than a decade, the world watched enviously as Australia transformed the art of teaching foreign students into a formidable money-making machine. Many countries have kept a close eye on the way Australia snared a hefty chunk of the global foreign student market by using permanent residency as a lure. And they have admired the economic pragmatism that has underpinned the success of international education in Australia - an export service that raked in more than $18 billion last year. Not any more. (theage.com.au)

Victorious Erdogan looks to bigger prize (atimes.com)

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

As things stand, the reforms already approved will significantly weaken the judiciary and armed forces - long regarded as the twin pillars of Turkey’s secular system - and raise the prospect of a dramatically transformed political landscape. They mean parliament and the president - both currently in the hands of the Islamic-rooted AKP - will have greater say over appointments to Turkey’s highest court, the Constitutional Court, and the Supreme Board of Prosecutors and Judges, which controls most senior judicial appointments. Meanwhile, the army, once the unofficial arbiter of Turkish politics - having toppled four governments since 1960 - will lose its former protected status with changes that will make serving officers subject to trial in civilian courts. (atimes.com)

Bee farms to shops

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

The journey of honey from bee farms to breakfast tables has become complex with time. From wild honey gatherers, honey supply has passed into the hands of cooperatives of individual beekeepers and then to big companies. The cooperatives could have helped beekeepers demand better prices, but they did not last long. (downtoearth.org)

The United States of Inequality (slate.com)

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

All my life I’ve heard Latin America described as a failed society (or collection of failed societies) because of its grotesque maldistribution of wealth. Peasants in rags beg for food outside the high walls of opulent villas, and so on. But according to the Central Intelligence Agency (whose patriotism I hesitate to question), income distribution in the United States is more unequal than in Guyana, Nicaragua, and Venezuela, and roughly on par with Uruguay, Argentina, and Ecuador. Income inequality is actually declining in Latin America even as it continues to increase in the United States. Economically speaking, the richest nation on earth is starting to resemble a banana republic. The main difference is that the United States is big enough to maintain geographic distance between the villa-dweller and the beggar. (slate.com)

L’armée allemande prédit le pire une fois le pic pétrolier atteint (lemonde.fr)

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

Le “peak oil” (pic pétrolier), ce moment où la production de pétrole va commencer à diminuer, aura des conséquences considérables sur l’économie et la politique extérieure allemande. Telles sont du moins les conclusions d’un rapport émanant du département d’analyse stratégique de l’armée allemande, récemment dévoilé par le site Spiegelonline. Une révélation que ni l’armée ni le gouvernement n’ont souhaité commenter. (lemonde.fr)